The 10 Best Garland Suburbs To Live For 2021

We analyzed over 67 places around Garland to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Garland suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Garland are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Garland for 2021:

  1. Highland Park
  2. University Park
  3. Highland
  4. Coppell
  5. Prosper
  6. Lucas
  7. McLendon-Chisholm
  8. Flower Mound
  9. Fairview
  10. Frisco

What's the best suburb of Garland? Highland Park ranks as the best suburb of Garland for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Highland Park, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Garland 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

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.

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The 10 Best Garland Suburbs To Live For 2021

Highland Park, TX

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Population: 9,168
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $211,136
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
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Highland Park is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Garland area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Highland Park."

Everyone here is rich; families average $211,136 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Garland region. And only 1.43% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,508,900 each.

University Park, TX

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Population: 25,036
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $224,485
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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University Park is the second best 'burb we looked at near Garland for 2021.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 2.44% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

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Population: 18,726
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $139,453
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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Here in Highland, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Garland 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 Highland.

Coppell, TX

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Population: 41,645
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $122,340
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
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Coppell ranks as the 4th best suburb of Garland for 2021.

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

Prosper, TX

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Population: 22,517
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $146,733
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Prosper.

Prosper gets kudos for having the 9th most expensive homes in the Garland area, where houses sell for an average of $459,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 7,763
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 12)
Median Income: $160,278
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 0.7%
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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 3.76% which is 27th best in the area.

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

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Population: 2,912
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $147,542
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.1%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to McLendon-Chisholm.

McLendon-Chisholm 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 14.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Flower Mound, TX

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Population: 76,555
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $137,285
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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Flower Mound 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 5.18% of people lack insurance, good for 11th in the area.

Fairview, TX

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Population: 8,832
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $94,507
Unemployment Rate: 1.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
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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.

Frisco, TX

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Population: 177,020
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $127,055
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Frisco.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Garland for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Garland 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 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

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

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 67 suburbs to evaluate around Garland.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 67 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 Garland." We're lookin' at you, Highland Park. 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.

Welcome to the Best Garland 'Burbs of 2021

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 Garland, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Garland Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Highland Park, TX 9,168 $211,136
2 University Park, TX 25,036 $224,485
3 Highland, TX 18,726 $139,453
4 Coppell, TX 41,645 $122,340
5 Prosper, TX 22,517 $146,733
6 Lucas, TX 7,763 $160,278
7 Mclendon-Chisholm, TX 2,912 $147,542
8 Flower Mound, TX 76,555 $137,285
9 Fairview, TX 8,832 $94,507
10 Frisco, TX 177,020 $127,055
11 Double Oak, TX 3,066 $144,313
12 Talty, TX 2,440 $128,875
13 Celina, TX 11,116 $124,375
14 Providence, TX 7,407 $80,697
15 Murphy, TX 20,612 $126,196
16 Lavon, TX 3,271 $89,474
17 Allen, TX 101,699 $105,925
18 Fate, TX 12,787 $110,373
19 Heath, TX 8,709 $155,781
20 Melissa, TX 9,487 $118,348
21 Plano, TX 287,064 $95,602
22 Oak Point, TX 4,410 $90,625
23 Ovilla, TX 3,903 $106,333
24 Bedford, TX 49,323 $70,362
25 Sunnyvale, TX 6,484 $132,488
26 Hickory Creek, TX 4,574 $109,766
27 Mckinney, TX 182,055 $93,354
28 The Colony, TX 43,005 $87,187
29 Rockwall, TX 44,101 $95,653
30 Sachse, TX 25,607 $102,175
31 Grapevine, TX 53,317 $91,143
32 Richardson, TX 116,432 $85,678
33 Addison, TX 15,302 $74,986
34 Rowlett, TX 63,793 $101,085
35 Little Elm, TX 45,967 $98,803
36 Forney, TX 21,459 $102,716
37 Carrollton, TX 135,834 $78,306
38 Shady Shores, TX 2,843 $95,045
39 Wylie, TX 49,759 $92,395
40 Parker, TX 4,722 $134,495
41 Euless, TX 55,763 $65,921
42 Farmers Branch, TX 39,039 $74,464
43 Red Oak, TX 12,724 $71,957
44 Crandall, TX 3,650 $91,125
45 Desoto, TX 53,090 $71,578
46 Lewisville, TX 106,386 $64,493
47 Lakewood, TX 60,111 $51,972
48 Princeton, TX 10,846 $67,204
49 Cedar Hill, TX 48,560 $72,463
50 Irving, TX 239,783 $64,868
51 Grand Prairie, TX 192,565 $67,388
52 Dallas, TX 1,330,612 $52,580
53 Combine, TX 2,222 $78,942
54 Duncanville, TX 39,415 $56,412
55 Lake Dallas, TX 8,016 $64,073
56 Mesquite, TX 143,456 $57,824
57 Lancaster, TX 39,214 $57,259
58 Farmersville, TX 3,496 $44,464
59 Ferris, TX 2,692 $59,129
60 Cockrell Hill, TX 4,240 $44,777
61 Glenn Heights, TX 12,802 $68,739
62 Balch Springs, TX 25,190 $51,446
63 Wilmer, TX 4,383 $46,765
64 Terrell, TX 17,869 $47,636
65 Seagoville, TX 16,514 $52,378
66 Kaufman, TX 7,330 $46,793
67 Hutchins, TX 5,718 $36,087

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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.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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