The 10 Best Plano Suburbs To Live In For 2022

We analyzed over 69 places around Plano 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 Plano 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 Plano 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 Plano for 2022:

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

What's the best suburb of Plano? Southlake ranks as the best suburb of Plano for 2022 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Southlake, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Plano '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 Plano Suburbs To Live For 2022

Southlake is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Plano 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 Plano region. And only 2.21% are out of work. Homes average more than $697,000 each.

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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 Plano for 2022.

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

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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 Plano 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.

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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 Plano 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.

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Population: 19,012
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
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 16th most expensive homes in the Plano area, where houses sell for an average of $414,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 41,494
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
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 18th best in the area.

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

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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 Argyle.

Argyle 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 25.2 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 4,278
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $190,500
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 0.0%
More on Argyle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Argyle, 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 5th in the area.

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Population: 11,904
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
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 Keller?'


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.

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Population: 46,885
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $149,342
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Keller: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Keller, TX

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Colleyville.

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.

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Population: 26,766
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Income: $171,485
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Colleyville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Colleyville, TX

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

Figuring out the best suburbs around Plano 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 Plano.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 69 suburbs to evaluate around Plano.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 69 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 Plano." 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 Plano '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 Plano, 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 Plano 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 Argyle, TX 4,278 $190,500
8 Trophy Club, TX 11,904 $155,635
9 Keller, TX 46,885 $149,342
10 Colleyville, TX 26,766 $171,485
11 Mclendon-Chisholm, TX 3,521 $155,667
12 Flower Mound, TX 78,854 $139,703
13 Prosper, TX 25,887 $153,777
14 Double Oak, TX 3,099 $167,000
15 Heath, TX 9,069 $174,154
16 Frisco, TX 188,387 $128,761
17 Providence, TX 7,732 $84,243
18 Lavon, TX 3,504 $95,286
19 Parker, TX 4,920 $168,811
20 Murphy, TX 20,711 $140,828
21 Allen, TX 104,040 $113,719
22 Corinth, TX 21,881 $104,239
23 Oak Point, TX 5,077 $102,946
24 Hickory Creek, TX 4,716 $121,913
25 Fairview, TX 8,998 $89,583
26 Northlake, TX 3,182 $92,750
27 Fate, TX 14,300 $109,481
28 Rockwall, TX 45,168 $100,894
29 Addison, TX 15,428 $75,235
30 Celina, TX 13,608 $114,807
31 Bedford, TX 49,145 $71,644
32 Roanoke, TX 8,810 $100,888
33 Melissa, TX 10,774 $117,750
34 Mckinney, TX 191,197 $100,775
35 The Colony, TX 43,791 $87,748
36 Sachse, TX 25,888 $109,098
37 Rowlett, TX 65,426 $103,627
38 Hackberry, TX 2,426 $105,741
39 Shady Shores, TX 2,888 $117,083
40 Sunnyvale, TX 6,664 $134,080
41 Grapevine, TX 54,151 $94,363
42 Carrollton, TX 137,319 $82,345
43 Richardson, TX 118,583 $85,350
44 Wylie, TX 51,251 $98,484
45 Forney, TX 23,871 $93,792
46 Aubrey, TX 4,352 $64,777
47 Van Alstyne, TX 4,153 $74,933
48 Hurst, TX 38,783 $64,441
49 Euless, TX 56,334 $67,181
50 Little Elm, TX 49,792 $94,446
51 Farmers Branch, TX 42,659 $73,695
52 Lewisville, TX 107,740 $67,026
53 Anna, TX 14,159 $89,829
54 Lakewood, TX 60,564 $55,723
55 Lake Dallas, TX 8,004 $64,805
56 Princeton, TX 12,208 $80,323
57 Irving, TX 240,475 $66,567
58 Denton, TX 139,734 $62,542
59 Farmersville, TX 3,560 $41,774
60 Garland, TX 238,622 $63,192
61 Dallas, TX 1,338,846 $54,747
62 Grand Prairie, TX 193,835 $69,171
63 Mesquite, TX 142,429 $60,715
64 Duncanville, TX 39,096 $57,614
65 Cockrell Hill, TX 4,200 $58,137
66 Balch Springs, TX 25,123 $52,696
67 Pilot Point, TX 4,457 $61,520
68 Seagoville, TX 16,726 $62,038
69 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.

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.

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