These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In Texas


We used science and data to determine which Texas cities are dumb as rocks.

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Recently, the Washington Post published a study on the smartest states in America.
In the categories of SAT scores and college graduation rate, Texas ranked as the 39th dumbest state in America, a little smarter than New Mexico, but dumber than Georgia.

We’ll be looking at high school completion rates rather than college-related metrics of smartness, for the sake of figuring out which cities in Texas are contributing to the stupidity in the state more than the rest.

After crunching the numbers, we came up with this list of the ten dumbest cities in the Lone Star State:

  1. Mathis
  2. Elsa (Photos)
  3. San Diego
  4. Robstown (Photos)
  5. Yoakum (Photos)
  6. Sinton
  7. Bellmead (Photos)
  8. Sullivan City
  9. Marlin (Photos)
  10. Haskell (Photos)

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How we determined the dumbest cities in the Lone Star State

We realize that formal education isn’t everything when it comes to being smart, but on the other hand not knowing the difference between they’re, their, and there is always going to make you look pretty stupid.

So we narrowed down our criteria to focus both on a city’s educational opportunities and what percentage of the population takes advantage of those opportunities.

In short, we came up with these criteria to determine the dumbest cities in Texas:

  • % of city’s population with less than a high school education (Age 25+)
  • % of high school drop outs (Ages 16-19)

Note: We only looked at cities with populations greater than 2,000, leaving us 457 cities in Texas to rank. We also looked at the graduation rates of the entire population, not the current rates for high schoolers.

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1. Mathis

Dumbest Texas

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,964
Adults Without High School Diploma: 44.9%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 17.8%

When you look at the numbers, Mathis, a little city outside of Corpus Christi, is the dumbest city in the state of Texas.

Almost 45% of the city doesn’t even have a high school degree by the age of 25 years old. Surprisingly, that’s only the 15th lowest rate in the state. Meaning there are 14 ‘dumber’ adult populations in Texas.

When you factor in the 18% teenage dropout rate, that adds up to a population that’s highly uneducated, from the top down.

2. Elsa

Dumbest Texas

Source: Wikipedia User |

Population: 3,467
Adults Without High School Diploma: 48.5%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 14.8%
Elsa is a teeny place just outside of Brownsville, where the adult population without a high school diploma is actually closer to 50%, which is the 9th highest rate in Texas.

The kids in Elsa are actually a little smarter than those in Mathis – ‘only’ 15% of the kids ages 16-19 are currently not attending school.

3. San Diego

Dumbest Texas

Source: Public Domain

Population: 3,014
Adults Without High School Diploma: 36.6%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 24.2%

It’s the teens in San Diego that are really dumbing down the population, which might be a long-term problem at some point if things aren’t handled correctly. Almost a quarter of the high schoolers here aren’t attending high school.

The adult population is far less uneducated than those in Elsa and Mathis. However, when an adult graduation rate of 67% is considered ‘good’, that means Texas has a huge uneducated population on its hands.

4. Robstown

Dumbest Texas

Population: 6,827
Adults Without High School Diploma: 37.3%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 18.9%

The Corpus Christi area (and the region near the Mexican border) seems to be the most uneducated population in The Lone Star State. That might not come as a surprise to you.

Both the adults and teens are far above the state average in terms of intelligence levels. That’s setting up this small city for a fate of stupidity that it might not recover from for a generation.

5. Yoakum

Dumbest Texas

Population: 3,593
Adults Without High School Diploma: 34.6%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 25.8%
More than 25% of Yoakum teens have dropped out of high school, which is the 10th highest rate in the state, and one of the highest rates you’ll see in the entire country.

That doesn’t bode well, as the adults are already dumb enough, when you consider than 1 in 3 didn’t get a GED by the age of 25.

Yoakum is just about halfway between San Antonio and Houston.

6. Sinton

Dumbest Texas

Source: Public Domain

Population: 3,497
Adults Without High School Diploma: 40.6%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 14.7%

Sinton teens are actually a lot closer to the state average when it comes to the drop out rate, but it’s the adults that make this small city outside of Corpus Christi one of the dumbest cities in the state. More than 4 in 10 adults is walking around without even a basic education here.

