These Are The 10 Worst Fort Worth Suburbs For 2019

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 2019. This is our fourth 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 60 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 2019:

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

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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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Fort Worth 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 Fort Worth.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 60 suburbs to evaluate around Fort Worth.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 60 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.

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.

Forest Hill, TX

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Population: 12,831
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $39,052 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $80,300 (4th 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 1st worst in the Fort Worth area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 4th 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.

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Population: 2,736
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $53,276 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 15.0% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $116,100 (14th lowest)
More on Reno:  Data

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

This city is 17.2 miles to Fort Worth. Income levels here are the 14th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $53,276 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.

Everman, TX

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Population: 6,321
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Income: $40,014 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.9% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $73,200 (2nd lowest)
More on Everman:  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 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.

Keene, TX

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Population: 6,266
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Income: $41,869 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $106,300 (11th lowest)
More on Keene:  Data | Photos

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

Not only that, but this is the 12th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Fort Worth. Remember, we looked at 60 cities for this study.

Keene is about 26.7 miles to downtown.

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Population: 5,027
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Income: $46,875 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $66,900 (1st 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 1st lowest home values in the metro Fort Worth area, where the median price is $66,900. To put that into perspective, in Southlake, the median income is $207,917, which is the best in the area.

Sansom Park has an unemployment rate of 9.4% which ranks 3rd worst.

Cleburne, TX

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Population: 29,595
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $49,046 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (26th highest)
Median Home Value: $97,600 (10th lowest)
More on Cleburne:  Data | Photos

Cleburne has 29,595 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 16.3%.

Alvarado, TX

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Population: 3,913
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Median Income: $47,188 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.5% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $97,100 (9th lowest)
More on Alvarado:  Data | Photos

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

It’s the place with the 2nd most out of work residents in the Fort Worth metro area (11.5%).

White Settlement, TX

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Population: 17,135
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $48,156 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $78,500 (3rd lowest)
More on White Settlement:  Data | Photos

White Settlement is a city about 6.9 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. White Settlement has the 7th most uninsured people, 9th worst incomes, and has the 5th highest unemployment rate (8.0%) in the entire Fort Worth metro area.

Homes only cost $78,500 for a reason. That’s cheap for Fort Worth standards.

Springtown, TX

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Population: 2,774
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Income: $45,114 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $129,400 (18th lowest)
More on Springtown:  Data | Photos

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

About 7.4% of residents are out of work.

Cockrell Hill, TX

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Population: 4,273
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $47,857 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $84,900 (6th lowest)
More on Cockrell Hill:  Data | Photos

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

Located 26.8 miles outside the city, Cockrell Hills is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 15th highest unemployment rate (6.5%), and poverty is far above the area average.

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

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
  • Trophy Club
  • Colleyville

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Detailed List Of The Worst Fort Worth Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Forest Hill 12,831 $39,052 $80,300
2 Reno 2,736 $53,276 $116,100
3 Everman 6,321 $40,014 $73,200
4 Keene 6,266 $41,869 $106,300
5 Sansom Park 5,027 $46,875 $66,900
6 Cleburne 29,595 $49,046 $97,600
7 Alvarado 3,913 $47,188 $97,100
8 White Settlement 17,135 $48,156 $78,500
9 Springtown 2,774 $45,114 $129,400
10 Cockrell Hill 4,273 $47,857 $84,900
11 Blue Mound 3,425 $51,141 $82,800
12 River Oaks 7,633 $44,196 $88,300
13 Lake Worth 4,882 $57,969 $94,400
14 Duncanville 39,636 $53,222 $128,100
15 Grand Prairie 188,664 $62,589 $139,600
16 Irving 235,648 $58,196 $155,200
17 Arlington 388,225 $55,562 $147,000
18 Venus 3,310 $52,841 $118,300
19 Weatherford 28,817 $60,739 $153,400
20 Cedar Hill 48,149 $69,269 $146,200
21 Azle 11,607 $61,946 $123,600
22 Joshua 6,800 $58,555 $153,000
23 Hurst 38,813 $58,871 $157,000
24 Crowley 14,866 $66,897 $131,100
25 Kennedale 7,723 $72,461 $171,700
26 Lewisville 103,638 $59,964 $172,100
27 Richland Hills 8,036 $54,961 $115,500
28 Euless 54,135 $60,558 $163,700
29 Watauga 24,391 $68,293 $115,700
30 Farmers Branch 33,808 $65,810 $160,600
31 Saginaw 22,120 $80,814 $138,800
32 Justin 3,529 $85,333 $177,100
33 Carrollton 131,240 $73,218 $197,500
34 North Richland Hills 69,039 $65,340 $171,200
35 Burleson 43,296 $74,341 $150,600
36 Roanoke 7,442 $67,218 $248,600
37 Hickory Creek 4,326 $98,893 $224,600
38 Grapevine 51,733 $83,675 $273,600
39 Hudson Oaks 2,246 $105,882 $255,400
40 Benbrook 22,782 $69,885 $157,100
41 Bartonville 2,038 $139,250 $585,000
42 Pantego 2,501 $62,963 $193,400
43 Bedford 49,082 $64,933 $179,600
44 Dalworthington Gardens 2,227 $124,500 $403,500
45 Willow Park 4,857 $96,051 $206,200
46 Northlake 2,288 $68,125 $339,000
47 Corinth 20,908 $91,336 $213,400
48 Mansfield 65,033 $94,035 $218,200
49 Aledo 3,454 $102,917 $189,100
50 Copper Canyon 2,277 $127,576 $367,700
51 Annetta 2,933 $146,098 $290,500
52 Double Oak 3,053 $138,333 $410,500
53 Keller 45,357 $126,013 $334,000
54 Flower Mound 71,575 $128,426 $312,000
55 Argyle 3,865 $117,371 $381,600
56 Coppell 41,138 $119,936 $344,300
57 Highland 17,952 $128,938 $497,800
58 Colleyville 25,557 $164,682 $456,100
59 Trophy Club 11,436 $139,156 $348,100
60 Southlake 30,090 $207,917 $627,700


3 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Fort Worth Suburbs For 2019

  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.

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