Best Places to Live in North Texas

Want to know where the best places to live in North Texas are? We found the best cities in North Texas based on their quality of life and desirability. To determine our rankings, we looked through all the data and filtered our list based on several factors that make a place worth living in, including the things to do around the city, its affordability, and the overall experience that it provides.

We think that North Texas is one of the best parts of the Lone Star State, so finding great cities in this area was not so difficult. Still, we narrowed down the list to truly find the best places to live in North Texas so that you know where you may want to move to next.

Texas is one of the fastest growing states in the nation and North Texas is one of the hottest markets there are. So, let’s see what the best cities in North Texas are based on our in-depth evaluation and reviews of what the locals have to say.

Is North Texas a Good Place to Live

Which part of Texas is “North Texas”? If you talk to the locals, they would say that North Texas is the part of the state that surrounds the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and extends up to the border of Oklahoma to the north and down to right before Waco in the south.

There is another part of the state that is further north than this area, but that is usually considered its own region. Some refer to it as West Texas or the Texas Panhandle. For this article, we will stick to the stricter definition of North Texas as the smaller area around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Best Places to Live in North Texas

Really, it depends on what you want. Texas has all kinds of places to call home, from rain forests to plains to high desert, from dense urban downtowns and uptowns to suburban sprawl to multi-acre exurbs and thousand-acre farms and ranchland. You can pay fifty thousand dollars or fifty million for a place to live, and everything in between.

-Dallas

Dallas, Texas

Far North is a residential suburb of ranch-style homes and trims lawns, with golf courses and large shopping centers scattered throughout. Green spaces include Bert Fields Park with a walking path beside a creek. The Mary Kay Museum honors the cosmetics mogul at the company’s headquarters, while The Warehouse shows contemporary art. Nearby, the Eisemann Center hosts symphony and musical theater in 3 performance halls.

Dallas is fantastic because it is a big city and encompasses everything that comes with that; a great food scene, museum district, art district, awesome shopping, and a very diverse population. Because it’s a city in Texas the homes are much larger and you get more space for your money depending on what part of Dallas you live in. The housing market is booming. The weather is also amazing. It’s warm and sunny most of the year perfect for paddle boarding, hiking, and swimming.

Dallas is significantly better for the cost of living. Money goes a lot further in Dallas, especially in housing. 

Because of its location in the center of the country, most places in the US are short flights away. Food is generally heavier and more meat-focused. People tend to be much more conservative thinkers in Dallas.
Population: 1,343,573
Cost of Living Index: 7% Above Texas Average
Median Home Price: $294,603
Location: Check on Google Maps

-Fort Worth


Fort Worth is a city in North Central Texas. In the late 19th century, it became an important trading post for cowboys at the end of the Chisholm Trail. Today, it's a modern city, with international art institutions like the Kimbell Art Museum. The Fort Worth Stockyards are home to rodeos, and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honor pioneers.

Traffic is bad and everything is spread out, but people are mostly friendly, the cost of living is low, and there is a lot to see and do. It’s got a laid-back, casual, easy-going culture and an ethnically diverse population. The local airport has direct flights to most major tourist destinations. There are many large corporations and therefore job opportunities in town.

Fort Worth probably won't wow you with any one aspect compared to cities of similar size, but taken as a whole with all things considered. It's a fairly large city with everything you expect, (excellent museums, live music, dining, festivals, etc..) but also manages to maintain a small city level of charm and laid-back atmosphere. 

The thing that transplants from other states or visitors find most surprising about Fort Worth is the fact that people not only work in the heart of the city but live there as well. (in older buildings renovated and converted to apartments/condos) After the workday is over, you can find quite a bit of free parking to enjoy the shops, restaurants, and nightclubs downtown with relative safety compared to many cities.
Population: 909,585
Cost of Living Index: 1% Above Texas Average
Median Home Price: $292,552
Location: Check on Google Maps

-Arlington


Arlington is a city in Texas, west of Dallas. It's home to the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), whose campus has a modern planetarium. In River Legacy Parks, trails cut through hardwood forests rich in wildlife. The park also has the River Legacy Living Science Center, with aquariums, terrariums, and interactive exhibits. 

The city is home to the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys as well as Six Flags over Texas. Arlington is located right in between Dallas and Fort Worth and offers an affordable, yet amenity-filled city to live in North Texas.

Best of all, it is a pretty affordable place to live, with a cost of living that is about the same as the state average, which itself is 8% lower than the rest of the US. Additionally, Arlington features a mix of quiet suburban neighborhoods and an energetic college town atmosphere as the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington is located here as well.
Population: 398,854
Cost of Living Index: 1% Above Texas Average
Median Home Price: $300,723
Location: Check on Google Maps

-Plano

Plano is fantastic for couples hoping to raise a family. The public education system in Plano is fantastic. Plano is also incredibly safe - it was ranked the safest place to live twice since 2010.