7. Bellmead

Dumbest Texas

Population: 5,888
Adults Without High School Diploma: 33.7%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 21.8%

This Waco suburb is in the bottom 10% for adult education levels, and in the bottom 3% for teenage education levels. That puts it far behind the rest of the state when it comes to intelligence levels, and certainly one of the last places in which to start a Book of the Month club.

8. Sullivan City

Dumbest Texas

Source: Public Domain

Population: 2,234
Adults Without High School Diploma: 58.5%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 10.9%

This is an interesting place. There’s only one other city with more dumb adults in the state of Texas (the border town of Presidio). In Sullivan City (also a border town), nearly 6 in 10 adults has never finished high school.

The interesting thing about Sullivan City is that the kids are actually attending class at a much higher rate than their parents. That gives hope to the border towns of Texas that perhaps the next generation of kids are attempting to better their lives by finishing school.

9. Marlin

Dumbest Texas

Population: 3,827
Adults Without High School Diploma: 31.9%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 23.3%

Marlin is just outside of Waco. The educational situation is the opposite of Sullivan City. The adults are twice as smart, but the kids are twice as dumb as they are in Sullivan City. Add it up, and Marlin has one of the least educated populations in the state.

10. Haskell

Dumbest Texas

Population: 2,400
Adults Without High School Diploma: 31.5%
Teenage High School Drop Outs: 25.0%

Haskell is the only city on this list that’s not in southern Texas. A short drive north of Abilene, the teens are dropping out at a higher rate than just about every other city in the state. Factor in an already uneducated adult population, and you have a long-term problem here.

Putting a dunce cap on our analysis

If you’re measuring the locations in Texas where there are a high number of teenage dropouts and adults who never received a formal education, this is an accurate list.

Where are the smartest cities in Texas? Fair Oaks Ranch, Bee Cave, Hunters Creek Village, West University Place and Piney Point Village. Fair Oaks Ranch is a San Antonio suburb and Bee Cave is outside of Austin. The last three are Houston ‘burbs.

We also wrote about the 10 worst places to live in Texas if you wanted to read that story:

