The 10 Best Places To Buy A House In Texas For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which places in Texas have seen home prices rising and people flocking over the past year.

Editor’s note: This is not investment advice and we are not financial advisers. Article updated for 2021.

There's a the age old question everyone thinks about when they decide to move to a city in Texas:

Should I buy a place or rent? Well, we aren't here today to solve that problem for you exactly. We are just assuming you'll do the right thing and a buy a place. And while we are happy to tell you the best place to live in Texas, this analysis is going to tackle the question of the best place to buy a house as an investor. That is we are going to try and determine the up and coming cities in the Lone Star State.

To do that we are going to look at places in Texas that are growing faster than average, but where home prices are below average. In every day terms, the "deals". The best deal in Texas at the moment? That would be Krum according to our analysis.

Here's a look at the top ten places to buy a home in Texas for 2021.

The 10 Best Places To Buy A Home In Texas For 2021

  1. Krum
  2. Bowie
  3. Giddings
  4. Gilmer
  5. Livingston
  6. Granite Shoals
  7. McGregor
  8. Bulverde
  9. Post
  10. Anthony

What's the best place to buy a home in Texas for 2021? According to our analysis, would the the ideal place to buy a home looking into the future.

The methodology that wen't into this can be a bit complicated, so we'll break it down for you in as much detail as we can below. If you're not worried about finding a deal on good places to live, check out the most expensive places to live in Texas and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Texas.

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The 10 Best Cities To Buy A House In Texas For 2021

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,014
Median Home Price: $188,700
Population Change: 0.8%
Home Price Change: 12.2%
More on Krum: Homes For Sale | Data

Bowie, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,050
Median Home Price: $84,300
Population Change: -0.2%
Home Price Change: 4.9%
More on Bowie: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Giddings, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,055
Median Home Price: $111,300
Population Change: 0.2%
Home Price Change: 3.5%
More on Giddings: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Gilmer, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,105
Median Home Price: $118,400
Population Change: -0.3%
Home Price Change: 5.6%
More on Gilmer: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Livingston, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,115
Median Home Price: $108,400
Population Change: 1.4%
Home Price Change: 12.1%
More on Livingston: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,121
Median Home Price: $132,300
Population Change: 1.3%
Home Price Change: 4.4%
More on Granite Shoals: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,144
Median Home Price: $116,100
Population Change: 1.0%
Home Price Change: 28.3%
More on Mcgregor: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 5,162
Median Home Price: $308,300
Population Change: 1.1%
Home Price Change: 2.2%
More on Bulverde: Homes For Sale | Data

Post, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,193
Median Home Price: $71,600
Population Change: -3.3%
Home Price Change: 2.3%
More on Post: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,236
Median Home Price: $111,900
Population Change: -6.1%
Home Price Change: 11.0%
More on Anthony: Homes For Sale | Data

How do you determine the best places to buy a home in Texas for 2021?

We were in real estate for almost five years and have been working on this site for another three. Suffice is to say, we've put a lot of thought into what goes into finding a good place to buy a home.

So all that thinking has come to this moment where we get to spell out how we'd approach finding an up-and-coming place to live in Texas. Put differently, the analysis will try to find places in Texas with undervalued homes relative to pent up demand.

To do that we looked at the most recent American Community Survey Census data for 2015-2019 and compared it to the previous vintage (2012-2016). Specifically, we used the following criteria:

  • Y-o-Y Change In Population (People want to live here)
  • Y-o-Y Change In Median Home Prices (People are willing to pay for it)
  • Home Prices Relative To The State Average (It's still kinda cheap)

We want places that are growing, have seen home prices increase in recent years, and are still "cheap" for Texas with the following caveats:

So of the 0 cities and towns in Texas, only 353 places made it through our initial filters to even be considered.

We then ranked each place from 1 to 353 for the criteria mentioned above with 1 being the best for that criteria. We averaged the rankings to create a "best place to buy" index with the place having the lowest index being the best. You can download the data here.

Turns out that Krum is the best potential gem in the not-so-rough in the Lone Star State.

Read on for more on these places.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Purchase A House In Texas for 2021

There's our analysis of the best places to buy a house in Texas. And, to be clear, we aren't necessarily saying these places are the best places to live, just that it looks like they might be in a couple of years based on the data.

In fact, every place in the following table meets our criteria, so even though it may not look super long, remember we started off with all 0 places in the state.

So if we'd could rent or buy in these cities, we'd definitely buy.

