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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  1. Austin, TX
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    Austin, TX

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.4
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.1
    Value
    Value
    6.6
    Overall Score
    7.4
    Quality of Life
    7.1
    Value
    6.6
  2. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
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    Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    Value
    7
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    7
  3. Houston, TX
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    Houston, TX

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.3
    Value
    Value
    6.9
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    6.3
    Value
    6.9
  4. San Antonio, TX
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    San Antonio, TX

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.3
    Value
    Value
    6.6
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    6.3
    Value
    6.6
  5. Killeen, TX
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    Killeen, TX

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.2
    Value
    Value
    6.9
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    6.2
    Value
    6.9
  6. Corpus Christi, TX
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    Corpus Christi, TX

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6
    Value
    Value
    6.2
    Overall Score
    6.1
    Quality of Life
    6
    Value
    6.2
  7. Beaumont, TX
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    Beaumont, TX

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    5.8
    Value
    Value
    7.3
    Overall Score
    6.1
    Quality of Life
    5.8
    Value
    7.3
  8. El Paso, TX
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    El Paso, TX

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.1
    Value
    Value
    5.5
    Overall Score
    6
    Quality of Life
    7.1
    Value
    5.5
  9. McAllen, TX
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    McAllen, TX

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    5.7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.8
    Value
    Value
    5.3
    Overall Score
    5.7
    Quality of Life
    7.8
    Value
    5.3
  10. Brownsville, TX
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    Brownsville, TX

    #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... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    5.7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.8
    Value
    Value
    5.3
    Overall Score
    5.7
    Quality of Life
    7.8
    Value
    5.3