Highly rated hamlet

This Dallas neighbor earns new bragging rights as 5th best city to live in U.S.

Dallas neighbor earns bragging rights as 5th best city to live in U.S.

Plano Balloon Festival
The Plano Balloon Festival is one of the hottest events of the year in DFW. Photo by Silvana Baumann

Plano is on a hot streak. It can add yet another accolade to its resume. The city ranks fifth on Niche.com’s 2020 list of the best cities to live in the U.S.

Factors that Niche.com uses to judge the livability of a city include cost of living, quality of schools, home values, crime rates, employment rates, diversity, and health and fitness. Niche.com is a review website that crunches data about communities, schools, and employers.

"Living in Plano offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes," the report says. "In Plano there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Plano and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Plano are highly rated."

IN all 228 U.S. cities were ranked. Plano also was got No. 4 in "best cities to buy a house in America" and No. 8 in "best cities to raise a family."

Plano regularly receives accolades like this one. For instance, Plano ranks first on WalletHub’s 2020 list of the best places in the U.S. for summer staycations. Also this year, Plano appears at No. 2 on WalletHub’s list of the happiest places in the country.

Livability.com echoes Niche's assessment, saying Plano, home to roughly 290,000 residents, “boasts great neighborhoods, strong education, iconic and authentic Texas cuisine, affordable living, and plenty of entertaining things to do.”

Not too far behind Plano is Richardson, which ranks as the 12th best city to live.

"Living in Richardson offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes," Niche.com says. "In Richardson there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. 

Among Texas cities, only the Houston suburb of The Woodlands beats Plano, coming in at No. 2.

Arlington, Virginia, tops this year’s Niche.com rankings of the best cities to live in. Other Texas cities in the top 25 are Round Rock (No. 22) and Austin (No. 23).

Aside from being No. 2 overall, The Woodlands ranks as the second best city to raise a family, the third best city to buy a house, and the seventh best city for public schools. Nearly 120,000 people live in The Woodlands.

“The Woodlands is a great place to live. It offers [a] good cost of living and quality of life. Great food and events. Beautiful trees everywhere and lot of green space to spend time outdoors,” a Niche.com reviewer writes.

Round Rock, the Austin metro area’s No. 1 city on the Niche.com list, is no stranger to rankings like this one, either. Last year, Money magazine named Round Rock the second best place to live in America. In lauding Round Rock, Money cited the suburb’s stellar schools, robust economy, and array of spare-time activities.

Here, in list form, are the Texas cities that made Niche.com’s top 100 list of the best cities to live in America:

  • The Woodlands, No. 2
  • Plano, No. 5
  • Richardson, No. 12 
  • Round Rock, No. 22
  • Austin, No. 23 
  • College Station, No. 26
  • Irving, No. 40
  • Denton, No. 53
  • Lubbock, No. 58
  • Houston, No. 66
  • Arlington, No. 77
  • Dallas, No. 79
  • San Antonio, No. 85