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Two Dallas suburbs rank among top 50 places to live, new survey says

Two Dallas suburbs rank among top 50 places to live, new survey says

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Kudos to Flower Mound for scoring high on the list. Flower Mound/Facebook

Flower Mound and Frisco, two fast-growing suburbs of Dallas, are among the country’s top 50 places to live, a new ranking shows.

The ranking, created by the 24/7 Wall St. website, is based on an index of more than three dozen socioeconomic measures, including median home value, poverty rate, and adults’ education level.

Flower Mound appears at No. 13 on the list, and Frisco at No. 16. At No. 21, the Houston suburb of Atascocita is the only other Texas city in the ranking.

To come up with the list, 24/7 Wall St. sifted through data for nearly 600 U.S. cities that had at least 65,000 residents in 2016.

The socioeconomic figures for both Flower Mound and Frisco are impressive.

For instance, Flower Mound’s median home value ($344,300) ranks in the top 25 percent of cities, the percentage of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree (61.3 percent) ranks in the top 10 percent, and the poverty rate (4.7 percent) ranks in the bottom 10 percent.

“After adjusting for the area’s low cost of living, the median income in Flower Mound is the highest of any U.S. city,” 24/7 Wall St. says.

Frisco boasts equally strong numbers. For instance, the city’s median home value ($369,900) ranks in the top 25 percent of cities, the percentage of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree (65.9 percent) ranks in the top 10 percent, and the poverty rate (4.3 percent) ranks in the bottom 10 percent.

“Frisco is ... one of the wealthiest cities in the country and has one of the lowest costs of living,” 24/7 Wall St. says.