These Are The 10 Worst Grand Prairie Suburbs For 2018

We used science and data to determine which Grand Prairie suburbs are the real pits.

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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 Grand Prairie.

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 Grand Prairie ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Grand Prairie area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Grand Prairie proper, although University Park certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Grand Prairie are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

We examined the 54 biggest suburbs of Grand Prairie 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 Grand Prairie in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Grand Prairie for 2018:

  1. Hutchins (Photos)
  2. Forest Hill (Photos)
  3. Everman (Photos)
  4. Balch Springs (Photos)
  5. Keene (Photos)
  6. White Settlement (Photos)
  7. Lancaster (Photos)
  8. Seagoville (Photos)
  9. Dallas (Photos)
  10. Mesquite (Photos)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Grand Prairie 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 Grand Prairie 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 Grand Prairie for 2018

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, 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 Grand Prairie.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 54 suburbs to evaluate around Grand Prairie.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 54 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 Grand Prairie.” We’re lookin’ at you, Hutchins.

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.

1. Hutchins

Hutchins, Texas

Population: 5,644
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Median Home Price: $72,900
Median Income: $36,845
More on Hutchins: Data | Jobs

We’ll get the ball rolling with Hutchins, the absolute worst place to live around Grand Prairie 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 1st worst in the Grand Prairie 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.

2. Forest Hill

Forest Hill, Texas

Population: 12,774
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%
Median Home Price: $78,300
Median Income: $41,988
More on Forest Hill: Data | Jobs

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

This city is 14.3 miles to Grand Prairie. Income levels here are the 5th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $41,988 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.

3. Everman

Everman, Texas

Population: 6,312
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%
Median Home Price: $70,800
Median Income: $36,929
More on Everman: Data | Jobs

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Grand Prairie 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 Grand Prairie suburbs.

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

4. Balch Springs

Balch Springs, Texas

Source: Public domain

Population: 25,043
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Median Home Price: $83,000
Median Income: $41,983
More on Balch Springs: Data | Jobs

If you live in Balch Springs, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 4th lowest Grand Prairie suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 20th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Grand Prairie. Remember, we looked at 54 cities for this study.

Balch Springs is about 23.5 miles to downtown.

5. Keene

Keene, Texas

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,147
Unemployment Rate: 7.0%
Median Home Price: $111,500
Median Income: $41,058
More on Keene: Data | Jobs

Keene has the distinction of being a Grand Prairie suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Keene has the 11th lowest home values in the metro Grand Prairie area, where the median price is $111,500. To put that into perspective, in University Park, the median income is $198,438, which is the best in the area.

Keene has an unemployment rate of 7.0% which ranks 10th worst.

6. White Settlement

White Settlement, Texas

Population: 16,886
Unemployment Rate: 8.5%
Median Home Price: $73,700
Median Income: $45,382
More on White Settlement: Data | Jobs

White Settlement has 16,886 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 17.4%.

7. Lancaster

Lancaster, Texas

Population: 38,426
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%
Median Home Price: $104,500
Median Income: $51,382
More on Lancaster: Data | Jobs

Ah, Lancaster. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Grand Prairie.

It’s the place with the 5th most out of work residents in the Grand Prairie metro area (8.1%).

8. Seagoville

Seagoville, Texas

Population: 15,701
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $83,700
Median Income: $46,064
More on Seagoville: Data | Jobs

Seagoville is a city about 27.7 miles from Grand Prairie, but Grand Prairie 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. Seagoville has the 11th most uninsured people, 9th worst incomes, and has the 39th highest unemployment rate (4.3%) in the entire Grand Prairie metro area.

Homes only cost $83,700 for a reason. That’s cheap for Grand Prairie standards.

9. Dallas

Dallas, Texas

Population: 1,278,433
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $142,600
Median Income: $45,215
More on Dallas: Data | Jobs

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

About 6.8% of residents are out of work.

