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These Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs shine among the most family-friendly cities in Texas

These DFW suburbs shine among most family-friendly cities in Texas

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One DFW suburb seems to have it all. Photo courtesy of Frisco Square

When it comes to city rankings, Dallas is used to being on top. In the past few months alone, Big D has been lauded as U.S. News & World Report’s best place to live in the U.S., one of the most booming economic powerhouses, and even one of the best cities to celebrate the Fourth of July. But in the latest race for municipal bragging rights, it's Dallas' suburbs that are taking the spotlight.

In late June, personal finance site WalletHub released a report ranking the best and worst cities for Texas families. Dallas itself did not break the top 100, but communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area dominated the top rankings. Frisco beat them all, coming in at No. 1. Closely following, in order from No. 2-11, are: Allen, Southlake, Colleyville, Flower Mound, Murphy, Keller, Plano, Coppell, McKinney, and Rockwall. University Park is No. 14.

Of major cities in Texas, Fort Worth came in the family-friendliest, at No. 62. Austin ranked No. 66; El Paso, No. 83, San Antonio, No. 98. Dallas (109) and Houston (116) didn't fare so well.

The rankings were formulated by comparing data in the 117 largest Texas cities using four key categories:

  • Family life and fun
  • Education, health, and safety
  • Affordability
  • Socioeconomic environment

Within each category, metrics ranging from high school graduation rates to density of pediatricians were scored on a scale of 0-100, then weighted according to importance. 

DFW cities consistently scored high marks in the family life and fun category, and earned accolades for education, health, and safety. Relatively low cost of living in the suburbs, plus the close proximity to entertainment options, helped North Texas towns shine.

The report also has a few helpful tidbits for families looking to buy a home. Throughout Texas, cities peppering Interstate 35 North received higher marks than the neighbors to the South.