Austin TX Real Estate - Hill Country Austin Lakeway Homes for Sale: Dallas Metroplex has 10 Cities in Top 100 Best Places

Dallas Metroplex has 10 Cities in Top 100 Best Places

Many suburbs of Dallas, TX made CNN Money's top 100 places to live list for 2008.  What I find interesting is that 10 cities in the Dallas area made the list, but only 1 city from the Austin area made the list, Round Rock.  Of those 10 cities, I have to admit, I'm shocked by a couple of the cities that made it, but as to not offend anyone, I will not mention which ones are unbelievable.

This is interesting because Austin is constantly and consistently on the list of one of the best places to live.  They're supposed to have a great housing market, and all the nature is supposed to make it a great family-oriented place. 

However, to only have 1 city on the list, why does it keep ranking high as one of the best places to live and raise a family when Dallas is left out?

My husband has been trying to convince me to move to Austin for months now, and I thought we finally agreed to stay in Dallas.  A couple of weeks ago, he mentioned how Austin is ranked 6th as one of the best places to live.  He couldn't show me where he saw that.  I'm assuming he was thinking of the list I just saw that has Round Rock ranked 7th.  He forgot to look at the rest of the list to see where other cities ranked.

Where we currently live, Richardson TX, we're ranked #18.  Granted, in 2006, Richardson was ranked #15 so we've gone down the list, but Plano TX was ranked #11 that same year and didn't make the top 100 at all this time around!  I think Richardson is doing quite well.

Other cities in the Dallas Metroplex that made the top 100 list are:
McKinney #14
Carrollton #15
Allen #20
Euless #34
Frisco #38
Denton #57
Garland #67
Lewisville #69
Grand Prairie #96

He's still trying to talk me into Austin, but I'm not so sure anymore...

Remember, I work all of North Dallas County and Collin County including Richardson, Plano, Allen, Frisco, Carrollton, Garland, Rowlett, McKinney, etc... my car will take us anywhere you need to go!! 


** Picture courtesy of the CNN Money website though courtesy of the City of Richardson.

Comment balloon 6 commentsDonna Harris • July 22 2008 09:50AM


Not sure if I would rely on a ranking when deciding to stay or go, but interesting nonetheless.  I went to school at TCU, and to be perfectly honest, always had a greater affinity for Austin than Dallas.  That's just me, though.

Posted by Paul Slaybaugh, Scottsdale, AZ Real Estate (Realty Executives) over 8 years ago

Paul, Of course I wouldn't rely on a ranking, but I found the results quite interesting.  Austin is supposed to be this great place, but only one of their cities made the list compared to 10 from Dallas.  It's just shocking.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin (Donna Homes, PLR) over 8 years ago

Donna - Part of the reason that Round Rock was the only area to make the list for the Austin area is that it is one of perhaps two areas that would qualify under the criteria they used (population of 50k to 300k, etc.).  The area where I live has about 40,000 people.  Simply put, Dallas has a lot more large suburbs than Austin does.  Obviously, neither Dallas nor Austin proper could be considered on this particular study.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jason, I guess I didn't read the small print about the criteria of population cut offs.  Thanks for clearing that up.  No offense, but I won't be bringing that to my husband's attention!!  LOL  j/k

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin (Donna Homes, PLR) over 8 years ago

Hi Donna,

I just think it is great that TEXAS is in the news consistently as being a wonderful place to live and I AGREE!!!!!!!!!!  I truly think that some of the warmest and friendliest people are here in Texas. 

p.s. I'm in Houston / The Woodlands


Posted by Pippa Mac, The Woodlands TX Real Estate (Chevaux Group Realtor, The Woodlands and Spring) over 8 years ago

Pippa, I think it's good too, to an extent.  I'm sure you get the same calls, but I don't quite understand the calls from people across the country who want to move to Texas and "Can you send me information on all the main areas like Dallas, Austin, San Antonio..." etc... ummm, no, I live in Dallas and don't work in Austin, San Antonio or anywhere else.  Those are separate markets with separate experts.  Texas is one of the largest states in the country and people think it's one market.  Let's put our thinking caps on, people!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin (Donna Homes, PLR) over 8 years ago