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The Best Places to Live in Houston: An In-Depth Guide

Low crime rates, attractive job opportunities, excellent schools, and irresistible real estate deals are what define the best places to live in Houston. If you want a place you can truly call home, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Houston.
Low crime rates, attractive job opportunities, excellent schools, and irresistible real estate deals are what define the best places to live in Houston. If you want a place you can truly call home, you’ll be spoiled for choice in Houston.

Choosing to live in the Bayou City is a great move. Houston is one of the fastest-growing areas in the U.S. It’s estimated that about 275 new individuals move to the metropolis each day, many because of Houston's affordable cost of living.

According to April 2019 data from Zillow, the median home value in Houston is $186,000, and it has increased by 5.4% in the last 12 months. Home prices in Houston are lower than in Dallas and Austin where the median home values are $214,400 and $368,600 respectively.

The most liveable places in Houston are the city’s cream of the crop. They boast economic prosperity, entertainment and recreation possibilities, social stability and equity, and great natural environments.

Without further ado, here they are.

Deer Park

According to 2019 data from AreaVibes, Deer Park’s median household income is $78,703, which is higher than the national average by 42%. The average home value is $141,200, lower than Texas’ average. However, it is worth noting that the city’s average property tax rate is on the higher side: 2.04%.

Deer Park is one of the safest places to live in Texas. The city’s crime rate is 47% below Texas’ average. It is also 42% lower than the national average crime rate.

In Deer Park, there are nine public schools with an average student to teacher ratio of 16:1. So, whether you’ve got a child in preschool, elementary school, middle school, or high school, Deer Park has a place for them to learn.

Sugar Land

Located in Houston's southwestern area, Sugar Land has a population of 85,681. If you’ve been looking for a family-friendly city, you’ll want to check out Sugar Land. Over 87% of the residents are married, and 55% have children below 18 years.

When it comes to income, Sugar Land doesn’t disappoint with a median household income of $108,504. This is 96% above the national average and 98% above the state’s average. The city has plenty of job openings for its residents and its unemployment rate is 3%.

Sugar Land’s median home value is $306,400 and the average property tax rate is 2.09%. Violent crime and property crime are nothing to worry about as the area’s crime rate is 45% lower than the national average and 50% below the rest of Texas.

The city has 12 private schools, 58 public schools, and its average student-teacher ratio is 16:1. About 91.4% of students graduate from high school.

Friendswood

Approximately 79.3% of Friendswood residents are homeowners. Whether you’re interested in low-maintenance townhomes and condos or sprawling mansions, you’ll find a variety of properties to choose from.

The median home value in Friendswood is $295,400. It has increased by 4.1% in the last 12 months.

Friendswood takes the safety of its residents pretty seriously, which is why the rates of violent crime and property crime are low. It is one of the best places to live and work. The city’s average household income is $98,609 and the unemployment rate is 3.70%. The average property tax rate is 2.02%.

Jersey Village

With a population of just 7,909, you’ll be surprised to learn that Jersey Village is both ethnically and racially diverse. The city’s median home value was $260,700 but has declined by 2.0% over the last 12 months. It’s expected to decline by 2.9% within the next 12 months.

The average property tax rate in Jersey Village is 2.17%. Over 94.7% of the residents have at least a high school diploma, and 38.4% have graduated from college with a degree. Jersey Village’s crime rate is 20% lower than that of Texas and 13% lower than the national median.

Pearland

With a population of 106,238, Pearland is a family-friendly city with wonderful activities, great shopping, and lovely restaurants.

The median house price here is $265,100. It’s expected to increase by 2.1% within the next 12 months. The city has a median household income of $96,954, which is 75% above the national average and 77% above the state’s average.

The unemployment rate is 3%, and Pearland’s crime rate is below the national and state averages.

Finding the best places to live in Houston is easier when you partner with a real estate agent. A Clever Partner Agent knows exactly where your dream home that fits your budget home is.

And when you buy a home, you’ll get a Home Buyer Rebate and save thousands of dollars. Clever Partner Agents provide buyers with $1,000 back on homes over $150,000 or up to 1% back on homes over$350,000.

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Reuven Shechter

Reuven Shechter is the Outreach Coordinator at Clever Real Estate, the free online service that connects you with top real estate agents to help save on commission. He spreads the word about Clever, disseminating studies to journalists and developing relationships with media outlets. Reuven is passionate about investing in real estate and creating lasting success for families. His writing has been featured in Max Real Estate Exposure, Leverage Marketing, and more.

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