The 10 Best Dallas Suburbs To Live In For 2022


We analyzed over 76 places around Dallas to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best Dallas suburbs.

Everything is bigger in Texas, but for folks who life things a bit smaller, Dallas has some grade-A suburbs to choose from. This is our ninth time ranking the best Dallas suburbs, so trust us when we say we know what we're talking about.

There's a lot to love about Dallas. The Texas State Fair, with ambassador Big Tex presiding, is one of the biggest events of the year, drawing visitors from all over. Nobody does pecan pie and all other things pecan-related better than Dallas. And there's a healthy competition between Dallas' downtown and uptown over who has the superior nightlife scene.

With Dallas thriving in so many areas, it's no wonder people want to live in or around the big city. So how'd we come up with a list of Dallas' best suburbs? Well, we looked at data from both the FBI and the Census to find places with low crime, poverty, and unemployment, great housing options, and safe streets. We didn't stop there, though; we also came up with our own SnackAbility scores, based on things like education, the availability of essential amenities, diversity, and even commute times. These suburbs did not disappoint, with more than half this list receiving a perfect 10/10 overall SnackAbility score.

Just wbere are these idyllic Dallas suburbs? Every single one of them is north of Big D, with some being closer to Fort Worth than Dallas ! If you're hoping to escape the crime of big city life by choosing a suburb, then places like Double Oak and Trophy Club should be the first you research. If your motivation for living outside Dallas is to lower your cost of living, then Keller is probably your best bet. And if you're just trying to keep up with the Kardashians and live lavishly, then you'll definitely feel comfortable in one of University Place's $1,000,000+ homes.

So order up some chili con queso with a frozen margarita and get ready to start living the Cowboy life, because we're heading to the best Dallas suburbs to live in for 2022.

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Dallas for 2022:

  1. Southlake
  2. Highland Park
  3. University Park
  4. Highland
  5. Coppell
  6. Lucas
  7. Keller
  8. Trophy Club
  9. Colleyville
  10. McLendon-Chisholm

Texas may be famous for its Maverick mindset, but we think you should listen to the data when choosing a Dallas suburb to call home. And if you're keeping your options open, check out our list of the best neighborhoods in Dallas to help make an informed decision.

While any one of these Dallas suburbs is sure to put a lasting smile on your face, only one can be dubbed the best. So what is Dallas's best suburb for 2022? According to the most recent data available, Southlake reigns as the supreme Dallas suburb.

What about the other 77 suburbs Dallas has to offer? Consult the comprehensive list below to see how each suburb fared in our rankings.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Texas:

The 10 Best Dallas Suburbs To Live For 2022

Southlake is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Dallas area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Southlake."

Everyone here is rich; families average $223,621 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Dallas region. And only 2.21% are out of work. Homes average more than $697,000 each.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 31,684
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Income: $223,621
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
More on Southlake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Southlake, TX

Highland Park is the second best 'burb we looked at near Dallas for 2022.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 2.2% of residents lack insurance, good for best.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 9,143
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $218,611
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Highland Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Highland Park, TX

Here in University Park, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Dallas metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in University Park.

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,027
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $247,716
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on University Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

University Park, TX

4. Highland

Highland ranks as the 4th best suburb of Dallas for 2022.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Highland and the schools are some of the best around.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,012
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $146,177
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Highland: Real Estate

Coming in as the fifth best is Coppell.

Coppell gets kudos for having the 14th most expensive homes in the Dallas area, where houses sell for an average of $414,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 41,494
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $128,476
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Coppell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coppell, TX

Lucas is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.97% which is 20th best in the area.

According to online reports, Lucas is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Dallas area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,137
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $174,500
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 1.0%
More on Lucas: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Keller.

