Texans are famously prideful of their home state, and rightfully so: the Lone Star State is home to some of the best food and beer in the country, a vast and varied landscape, a great football tradition, and a ton of cities, each with their own unique character and distinct qualities. As the communities of Texas boast a surprising amount of variety, you’re best advised to read through our overview of the state’s five best cities to live in for advice on where to settle down.

1. Flower Mound

Flower Mound, known as “Flo Mo” by residents, is Texas’ best city to live in. The affluent suburb in the Dallas-Fort Worth area boasts a strong economy driven by its retail sector and the introduction of light industry in recent years. The advantages to moving to Flower Mound are high, and a large percentage of its population is originally from outside the state.

2. Houston

Second on the list goes to Houston, Texas’ largest city, and the fourth largest in the nation. The city boasts a very strong, diverse economy with significant manufacturing, energy and aeronautics sectors. In fact, the Houston area is home to the fourth most Fortune 500 headquarters of any U.S. metropolitan area, which brings tons of jobs into the city.

3. Richardson

Richardson is a large suburb of Dallas with an affluent, well-educated populace employed at one of the over 5,000 businesses operating within the city, including AT&T, Samsung, and Texas Instruments. The city is also home to the University of Texas at Dallas, which brings additional jobs to the community.

4. Frisco

Another Dallas suburb, Frisco, is #4 on the list. Perhaps the fastest growing city in the United States, Frisco is booming due to considerable development of its retail status and reputation as a great community for those working in Dallas to commute from.

5. Pflugerville

Closing out the top five is the quirkily named Pflugerville, a wealthy, fast-growing suburb of state capital Austin.

Best Cities to Live in Texas, 2019

RankCity
1Flower Mound
2Houston
3Richardson
4Frisco
5Pflugerville
6Allen
7Coppell
8Woodway
9Sugar Land
10Roanoke
11Argyle
12Kingwood
13Missouri City
14The Colony
15Lewisville
16Lubbock
17Little Elm
18Kerrville
19Friendswood
20Aubrey
21Plano
22Mckinney
23Stafford
24League City
25Lake Jackson
26Katy
27Rockwall
28Bedford
29San Angelo
30Richmond
31Colleyville
32Keller
33Spring
34Harker Heights
35Deer Park
36Euless
37Wylie
38Grapevine
39Carrollton
40Belton
41Cypress
42Cedar Park
43Temple
44Kingsville
45Irving
46Converse
47Hurst
48Buda
49Fresno
50Mansfield
51Tomball
52Pearland
53San Marcos
54Abilene
55La Porte
56Round Rock
57Southlake
58Greenville
59New Braunfels
60Humble
61Cedar Hill
62College Station
63Plainview
64North Richland Hills
65Brenham
66Rowlett
67Beeville
68Schertz
69Kyle
70Texarkana
71Georgetown
72Stephenville
73Denton
74Cibolo
75Nacogdoches
76Royse City
77Boerne
78Conroe
79Denison
80Helotes
81Wichita Falls
82Forney
83Mount Pleasant
84Desoto
85Midland
86Big Spring
87Rosenberg
88Duncanville
89Garland
90Del Rio
91Baytown
92Burleson
93Sherman
94Gainesville
95Copperas Cove
96Granbury
97Amarillo
98Midlothian
99Orange
100Paris

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Methodology

We ranked a total of 2,509 qualified cities (those with populations above 25,000 and enough data for analysis) by five factors: employment (number of establishments, median earnings); housing (owner-occupied housing with a mortgage, monthly housing costs); quality of life (work commute, poverty levels); education (percentage with a bachelor’s degree or higher); and health (obesity ratios).