East Texas Cities Fare Poorly in ‘Best Places to Live in Texas’ Study
According to the '2018 Best Cities in Texas for Families' study released by WalletHub, East Texas didn't fare too well. Numbers were crunched for 117 of some of the larger cities in the Lone Star State, and based on the methodology used, the city of Frisco, just north of Dallas, was ranked as the #1 place for families to live in Texas. In fact, the Dallas area produced all of the top 5 cities (Allen, Southlake, Colleyville, and Flower Mound).
According to WalletHub, 21 relevant metrics were included in the research, this includes measures such as crime rate, divorce rate, quality of school systems, and affordability. Not many East Texas cities were included in the study, so I took a closer look at the numbers for Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Tyler, Longview, and Beaumont.
Overall, Nacogdoches topped this fivesome with a ranking of 76. Lufkin ranked at 82, followed by Tyler (87), Longview (97), and Beaumont (110). Keep in mind, these numbers are based on a total of 117 cities, so none of our East Texas towns finished in the top 60%. However, there were some categories in which Lufkin and Nacogdoches excelled. For instance, Lufkin finished 1st in daily commute time, and Nacogdoches finished 1st in number of pediatricians for every 100,000 residents.
Here's a breakdown of some of the East Texas numbers
Metric Lufkin Nacogdoches Tyler Longview Beaumont
Area Attractions 73rd 19th 20th 50th 21st
Pediatricians per 100,000 94th 1st 33rd 55th 23rd
Quality of Schools 79th 89th 104th 62nd 110th
Average Commute Time 1st 5th 30th 23rd 19th
Violent Crime Rate 78th 73rd 83rd 96th 115th
Housing Affordability 58th 102nd 75th 72nd 42nd
Divorce Rate 99th 71st 103rd 109th 106th
% Below Poverty Level 90th 106th 75th 84th 86th
Just because we are printing these numbers and findings certainly does not mean we agree with the overall outcome. Speaking for myself, there are many reasons I like to visit areas around Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas, but East Texas is my home. I chose and choose to live here because I love the environment for my family. There is a wonderful spirit of love and willingness to do for others in this area. We have problems and setbacks just like any other community in 'Anywhereville USA', but, I'm proud of the way we work through those issues.
One other note...I place high value on the fact that our area scored so high on the commute metric. I've sat through traffic on I-35 in Austin, the Gulf Freeway in Houston, and Central Expressway in Dallas, and although I complain about the folks that poke along on Timberland Drive and North Street, by comparison, I'll take that any day.