While Plano is pretty quiet there are fun places to go, specifically the Shops at Legacy, which is in west Plano, and downtown Plano, which is in east Plano. Those two scenes attract a lot of young professionals looking for a more lively atmosphere.

There are also a bunch of great restaurants in Plano for foodies. Some of my favorites are Densetsu, Mash'd Urban Crust, and Platia's.

Plano, TX is a lovely city in the northern Dallas suburbs, one of the larger cities both in population and land size. Very well-run, Plano has excellent fire, police, and maintenance departments. 

Plano is one of the safest cities in the country to live in, with very little crime of any sort. Over the past few years, Plano has begun to shift from being just a suburb to being a center of business, with many large corporations moving headquarters or major offices to Plano. Depending on where you live, kids attend either Plano or Frisco Independent School District schools, both of which are among the best in the state. 

The weather in the summer is certainly warm but really, summer is hot in most parts of the US. Winters are generally mild with only a few days of temperatures below the 40s. Plano is in a great location, with proximity to Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth. Nearby cities of Frisco, McKinney, Allen and The Colony provide additional shopping, restaurant, and recreational opportunities.
Population: 287,677
Cost of Living Index: 23% Above Texas Average
Median Home Price: $487,587
Location: Check on Google Maps


-Irving


Irving is a nice city. It is right in the center between Dallas and Fort Worth (which have more or less grown into each other). There is a large area of Irving called “Las Colinas” which is a large business district where many tech firms (including Microsoft) have offices. Irving has all of the amenities of any large modern urban area. The housing is affordable compared with other major cities in the United States.

Irving, like many of the cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area, is really like a suburb city of Dallas and Fort Worth. If you live around here long enough, you will realize that this entire area is like one mega-city. Each city that makes up DFW has its own identity, but that identity is tied to the larger identity of “The Metroplex.”

Probably the most expensive residential area of DFW is also in Irving called ‘Las Colinas’ and you can also find cheap homes in the South of Irving. The crime rate is a little high in the Southern part of the city but very safe in Northern Side. Overall crime rate is going down thanks to the efforts of the Irving Police Department.
Population: 239,798
Cost of Living Index: 8% Above Texas Average
Median Home Price: $307,000
Location: Check on Google Maps

-Frisco


Now there are over 200,000 residents, and it is about to take over as the largest city in Collin County. Frisco ain’t exactly your basic low-rent district anymore. My guess would be that you’d be hard-pressed to find residential housing for less than $300,000.

Frisco is a well-maintained community, with exceptional city services. The Dallas Cowboys have their main offices and practice field here, the Texas Rangers Baseball Club has their AA ball team, The Rough Riders here, and the Dallas Stars Hockey Club has their main training facility all in Frisco. Frisco is close to Dallas and Fort Worth, so access to the arts and sciences is easy.

Virtually everything there is new and moderately upscale, but not ostensibly luxurious. The suburb has high-rise office developments on its southern border, and a large shopping district adjacent to it, including one of suburban Dallas’ better shopping malls. 

The suburb also includes a minor league baseball park, a major league soccer stadium, and a hockey stadium supported by the Dallas Stars major league hockey franchise. The Dallas Cowboys have a large football indoor stadium used for spring training and community events, set in an office park with some shopping and restaurant options.
Population: 200,490
Cost of Living Index: 30% Above Texas Average
Median Home Price: $620,921
Location: Check on Google Maps

-Allen


It's a bustling town with all the amenities, including concerts, great food, and lots of shopping. But, at the same time, it is friendly and leisurely, feeling at times like we are far away from the big city, even though we are right in the Metroplex.

Allen is a city in Collin County in the U.S. state of Texas and a northern suburb of Dallas. According to the 2020 U.S. census its population was 104,627, up from 84,246 in 2010. Allen is located approximately twenty miles north of downtown Dallas and is a part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area.

Great schools, great neighborhoods, great infrastructure (roads), and low crime. great city planning and economic foresight. Great community connection and support of Allen High School sports. One school-one city mentally works very well for the entire community as a focal point for overall support. Nice shopping areas that are not pretentious as other surrounding communities.

Allen North is a neighborhood in Allen, Texas. Allen North mostly features midsize homes that are very reasonably priced. This community dates back to 1995 and has continued to develop over the years.
Population: 105,623
Cost of Living Index: 22% Above Texas Average
Median Home Price: $488,998
Location: Check on Google Maps

-North Richland Hills


North Richland Hills, Texas is a dynamic, growing city centrally located within the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. With nearly 70,000 residents, 1,200 businesses, and 30 major employers, we are the third largest city in Tarrant County. 

