The suburbs of Garland call to all types of people looking to escape city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Garland to avoid all the hustle and bustle.
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 Saturday Night Science to determine which Garland ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Garland area if you will. Realistically, you can only expect some of the suburbs to live up to Garland proper, although University Park certainly tries.
Of course, not all suburbs of Garland are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones.
We examined the 67 biggest suburbs of Garland 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 Garland in terms of quality of life.
Now don’t freak out.
What’s the worst suburb of Garland? Hutchins ranks as the worst suburb of Garland for 2023 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.
Read on to see how we determined the places around Garland that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.
And remember, there are some good places to live around Garland too.
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The 10 Worst Garland Suburbs To Live For 2023
Median Income: $40,129 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $80,700 (2nd lowest)
More on Hutchins:
We’ll get the ball rolling with Hutchins, the absolute worst place to live around Garland 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 worst in the Garland area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 2nd 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.
Median Income: $59,950 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $162,800 (9th lowest)
More on Seagoville:
Welcome to Seagoville. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.
This city is 18.4 miles to Garland. Income levels here are the 8th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $59,950 a year, which only goes so far even on a shoestring budget.
But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.
Median Income: $55,817 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $153,600 (7th lowest)
More on Balch Springs:
Back up the highway we go for the third worst Garland suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Balch Springs 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 dropout rate is poor compared to other Garland suburbs.
But at least there are lovely parks to bring the kids during the day.
Median Income: $58,187 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (53rd highest)
Median Home Value: $73,900 (lowest)
More on Wilmer:
If you live in Wilmer, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 6th lowest Garland suburb for median household incomes.
Not only that, but this is the 53rd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Garland. Remember, we looked at 67 cities for this study.
Wilmer is about 21.7 miles to downtown.
Median Income: $82,341 (25th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $202,900 (13th lowest)
More on Combine:
Combine has the distinction of being a Garland suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.
All snarkiness aside, Combine has the 13th lowest home values in the metro Garland area, where the median price is $202,900. The median income is $247,045.
Combine has an unemployment rate of 6.81% which ranks 10th worst.
Median Income: $57,904 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (23rd highest)
Median Home Value: $145,900 (6th lowest)
More on Terrell:
Terrell has 17,083 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 13.385115606936415%.
Median Income: $59,952 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.1% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $161,600 (8th lowest)
More on Lancaster:
Ah, Lancaster. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Garland.
It’s the place with the 8th most out of work residents in the Garland metro area (7.08%).
Median Income: $52,019 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (43rd highest)
Median Home Value: $114,000 (3rd lowest)
More on Kaufman:
Kaufman is a city about 29.4 miles from Garland, but Garland 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. Kaufman has the 30th most uninsured people, 2nd worst incomes, and has the 43rd highest unemployment rate (3.77%) in the entire Garland metro area.
Homes only cost $114,000 for a reason. That’s cheap for Garland standards.
Median Income: $54,088 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $122,600 (4th lowest)
More on Cockrell Hill:
If you absolutely have to live near Garland, then Cockrell Hill might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Garland suburb.
About 6.72% of residents are out of work.
Median Income: $64,725 (13th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 0.7% (67th highest)
Median Home Value: $128,900 (5th lowest)
More on Ferris:
Rounding out the ten worst Garland suburbs to call home is Ferris.
Located 25.9 miles outside the city, Ferriss is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 67th highest unemployment rate (0.68%), and poverty is far above the area average.
Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Garland for 2023
To figure out how bad a Garland suburb is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what suburbs have the least amount of those things.
It’s Saturday Night Science.
We threw a lot of criteria at this one to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2017-2021, 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 dropouts
- High poverty
- High rate of uninsured families
We defined a suburb as any town within 30 miles of Garland.
We also limited the analysis to places with over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 67 suburbs to evaluate around Garland.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 67 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 Garland.” We’re looking at you, Hutchins.
We updated this article for 2023, which reflects our tenth time ranking the worst suburbs around Garland.
Summary: The areas around Garland where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2023
Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Garland with Hutchins casting itself ahead of the pack.
As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Garland aren’t all bad. University Park takes the cake as the best place to live around Garland.
- University Park
- Highland Park
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Detailed List Of The Worst Garland Suburbs