Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Fort Worth.
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 Fort Worth ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Fort Worth area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Fort Worth proper, although Trophy Club certainly tries.
Of course, not all suburbs of Fort Worth are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…
We examined the 39 biggest suburbs of Fort Worth 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 Fort Worth in terms of quality of life.
Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Fort Worth for 2018:
- Cleburne (Photos)
- Forest Hill (Photos)
- Everman (Photos)
- Keene (Photos)
- White Settlement (Photos)
- Grand Prairie (Photos)
- River Oaks
- Duncanville (Photos)
- Irving (Photos)
- Arlington (Photos)
Read on to see how we determined the places around Fort Worth that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.
And remember, there are some good places to live around Fort Worth 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 Fort Worth for 2018
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, 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 Fort Worth.
Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 6,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 39 suburbs to evaluate around Fort Worth.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 39 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 Fort Worth.” We’re lookin’ at you, Cleburne.
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.
We’ll get the ball rolling with Cleburne, the absolute worst place to live around Fort Worth according to the data.
And in the world of worst rankings, Cleburne beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 6th worst in the Fort Worth area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 5th 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 Cleburne.
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.
2. Forest Hill
Welcome to Forest Hill. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.
This city is 9.5 miles to Fort Worth. Income levels here are the 3rd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $41,988 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 Fort Worth suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Everman 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 Fort Worth suburbs.
But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.
If you live in Keene, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 2nd lowest Fort Worth 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 Fort Worth. Remember, we looked at 39 cities for this study.
Keene is about 26.7 miles to downtown.
5. White Settlement
White Settlement has the distinction of being a Fort Worth suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.
All snarkiness aside, White Settlement has the 2nd lowest home values in the metro Fort Worth area, where the median price is $73,700. To put that into perspective, in Trophy Club, the median income is $189,432, which is the best in the area.
White Settlement has an unemployment rate of 8.5% which ranks 3rd worst.
6. Grand Prairie
Grand Prairie has 185,631 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 13.8%.
7. River Oaks
Ah, River Oaks. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Fort Worth.
It’s the place with the 18th most out of work residents in the Fort Worth metro area (5.3%).
Duncanville is a city about 26.8 miles from Fort Worth, but Fort Worth 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 18th most uninsured people, 8th worst incomes, and has the 5th highest unemployment rate (7.9%) in the entire Fort Worth metro area.
Homes only cost $118,000 for a reason. That’s cheap for Fort Worth standards.
If you absolutely have to live near Fort Worth, then Irving might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Fort Worth suburb.
About 5.9% of residents are out of work.
Rounding out the ten worst Fort Worth suburbs to call home is Arlington.
Located 14.1 miles outside the city, Arlingtons is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 12th highest unemployment rate (6.4%), and poverty is far above the area average.
The areas around Fort Worth where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018
Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Fort Worth with Cleburne casting itself ahead of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Fort Worth aren’t all bad. Trophy Club takes the cake as the best place to live around Fort Worth.
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Detailed List Of The Worst Fort Worth Suburbs
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