Where are the best places to live in Dallas? Real estate review site Niche has revealed the Best Neighborhoods to Live in America, and four popular Dallas 'hoods appear in the top 50, including one in the top 10.
Niche combined user rankings with data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the FBI for the list. In order to rank the top neighborhoods, Niche considered areas located within a city and with a population of at least 1,000. The site then ranked the neighborhoods using 15 different categories; each was weighted and given an individual grade.
Some of the categories included:
- Higher education (number of citizens with advanced degrees)
- Cost of living
- Housing costs
- Reputation of nearby public schools
- Overall composite number (Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale)
- Crime and safety
The site also examined lifestyle factors such as outdoor activities, nightlife, and average commute times.
Coming in at No. 8 on the list is Preston Highlands, in far north Dallas. The suburban neighborhood is served by Plano's public schools and boasts a median home value of $318,814. Moss Farm-Forest Meadow, in Lake Highlands, ranks No. 14 and features an urban neighborhood feel and median home value of $336,185.
Campbell Green, also located in far north Dallas, ranks No. 28, and Lakeview Heights, a little neighborhood tucked away in East Dallas, ranks No. 30. They round out Dallas' presence in the top 50.
In general, Texas fared quite well among the best neighborhoods in the U.S., making up 12 of the top 50. Joining Preston Highlands in the top 10 is Houston's Memorial (No. 10). Houston's University Place also appears in the top 50, at No. 20.
Austin has the most Texas neighborhoods in the top 50: Rosedale (No. 21); Allandale (No. 23); Old West Austin (No. 32); downtown Austin (No. 39); Windsor Road (No. 40); and Old Enfield (No. 42).