The 10 Best Irving Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 84 places around Irving 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 Irving 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 Irving 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 Irving for 2021:

  1. Highland Park
  2. University Park
  3. Southlake
  4. Coppell
  5. Argyle
  6. Highland
  7. Colleyville
  8. Prosper
  9. Lucas
  10. Keller

What's the best suburb of Irving? Highland Park ranks as the best suburb of Irving 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 Irving '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.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Texas:

The 10 Best Irving Suburbs To Live For 2021

Highland Park, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 9,168
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $211,136
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Highland Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Everyone here is rich; families average $211,136 a year, which is the 3rd highest in the Irving region. And only 1.43% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,508,900 each.

University Park, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 25,036
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $224,485
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on University Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

University Park is the second best 'burb we looked at near Irving for 2021.

It ranks 2nd for incomes in the area and only 2.44% of residents lack insurance, good for 4th best.

Southlake, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 31,292
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $240,248
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Southlake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Southlake, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Irving 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 Southlake.

Coppell, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 41,645
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $122,340
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Coppell: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coppell ranks as the 4th best suburb of Irving 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.

Argyle, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 4,112
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $178,362
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.1%
More on Argyle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Argyle.

Argyle gets kudos for having the 9th most expensive homes in the Irving area, where houses sell for an average of $471,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 18,726
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $139,453
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Highland: Real Estate

Highland 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 3.29% which is 18th best in the area.

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

Colleyville, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 26,462
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $163,509
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Colleyville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Colleyville 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 10.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Prosper, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 22,517
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $146,733
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Prosper: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Prosper 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 3.4% of people lack insurance, good for 7th in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,763
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 10)
Median Income: $160,278
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 0.7%
More on Lucas: Real Estate | Data

Is 'Everything Better In Lucas?'

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.

Keller, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 46,813
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $141,364
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
More on Keller: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Keller.

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 Irving for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Irving 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 Irving.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 84 suburbs to evaluate around Irving.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 84 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 Irving." 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 Irving '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 Irving, 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 Irving Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Highland Park, TX 9,168 $211,136
2 University Park, TX 25,036 $224,485
3 Southlake, TX 31,292 $240,248
4 Coppell, TX 41,645 $122,340
5 Argyle, TX 4,112 $178,362
6 Highland, TX 18,726 $139,453
7 Colleyville, TX 26,462 $163,509
8 Prosper, TX 22,517 $146,733
9 Lucas, TX 7,763 $160,278
10 Keller, TX 46,813 $141,364
11 Trophy Club, TX 11,949 $147,477
12 Flower Mound, TX 76,555 $137,285
13 Frisco, TX 177,020 $127,055
14 Fairview, TX 8,832 $94,507
15 Murphy, TX 20,612 $126,196
16 Providence, TX 7,407 $80,697
17 Allen, TX 101,699 $105,925
18 Double Oak, TX 3,066 $144,313
19 Dalworthington Gardens, TX 2,188 $109,375
20 Heath, TX 8,709 $155,781
21 Northlake, TX 2,726 $91,913
22 Corinth, TX 21,491 $103,099
23 Ovilla, TX 3,903 $106,333
24 Bedford, TX 49,323 $70,362
25 Oak Point, TX 4,410 $90,625
26 Plano, TX 287,064 $95,602
27 Mansfield, TX 69,557 $99,510
28 The Colony, TX 43,005 $87,187
29 Sunnyvale, TX 6,484 $132,488
30 Hickory Creek, TX 4,574 $109,766
31 Mckinney, TX 182,055 $93,354
32 Sachse, TX 25,607 $102,175
33 Midlothian, TX 29,743 $95,306
34 Grapevine, TX 53,317 $91,143
35 Rowlett, TX 63,793 $101,085
36 Richardson, TX 116,432 $85,678
37 Saginaw, TX 23,321 $83,402
38 Addison, TX 15,302 $74,986
39 Carrollton, TX 135,834 $78,306
40 Little Elm, TX 45,967 $98,803
41 Roanoke, TX 8,341 $97,833
42 Wylie, TX 49,759 $92,395
43 Pantego, TX 2,531 $54,946
44 Parker, TX 4,722 $134,495
45 North Richland Hills, TX 70,202 $71,076
46 Euless, TX 55,763 $65,921
47 Shady Shores, TX 2,843 $95,045
48 Richland Hills, TX 8,051 $62,549
49 Red Oak, TX 12,724 $71,957
50 Watauga, TX 24,582 $71,897
51 Justin, TX 3,859 $88,500
52 Farmers Branch, TX 39,039 $74,464
53 Hurst, TX 38,976 $63,722
54 Lewisville, TX 106,386 $64,493
55 Desoto, TX 53,090 $71,578
56 Lakewood, TX 60,111 $51,972
57 Kennedale, TX 8,197 $77,763
58 River Oaks, TX 7,685 $62,326
59 Ponder, TX 2,369 $85,722
60 Crowley, TX 15,439 $76,720
61 Arlington, TX 395,477 $60,571
62 Cedar Hill, TX 48,560 $72,463
63 Blue Mound, TX 2,981 $56,146
64 Denton, TX 136,195 $60,018
65 Grand Prairie, TX 192,565 $67,388
66 Garland, TX 238,418 $61,211
67 Lake Dallas, TX 8,016 $64,073
68 Duncanville, TX 39,415 $56,412
69 Mesquite, TX 143,456 $57,824
70 Dallas, TX 1,330,612 $52,580
71 Fort Worth, TX 874,401 $62,187
72 Lake Worth, TX 4,929 $60,213
73 Lancaster, TX 39,214 $57,259
74 White Settlement, TX 17,565 $48,996
75 Ferris, TX 2,692 $59,129
76 Cockrell Hill, TX 4,240 $44,777
77 Glenn Heights, TX 12,802 $68,739
78 Sansom Park, TX 5,411 $51,909
79 Balch Springs, TX 25,190 $51,446
80 Everman, TX 6,255 $43,352
81 Wilmer, TX 4,383 $46,765
82 Forest Hill, TX 12,994 $41,496
83 Seagoville, TX 16,514 $52,378
84 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.

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