Most Americans have never been to Texas. However, as the people who live there know, Texas is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Texas has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Lone Star State. Don’t shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 500 of Texas’s smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Texas where you’d never want to live:
- Pine Harbor
- Big Thicket Lake Estates
- Study Butte
- Moore Station
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Texas has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Texas, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we crunched the numbers
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there’s no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 500 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
Population: 136 Median Income: $27,708
Median Home Value: $56,700
Population: 528 Median Income: $30,304
Median Home Value: $30,900
3. Pine Harbor
Population: 779 Median Income: $17,796
Median Home Value: $59,000
4. Big Thicket Lake Estates
Population: 684 Median Income: $30,313
Median Home Value: $36,900
Population: 409 Median Income: $16,136
Median Home Value: $31,500
Population: 818 Median Income: $26,923
Median Home Value: $35,900
7. Study Butte
Population: 254 Median Income: $30,000
Median Home Value: $26,900
8. Moore Station
Population: 276 Median Income: $19,489
Median Home Value: $34,400
Population: 481 Median Income: $17,500
Median Home Value: $43,300
Population: 225 Median Income: $28,750
Median Home Value: $37,500
There You Have It – The Worst Small Towns In Texas
If you’re analyzing teeny places in the Lone Star State with the worst economic situations, where there’s high crime and there’s not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Texas, according to science.
- Best: Mountain City
- 2nd Best: Hilshire Village
- 3rd Best: Tiki Island
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Texas
|Big Thicket Lake Estates||4|
|West Alto Bonito||12|
|B And E||47|
|Chula Vista Cdp (Cameron County)||55|
|La Paloma-Lost Creek||60|
|Alto Bonito Heights||82|