Detailed List Of Dumbest Cities In Texas

City Rank Population Adults Without High School Diploma Teenage High School Drop Outs
Mathis 1 2,964 44.9% 17.8%
Elsa 2 3,467 48.5% 14.8%
San Diego 3 3,014 36.6% 24.2%
Robstown 4 6,827 37.3% 18.9%
Yoakum 5 3,593 34.6% 25.8%
Sinton 6 3,497 40.6% 14.7%
Bellmead 7 5,888 33.7% 21.8%
Sullivan City 8 2,234 58.5% 10.9%
Marlin 9 3,827 31.9% 23.3%
Haskell 10 2,400 31.5% 25.0%
La Feria 11 4,445 32.3% 21.1%
Hempstead 12 2,997 33.0% 18.0%
Alton 13 7,523 46.5% 11.3%
Pearsall 14 5,758 35.6% 14.0%
Balch Springs 15 12,729 33.6% 15.7%
Dilley 16 2,442 30.5% 21.1%
Karnes City 17 2,113 34.8% 13.8%
Rio Bravo 18 2,557 56.1% 9.8%
Rio Grande City 19 7,659 39.7% 11.4%
Alamo 20 11,731 38.1% 11.7%
Jacinto City 21 6,385 53.4% 9.4%
Stamford 22 2,145 27.9% 23.0%
Friona 23 2,381 45.1% 9.5%
Hidalgo 24 6,592 37.4% 10.9%
La Joya 25 2,266 55.3% 8.8%
Comanche 26 2,722 34.1% 11.9%
Cotulla 27 2,187 40.1% 9.6%
Navasota 28 4,724 28.7% 17.2%
Colorado City 29 2,721 26.2% 34.6%
Freeport 30 6,933 32.6% 11.9%
Clute 31 6,782 27.8% 17.4%
Falfurrias 32 2,909 30.4% 13.7%
Mineral Wells 33 10,409 26.6% 19.1%
Littlefield 34 3,863 30.0% 12.2%
Dublin 35 2,172 27.5% 14.6%
Roma 36 5,929 54.3% 7.3%
Carrizo Springs 37 3,544 27.3% 14.0%
Pilot Point 38 2,649 26.0% 16.4%
San Benito 39 14,275 37.1% 8.3%
Kermit 40 3,707 32.1% 9.5%
Donna 41 8,973 36.8% 7.5%
Llano 42 2,537 23.4% 29.8%
Port Arthur 43 34,114 27.5% 11.4%
Gatesville 44 11,982 26.2% 12.8%
San Juan 45 18,751 44.5% 6.6%
Richmond 46 7,577 35.5% 7.5%
Abernathy 47 2,081 25.6% 13.3%
Hondo 48 5,416 25.7% 13.0%
Plainview 49 12,625 27.0% 10.7%
Dumas 50 8,705 31.6% 8.5%
Sansom Park 51 2,948 38.0% 6.7%
South Houston 52 9,458 48.9% 6.0%
Corsicana 53 14,805 25.3% 13.3%
Crane 54 2,223 28.8% 9.2%
Coleman 55 3,067 21.6% 63.0%
Sweetwater 56 6,970 24.6% 13.4%
Forest Hill 57 7,547 29.1% 8.7%
Laredo 58 133,498 34.6% 6.9%
Bridgeport 59 3,862 23.7% 14.0%
Pittsburg 60 2,718 30.0% 8.1%
Willis 61 3,592 36.6% 6.6%
Whitesboro 62 2,553 20.9% 34.8%
McAllen 63 82,077 26.5% 9.8%
Kirby 64 5,080 21.9% 20.6%
Bonham 65 7,142 24.4% 11.7%
Gladewater 66 4,056 22.6% 17.6%
Lampasas 67 4,593 20.7% 31.5%
Anthony 68 3,550 23.0% 16.3%
Mount Pleasant 69 8,940 37.0% 6.2%
Brookshire 70 2,545 32.5% 6.7%
Crystal City 71 4,117 38.1% 5.8%
Hereford 72 8,532 31.2% 7.2%
Manor 73 3,351 20.3% 28.5%
Dalhart 74 4,983 21.0% 21.7%
Odessa 75 64,305 24.0% 11.5%
Weslaco 76 22,383 32.0% 6.7%
Alice 77 11,654 25.4% 10.2%
Port Isabel 78 3,181 38.9% 5.4%
Kaufman 79 4,192 23.6% 11.9%
Kingsville 80 14,141 27.9% 7.6%
Brownsville 81 100,185 36.9% 5.7%
River Oaks 82 4,572 26.9% 8.5%
Jacksboro 83 2,951 23.6% 11.6%
Eagle Pass 84 16,244 34.5% 6.1%
Vernon 85 7,186 22.5% 13.8%
Carthage 86 4,266 19.8% 21.9%
Harlingen 87 39,721 27.5% 7.7%
Los Fresnos 88 3,171 40.9% 4.7%
Venus 89 2,271 23.3% 11.8%
Del Rio 90 22,083 33.1% 6.1%
