Worst Fort Worth Suburbs For 2020

We used science and data to determine which Fort Worth 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 Fort Worth.

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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 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 Southlake 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 58 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 2020:

  1. Reno
  2. Forest Hill (Photos)
  3. Keene (Photos)
  4. Everman (Photos)
  5. Cleburne (Photos)
  6. White Settlement (Photos)
  7. Cockrell Hill (Photos)
  8. Sansom Park
  9. Lake Worth
  10. Alvarado (Photos)

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

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.

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 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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The 10 Worst Fort Worth Suburbs To Live For 2020

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Population: 2,811
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $53,483 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 14.7% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $119,500 (12th lowest)
More on Reno:  Data

We'll get the ball rolling with Reno, the absolute worst place to live around Fort Worth according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Reno beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 10th worst in the Fort Worth area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 12th 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 Reno.

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.

Forest Hill, TX

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Population: 12,913
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $45,114 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $85,200 (4th lowest)
More on Forest Hill:  Data | Photos

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 $45,114 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.

Keene, TX

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Population: 6,339
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $47,993 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $117,900 (11th lowest)
More on Keene:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Fort Worth suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Keene 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.

Everman, TX

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Population: 6,252
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $40,156 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $74,700 (1st lowest)
More on Everman:  Data | Photos

If you live in Everman, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 1st lowest Fort Worth suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 2nd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Fort Worth. Remember, we looked at 58 cities for this study.

Everman is about 11.2 miles to downtown.

Cleburne, TX

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Population: 29,878
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $50,253 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (24th highest)
Median Home Value: $103,900 (8th lowest)
More on Cleburne:  Data | Photos

Cleburne has the distinction of being a Fort Worth suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Cleburne has the 8th lowest home values in the metro Fort Worth area, where the median price is $103,900. To put that into perspective, in Southlake, the median income is $230,700, which is the best in the area.

Cleburne has an unemployment rate of 4.7% which ranks 24th worst.

White Settlement, TX

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Population: 17,396
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $48,237 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.2% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $88,200 (5th lowest)
More on White Settlement:  Data | Photos

White Settlement has 17,396 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 13.741134751773048%.

Cockrell Hill, TX

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Population: 4,268
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $44,861 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $84,700 (3rd lowest)
More on Cockrell Hill:  Data | Photos

Ah, Cockrell Hill. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Fort Worth.

It's the place with the 12th most out of work residents in the Fort Worth metro area (6.05%).

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Population: 5,250
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Income: $53,670 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $76,800 (2nd lowest)
More on Sansom Park:  Data

Sansom Park is a city about 3.5 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. Sansom Park has the 10th most uninsured people, 11th worst incomes, and has the 6th highest unemployment rate (7.49%) in the entire Fort Worth metro area.

Homes only cost $76,800 for a reason. That's cheap for Fort Worth standards.

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Population: 4,919
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Income: $59,136 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $106,000 (10th lowest)
More on Lake Worth:  Data

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

About 6.27% of residents are out of work.

Alvarado, TX

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Population: 4,044
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $46,268 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.5% (41st highest)
Median Home Value: $104,800 (9th lowest)
More on Alvarado:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Fort Worth suburbs to call home is Alvarado.

Located 27.0 miles outside the city, Alvarados is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 41st highest unemployment rate (3.45%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Fort Worth 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 Fort Worth.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 58 suburbs to evaluate around Fort Worth.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 58 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, Reno. 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 Fort Worth where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2020

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Fort Worth with Reno casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Fort Worth aren't all bad. Southlake takes the cake as the best place to live around Fort Worth.

