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Best Places to Live in Texas in 2020-21

Everything is bigger in Texas, so if you’re looking to upgrade, consider the best places to live in Texas below.

For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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Austin, TX

badge #1 in Best Places to Live in Texas

People are drawn to the Texas capital's music, outdoor spaces and cultural institutions. Austin was established along the Colorado Ri… more

  • 7.4 Overall Score
  • 7.1 Quality of Life
  • 6.6 Value

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

badge #2 in Best Places to Live in Texas

Offering both big-city excitement and quiet, suburban living, the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area offers an interesting mix of Texas pri… more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 6.7 Quality of Life
  • 7.0 Value

Houston, TX

badge #3 in Best Places to Live in Texas

The Houston metro area attracts people with an entrepreneurial spirit and those who want to work at some of the country's largest com… more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 6.3 Quality of Life
  • 6.9 Value

San Antonio, TX

badge #4 in Best Places to Live in Texas

San Antonio is as comfortable as an old pair of jeans. It offers big-city amenities and world-renowned attractions coupled with a rel… more

  • 6.8 Overall Score
  • 6.3 Quality of Life
  • 6.6 Value

Killeen, TX

badge #5 in Best Places to Live in Texas

Located in the heart of central Texas, Killeen is a family-friendly city with a thriving economy fueled by Fort Hood, one of the larg… more

  • 6.3 Overall Score
  • 6.2 Quality of Life
  • 6.9 Value

Corpus Christi, TX

badge #6 in Best Places to Live in Texas

Tucked away in southern Texas, Corpus Christi is a place where you're much more likely to see cyclists in flip flops than dirt-kickin… more

  • 6.1 Overall Score
  • 6.0 Quality of Life
  • 6.2 Value

Beaumont, TX

badge #7 in Best Places to Live in Texas

Along with neighboring cities Port Arthur and Orange, Beaumont makes up southeast Texas' Golden Triangle, a moniker that means busine… more

  • 6.1 Overall Score
  • 5.8 Quality of Life
  • 7.3 Value

El Paso, TX

badge #8 in Best Places to Live in Texas

It's easy to write off El Paso, Texas, as another Southern cow town. Sure, you'll find an overwhelming number of steakhouses here, an… more

  • 6.0 Overall Score
  • 7.1 Quality of Life
  • 5.5 Value

McAllen, TX

badge #9 in Best Places to Live in Texas

Despite its reputation as a mere border town, McAllen, Texas, is a vibrant metro area and a major center for retail, international tr… more

  • 5.7 Overall Score
  • 7.8 Quality of Life
  • 5.3 Value

Brownsville, TX

badge #10 in Best Places to Live in Texas

Located at the southernmost tip of Texas, the Brownsville metro area marks the point where Texas meets both Mexico and the Gulf of Me… more

  • 5.7 Overall Score
  • 7.8 Quality of Life
  • 5.3 Value