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Buy A Home In Texas

City Rank Median Home Price Population Change Home Price Increase
Krum 1 $188,700 0.8% 12.2%
Bowie 2 $84,300 -0.2% 4.9%
Giddings 3 $111,300 0.2% 3.5%
Gilmer 4 $118,400 -0.3% 5.6%
Livingston 5 $108,400 1.4% 12.1%
Granite Shoals 6 $132,300 1.3% 4.4%
Mcgregor 7 $116,100 1.0% 28.3%
Bulverde 8 $308,300 1.1% 2.2%
Post 9 $71,600 -3.3% 2.3%
Anthony 10 $111,900 -6.1% 11.0%
Center 11 $71,900 -1.3% 7.0%
Diboll 12 $80,700 -0.8% -1.3%
Brady 13 $84,600 -0.3% 10.2%
Willow Park 14 $237,600 5.0% 7.3%
Terrell Hills 15 $617,200 0.8% 24.5%
Brookshire 16 $84,200 3.4% 4.7%
Wake Village 17 $134,000 -0.8% 4.9%
Sansom Park 18 $85,400 3.1% 11.2%
Breckenridge 19 $66,900 -0.4% 5.4%
Cameron 20 $80,000 0.6% 2.3%
Atlanta 21 $87,700 -0.5% -3.0%
Nolanville 22 $127,600 3.1% -3.9%
Sinton 23 $50,200 -0.9% -6.9%
Rockdale 24 $94,300 -0.4% 2.5%
Carrizo Springs 25 $63,100 -2.1% -16.9%
Rusk 26 $84,300 -0.1% -4.3%
Marlin 27 $49,900 -0.8% 2.7%
Hutchins 28 $68,800 -0.1% -12.0%
Palmview 29 $89,900 -0.1% 8.1%
Edna 30 $95,800 -0.3% 4.4%
Muleshoe 31 $67,000 4.1% -2.2%
Luling 32 $120,800 0.9% 35.7%
Windcrest 33 $207,900 0.8% 8.3%
Mont Belvieu 34 $258,400 5.9% 7.9%
Progreso 35 $57,500 0.0% 1.2%
Littlefield 36 $65,000 -1.1% 7.1%
Slaton 37 $74,100 -0.6% 14.2%
Gladewater 38 $89,600 -1.5% 10.8%
Yoakum 39 $83,700 -3.8% 6.9%
Alpine 40 $149,600 0.2% 9.2%
Lindale 41 $146,100 3.5% 8.7%
Gun Barrel City 42 $122,100 0.4% 14.9%
Childress 43 $78,200 -0.0% 4.8%
Everman 44 $80,700 0.0% 8.0%
Burnet 45 $165,400 0.8% 12.5%
Port Isabel 46 $108,500 24.4% -18.1%
Iowa Park 47 $84,900 -0.3% 1.7%
White Oak 48 $171,100 -0.4% 11.7%
Keene 49 $142,200 0.9% 20.6%
Crockett 50 $77,500 -1.3% 8.5%
Sealy 51 $156,700 0.1% 1.8%
Bridgeport 52 $124,400 0.9% 4.0%
Sunnyvale 53 $380,400 3.2% 3.8%
Kermit 54 $59,600 -1.7% -3.9%
Carthage 55 $107,300 -1.7% 0.1%
Marble Falls 56 $191,600 2.5% 3.6%
Willis 57 $75,900 2.5% -0.1%
Lacy-Lakeview 58 $88,700 0.1% 6.5%
Silsbee 59 $107,700 -0.1% 12.4%
Bee Cave 60 $574,300 1.9% -0.7%
Prairie View 61 $168,200 5.4% 0.7%
Decatur 62 $156,500 2.0% 14.4%
Lago Vista 63 $237,200 3.0% 3.1%
Providence Village 64 $213,700 1.2% 6.1%
Elsa 65 $53,300 1.2% 10.8%
La Feria 66 $55,600 -0.8% 6.7%
Crystal City 67 $48,300 -1.0% 0.4%
Kaufman 68 $93,900 3.1% 6.9%
Mexia 69 $73,200 -0.5% -0.4%
Joshua 70 $182,000 5.2% 11.7%
Gonzales 71 $124,900 -0.0% 9.8%
Navasota 72 $126,200 1.8% 14.3%
Jasper 73 $82,000 -0.0% -0.6%
Floresville 74 $135,900 2.8% 7.9%
Seminole 75 $119,400 1.7% 4.4%
Monahans 76 $88,900 0.4% 0.8%
River Oaks 77 $101,000 0.0% 8.1%
Hempstead 78 $110,900 4.0% 6.3%
Los Fresnos 79 $105,400 0.4% 19.4%
Lampasas 80 $118,800 2.0% 8.1%
Lucas 81 $594,400 7.6% 3.1%
Hitchcock 82 $114,000 0.9% 3.2%
Jersey Village 83 $285,700 -0.2% 6.2%
Dayton 84 $168,400 0.9% 28.2%
Bridge City 85 $134,900 -0.5% 3.1%
Lake Dallas 86 $166,100 2.3% 13.3%
Richland Hills 87 $149,400 -0.0% 20.2%
Cleveland 88 $91,100 0.8% 4.0%
Aransas Pass 89 $112,900 -0.3% 5.5%
Kennedale 90 $215,500 2.5% 12.1%
Sanger 91 $152,500 2.6% 12.0%
Cuero 92 $94,800 -0.6% 7.0%
Roanoke 93 $324,900 5.6% 4.2%
Hillsboro 94 $82,500 0.1% 10.1%
Alamo Heights 95 $627,500 2.2% 8.2%
Fort Stockton 96 $96,100 0.1% 3.3%
Whitehouse 97 $155,500 2.2% -3.0%
Kirby 98 $91,900 0.5% 6.4%
Graham 99 $94,400 -0.8% 8.3%
Dalhart 100 $110,800 1.9% 12.9%

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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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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