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Dallas suburbs own yet another list of best U.S. cities for families

Dallas suburbs own yet another list of best U.S. cities for families

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15 Texas cities rank among the best places for young families.  Photo by Jon Shapley

A new report has affirmed what many parents in the northern Dallas suburbs already know. According to Apartment List, North Texas has two of the top 10 cities for young families: Allen and Frisco.

Allen claims the No. 2 spot overall for the “stellar graduation rate” in Allen ISD, as well as its sportiness. “Families that love sports will find this Dallas suburb extra appealing: The high school football team has won two of the last three state championships, and Allen is the hometown of champion Olympic gymnast Carly Patterson,” reads the description. No mention of the Eagle Stadium debacle, however.

Frisco ranks No. 5. It also gets props for great schools, as well as affordability, safety and “plenty of children.”

For its rankings, Apartment List researchers centered their analysis around four factors they identified as being important to families: safety (number of violent crimes and property crimes per 100,000 residents), housing cost (percentage of the average income required to rent the average two-bedroom apartment), school quality (high school graduation rate for public school districts), and child friendliness (percentage of population under 18 years of age). They applied this methodology to nearly 500 cities to identify the top 100.

Other North Texas cities on the list include Flower Mound (No. 11), McKinney (No. 20), Mansfield (No. 24), Grapevine (No. 41) and Plano (No. 48).

In fact, the Lone Star State is all over this list, and more than half of the top 100 cities are located in just four states: Texas, California, Michigan and Minnesota.

From Central Texas, Pflugerville, Round Rock and Georgetown claim the Nos. 29, 31 and 49 spots, respectively. New Braunfels lands at No. 59 and Temple at No. 76. Three Houston suburbs secured spots in the top 50 as well: Pearland (21), League City (34) and Sugar Land (39).

The No. 1 U.S. spot for families is Fishers, Indiana. Naperville, Illinois, and Castle Rock, Colorado, round out the top five.