The 10 Worst Dallas Suburbs For 2022


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

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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 Southlake 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.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Dallas for 2022:

  1. Hutchins
  2. Seagoville
  3. Balch Springs
  4. Terrell
  5. Wilmer
  6. Combine
  7. Lancaster
  8. Duncanville
  9. Cockrell Hill
  10. Palmer

What's the worst suburb of Dallas? Hutchins ranks as the worst suburb of Dallas for 2022 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 2022

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 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.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 5,804
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $35,000 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $72,400 (lowest)
More on Hutchins:  Data | Photos

Hutchins, TX

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 10th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $62,038 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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,726
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $62,038 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $155,000 (9th lowest)
More on Seagoville:  Data | Photos

Seagoville, TX

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.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 25,123
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Median Income: $52,696 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (highest)
Median Home Value: $120,000 (5th lowest)
More on Balch Springs:  Data | Photos

Balch Springs, TX

Source: Public domain

If you live in Terrell, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 3rd lowest Dallas suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 6th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Dallas. Remember, we looked at 77 cities for this study.

Terrell is about 28.1 miles to downtown.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 18,513
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $53,136 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $135,100 (7th lowest)
More on Terrell:  Data | Photos

Terrell, TX

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 2nd lowest home values in the metro Dallas area, where the median price is $74,200. To put that into perspective, in Southlake, the median income is $247,716, which is the best in the area.

Wilmer has an unemployment rate of 2.75% which ranks 64th worst.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,698
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $56,012 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (64th highest)
Median Home Value: $74,200 (2nd lowest)
More on Wilmer:  Data | Photos

Wilmer, TX

Combine has 2,535 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 8.566916699565732%.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,535
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 9)
Median Income: $76,989 (32nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $171,900 (15th lowest)
More on Combine:  Data

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

It's the place with the 10th most out of work residents in the Dallas metro area (6.5%).

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 39,264
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $57,832 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $154,900 (8th lowest)
More on Lancaster:  Data | Photos

Lancaster, TX

Duncanville is a city about 13.3 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. Duncanville has the 16th most uninsured people, 6th worst incomes, and has the 2nd highest unemployment rate (9.05%) in the entire Dallas metro area.

Homes only cost $164,800 for a reason. That's cheap for Dallas standards.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 39,096
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $57,614 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $164,800 (13th lowest)
More on Duncanville:  Data | Photos

Duncanville, TX

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 5.14% of residents are out of work.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,200
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $58,137 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (22nd highest)
Median Home Value: $109,200 (4th lowest)
More on Cockrell Hill:  Data | Photos

Cockrell Hill, TX

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

Located 26.3 miles outside the city, Palmers is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 77th highest unemployment rate (1.0%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,540
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $65,588 (16th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 1.0% (77th highest)
Median Home Value: $97,500 (3rd lowest)
More on Palmer:  Data

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Dallas for 2022

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 2016-2020, 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. 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.

Summary: The areas around Dallas where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2022

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. Southlake takes the cake as the best place to live around Dallas.

  • Southlake
  • Highland Park
  • University Park

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Detailed List Of The Worst Dallas Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Hutchins 5,804 $35,000 $72,400
2 Seagoville 16,726 $62,038 $155,000
3 Balch Springs 25,123 $52,696 $120,000
4 Terrell 18,513 $53,136 $135,100
5 Wilmer 4,698 $56,012 $74,200
6 Combine 2,535 $76,989 $171,900
7 Lancaster 39,264 $57,832 $154,900
8 Duncanville 39,096 $57,614 $164,800
9 Cockrell Hill 4,200 $58,137 $109,200
10 Palmer 2,540 $65,588 $97,500
11 Glenn Heights 13,228 $72,695 $170,400
12 Mesquite 142,429 $60,715 $160,000
13 Garland 238,622 $63,192 $172,600
14 Grand Prairie 193,835 $69,171 $174,300
15 Arlington 397,269 $63,351 $188,100
16 Ferris 2,842 $76,563 $130,700
17 Irving 240,475 $66,567 $196,500
18 Cedar Hill 48,337 $75,715 $189,700
19 Desoto 53,170 $71,124 $195,900
20 Waxahachie 36,735 $68,496 $201,200
21 Lake Dallas 8,004 $64,805 $205,000
22 Lakewood 60,564 $55,723 $309,600
23 Watauga 24,487 $75,648 $156,600
24 Lewisville 107,740 $67,026 $232,800
25 Farmers Branch 42,659 $73,695 $210,600
26 Euless 56,334 $67,181 $213,700
27 Hurst 38,783 $64,441 $209,000
28 Little Elm 49,792 $94,446 $270,600
29 Forney 23,871 $93,792 $216,100
30 Pantego 2,479 $66,250 $251,000
31 Wylie 51,251 $98,484 $253,100
32 Richland Hills 7,999 $64,038 $157,600
33 Kennedale 8,393 $79,928 $224,000
34 Richardson 118,583 $85,350 $295,500
35 Red Oak 13,010 $78,646 $225,900
36 Carrollton 137,319 $82,345 $267,100
37 Crandall 3,848 $96,417 $187,600
38 Midlothian 31,533 $95,603 $254,100
39 North Richland Hills 70,585 $75,563 $232,200
40 Grapevine 54,151 $94,363 $338,700
41 Sunnyvale 6,664 $134,080 $397,800
42 Shady Shores 2,888 $117,083 $324,900
43 Hackberry 2,426 $105,741 $282,500
44 Rowlett 65,426 $103,627 $237,300
45 Ovilla 4,010 $102,917 $282,100
46 Sachse 25,888 $109,098 $259,100
47 The Colony 43,791 $87,748 $244,400
48 Mckinney 191,197 $100,775 $327,800
49 Addison 15,428 $75,235 $348,200
50 Bedford 49,145 $71,644 $234,700
51 Rockwall 45,168 $100,894 $276,400
52 Fairview 8,998 $89,583 $408,200
53 Fate 14,300 $109,481 $282,100
54 Plano 288,870 $96,348 $341,800
55 Mansfield 71,419 $102,388 $279,200
56 Oak Point 5,077 $102,946 $301,300
57 Hickory Creek 4,716 $121,913 $326,100
58 Dalworthington Gardens 2,192 $111,979 $418,400
59 Allen 104,040 $113,719 $323,500
60 Parker 4,920 $168,811 $642,100
61 Lavon 3,504 $95,286 $244,800
62 Murphy 20,711 $140,828 $374,000
63 Heath 9,069 $174,154 $523,900
64 Talty 2,597 $125,893 $353,800
65 Double Oak 3,099 $167,000 $493,500
66 Frisco 188,387 $128,761 $420,700
67 Flower Mound 78,854 $139,703 $376,500
68 Mclendon-Chisholm 3,521 $155,667 $452,400
69 Colleyville 26,766 $171,485 $567,600
70 Trophy Club 11,904 $155,635 $444,800
71 Keller 46,885 $149,342 $412,800
72 Lucas 8,137 $174,500 $650,000
73 Coppell 41,494 $128,476 $414,000
74 Highland 19,012 $146,177 $599,700
75 University Park 25,027 $247,716 $1,351,400
76 Highland Park 9,143 $218,611 $1,451,300
77 Southlake 31,684 $223,621 $697,000

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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 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the worst suburbs around Dallas.

About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.