Worst Dallas Suburbs For 2020


We used science and data to determine which Dallas suburbs are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst suburbs around Dallas.

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Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Dallas.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we'll use science and data to determine which Dallas 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Dallas area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Dallas proper, although Highland Park certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Dallas are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

We examined the 75 biggest suburbs of Dallas to find out the worst places to live. And while you won't necessarily find them on the worst places to live in texas lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Dallas in terms of quality of life.

What's the worst suburb of Dallas? Hutchins ranks as the worst suburb of Dallas for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Dallas that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don't blame the messenger.

Or, if you're thinking of moving to elsewhere in texas check out the best places in texas overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Dallas too.

Editor's Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it's because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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The 10 Worst Dallas Suburbs To Live For 2020

Hutchins, TX

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/10

Population: 5,726
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $38,242 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.6% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $78,200 (3rd lowest)
More on Hutchins:  Data | Photos

We'll get the ball rolling with Hutchins, the absolute worst place to live around Dallas according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Hutchins beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 1st worst in the Dallas area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 3rd worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it's cheap to live there. But there's a reason for that... it's Hutchins.

You won't feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren't a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

Terrell, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 17,378
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $44,563 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.3% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $103,500 (8th lowest)
More on Terrell:  Data | Photos

Welcome to Terrell. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 28.1 miles to Dallas. Income levels here are the 3rd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $44,563 a year, which doesn't go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

Seagoville, TX

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5
/10

Population: 16,357
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Income: $48,341 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (28th highest)
Median Home Value: $96,600 (7th lowest)
More on Seagoville:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Dallas suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Seagoville on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that's an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it's in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Dallas suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

Balch Springs, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 25,312
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $48,295 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (21st highest)
Median Home Value: $94,800 (6th lowest)
More on Balch Springs:  Data | Photos

If you live in Balch Springs, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 5th lowest Dallas suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 21st worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Dallas. Remember, we looked at 75 cities for this study.

Balch Springs is about 10.2 miles to downtown.

Wilmer, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,185
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Median Income: $41,125 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 0.9% (75th highest)
Median Home Value: $63,900 (1st lowest)
More on Wilmer:  Data | Photos

Wilmer has the distinction of being a Dallas suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Wilmer has the 1st lowest home values in the metro Dallas area, where the median price is $63,900. To put that into perspective, in Highland Park, the median income is $230,700, which is the best in the area.

Wilmer has an unemployment rate of 0.88% which ranks 75th worst.

Lancaster, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 39,162
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $53,311 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $121,600 (9th lowest)
More on Lancaster:  Data | Photos

Lancaster has 39,162 residents that probably know it's a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you've ever been there, you don't need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 17.425614489003884%.

Ferris, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,612
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $58,477 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (54th highest)
Median Home Value: $78,100 (2nd lowest)
More on Ferris:  Data | Photos

Ah, Ferris. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Dallas.

It's the place with the 54th most out of work residents in the Dallas metro area (3.53%).

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6
/10

Population: 12,581
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $65,051 (22nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $155,500 (18th lowest)
More on Glenn Heights:  Data

Glenn Heights is a city about 17.5 miles from Dallas, but Dallas probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You'd be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Glenn Heights has the 10th most uninsured people, 22nd worst incomes, and has the 4th highest unemployment rate (7.65%) in the entire Dallas metro area.

Homes only cost $155,500 for a reason. That's cheap for Dallas standards.

Cockrell Hill, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,268
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $44,861 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $84,700 (4th lowest)
More on Cockrell Hill:  Data | Photos

If you absolutely have to live near Dallas, then Cockrell Hill might be a place for you to consider as it's only the 9th worst Dallas suburb.

About 6.05% of residents are out of work.

Mesquite, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 144,250
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $56,074 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (19th highest)
Median Home Value: $129,100 (12th lowest)
More on Mesquite:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Dallas suburbs to call home is Mesquite.

Located 10.5 miles outside the city, Mesquites is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 19th highest unemployment rate (5.58%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Dallas for 2020

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2014-2018, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Dallas.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 75 suburbs to evaluate around Dallas.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 75 in each category, where 1 was the "worst".

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the "Worst Suburb near Dallas." We're lookin' at you, Hutchins. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

The areas around Dallas where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2020

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Dallas with Hutchins casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Dallas aren't all bad. Highland Park takes the cake as the best place to live around Dallas.