Keller schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 28.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 46,885
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $149,342
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Keller: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Keller, TX

Trophy Club is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 2.87% of people lack insurance, good for 3rd in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,904
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $155,635
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Trophy Club: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Trophy Club, TX

Source: Town of Trophy Club

Is 'Everything Better In Colleyville?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 26,766
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Median Income: $171,485
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Colleyville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Colleyville, TX

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is McLendon-Chisholm.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,521
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $155,667
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Poverty Rate: 0.9%
More on Mclendon-Chisholm: Real Estate | Data

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Dallas for 2022

Figuring out the best suburbs around Dallas was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2016-2020 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Dallas.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 77 suburbs to evaluate around Dallas.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 77 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Dallas." We're lookin' at you, Southlake. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Dallas 'Burbs of 2022

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Dallas, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Dallas Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Southlake, TX 31,684 $223,621
2 Highland Park, TX 9,143 $218,611
3 University Park, TX 25,027 $247,716
4 Highland, TX 19,012 $146,177
5 Coppell, TX 41,494 $128,476
6 Lucas, TX 8,137 $174,500
7 Keller, TX 46,885 $149,342
8 Trophy Club, TX 11,904 $155,635
9 Colleyville, TX 26,766 $171,485
10 Mclendon-Chisholm, TX 3,521 $155,667
11 Flower Mound, TX 78,854 $139,703
12 Frisco, TX 188,387 $128,761
13 Double Oak, TX 3,099 $167,000
14 Talty, TX 2,597 $125,893
15 Heath, TX 9,069 $174,154
16 Murphy, TX 20,711 $140,828
17 Lavon, TX 3,504 $95,286
18 Parker, TX 4,920 $168,811
19 Allen, TX 104,040 $113,719
20 Dalworthington Gardens, TX 2,192 $111,979
21 Oak Point, TX 5,077 $102,946
22 Hickory Creek, TX 4,716 $121,913
23 Mansfield, TX 71,419 $102,388
24 Plano, TX 288,870 $96,348
25 Fate, TX 14,300 $109,481
26 Rockwall, TX 45,168 $100,894
27 Fairview, TX 8,998 $89,583
28 Bedford, TX 49,145 $71,644
29 Mckinney, TX 191,197 $100,775
30 Addison, TX 15,428 $75,235
31 The Colony, TX 43,791 $87,748
32 Sachse, TX 25,888 $109,098
33 Ovilla, TX 4,010 $102,917
34 Rowlett, TX 65,426 $103,627
35 Hackberry, TX 2,426 $105,741
36 Shady Shores, TX 2,888 $117,083
37 Grapevine, TX 54,151 $94,363
38 Sunnyvale, TX 6,664 $134,080
39 North Richland Hills, TX 70,585 $75,563
40 Midlothian, TX 31,533 $95,603
41 Crandall, TX 3,848 $96,417
42 Carrollton, TX 137,319 $82,345
43 Red Oak, TX 13,010 $78,646
44 Richardson, TX 118,583 $85,350
45 Kennedale, TX 8,393 $79,928
46 Richland Hills, TX 7,999 $64,038
47 Wylie, TX 51,251 $98,484
48 Pantego, TX 2,479 $66,250
49 Forney, TX 23,871 $93,792
50 Little Elm, TX 49,792 $94,446
51 Hurst, TX 38,783 $64,441
52 Euless, TX 56,334 $67,181
53 Farmers Branch, TX 42,659 $73,695
54 Lewisville, TX 107,740 $67,026
55 Watauga, TX 24,487 $75,648
56 Lakewood, TX 60,564 $55,723
57 Lake Dallas, TX 8,004 $64,805
58 Waxahachie, TX 36,735 $68,496
59 Desoto, TX 53,170 $71,124
60 Cedar Hill, TX 48,337 $75,715
61 Irving, TX 240,475 $66,567
62 Ferris, TX 2,842 $76,563
63 Arlington, TX 397,269 $63,351
64 Grand Prairie, TX 193,835 $69,171
65 Garland, TX 238,622 $63,192
66 Mesquite, TX 142,429 $60,715
67 Glenn Heights, TX 13,228 $72,695
68 Palmer, TX 2,540 $65,588
69 Cockrell Hill, TX 4,200 $58,137
70 Duncanville, TX 39,096 $57,614
71 Lancaster, TX 39,264 $57,832
72 Combine, TX 2,535 $76,989
73 Wilmer, TX 4,698 $56,012
74 Terrell, TX 18,513 $53,136
75 Balch Springs, TX 25,123 $52,696
76 Seagoville, TX 16,726 $62,038
77 Hutchins, TX 5,804 $35,000

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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