Residents enjoy our welcoming and neighborly atmosphere and family-friendly amenities including a new public library and recreation center, more than 800 acres of parkland, 30 miles of hike and bike trails, the award-winning Iron Horse Golf Course, and NRH2O Family Water Park. 

Superior schools, a wide range of housing options, and convenient access to all the D-FW region have to offer, make North Richland Hills an outstanding community in which to live, work and play!
Population: 70,670
Cost of Living Index: 5% Above Texas Average
Median Home Price: $338,731
Location: Check on Google Maps

-Grapevine


Grapevine has sheltered me from the sticker shock of price inflation affecting most of the US. There are a number of small locally owned bars/ restaurants where a family of 5 can eat on the cheap. The self-proclaimed “Christmas Capitol of Texas” definitely goes hard for the holidays, and despite my own Scrooge-like nature, I find it totally charming. 

The housing prices are amazing and it is roughly 30 minutes from either Dallas to the east or Fort Worth to the west. The kids love going for hikes at the Lake and playing Frisbee Golf at Parr Park.
Population: 55,281
Cost of Living Index: 19% Above Texas Average
Median Home Price: $487,576
Location: Check on Google Maps


-Coppell


Coppell is a small city 30 minutes northwest of Dallas. It offers a tight-knit community that features amenities like farmers' markets, large public parks, and a vibrant arts and entertainment scene.

Coppell is a city in the northwest corner of Dallas County in the U.S. state of Texas. It is a suburb of Dallas and a bedroom community in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. It is also one of the safest cities on this list of the best places to live in North Texas. The crime rate in Coppell is about 40% lower than in the rest of the state.

Meanwhile, its school system routinely receives high marks. For example, Coppell schools earned an A+ rating from Areavibes.

The majority of Coppell ISD is located in Coppell, TX, a suburb of Dallas. The city of over 39,000 residents is positioned approximately 5 miles northeast of the DFW Airport…north of Interstate 635 and west of I-35E. Although the City of Coppell is just over 14 sq. mi. in size, the school district spans over 23 sq. mi.

Coppell ISD (cop-ELL) is a premier public school system with a statewide reputation for educational excellence. This high-performing and innovative district serve over 13,100 learners in the communities of Coppell, Dallas (Cypress Waters), North Irving, Lewisville, and Valley Ranch.
Population: 41,421
Cost of Living Index: 32% Above Texas Average
Median Home Price: $540,750
Location: Check on Google Maps

-Southlake


Southlake is a city located predominantly in Tarrant County with minor areas extending into Denton County in the U.S. state of Texas. Southlake is a suburb of Dallas/Fort Worth.

There certainly is much to like about it, especially if you’re raising a family. The schools are excellent and the parents are involved. There is a community push to be your best all the time. 

Of course, then there are the sports. The domination has been epic, especially 10 years ago. When your high school has to change formats to fit in all the state championships, then reduce the font size you might be surrounded by some overachievers.
Population: 32,376
Cost of Living Index: 61% Above Texas Average
Median Home Price: $1,047,548
Location: Check on Google Maps

-University Park


University Park is an affluent residential area named for its main feature, Southern Methodist University. Campus venues include McFarlin Auditorium, a stately theater for concerts and high-profile lectures, and the Meadows Museum, with Spanish art from the 15th century onward. 

University Park is one of the most expensive, but also one of the best places to live in North Texas. The average home here is valued at almost $2 million, but the residents here get to enjoy a great mix of community, exclusivity, and proximity to Dallas.

Sandwich shops, laid-back cafes, and fashion boutiques surround Snider Plaza, while nearby Caruth Park has a fishing pond and play areas.
Population: 24,985
Cost of Living Index: 133% Above Texas Average
Median Home Price: $1,792,211
Location: Check on Google Maps

Conclusion: Best Places to Live in North Texas

That depends on what you are looking for and where you want to live. If you want the business, the DFW area is for you, also Houston. 

Interested in the oil business, then West Texas, like Midland-Odessa or smaller communities in the region. 

Peace and quiet, then far West Texas, the Davis mountain area are great, small communities, great scenery, good wildlife. 

East Texas is also scenic and not as crowded. San Antonio and Austin are good for history, politics, and live entertainment. Again, you need to be specific as to what you are interested in.

All of these places offer a high standard of living that will make you want to relocate to North Texas as soon as you can. But don’t just take our word for it, go and visit some of these great cities and see which one fits your needs and lifestyle.

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