ETX cities perform poorly in best Texas cities for families list

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Texas is one of the largest and fastest growing states in America, but where do the cities within the state rank for families?

WalletHub, a website focused on financial advice, has compiled their list of the Best and Worst Cities for Texas Families. Several East Texas cities performed poorly, based on the site’s criteria for ranking.

The largest 112 cities were ranked. East Texas can be found below.

67. Longview

79. Tyler

102. Lufkin

103. Nacogdoches

108. Texarkana

Source: WalletHub

The WalletHub methodology for their rankings is provided below.


To help identify the most family-friendly cities in Texas, WalletHub compared the state’s 112 largest cities in four categories: 1) Family Life & Fun, 2) Education, Health & Safety, 3) Affordability and 4) Socioeconomic Environment.

We did so using 21 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was scored from 0 to 100, with 100 representing the most favorable conditions for families. We then used the weighted average of these individual-metric scores to calculate an overall score for each city, with which the cities were ultimately ranked.

Please note that “city” refers to city proper and excludes surrounding metro areas. Other cities were excluded from the sample due to limited data availability.

Family Life & Fun – Total Points: 25

  • Number of Playgrounds per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • Number of Attractions (e.g., zoos, museums, theaters): Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • Percentage of Families with Children Younger than Age 18: Double Weight (~8.33 Points)
  • WalletHub “Weather” Ranking: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)
  • Average Commute Time: Full Weight (~4.17 Points)

Education, Health & Safety – Total Points: 25

  • Quality of School System: Full Weight (~2.94 Points)
  • High School Graduation Rate: Half Weight (~1.47 Points)
  • Air Quality: Full Weight (~2.94 Points)
  • Number of Pediatricians per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight (~2.94 Points)
  • Percentage of Children (newborn to age 18) Lacking Health Insurance Coverage: Full Weight (~2.94 Points)
  • Violent-Crime Rate per 1,000 Residents: Double Weight (~5.88 Points)
  • Property-Crime Rate per 1,000 Residents: Double Weight (~5.88 Points)

Affordability – Total Points: 25

  • Housing Affordability (median annual family income divided by housing costs — accounts for both rent and house prices): Full Weight (~12.5 Points)
  • General Affordability (median family annual income divided by cost of living index): Full Weight (~12.5 Points)

Socioeconomic Environment – Total Points: 25

  • Separation & Divorce Rate: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
  • Percentage of Two-Parent Families: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
  • Percentage of Families Below Poverty Line: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
  • Percentage of Households Receiving Food Stamps: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
  • Unemployment Rate: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
  • Wealth Gap: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)
  • Foreclosure Rate: Full Weight (~3.57 Points)

Sources: Data used to create these rankings were obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Council for Community and Economic Research,, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Education Agency, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Renwood RealtyTrac and WalletHub research.

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