  • Southlake
  • Colleyville
  • Trophy Club

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Detailed List Of The Worst Fort Worth Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Reno 2,811 $53,483 $119,500
2 Forest Hill 12,913 $45,114 $85,200
3 Keene 6,339 $47,993 $117,900
4 Everman 6,252 $40,156 $74,700
5 Cleburne 29,878 $50,253 $103,900
6 White Settlement 17,396 $48,237 $88,200
7 Cockrell Hill 4,268 $44,861 $84,700
8 Sansom Park 5,250 $53,670 $76,800
9 Lake Worth 4,919 $59,136 $106,000
10 Alvarado 4,044 $46,268 $104,800
11 Duncanville 39,630 $55,224 $135,400
12 Blue Mound 3,398 $60,321 $92,700
13 Grand Prairie 191,104 $65,249 $151,300
14 Springtown 2,850 $49,129 $134,700
15 Irving 238,637 $61,937 $165,000
16 River Oaks 7,683 $51,840 $93,400
17 Arlington 392,462 $58,502 $157,600
18 Weatherford 29,739 $62,594 $159,800
19 Cedar Hill 48,704 $70,327 $154,600
20 Joshua 7,106 $58,586 $163,000
21 Hurst 38,986 $61,509 $166,700
22 Azle 12,149 $65,295 $139,400
23 Kennedale 7,998 $75,000 $192,200
24 Venus 3,488 $60,714 $130,000
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 Crowley 15,189 $72,788 $145,900
29 Euless 55,047 $63,327 $176,200
30 Farmers Branch 35,552 $71,032 $175,300
31 North Richland Hills 69,800 $68,146 $186,500
32 Saginaw 22,873 $79,625 $148,400
33 Carrollton 133,438 $75,820 $217,700
34 Justin 3,660 $91,222 $210,700
35 Hickory Creek 4,442 $107,731 $255,600
36 Roanoke 7,899 $88,958 $311,700
37 Benbrook 22,961 $71,281 $168,700
38 Burleson 44,629 $77,342 $167,100
39 Grapevine 52,486 $85,722 $294,600
40 Pantego 2,532 $61,492 $211,600
41 Dalworthington Gardens 2,456 $114,375 $410,700
42 Corinth 21,158 $96,670 $238,800
43 Northlake 2,524 $81,289 $371,000
44 Bedford 49,306 $66,636 $198,300
45 Mansfield 67,492 $96,253 $235,300
46 Hudson Oaks 2,351 $111,750 $275,600
47 Aledo 3,817 $106,503 $221,200
48 Willow Park 5,110 $119,511 $221,500
49 Annetta 3,014 $150,938 $309,300
50 Double Oak 3,065 $151,958 $452,500
51 Flower Mound 73,252 $134,184 $342,200
52 Keller 46,175 $133,266 $355,300
53 Argyle 3,988 $146,667 $436,700
54 Highland 18,362 $133,768 $536,100
55 Coppell 41,512 $123,802 $368,800
56 Trophy Club 11,790 $142,483 $376,800
57 Colleyville 26,037 $175,369 $488,900
58 Southlake 30,840 $230,700 $656,100

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5 thoughts on “Worst Fort Worth Suburbs, 2020

  1. This ranking is seriously flawed. For example. Cleburne, most people do not work in the suburb they live. I work in Fort Worth, make very good money and I am moving to Cleburne for the prices. This is a great thing since the northern suburbs and Fort Worth have over inflated home prices. Those home are truly not worth their value. I am looking for fair market housing, low crime and Cleberne offers both.

  2. How do you determine drop out rate? Those that drop out from Everman High School or those that live there that dropped out of high school from wherever?

  3. I agree with Justin’s statement. My husband and I have great jobs with UT-Southwestern. We moved in May, 2019 to an amazing home in 76108: White Settlement. We have wonderful neighbors and a home that we can afford. The property taxes are not horrible and it takes 13 minutes to get to the hospital district in Fort Worth. We shop in one of the swanky areas just next to us in 76106. I frankly can’t understand why people diss White Settlement. We came from Southern California which is MUCH worse.

  4. Lake worth has every bussiness you could ever need with less then 5000 residents… and within a short drive from all the neighborhoods as its played out with the businesses in the center with neiborhoods around the edges, the traffic can buildup during rush hour due to it being the main way to azle etc. lakeworth schools have Northside children bused in making the free to all breakfast and lunch policy due to poverty, yet this program has shown to benefit all classes of students in acually eatting breakfast. I dont even live in lakeworth but find it amazing the amount of bussiness the town has been able to support as the city I live in has 44000 people and cant get any businesses to invest nor stay in bussiness when they do.

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