Dimmitt 91 2,561 26.9% 7.7%
Dallas 92 790,484 25.7% 8.8%
Center 93 3,379 36.6% 5.2%
Wills Point 94 2,224 23.3% 11.4%
Rosenberg 95 19,706 23.7% 10.3%
Devine 96 2,681 24.5% 9.3%
Haltom City 97 26,684 27.6% 7.1%
Primera 98 2,358 23.8% 9.8%
Rusk 99 3,890 28.0% 6.7%
Gilmer 100 3,149 21.7% 12.2%
Elgin 101 4,883 24.0% 9.5%
Jasper 102 4,555 24.6% 8.7%
Pharr 103 40,401 38.2% 4.4%
Terrell 104 10,087 26.3% 7.4%
Joshua 105 3,654 19.5% 16.3%
Lamesa 106 5,980 26.3% 7.3%
Brownfield 107 6,066 31.3% 5.4%
Bryan 108 46,337 22.7% 10.4%
Progreso 109 3,439 47.9% 3.6%
Gun Barrel City 110 4,553 18.1% 16.5%
Conroe 111 38,499 24.2% 7.9%
Cleveland 112 4,708 25.4% 7.4%
Houston 113 1,387,729 24.1% 7.7%
Nocona 114 2,039 26.8% 6.5%
Lake Worth 115 3,379 18.9% 13.8%
Jacksonville 116 8,095 28.6% 5.5%
Henderson 117 9,506 18.9% 13.7%
Hitchcock 118 4,726 16.0% 18.0%
Diboll 119 3,207 29.1% 5.2%
Edna 120 3,608 23.9% 7.6%
Hudson 121 2,622 20.5% 11.0%
Penitas 122 2,302 46.6% 3.2%
Wharton 123 5,475 29.2% 4.9%
Palmview 124 2,986 45.9% 3.2%
Cuero 125 4,458 25.6% 6.6%
Webster 126 7,197 14.4% 33.3%
Lufkin 127 22,474 21.7% 8.9%
El Campo 128 7,199 28.5% 4.9%
Aransas Pass 129 5,866 23.6% 7.4%
Big Spring 130 18,483 25.7% 6.2%
Seguin 131 16,789 24.5% 6.7%
Alvarado 132 2,530 17.3% 12.9%
Raymondville 133 7,375 39.2% 3.2%
Socorro 134 18,705 43.5% 2.9%
Irving 135 143,339 20.0% 9.6%
Crockett 136 4,334 21.2% 8.9%
Canton 137 2,447 19.1% 10.6%
Mission 138 45,321 27.5% 4.7%
Breckenridge 139 3,316 25.8% 5.7%
Pasadena 140 90,062 28.9% 4.3%
Farmersville 141 2,362 15.0% 15.7%
Greenville 142 16,764 21.2% 8.6%
Pecos 143 5,220 35.0% 3.4%
Cleburne 144 18,312 22.1% 7.4%
Athens 145 7,684 24.5% 5.6%
Beeville 146 8,039 27.7% 4.1%
Uvalde 147 9,510 32.3% 3.3%
Childress 148 3,898 10.3% 30.1%
White Settlement 149 11,000 23.8% 5.9%
Teague 150 2,320 18.8% 8.9%
Eastland 151 2,925 15.9% 10.7%
Galena Park 152 6,477 38.7% 2.0%
Victoria 153 40,553 19.9% 7.7%
Hillsboro 154 4,601 29.1% 3.5%
Wilmer 155 2,200 43.1% 1.4%
Royse City 156 5,435 9.8% 26.5%
Tulia 157 3,145 26.8% 3.9%
Granbury 158 5,938 10.8% 19.0%
Spearman 159 2,187 25.7% 4.2%
Paris 160 16,401 15.6% 9.8%
Floresville 161 4,506 25.9% 4.0%
Amarillo 162 123,148 16.6% 8.9%
Presidio 163 2,560 66.6% 0.0%
Dickinson 164 12,451 19.6% 7.2%
Gonzales 165 4,470 32.1% 2.4%
Tomball 166 6,825 14.1% 11.4%
Cockrell Hill 167 2,400 48.6% 0.0%
La Marque 168 9,544 14.6% 10.3%
Graham 169 5,708 23.3% 5.1%
Perryton 170 5,394 27.0% 3.4%
Palacios 171 2,907 27.5% 3.3%
Fredericksburg 172 7,912 11.8% 12.1%
Clarksville 173 2,185 23.0% 5.0%
Post 174 3,690 40.7% 0.0%
Reno city (Lamar County) 175 2,041 8.6% 17.8%
Eagle Lake 176 2,243 23.5% 4.6%
New Boston 177 3,320 14.4% 9.8%
Bay City 178 11,055 23.1% 4.8%
Eden 179 2,073 39.9% 0.0%
Garland 180 143,303 23.5% 4.6%
Mercedes 181 8,875 39.9% 0.0%
Fort Worth 182 475,701 19.6% 6.4%
Sherman 183 24,209 16.3% 7.7%