  • Highland Park
  • University Park
  • Southlake

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Detailed List Of The Worst Dallas Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Hutchins 5,726 $38,242 $78,200
2 Terrell 17,378 $44,563 $103,500
3 Seagoville 16,357 $48,341 $96,600
4 Balch Springs 25,312 $48,295 $94,800
5 Wilmer 4,185 $41,125 $63,900
6 Lancaster 39,162 $53,311 $121,600
7 Ferris 2,612 $58,477 $78,100
8 Glenn Heights 12,581 $65,051 $155,500
9 Cockrell Hill 4,268 $44,861 $84,700
10 Mesquite 144,250 $56,074 $129,100
11 Garland 237,982 $58,999 $146,200
12 Duncanville 39,630 $55,224 $135,400
13 Palmer 2,053 $54,800 $86,400
14 Waxahachie 34,285 $62,986 $155,700
15 Grand Prairie 191,104 $65,249 $151,300
16 Irving 238,637 $61,937 $165,000
17 Arlington 392,462 $58,502 $157,600
18 Cedar Hill 48,704 $70,327 $154,600
19 Lake Dallas 7,832 $67,908 $146,600
20 Hurst 38,986 $61,509 $166,700
21 Kennedale 7,998 $75,000 $192,200
22 Red Oak 12,366 $68,570 $186,100
23 Lakewood 59,606 $50,175 $248,200
24 Crandall 3,491 $81,000 $158,100
25 Watauga 24,526 $70,800 $125,000
26 Lewisville 104,789 $63,056 $190,300
27 Richland Hills 8,052 $61,431 $124,300
28 Forney 19,366 $92,851 $183,800
29 Desoto 53,030 $68,954 $163,500
30 Euless 55,047 $63,327 $176,200
31 Farmers Branch 35,552 $71,032 $175,300
32 North Richland Hills 69,800 $68,146 $186,500
33 Carrollton 133,438 $75,820 $217,700
34 Parker 4,534 $137,714 $512,900
35 Little Elm 42,889 $95,377 $233,700
36 Midlothian 23,908 $83,378 $192,600
37 Wylie 49,248 $93,637 $201,000
38 Pantego 2,532 $61,492 $211,600
39 Rowlett 62,127 $96,286 $205,100
40 Addison 15,626 $73,383 $325,100
41 Grapevine 52,486 $85,722 $294,600
42 Richardson 114,402 $80,953 $250,100
43 Shady Shores 2,828 $106,719 $299,800
44 Rockwall 43,157 $92,269 $245,300
45 Hickory Creek 4,442 $107,731 $255,600
46 Mckinney 173,460 $89,964 $281,300
47 The Colony 42,215 $83,094 $200,300
48 Sachse 25,133 $101,253 $210,100
49 Oak Point 3,878 $86,162 $250,600
50 Dalworthington Gardens 2,456 $114,375 $410,700
51 Bedford 49,306 $66,636 $198,300
52 Mansfield 67,492 $96,253 $235,300
53 Plano 284,579 $92,121 $291,300
54 Heath 8,410 $155,488 $450,200
55 Murphy 20,528 $132,589 $337,900
56 Lavon 3,061 $86,583 $222,000
57 Lucas 7,217 $173,750 $576,700
58 Sunnyvale 6,284 $137,969 $366,300
59 Allen 99,255 $106,736 $286,300
60 Ovilla 3,800 $99,103 $236,100
61 Talty 2,302 $126,078 $314,900
62 Fairview 8,665 $92,159 $374,300
63 Fate 11,705 $108,237 $236,800
64 Mclendon-Chisholm 2,589 $131,964 $420,700
65 Frisco 165,700 $127,133 $368,000
66 Keller 46,175 $133,266 $355,300
67 Flower Mound 73,252 $134,184 $342,200
68 Double Oak 3,065 $151,958 $452,500
69 Coppell 41,512 $123,802 $368,800
70 Highland 18,362 $133,768 $536,100
71 Trophy Club 11,790 $142,483 $376,800
72 Colleyville 26,037 $175,369 $488,900
73 Southlake 30,840 $230,700 $656,100
74 University Park 24,954 $214,477 $1,230,200
75 Highland Park 9,145 $207,019 $1,440,400

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