These Are The 10 Worst Dallas Suburbs For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth 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 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. So without further ado…

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 2019:

  1. Hutchins (Photos)
  2. Wilmer (Photos)
  3. Terrell (Photos)
  4. Balch Springs (Photos)
  5. Ferris (Photos)
  6. Combine
  7. Lancaster (Photos)
  8. Cockrell Hill (Photos)
  9. Seagoville (Photos)
  10. Glenn Heights

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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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Dallas for 2019

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 2013-2017, 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.

Hutchins, TX

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/10

Population: 5,691
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $37,582 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.7% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $79,000 (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.

Wilmer, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 3,999
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $40,970 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (28th highest)
Median Home Value: $57,200 (1st lowest)
More on Wilmer:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 14.3 miles to Dallas. Income levels here are the 2nd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $40,970 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.

Terrell, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 16,997
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $42,555 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.3% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $100,700 (8th lowest)
More on Terrell:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Dallas suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Terrell 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: 25,236
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $45,308 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $85,900 (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 4th lowest Dallas suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 8th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Dallas. Remember, we looked at 77 cities for this study.

Balch Springs is about 10.2 miles to downtown.

Ferris, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,530
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $57,768 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (52nd highest)
Median Home Value: $76,000 (2nd lowest)
More on Ferris:  Data | Photos

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

All snarkiness aside, Ferris has the 2nd lowest home values in the metro Dallas area, where the median price is $76,000. To put that into perspective, in University Park, the median income is $211,741, which is the best in the area.

Ferris has an unemployment rate of 4.1% which ranks 52nd worst.

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5
/10

Population: 2,024
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $74,444 (36th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $177,000 (35th lowest)
More on Combine:  Data

Combine has 2,024 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 18.0%.

Lancaster, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 38,871
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $51,628 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.7% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $109,800 (9th lowest)
More on Lancaster:  Data | Photos

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

It’s the place with the 5th most out of work residents in the Dallas metro area (7.7%).

Cockrell Hill, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,273
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $47,857 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $84,900 (5th lowest)
More on Cockrell Hill:  Data | Photos

Cockrell Hill is a city about 8.0 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. Cockrell Hill has the 2nd most uninsured people, 7th worst incomes, and has the 12th highest unemployment rate (6.5%) in the entire Dallas metro area.

Homes only cost $84,900 for a reason. That’s cheap for Dallas standards.

Seagoville, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,089
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $45,981 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (57th highest)
Median Home Value: $88,800 (7th lowest)
More on Seagoville:  Data | Photos

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

About 3.9% of residents are out of work.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,257
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Income: $60,836 (21st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $147,700 (21st lowest)
More on Glenn Heights:  Data

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

Located 17.5 miles outside the city, Glenn Heightss is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 6th highest unemployment rate (7.6%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Dallas where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2019

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
  • Southlake

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Detailed List Of The Worst Dallas Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Hutchins 5,691 $37,582 $79,000
2 Wilmer 3,999 $40,970 $57,200
3 Terrell 16,997 $42,555 $100,700
4 Balch Springs 25,236 $45,308 $85,900
5 Ferris 2,530 $57,768 $76,000
6 Combine 2,024 $74,444 $177,000
7 Lancaster 38,871 $51,628 $109,800
8 Cockrell Hill 4,273 $47,857 $84,900
9 Seagoville 16,089 $45,981 $88,800
10 Glenn Heights 12,257 $60,836 $147,700
11 Mesquite 144,118 $52,167 $119,000
12 Garland 235,965 $55,637 $132,600
13 Duncanville 39,636 $53,222 $128,100
14 Grand Prairie 188,664 $62,589 $139,600
15 Waxahachie 33,240 $57,887 $139,600
16 Palmer 2,257 $55,750 $84,400
17 Irving 235,648 $58,196 $155,200
18 Arlington 388,225 $55,562 $147,000
19 Cedar Hill 48,149 $69,269 $146,200
20 Red Oak 11,993 $72,788 $167,000
21 Desoto 52,596 $64,575 $155,100
22 Hurst 38,813 $58,871 $157,000
23 Lakewood 59,102 $47,636 $232,600
24 Kennedale 7,723 $72,461 $171,700
25 Lewisville 103,638 $59,964 $172,100
26 Lake Dallas 7,716 $72,722 $147,500
27 Richland Hills 8,036 $54,961 $115,500
28 Euless 54,135 $60,558 $163,700
29 Hackberry 2,246 $92,727 $195,300
30 Farmers Branch 33,808 $65,810 $160,600
31 Watauga 24,391 $68,293 $115,700
32 Forney 17,793 $80,160 $171,600
33 Crandall 3,372 $74,057 $136,500
34 Wylie 47,855 $88,450 $173,500
35 Carrollton 131,240 $73,218 $197,500
36 North Richland Hills 69,039 $65,340 $171,200
37 Midlothian 22,615 $76,875 $170,800
38 Rowlett 60,357 $90,391 $181,500
39 Richardson 111,055 $76,719 $226,100
40 Little Elm 39,471 $93,094 $205,300
41 The Colony 41,388 $76,613 $172,900
42 Lucas 6,870 $151,188 $544,800
43 Rockwall 42,316 $92,665 $225,500
44 Parker 4,388 $136,557 $492,900
45 Grapevine 51,733 $83,675 $273,600
46 Pantego 2,501 $62,963 $193,400
47 Hickory Creek 4,326 $98,893 $224,600
48 Bedford 49,082 $64,933 $179,600
49 Bartonville 2,038 $139,250 $585,000
50 Addison 15,455 $73,813 $317,500
51 Mckinney 164,760 $87,608 $255,300
52 Oak Point 3,503 $91,250 $192,200
53 Shady Shores 2,834 $103,313 $288,000
54 Dalworthington Gardens 2,227 $124,500 $403,500
55 Sachse 24,303 $97,759 $198,400
56 Plano 281,566 $88,578 $271,300
57 Fairview 8,473 $78,221 $354,800
58 Mansfield 65,033 $94,035 $218,200
59 Sunnyvale 6,077 $137,721 $348,000
60 Lavon 2,832 $81,979 $201,700
61 Murphy 20,361 $128,519 $324,700
62 Allen 96,865 $104,132 $261,600
63 Heath 8,153 $153,253 $423,400
64 Ovilla 3,737 $103,958 $233,900
65 Frisco 155,363 $120,701 $335,900
66 Copper Canyon 2,277 $127,576 $367,700
67 Fate 10,339 $102,426 $210,400
68 Double Oak 3,053 $138,333 $410,500
69 Keller 45,357 $126,013 $334,000
70 Coppell 41,138 $119,936 $344,300
71 Flower Mound 71,575 $128,426 $312,000
72 Highland 17,952 $128,938 $497,800
73 Colleyville 25,557 $164,682 $456,100
74 Trophy Club 11,436 $139,156 $348,100
75 Southlake 30,090 $207,917 $627,700
76 Highland Park 9,071 $200,208 $1,413,900
77 University Park 24,692 $211,741 $1,193,800

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