Alvin 184 15,947 19.8% 6.3%
Big Lake 185 2,047 39.7% 0.0%
Hearne 186 2,729 38.7% 0.0%
Denver City 187 2,804 27.8% 2.5%
El Paso 188 406,790 22.8% 4.6%
Levelland 189 8,031 25.2% 3.5%
Lewisville 190 64,465 13.2% 9.6%
Sulphur Springs 191 10,009 20.9% 5.4%
McGregor 192 2,973 11.8% 10.8%
Waco 193 70,940 22.2% 4.6%
Galveston 194 32,724 19.1% 6.2%
Fort Stockton 195 5,328 26.4% 2.9%
Gainesville 196 10,242 25.2% 3.4%
Borger 197 8,380 19.3% 6.1%
Muleshoe 198 2,977 36.6% 0.0%
Lockhart 199 8,620 20.5% 5.2%
Seminole 200 4,178 31.8% 1.2%
Brady 201 3,672 23.9% 3.6%
Lancaster 202 22,574 14.5% 8.1%
Bowie 203 3,375 17.0% 6.7%
Decatur 204 4,029 15.6% 7.1%
Sanger 205 4,128 10.0% 11.3%
Seagoville 206 10,632 23.8% 3.5%
San Antonio 207 866,335 18.9% 5.7%
Kenedy 208 2,169 33.3% 0.0%
Longview 209 52,247 17.0% 6.5%
Brenham 210 10,111 21.3% 4.6%
Giddings 211 2,888 32.8% 0.0%
Burnet 212 3,765 17.8% 6.1%
Slaton 213 4,208 32.7% 0.0%
Midland 214 74,204 17.2% 6.2%
Georgetown 215 37,303 8.8% 11.4%
Groesbeck 216 2,764 32.4% 0.0%
Hutchins 217 3,597 29.7% 0.8%
Corpus Christi 218 200,105 18.8% 5.4%
Baytown 219 45,109 25.4% 2.2%
Boerne 220 7,875 12.2% 8.3%
Granite Shoals 221 3,173 30.8% 0.0%
Hutto 222 11,823 6.7% 13.8%
Mexia 223 4,598 21.3% 3.9%
Port Lavaca 224 7,599 23.1% 3.4%
Grand Prairie 225 108,915 20.1% 4.2%
Hickory Creek 226 2,427 3.8% 19.9%
Texas City 227 29,961 17.7% 5.4%
Snyder 228 6,970 24.1% 2.6%
Luling 229 3,651 29.4% 0.0%
Alpine 230 4,003 15.1% 6.3%
Denison 231 15,459 14.4% 6.7%
Marshall 232 14,855 21.3% 3.7%
San Angelo 233 59,764 17.4% 5.2%
Jersey Village 234 5,953 5.3% 14.8%
Katy 235 9,597 13.6% 6.9%
Edinburg 236 43,249 22.6% 3.4%
Azle 237 7,714 14.5% 6.5%
La Grange 238 2,972 28.3% 0.0%
Pampa 239 11,663 19.5% 4.2%
Clifton 240 2,342 25.9% 1.3%
Universal City 241 12,812 9.1% 8.8%
Taft 242 2,022 27.8% 0.0%
Converse 243 12,617 14.5% 6.2%
Kyle 244 17,862 12.8% 6.8%
Tyler 245 62,401 15.5% 5.3%
Crowley 246 8,232 10.3% 7.4%
Orange 247 12,189 14.6% 5.6%
Bishop 248 2,054 26.8% 0.0%
Roanoke 249 4,349 2.9% 15.1%
Glenn Heights 250 6,948 12.7% 6.3%
Mesquite 251 85,999 18.7% 3.8%
Monahans 252 4,400 25.8% 0.5%
Richwood 253 2,193 12.1% 6.6%
Everman 254 3,747 26.2% 0.0%
Silsbee 255 4,547 14.8% 5.1%
Abilene 256 73,705 16.9% 4.1%
Andrews 257 7,481 21.6% 2.6%
Belton 258 10,331 17.9% 3.7%
Carrollton 259 83,013 14.5% 4.9%
Arlington 260 231,191 15.4% 4.5%
Ennis 261 11,064 23.6% 1.3%
Taylor 262 10,387 19.6% 3.2%
Cameron 263 3,617 23.1% 1.7%
Hewitt 264 9,300 5.9% 9.1%
Madisonville 265 2,806 24.9% 0.0%
Leon Valley 266 7,786 7.0% 8.3%
Ovilla 267 2,377 4.4% 10.2%
Groves 268 10,676 11.5% 5.9%
Bastrop 269 5,029 19.6% 2.9%
Duncanville 270 25,413 16.8% 3.7%
Lytle 271 2,061 24.3% 0.0%
Lubbock 272 136,044 14.0% 4.7%
Nacogdoches 273 16,203 15.4% 3.9%
Beaumont 274 75,055 15.8% 3.7%
Huntsville 275 22,992 18.2% 3.1%
Grapevine 276 32,932 7.9% 6.8%
