These Houston neighborhoods were voted best places to raise a family.
Many times, people who love city life give all of that up so that they can move somewhere safe for their children. Moving to suburban areas many times gives children the space and freedom of having a backyard, better education opportunities and daycare options, and more options for meeting other children their age.
While moving to the suburbs isn’t everyone’s dream, it is becoming a more popular decision for families. Parents begin to reevaluate their surroundings when their families grow. There are many factors to consider, but the most popular are public school rankings, cost of living, crime rates, family-friendly amenities, and a number of other children in the area.
Niche, a company that ranks places to live, schools and colleges recently ranked places to live in Texas based on factors from a variety of different data sources.
Sources included information from the FBI, CDC, and U.S. Census. This data was compiled and then ranked based on comparisons to other areas in Texas. The company examined 5,379 different areas before deciding on the top 100 places to raise a family in Texas.
Two Houston neighborhoods made the top ten list in Texas. They were both in Fort Bend County.
Here are the Houston neighborhoods that were voted in the top 10 places to raise a family:
Fulshear – Fort Bend County – Voted #8
Fulshear has been a very popular neighborhood in recent years because of the easy access to Houston. In fact, the population grew by 4300 in just five years. Many parents move to Fulshear because of the public school system. The average graduation rate is 10% above the national average. Many of the local public schools received an A+ rating including Beckendorff Junior High, Cinco Ranch High, and Griffin Elementary School. Fulshear was noted for being a very safe area with a small-town feel. Fulshear has a median household income over two times higher than the national average and very low unemployment levels. The neighborhood also offers average rent costs and very high home values. One of the neat things that Niche does, allows residents to review their own neighborhood. Read what residents of Fulshear had to say in their full report here.
Cinco Ranch – Fort Bend County – Voted #9
Cinco Ranch is a master-planned community near the Katy area. Residents are known for being well educated and having higher income levels. Unemployment rates for Cinco Ranch are 4.1% lower than the national average. The one thing that stood out is out of 5 people that responded to surveys about their community, 100% of them stated that they would move to Cinco Ranch if they had to do it all over again. One of the downfalls that Niche saw was that the median rent prices are slightly higher than the national average. Public school rankings are a popular factor that draws parents into Cinco Ranch. The average graduation rate is 93% and the average high school dropout rate is only 1%. See what residents had to say about Cinco Ranch in Niche’s full report here.
It is great to have websites such as Niche to help us make informed decisions about where to raise a family in Texas. We are so happy to see Houston neighborhoods making the list.
*Updated May 2020. Originally published in July 2016.