The 10 Best Houston Suburbs To Live In For 2024

The best Houston suburbs are Bellaire and West University Place for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Houston is a phenomenal city with great suburbs, each with their own distinct personality. If you’re interested in living near the biggest city Texas has to offer, then you’re in the right place because this is our tenth time ranking the best Houston suburbs out there.

There’s a reason someone like Beyonce has been singing Houston’s praises for years. Whether you’re spending your days hanging out at the downtown Houston’s Discovery Green or your nights out enjoying Houston’s nightlife, there’s something for every speed in America’s fourth-largest city. Of course, everyone knows about the Space Center Houston, thanks to the iconic “Houston, we have a problem” audio clip, but folks might not know that Houston has a world-renowned museum district and a diversity of cuisine that extends to something called “Viet-Cajun” food ! Houston also has a crazy low cost of living, which even commuters can take advantage of. But if you’re not sold on living in Houston, then maybe one of its surrounding cities will catch your eye.

Some of these options have populations over 100,000, like Sugar Land, which has its own sports stadiums, festival park, popular music venues, and cultural districts; in short, everything you need without necessitating a trip to Houston. If you want a lot of different cultures in your life, then Pearland, one of Texas’s most diverse cities, is a good choice. If you’re trying to cut down on costs, Meadows Place has the only homes on this list going for under $200,000. And if low crime, a stellar waterfront vibe, and easy access to some of the tastiest seafood in the state sound like just the triple threat for you, then look no further than Seabrook. Want a handy geographical cheat sheet for finding Houston’s best suburbs? 80% of this list is located south of Houston, so that seems like a good place to start.

So get ready to turn on your air conditioning and munch on some Czeck-inspired kolache, because we’re about to Rocket off to the best Houston suburbs to live in for 2024.

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Houston, we don’t have a problem. At least, as long as we stick to one of the city’s best suburbs. We came up with this list by looking at data from the Censusand the FBI to find places with low crime, high median household incomes, and low rates of unemployment and poverty. In short, the absolute best suburbs Houston has to offer.

If you’re ready to start rooting for the Astros, any one of the above cities will make a good choice. But what is Houston’s best suburb? According to the latest data, Bellaire is the gold medal winner for 2024.

To see how well all of Houston’s 26 suburbs ranked on our list, scroll down. The worst ones are at the bottom, so maybe make a note to avoid those.

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The 10 Best Houston Suburbs To Live For 2024

Bellaire, TX

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Population: 17,163
Median Income: $215,636
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
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Bellaire is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Houston area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Bellaire.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $215,636 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Houston region. And only 2.48% are out of work. Homes average more than $986,454 each.

West University Place, TX

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Population: 14,963
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
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West University Place is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Houston for 2024.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 2.27% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Sugar Land, TX

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Population: 110,077
Median Income: $132,247
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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Here in Sugar Land, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Houston 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 Sugar Land.

El Lago, TX

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Population: 3,039
Median Income: $99,375
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
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El Lago ranks as the 4th best suburb of Houston for 2024.

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

Friendswood, TX

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Population: 40,888
Median Income: $121,301
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Friendswood.

Friendswood gets kudos for having the 3rd most expensive homes in the Houston area, where houses sell for an average of $435,930. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Pearland, TX

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Population: 124,478
Median Income: $111,123
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
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Pearland 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 3.21%.

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

Nassau Bay, TX

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Population: 5,215
Median Income: $74,542
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 8.8%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Nassau Bay.

Nassau Bay 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 24.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Manvel, TX

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Population: 11,265
Median Income: $105,188
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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Manvel 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 9.32% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

Oak Ridge North, TX

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Population: 3,033
Median Income: $106,944
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.1%
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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.

Katy, TX

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Population: 22,826
Median Income: $114,917
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2024 is Katy.

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.

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Houston for 2024

Figuring out the best suburbs around Houston was simple. We used Saturday Night Science to find things people like about living in the suburbs and then locate the suburbs with those things.

We analyzed the newest American Community Survey data for 2018-2022 to research each suburb. We decided upon the following criteria:

  • 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

We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Houston.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 26 suburbs to evaluate around Houston.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 26 in each category, where 1 was the “best.

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

Finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index, the “Best Suburb near Houston.” We’re lookin’ at you, Bellaire.

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 more extensive selection of suburbs.

We updated the data for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking the best Houston suburbs. Skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Houston ‘Burbs of 2024

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.

The best suburbs of Houston are .

So if you’re craving the amenities of a larger city like Houston but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might be for you.

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Table: Best Houston Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Average Home Price
1 Bellaire, TX 17,163 $215,636 $986,454
2 West University Place, TX 14,963 $250,001 $1,706,657
3 Sugar Land, TX 110,077 $132,247 $431,661
4 El Lago, TX 3,039 $99,375 $314,774
5 Friendswood, TX 40,888 $121,301 $435,930
6 Pearland, TX 124,478 $111,123 $367,684
7 Nassau Bay, TX 5,215 $74,542 $411,649
8 Manvel, TX 11,265 $105,188 $413,399
9 Oak Ridge North, TX 3,033 $106,944 $326,188
10 Katy, TX 22,826 $114,917 $415,489
11 Meadows Place, TX 4,719 $78,396 $284,797
12 Seabrook, TX 13,558 $96,223 $346,205
13 Iowa Colony, TX 9,500 $110,000 $395,615
14 Deer Park, TX 34,046 $89,219 $270,700
15 Stafford, TX 17,240 $87,245 $295,633
16 Tomball, TX 12,630 $70,829 $352,199
17 Alvin, TX 27,325 $68,266 $248,545
18 La Porte, TX 35,782 $79,193 $247,850
19 Richmond, TX 11,931 $51,832 $381,647
20 Webster, TX 12,297 $58,555 $252,505
21 Humble, TX 16,563 $58,581 $254,424
22 Arcola, TX 2,604 $74,268 $251,270
23 Pasadena, TX 150,620 $64,698 $214,267
24 Baytown, TX 84,449 $61,158 $224,259
25 South Houston, TX 16,169 $51,006 $190,485
26 Galena Park, TX 10,641 $45,614 $161,745
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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