Port Neches 277 8,712 5.6% 8.6%
Caldwell 278 2,974 23.6% 0.0%
Rockdale 279 3,646 16.2% 3.4%
West Columbia 280 2,472 12.3% 4.9%
Dayton 281 4,884 23.4% 0.3%
Ballinger 282 2,225 23.4% 0.0%
Commerce 283 3,875 21.5% 1.3%
Richland Hills 284 5,855 17.4% 3.0%
Deer Park 285 20,762 14.2% 3.9%
Fairview 286 5,913 1.8% 10.4%
Kilgore 287 8,534 15.3% 3.5%
Morgan’s Point Resort 288 2,686 8.4% 6.2%
Stafford 289 12,289 15.8% 3.3%
Columbus 290 2,517 23.0% 0.0%
Watauga 291 15,252 12.4% 4.3%
Denton 292 68,982 11.2% 4.6%
Hamilton 293 2,245 22.5% 0.0%
Liberty 294 5,671 22.4% 0.0%
Humble 295 9,751 17.8% 2.1%
Weatherford 296 16,719 11.1% 4.3%
Pleasanton 297 5,917 21.6% 0.0%
Atlanta 298 3,682 15.7% 2.8%
Austin 299 564,388 13.0% 3.7%
Smithville 300 2,545 21.4% 0.0%
Mineola 301 2,878 21.3% 0.0%
Highland Park 302 5,974 2.0% 8.6%
Bridge City 303 5,042 11.7% 3.9%
Farmers Branch 304 19,964 17.2% 1.9%
Cisco 305 2,303 20.9% 0.0%
Lucas 306 3,754 3.2% 7.5%
Keene 307 3,350 19.6% 0.9%
Horizon City 308 9,324 17.9% 1.5%
Killeen 309 76,019 8.9% 4.6%
Kerrville 310 15,922 13.9% 3.3%
Oak Point 311 2,224 3.6% 6.9%
Brownwood 312 11,541 15.5% 2.3%
DeSoto 313 33,929 9.2% 4.5%
Jourdanton 314 2,903 20.4% 0.0%
Ingleside 315 5,510 15.6% 2.1%
Sealy 316 3,612 20.2% 0.0%
Wichita Falls 317 64,648 14.7% 2.8%
Lacy-Lakeview 318 4,007 19.8% 0.0%
Euless 319 35,451 10.0% 3.8%
New Braunfels 320 39,547 12.1% 3.4%
Waxahachie 321 18,844 12.8% 3.2%
Mabank 322 2,042 19.3% 0.0%
Canyon 323 7,463 9.0% 3.9%
Santa Fe 324 8,647 7.4% 4.6%
Castroville 325 2,006 18.4% 0.0%
Angleton 326 12,555 18.1% 0.1%
Palestine 327 11,744 16.9% 0.7%
Hurst 328 26,028 15.3% 1.5%
Livingston 329 3,473 15.0% 1.6%
Texarkana 330 24,095 12.0% 3.0%
La Porte 331 22,036 13.7% 2.1%
McKinney 332 88,283 7.8% 3.9%
West Orange 333 2,642 17.2% 0.0%
San Marcos 334 21,833 13.5% 1.9%
Spring Valley Village 335 2,649 1.2% 6.7%
Stephenville 336 9,038 14.0% 1.7%
Rockwall 337 25,797 8.3% 3.5%
Nolanville 338 2,400 15.8% 0.0%
Sachse 339 14,129 6.8% 4.0%
Marble Falls 340 4,100 15.8% 0.0%
Helotes 341 5,273 6.8% 3.8%
Temple 342 45,489 12.7% 1.7%
Wolfforth 343 2,114 15.5% 0.0%
Red Oak 344 6,624 15.2% 0.0%
North Richland Hills 345 43,477 8.6% 3.1%
Benbrook 346 15,855 6.2% 3.6%
Rockport 347 6,921 13.2% 0.6%
Frisco 348 80,357 4.0% 4.1%
Pearland 349 61,590 7.8% 3.0%
Princeton 350 4,675 14.1% 0.0%
Midlothian 351 12,118 7.5% 3.1%
Lake Jackson 352 17,912 8.0% 2.8%
Burkburnett 353 7,549 12.8% 0.5%
League City 354 57,606 5.4% 3.6%
Portland 355 9,435 9.8% 1.8%
Cedar Hill 356 28,488 8.6% 2.2%
West Lake Hills 357 2,192 0.2% 5.4%
Manvel 358 4,063 13.1% 0.0%
Anna 359 5,602 13.0% 0.0%
Lindale 360 3,217 12.9% 0.0%
Saginaw 361 12,372 9.0% 1.8%
Round Rock 362 65,418 9.3% 1.5%
Harker Heights 363 16,575 9.4% 1.4%
Bellville 364 2,895 12.3% 0.0%
Prosper 365 7,292 3.3% 3.7%
Wylie 366 26,256 7.6% 2.1%
Kennedale 367 4,878 11.6% 0.0%
