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 530 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:
So what is the worst small town to call home in Texas for 2019? According to the most recent census data, La Pryor is the worst small town to live in Texas.
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 determined the worst small towns to live in Texas for 2019
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census’s 2013-2017 American Community Survey, 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 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 530 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.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $43,400 (21st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.8% (16th worst)
More on La Pryor: Data
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $42,600 (18th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (272nd worst)
More on Fort Hancock: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $63,800 (116th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.4% (92nd worst)
More on Rosita: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $58,800 (86th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.0% (76th worst)
More on Tornillo: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $45,200 (28th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.4% (70th worst)
More on Seth Ward: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $59,100 (87th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.8% (16th worst)
More on Escobares: Data
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $54,600 (68th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (146th worst)
More on Abram: Data
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $65,100 (128th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (131st worst)
More on Tenaha: Data
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 10)
Median Home Value: $63,400 (113th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.9% (100th worst)
More on Laureles: Data
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:
- Rollingwood (Pop. 1,565)
- Bunker Hill Village (Pop. 3,936)
- Spring Valley Village (Pop. 4,175)
For more Texas reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Texas
- 10 Safest Places In Texas
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Texas
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Texas
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Texas
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