The 10 Worst Fort Worth Suburbs For 2021

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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Fort Worth.

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..

We examined the 59 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 2021:

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

What's the worst suburb of Fort Worth? Forest Hill ranks as the worst suburb of Fort Worth for 2021 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 2021

Forest Hill, TX

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Population: 12,994
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $41,496 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $94,400 (3rd lowest)
More on Forest Hill:  Data | Photos

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

And in the world of worst rankings, Forest Hill beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the worst in the Fort Worth 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 Forest Hill.

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.

Everman, TX

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Population: 6,255
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $43,352 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $80,700 (lowest)
More on Everman:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 11.2 miles to Fort Worth. Income levels here are the 2nd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $43,352 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.

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Population: 2,962
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $60,199 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 12.8% (highest)
Median Home Value: $135,500 (12th lowest)
More on Reno:  Data

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

Cleburne, TX

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Population: 30,289
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $50,848 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (26th highest)
Median Home Value: $112,700 (9th lowest)
More on Cleburne:  Data | Photos

If you live in Cleburne, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 6th lowest Fort Worth suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 26th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Fort Worth. Remember, we looked at 59 cities for this study.

Cleburne is about 29.4 miles to downtown.

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Population: 5,411
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Income: $51,909 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $85,400 (2nd lowest)
More on Sansom Park:  Data

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

All snarkiness aside, Sansom Park has the 2nd lowest home values in the metro Fort Worth area, where the median price is $85,400. To put that into perspective, in Southlake, the median income is $240,248, which is the best in the area.

Sansom Park has an unemployment rate of 9.09% which ranks 2nd worst.

Cockrell Hill, TX

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Population: 4,240
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $44,777 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $99,000 (4th lowest)
More on Cockrell Hill:  Data | Photos

Cockrell Hill has 4,240 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 12.5%.

White Settlement, TX

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Population: 17,565
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $48,996 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $99,200 (6th lowest)
More on White Settlement:  Data | Photos

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

It's the place with the 15th most out of work residents in the Fort Worth metro area (5.51%).

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Population: 4,929
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $60,213 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $114,600 (10th lowest)
More on Lake Worth:  Data

Lake Worth is a city about 5.3 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. Lake Worth has the 8th most uninsured people, 15th worst incomes, and has the 9th highest unemployment rate (6.05%) in the entire Fort Worth metro area.

Homes only cost $114,600 for a reason. That's cheap for Fort Worth standards.

Keene, TX

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Population: 6,396
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Median Income: $47,813 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (27th highest)
Median Home Value: $142,200 (14th lowest)
More on Keene:  Data | Photos

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

About 4.22% of residents are out of work.

Weatherford, TX

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Population: 30,895
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 8)
Median Income: $63,708 (19th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (2highest)
Median Home Value: $169,400 (23rd lowest)
More on Weatherford:  Data | Photos

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

Located 24.4 miles outside the city, Weatherfords is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 2highest unemployment rate (4.52%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Fort Worth for 2021

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 2015-2019, 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 59 suburbs to evaluate around Fort Worth.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 59 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, Forest Hill. 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 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Fort Worth with Forest Hill 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
  • Coppell
  • Highland

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Detailed List Of The Worst Fort Worth Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Forest Hill 12,994 $41,496 $94,400
2 Everman 6,255 $43,352 $80,700
3 Reno 2,962 $60,199 $135,500
4 Cleburne 30,289 $50,848 $112,700
5 Sansom Park 5,411 $51,909 $85,400
6 Cockrell Hill 4,240 $44,777 $99,000
7 White Settlement 17,565 $48,996 $99,200
8 Lake Worth 4,929 $60,213 $114,600
9 Keene 6,396 $47,813 $142,200
10 Weatherford 30,895 $63,708 $169,400
11 Duncanville 39,415 $56,412 $149,600
12 Grand Prairie 192,565 $67,388 $162,400
13 Blue Mound 2,981 $56,146 $99,200
14 Irving 239,783 $64,868 $177,500
15 Arlington 395,477 $60,571 $170,700
16 River Oaks 7,685 $62,326 $101,000
17 Alvarado 4,156 $57,697 $111,800
18 Springtown 2,940 $59,853 $133,300
19 Cedar Hill 48,560 $72,463 $168,800
20 Azle 12,796 $72,614 $151,100
21 Joshua 7,477 $57,042 $182,000
22 Venus 3,692 $68,125 $145,200
23 Kennedale 8,197 $77,763 $215,500
24 Crowley 15,439 $76,720 $157,900
25 Ponder 2,369 $85,722 $204,200
26 Hurst 38,976 $63,722 $190,800
27 Watauga 24,582 $71,897 $136,300
28 Lewisville 106,386 $64,493 $209,000
29 Farmers Branch 39,039 $74,464 $196,300
30 Richland Hills 8,051 $62,549 $149,400
31 Justin 3,859 $88,500 $208,800
32 Euless 55,763 $65,921 $200,500
33 North Richland Hills 70,202 $71,076 $203,800
34 Pantego 2,531 $54,946 $223,900
35 Roanoke 8,341 $97,833 $324,900
36 Benbrook 23,215 $72,699 $182,600
37 Carrollton 135,834 $78,306 $238,300
38 Burleson 45,862 $79,784 $184,600
39 Saginaw 23,321 $83,402 $168,900
40 Hickory Creek 4,574 $109,766 $283,100
41 Hudson Oaks 2,383 $111,157 $297,400
42 Grapevine 53,317 $91,143 $320,400
43 Willow Park 5,365 $101,947 $237,600
44 Mansfield 69,557 $99,510 $257,100
45 Annetta 3,094 $142,679 $319,100
46 Aledo 4,181 $104,148 $235,500
47 Northlake 2,726 $91,913 $428,700
48 Bedford 49,323 $70,362 $217,300
49 Double Oak 3,066 $144,313 $470,500
50 Corinth 21,491 $103,099 $257,600
51 Dalworthington Gardens 2,188 $109,375 $427,900
52 Flower Mound 76,555 $137,285 $361,900
53 Trophy Club 11,949 $147,477 $400,500
54 Keller 46,813 $141,364 $386,200
55 Argyle 4,112 $178,362 $471,700
56 Colleyville 26,462 $163,509 $516,500
57 Highland 18,726 $139,453 $559,600
58 Coppell 41,645 $122,340 $388,800
59 Southlake 31,292 $240,248 $676,900

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