The 10 Best Plano Suburbs To Live For 2021

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 2021. This is our seventh 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 2021:

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

What's the best suburb of Plano? Highland Park ranks as the best suburb of Plano 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 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 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%
More on Highland Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Highland Park is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Plano 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 Plano 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 Plano for 2021.

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

Southlake, TX

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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 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 Southlake.

Argyle, TX

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Population: 4,112
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Income: $178,362
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.1%
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Argyle ranks as the 4th best suburb of Plano for 2021.

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

Colleyville, TX

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Population: 26,462
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $163,509
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Colleyville.

Colleyville gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the Plano area, where houses sell for an average of $516,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Coppell, TX

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Population: 41,645
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $122,340
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
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Coppell 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 2.23% which is 12th best in the area.

According to online reports, Coppell 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: 18,726
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $139,453
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Highland.

Highland 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 18.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

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Population: 7,763
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 12)
Median Income: $160,278
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 0.7%
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Lucas 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 3.39% of people lack insurance, good for 6th in the area.

Prosper, TX

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Population: 22,517
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $146,733
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
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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.

Trophy Club, TX

Source: Town of Trophy Club
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Population: 11,949
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $147,477
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Trophy Club.

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 Plano for 2021

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 2015-2019 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 68 suburbs to evaluate around Plano.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 68 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, 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 Plano '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 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 Highland Park, TX 9,168 $211,136
2 University Park, TX 25,036 $224,485
3 Southlake, TX 31,292 $240,248
4 Argyle, TX 4,112 $178,362
5 Colleyville, TX 26,462 $163,509
6 Coppell, TX 41,645 $122,340
7 Highland, TX 18,726 $139,453
8 Lucas, TX 7,763 $160,278
9 Prosper, TX 22,517 $146,733
10 Trophy Club, TX 11,949 $147,477
11 Keller, TX 46,813 $141,364
12 Mclendon-Chisholm, TX 2,912 $147,542
13 Flower Mound, TX 76,555 $137,285
14 Frisco, TX 177,020 $127,055
15 Fairview, TX 8,832 $94,507
16 Celina, TX 11,116 $124,375
17 Double Oak, TX 3,066 $144,313
18 Providence, TX 7,407 $80,697
19 Murphy, TX 20,612 $126,196
20 Lavon, TX 3,271 $89,474
21 Allen, TX 101,699 $105,925
22 Melissa, TX 9,487 $118,348
23 Heath, TX 8,709 $155,781
24 Fate, TX 12,787 $110,373
25 Northlake, TX 2,726 $91,913
26 Oak Point, TX 4,410 $90,625
27 Bedford, TX 49,323 $70,362
28 Corinth, TX 21,491 $103,099
29 Sunnyvale, TX 6,484 $132,488
30 Hickory Creek, TX 4,574 $109,766
31 Mckinney, TX 182,055 $93,354
32 The Colony, TX 43,005 $87,187
33 Sachse, TX 25,607 $102,175
34 Rockwall, TX 44,101 $95,653
35 Grapevine, TX 53,317 $91,143
36 Richardson, TX 116,432 $85,678
37 Rowlett, TX 63,793 $101,085
38 Addison, TX 15,302 $74,986
39 Roanoke, TX 8,341 $97,833
40 Carrollton, TX 135,834 $78,306
41 Little Elm, TX 45,967 $98,803
42 Anna, TX 13,052 $95,136
43 Forney, TX 21,459 $102,716
44 Parker, TX 4,722 $134,495
45 Wylie, TX 49,759 $92,395
46 Shady Shores, TX 2,843 $95,045
47 Euless, TX 55,763 $65,921
48 Farmers Branch, TX 39,039 $74,464
49 Aubrey, TX 3,731 $68,316
50 Hurst, TX 38,976 $63,722
51 Lakewood, TX 60,111 $51,972
52 Lewisville, TX 106,386 $64,493
53 Princeton, TX 10,846 $67,204
54 Van Alstyne, TX 3,906 $67,772
55 Irving, TX 239,783 $64,868
56 Denton, TX 136,195 $60,018
57 Grand Prairie, TX 192,565 $67,388
58 Garland, TX 238,418 $61,211
59 Dallas, TX 1,330,612 $52,580
60 Lake Dallas, TX 8,016 $64,073
61 Duncanville, TX 39,415 $56,412
62 Mesquite, TX 143,456 $57,824
63 Cockrell Hill, TX 4,240 $44,777
64 Farmersville, TX 3,496 $44,464
65 Pilot Point, TX 4,364 $60,158
66 Balch Springs, TX 25,190 $51,446
67 Seagoville, TX 16,514 $52,378
68 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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