Bulverde 368 3,363 11.5% 0.0%
Pflugerville 369 33,517 6.7% 2.4%
Vidor 370 7,300 11.3% 0.0%
Missouri City 371 45,335 7.7% 1.9%
Buda 372 5,697 5.8% 2.8%
Lumberton 373 7,981 10.9% 0.0%
Leander 374 18,272 9.4% 0.6%
South Padre Island 375 2,498 10.8% 0.0%
Fate 376 4,736 5.0% 3.1%
Burleson 377 24,693 7.7% 1.8%
Little Elm 378 18,385 10.7% 0.0%
White Oak 379 4,011 10.6% 0.0%
Shavano Park 380 2,291 3.0% 3.5%
Rowlett 381 36,978 10.3% 0.0%
Bedford 382 34,893 5.9% 2.4%
Iowa Park 383 4,146 10.2% 0.0%
The Colony 384 24,700 6.2% 2.1%
Sweeny 385 2,213 10.0% 0.0%
Live Oak 386 9,853 8.3% 1.1%
Plano 387 183,045 6.6% 2.0%
Clyde 388 2,433 9.8% 0.0%
Edgecliff Village 389 2,002 9.2% 0.0%
Richardson 390 69,675 7.9% 1.0%
Robinson 391 7,289 9.0% 0.0%
Mansfield 392 37,154 6.1% 1.7%
Mont Belvieu 393 2,664 8.6% 0.0%
Allen 394 55,887 4.2% 2.3%
Sunnyvale 395 3,758 8.4% 0.0%
Selma 396 4,428 8.4% 0.0%
Castle Hills 397 3,256 8.4% 0.0%
Sugar Land 398 55,924 7.3% 0.6%
Murphy 399 11,190 4.4% 2.0%
Van Alstyne 400 2,043 8.1% 0.0%
Krum 401 2,639 7.8% 0.0%
Cibolo 402 13,203 4.5% 1.8%
Forney 403 9,582 5.6% 1.3%
Justin 404 2,245 7.3% 0.0%
Corinth 405 12,710 3.2% 2.0%
Laguna Vista 406 2,308 7.2% 0.0%
Schertz 407 22,831 7.2% 0.0%
Wake Village 408 3,287 7.1% 0.0%
Copperas Cove 409 20,317 6.8% 0.2%
Lake Dallas 410 4,938 7.0% 0.0%
Addison 411 11,167 6.9% 0.0%
Lago Vista 412 4,823 6.9% 0.0%
Coppell 413 26,102 3.5% 1.5%
Oak Ridge North 414 2,189 1.3% 2.4%
Cedar Park 415 36,749 4.7% 1.0%
College Station 416 39,007 5.7% 0.4%
Parker 417 2,563 5.9% 0.0%
Melissa 418 3,107 5.7% 0.0%
Meadows Place 419 3,279 5.6% 0.0%
Friendswood 420 24,454 4.8% 0.5%
Nassau Bay 421 2,914 5.6% 0.0%
Celina 422 4,090 5.3% 0.0%
Keller 423 27,061 3.1% 1.3%
Windcrest 424 4,575 5.3% 0.0%
Hollywood Park 425 2,546 5.2% 0.0%
Nederland 426 11,269 5.0% 0.0%
Whitehouse 427 4,392 3.7% 0.0%
Port Aransas 428 2,811 3.5% 0.0%
Seabrook 429 8,196 3.4% 0.1%
Woodway 430 6,345 3.5% 0.0%
Willow Park 431 2,783 3.5% 0.0%
Taylor Lake Village 432 2,510 3.3% 0.0%
Flower Mound 433 42,710 2.7% 0.5%
Lakeway 434 9,030 1.6% 1.2%
Colleyville 435 16,289 1.9% 0.6%
DeCordova 436 2,251 3.0% 0.0%
Southlake 437 17,423 1.5% 1.0%
Horseshoe Bay 438 2,995 2.9% 0.0%
Hallsville 439 2,576 2.6% 0.0%
Bunker Hill Village 440 2,555 2.5% 0.0%
Terrell Hills 441 3,401 2.5% 0.0%
Highland Village 442 10,563 2.3% 0.0%
Providence Village 443 2,804 2.3% 0.0%
Heath 444 5,291 2.2% 0.0%
Weston Lakes 445 2,008 1.9% 0.0%
Bellaire 446 11,408 1.9% 0.1%
Argyle 447 2,410 1.8% 0.0%
Trophy Club 448 6,302 1.8% 0.0%
Hideaway 449 2,997 1.6% 0.0%
Alamo Heights 450 5,247 1.6% 0.0%
University Park 451 12,411 0.5% 0.5%
Garden Ridge 452 2,598 1.4% 0.0%
Piney Point Village 453 2,295 1.2% 0.0%
West University Place 454 10,206 0.9% 0.0%
Hunters Creek Village 455 2,987 0.8% 0.0%
Bee Cave 456 3,266 0.8% 0.0%
Fair Oaks Ranch 457 4,633 0.5% 0.0%

