The 10 Worst Garland Suburbs For 2021

We used science and data to determine which Garland 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 Garland.

Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Garland.

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 Garland 'burbs need a little tender loving care - the sore thumbs of the Garland area if you will. Realistically, you can't expect all the suburbs to live up to Garland proper, although Highland 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.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Garland for 2021:

  1. Hutchins
  2. Kaufman
  3. Seagoville
  4. Terrell
  5. Wilmer
  6. Balch Springs
  7. Glenn Heights
  8. Cockrell Hill
  9. Farmersville
  10. Ferris

What's the worst suburb of Garland? Hutchins ranks as the worst suburb of Garland for 2021 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.

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 Garland 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 Garland Suburbs To Live For 2021

Hutchins, TX

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Population: 5,718
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $36,087 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $68,800 (2nd lowest)
More on Hutchins:  Data | Photos

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.

Kaufman, TX

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Population: 7,330
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Income: $46,793 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (9th highest)
Median Home Value: $93,900 (4th lowest)
More on Kaufman:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 29.4 miles to Garland. Income levels here are the 5th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $46,793 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.

Seagoville, TX

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Population: 16,514
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,378 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $114,200 (7th lowest)
More on Seagoville:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Garland suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Seagoville 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 Garland suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

Terrell, TX

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Population: 17,869
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $47,636 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $118,600 (8th lowest)
More on Terrell:  Data | Photos

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

Not only that, but this is the 4th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Garland. Remember, we looked at 67 cities for this study.

Terrell is about 23.4 miles to downtown.

Wilmer, TX

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Population: 4,383
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $46,765 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (5highest)
Median Home Value: $56,800 (lowest)
More on Wilmer:  Data | Photos

Wilmer has the distinction of being a Garland suburb. Which means that's about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Wilmer has the lowest home values in the metro Garland area, where the median price is $56,800. To put that into perspective, in Highland Park, the median income is $224,485, which is the best in the area.

Wilmer has an unemployment rate of 3.34% which ranks 5worst.

Balch Springs, TX

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Population: 25,190
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $51,446 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (17th highest)
Median Home Value: $106,000 (6th lowest)
More on Balch Springs:  Data | Photos

Balch Springs has 25,190 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 19.051778907242696%.

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Population: 12,802
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $68,739 (2lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (highest)
Median Home Value: $162,600 (14th lowest)
More on Glenn Heights:  Data

Ah, Glenn Heights. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Garland.

It's the place with the most out of work residents in the Garland metro area (8.34%).

Cockrell Hill, TX

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Population: 4,240
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $44,777 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $99,000 (5th lowest)
More on Cockrell Hill:  Data | Photos

Cockrell Hill is a city about 19.1 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. Cockrell Hill has the 2nd most uninsured people, 3rd worst incomes, and has the 12th highest unemployment rate (5.52%) in the entire Garland metro area.

Homes only cost $99,000 for a reason. That's cheap for Garland standards.

Farmersville, TX

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Population: 3,496
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 17)
Median Income: $44,464 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (27th highest)
Median Home Value: $151,900 (12th lowest)
More on Farmersville:  Data | Photos

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

About 4.57% of residents are out of work.

Ferris, TX

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Population: 2,692
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $59,129 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (54th highest)
Median Home Value: $91,500 (3rd lowest)
More on Ferris:  Data | Photos

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 54th highest unemployment rate (2.84%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Garland 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 Garland.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have 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 lookin' at you, Hutchins. 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 Garland where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

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. Highland Park takes the cake as the best place to live around Garland.

  • Highland Park
  • University Park
  • Highland

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Detailed List Of The Worst Garland Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Hutchins 5,718 $36,087 $68,800
2 Kaufman 7,330 $46,793 $93,900
3 Seagoville 16,514 $52,378 $114,200
4 Terrell 17,869 $47,636 $118,600
5 Wilmer 4,383 $46,765 $56,800
6 Balch Springs 25,190 $51,446 $106,000
7 Glenn Heights 12,802 $68,739 $162,600
8 Cockrell Hill 4,240 $44,777 $99,000
9 Farmersville 3,496 $44,464 $151,900
10 Ferris 2,692 $59,129 $91,500
11 Lancaster 39,214 $57,259 $136,700
12 Mesquite 143,456 $57,824 $143,000
13 Lake Dallas 8,016 $64,073 $166,100
14 Duncanville 39,415 $56,412 $149,600
15 Combine 2,222 $78,942 $180,700
16 Dallas 1,330,612 $52,580 $188,100
17 Grand Prairie 192,565 $67,388 $162,400
18 Irving 239,783 $64,868 $177,500
19 Cedar Hill 48,560 $72,463 $168,800
20 Princeton 10,846 $67,204 $185,200
21 Lakewood 60,111 $51,972 $269,200
22 Lewisville 106,386 $64,493 $209,000
23 Desoto 53,090 $71,578 $169,800
24 Crandall 3,650 $91,125 $175,700
25 Red Oak 12,724 $71,957 $207,600
26 Farmers Branch 39,039 $74,464 $196,300
27 Euless 55,763 $65,921 $200,500
28 Parker 4,722 $134,495 $554,900
29 Wylie 49,759 $92,395 $227,700
30 Shady Shores 2,843 $95,045 $297,700
31 Carrollton 135,834 $78,306 $238,300
32 Forney 21,459 $102,716 $204,600
33 Little Elm 45,967 $98,803 $255,200
34 Rowlett 63,793 $101,085 $228,800
35 Addison 15,302 $74,986 $335,300
36 Richardson 116,432 $85,678 $274,200
37 Grapevine 53,317 $91,143 $320,400
38 Sachse 25,607 $102,175 $241,800
39 Rockwall 44,101 $95,653 $261,400
40 The Colony 43,005 $87,187 $231,700
41 Mckinney 182,055 $93,354 $309,200
42 Hickory Creek 4,574 $109,766 $283,100
43 Sunnyvale 6,484 $132,488 $380,400
44 Bedford 49,323 $70,362 $217,300
45 Ovilla 3,903 $106,333 $245,600
46 Oak Point 4,410 $90,625 $274,900
47 Plano 287,064 $95,602 $320,100
48 Melissa 9,487 $118,348 $307,700
49 Heath 8,709 $155,781 $484,600
50 Fate 12,787 $110,373 $256,800
51 Allen 101,699 $105,925 $303,300
52 Lavon 3,271 $89,474 $240,600
53 Murphy 20,612 $126,196 $351,400
54 Providence 7,407 $80,697 $281,900
55 Celina 11,116 $124,375 $318,300
56 Talty 2,440 $128,875 $337,600
57 Double Oak 3,066 $144,313 $470,500
58 Frisco 177,020 $127,055 $395,900
59 Fairview 8,832 $94,507 $376,400
60 Flower Mound 76,555 $137,285 $361,900
61 Mclendon-Chisholm 2,912 $147,542 $466,800
62 Prosper 22,517 $146,733 $459,500
63 Lucas 7,763 $160,278 $594,400
64 Coppell 41,645 $122,340 $388,800
65 Highland 18,726 $139,453 $559,600
66 University Park 25,036 $224,485 $1,295,500
67 Highland Park 9,168 $211,136 $1,508,900

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