Hometown Glory

The 10 best suburbs in the state? Pretty much all of them are in North Texas.

Best suburbs in the state? Pretty much all of them are in North Texas.

Downtown McKinney
McKinney is one of six North Texas suburbs to make Niche's list. Photo courtesy of City of McKinney

A new report claims that Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs are among the most desirable places to live in the Lone Star State, and we shall not argue. According to Niche, six of the state’s 10 best suburbs are in North Texas: University Park, Murphy, Allen, Highland Park, Frisco and McKinney.

Four of the six — Murphy, Allen, Frisco and McKinney (where this darling home is and where this restaurant is going) — fall within Collin County.

Niche, which is “obsessed with providing students, families and professionals with best-in-class content and deep insight into life decisions,” assessed the overall livability and quality of life in 3,250 U.S. suburbs (which are not to be confused with “cities” or “towns.”) School ratings, crime rates, housing, employment and community were among the factors considered. Things to do was deemed the most important criterion, followed by ease of commute.

The only suburb that surpasses the ones in North Texas is Rollingwood, west of Austin in Travis County. It ranks No. 1. Fellow Travis County town Lakeway comes in at No. 5. Alamo Heights (No. 6) and Terrell Hills (No. 9) in Bexar County round out the top 10.

In addition to its being the best in Texas, Rollingwood ranks No. 23 in the United States — the only Texas ’burb in the top 100.