10. Mesquite

Mesquite, Texas

Population: 143,771
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Median Home Price: $112,400
Median Income: $50,804
More on Mesquite: Data | Jobs

Rounding out the ten worst Grand Prairie suburbs to call home is Mesquite.

Located 25.7 miles outside the city, Mesquites is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 14th highest unemployment rate (6.7%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Grand Prairie where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Grand Prairie with Hutchins casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Grand Prairie aren’t all bad. University Park takes the cake as the best place to live around Grand Prairie.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Grand Prairie Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Hutchins 5,644 6.4% $72,900 $36,845
2 Forest Hill 12,774 9.1% $78,300 $41,988
3 Everman 6,312 9.1% $70,800 $36,929
4 Balch Springs 25,043 6.3% $83,000 $41,983
5 Keene 6,147 7.0% $111,500 $41,058
6 White Settlement 16,886 8.5% $73,700 $45,382
7 Lancaster 38,426 8.1% $104,500 $51,382
8 Seagoville 15,701 4.3% $83,700 $46,064
9 Dallas 1,278,433 6.8% $142,600 $45,215
10 Mesquite 143,771 6.7% $112,400 $50,804
11 Fort Worth 815,930 6.4% $131,100 $54,876
12 Garland 234,810 7.8% $121,400 $53,220
13 Glenn Heights 11,958 7.8% $137,200 $58,590
14 Duncanville 39,599 7.9% $118,000 $51,545
15 River Oaks 7,666 5.3% $85,500 $42,054
16 Waxahachie 32,536 6.0% $135,600 $55,385
17 Irving 232,013 5.9% $147,500 $54,868
18 Arlington 383,899 6.4% $137,900 $53,574
19 Crowley 14,453 8.3% $120,500 $66,559
20 Richland Hills 8,033 3.0% $111,000 $50,481
21 Farmers Branch 32,211 5.6% $152,000 $61,255
22 Joshua 6,316 4.2% $151,400 $51,762
23 Hurst 38,690 6.9% $150,600 $55,807
24 Kennedale 7,413 5.3% $170,900 $71,875
25 Cedar Hill 47,457 6.6% $139,100 $68,150
26 Desoto 51,854 6.9% $147,800 $60,350
27 Red Oak 11,663 5.3% $154,000 $70,250
28 Euless 53,675 6.0% $159,400 $58,606
29 Lewisville 102,327 4.9% $161,700 $57,549
30 Watauga 24,322 6.5% $109,500 $65,329
31 Saginaw 21,680 6.1% $130,000 $81,070
32 Burleson 41,962 5.4% $143,900 $72,670
33 Carrollton 129,266 4.5% $183,100 $70,072
34 Roanoke 7,055 3.1% $216,900 $62,878
35 Sunnyvale 5,871 7.1% $311,400 $126,250
36 Midlothian 21,530 3.5% $162,900 $72,956
37 Grapevine 50,538 3.3% $258,400 $81,571
38 The Colony 40,757 6.3% $159,400 $73,830
39 Benbrook 22,403 3.9% $147,000 $66,448
40 North Richland Hills 67,994 4.8% $160,200 $63,537
41 Richardson 108,350 5.6% $209,500 $74,877
42 Addison 15,363 4.3% $307,300 $70,559
43 Bedford 48,864 5.2% $169,700 $62,701
44 Mansfield 63,141 4.0% $204,800 $90,216
45 Plano 279,088 4.8% $248,800 $85,085
46 Flower Mound 69,966 4.0% $292,600 $123,492
47 Keller 44,250 3.5% $311,700 $122,292
48 Highland 17,544 5.0% $461,500 $122,666
49 Coppell 40,631 3.0% $317,900 $114,839
50 Southlake 29,101 3.3% $586,400 $189,432
51 Colleyville 24,982 3.2% $432,600 $162,183
52 Trophy Club 10,987 2.0% $328,800 $133,457
53 Highland Park 8,986 5.4% $1,253,600 $189,485
54 University Park 24,346 3.6% $1,102,500 $198,438

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.


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