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12 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In Texas

  1. WOW this is embarrassingly inaccurate for the people who live in these towns. Not to mention really really inconsiderate.

  2. I would like to invite whoever wrote this article to come to South Texas to our University of Texas RVG and take a refresher course in research journalism. I have lived in South Texas for 39 years. Although I am not Hispanic, I am a semi-retired bilingual teacher who has worked at the elementary school in Sullivan City. It is active and vital; a school going places. Sullivan City is located in LaJoya ISD, where I often work as a substitute. LaJoya places a lot of emphasis on the arts and music as well as academics and sports.

    This article doesn’t even mention that a lot of these students don’t speak English and come from poor families. Due to its location, the community may always have a lot of newly arrived immigrants who are from disadvantaged backgrounds. It might mean fewer high school diplomas among them to begin with, but so help me, it doesn’t mean that these people or the city is “dumb.” Many of even the poorest people still support their kids in their education and that is SMART.

    1. It is pretty clear this “writer” is not well educated by any means. It’s interesting they would choose to write an article calling out supposed “dumb” people in such a hypocritical fashion. I get that he’s an un-educated troll-type writer who relies on click bait, nonsensical journalism to make a living, but this article just makes him look really foolish.

  3. I think you need to change your assertion on the city of Haskell! It is one of the finest places in the state of Texas to live!

  4. I agree with Linda Teuling. The authors of this article are pretty dumb and uneducated on how to do research. It should be pretty obvious that the so-called dumbest cities are also those likely to have the highest ratios of uneducated illegal alien agricultural workers.

  5. Speaking of dumb; this so-called “article” is as ignorant as it is racist. Some of the adults who do not have degrees were explicitly swatted with wooden boards for practicing elements of Hispanic culture in at least one of these towns. In addition, as immigrants they were assigned to a 1st grade class even if they were 15 and well educated. They were denied the opportunity to advance more than one grade per year, and many students were required to repeat grades; not to mention separate (and unequal) facilities. If you create a hellish, racist schooling environment, and then call people “stupid” for choosing not to subject themselves to that level of degradation, that’s simply adding insult to injury. While practices today are less explicitly racially biased, there is a vast inequity that is not statistically randomized, as one would expect in a meritorious society. And just because you tried to write a “clever” article to score a check and make a living doesn’t absolve you of responsibility for perpetuating racist notions of dumbness.

  6. It seems a bit hypocritical to judge so called ‘dumb’ people when you struggle considerably with proper grammar. If you plan on throwing rocks at your neighbors house, you better live in a house made of steel.

  7. This article is light on facts for example according to the census bureau, Yoakum had a population of over 5800, and a rate of people under 25 without a high school diploma if 22% Go to the census bureau American factfinder, so it appears your info is in error

  8. Talk about dumb, look at what the author wrote: “In the categories of SAT scores and college graduation rate, Texas ranked as the 39th dumbest state in America, a little smarter than New Mexico, but dumber than Georgia.” If you are the first dumbest state that is bad. If you are the 50th dumbest state, you are the smartest. So the 39th dumbest state is actually pretty good!

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