The suburbs of Dallas call to all types of people looking to escape city live. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Dallas to avoid all the hustle and bustle.
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 University 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..
We examined the 77 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 2023 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.
And remember, there are some good places to live around Dallas too.
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The 10 Worst Dallas Suburbs To Live For 2023
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 worst in the Dallas area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 2nd 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.
Welcome to Seagoville. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.
This city is 16.1 miles to Dallas. Income levels here are the 6th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $59,950 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.
Back up the highway we go for the third worst Dallas suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Balch Springs 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.
If you live in Wilmer, 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 62nd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Dallas. Remember, we looked at 77 cities for this study.
Wilmer is about 14.3 miles to downtown.
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Income: $75,313 (23rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (18th highest)
Median Home Value: $110,300 (3rd lowest)
More on Palmer: Data
Palmer has the distinction of being a Dallas suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.
All snarkiness aside, Palmer has the 3rd lowest home values in the metro Dallas area, where the median price is $110,300. To put that into perspective, in University Park, the median income is $247,045, which is the best in the area.
Palmer has an unemployment rate of 5.9% which ranks 18th worst.
Terrell has 17,083 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 13.385115606936415%.
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $82,341 (32nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $202,900 (16th lowest)
More on Combine: Data
Ah, Combine. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Dallas.
It’s the place with the 11th most out of work residents in the Dallas metro area (6.81%).
Lancaster is a city about 13.9 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. Lancaster has the 34th most uninsured people, 7th worst incomes, and has the 9th highest unemployment rate (7.08%) in the entire Dallas metro area.
Homes only cost $161,600 for a reason. That’s cheap for Dallas standards.
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 6.72% of residents are out of work.
Rounding out the ten worst Dallas suburbs to call home is Ferris.
Located 18.5 miles outside the city, Ferriss is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 77th highest unemployment rate (0.68%), and poverty is far above the area average.
Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Dallas for 2023
To figure out how bad a Dallas suburb is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what suburbs 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 2017-2021, 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 77 suburbs to evaluate around Dallas.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 77 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.
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.
Summary: The areas around Dallas where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2023
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. University Park takes the cake as the best place to live around Dallas.
- University Park
- Highland Park
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