The 10 Worst Grand Prairie Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Grand Prairie 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 Grand Prairie.

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 Highland 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..

We examined the 68 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 2021:

  1. Hutchins
  2. Seagoville
  3. Forest Hill
  4. Wilmer
  5. Everman
  6. Balch Springs
  7. Sansom Park
  8. Cockrell Hill
  9. Ferris
  10. White Settlement

What's the worst suburb of Grand Prairie? Hutchins ranks as the worst suburb of Grand Prairie for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

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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The 10 Worst Grand Prairie Suburbs To Live For 2021

Hutchins, TX

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 5,718
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $36,087 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (6th 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 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 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.

Seagoville, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,514
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Income: $52,378 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $114,200 (14th lowest)
More on Seagoville:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 27.7 miles to Grand Prairie. Income levels here are the 10th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $52,378 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.

Forest Hill, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,994
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $41,496 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $94,400 (7th lowest)
More on Forest Hill:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Grand Prairie suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Forest Hill 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.

Wilmer, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,383
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $46,765 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (55th highest)
Median Home Value: $56,800 (lowest)
More on Wilmer:  Data | Photos

If you live in Wilmer, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 5th lowest Grand Prairie suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 55th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Grand Prairie. Remember, we looked at 68 cities for this study.

Wilmer is about 20.6 miles to downtown.

Everman, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,255
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $43,352 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.7% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $80,700 (3rd lowest)
More on Everman:  Data | Photos

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

All snarkiness aside, Everman has the 3rd lowest home values in the metro Grand Prairie area, where the median price is $80,700. To put that into perspective, in Highland Park, the median income is $240,248, which is the best in the area.

Everman has an unemployment rate of 8.65% which ranks 2nd worst.

Balch Springs, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 25,190
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $51,446 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (16th highest)
Median Home Value: $106,000 (12th 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%.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,411
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $51,909 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (highest)
Median Home Value: $85,400 (4th lowest)
More on Sansom Park:  Data

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

It's the place with the most out of work residents in the Grand Prairie metro area (9.09%).

Cockrell Hill, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,240
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $44,777 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $99,000 (8th lowest)
More on Cockrell Hill:  Data | Photos

Cockrell Hill is a city about 8.6 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. Cockrell Hill has the 2nd most uninsured people, 4th worst incomes, and has the 12th highest unemployment rate (5.52%) in the entire Grand Prairie metro area.

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

Ferris, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,692
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $59,129 (20th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (58th highest)
Median Home Value: $91,500 (5th lowest)
More on Ferris:  Data | Photos

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

About 2.84% of residents are out of work.

White Settlement, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,565
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $48,996 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $99,200 (10th lowest)
More on White Settlement:  Data | Photos

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

Located 26.0 miles outside the city, White Settlements is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 13th highest unemployment rate (5.51%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Grand Prairie 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 Grand Prairie.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 68 suburbs to evaluate around Grand Prairie.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 68 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. 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 Grand Prairie where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

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

  • Highland Park
  • University Park
  • Coppell

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Detailed List Of The Worst Grand Prairie Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Hutchins 5,718 $36,087 $68,800
2 Seagoville 16,514 $52,378 $114,200
3 Forest Hill 12,994 $41,496 $94,400
4 Wilmer 4,383 $46,765 $56,800
5 Everman 6,255 $43,352 $80,700
6 Balch Springs 25,190 $51,446 $106,000
7 Sansom Park 5,411 $51,909 $85,400
8 Cockrell Hill 4,240 $44,777 $99,000
9 Ferris 2,692 $59,129 $91,500
10 White Settlement 17,565 $48,996 $99,200
11 Glenn Heights 12,802 $68,739 $162,600
12 Palmer 2,279 $56,250 $93,700
13 Lancaster 39,214 $57,259 $136,700
14 Lake Worth 4,929 $60,213 $114,600
15 Keene 6,396 $47,813 $142,200
16 Dallas 1,330,612 $52,580 $188,100
17 Fort Worth 874,401 $62,187 $169,700
18 Mesquite 143,456 $57,824 $143,000
19 Duncanville 39,415 $56,412 $149,600
20 Garland 238,418 $61,211 $160,800
21 Blue Mound 2,981 $56,146 $99,200
22 Irving 239,783 $64,868 $177,500
23 Arlington 395,477 $60,571 $170,700
24 Alvarado 4,156 $57,697 $111,800
25 Waxahachie 35,376 $65,589 $176,300
26 Cedar Hill 48,560 $72,463 $168,800
27 River Oaks 7,685 $62,326 $101,000
28 Joshua 7,477 $57,042 $182,000
29 Crowley 15,439 $76,720 $157,900
30 Venus 3,692 $68,125 $145,200
31 Kennedale 8,197 $77,763 $215,500
32 Lewisville 106,386 $64,493 $209,000
33 Hurst 38,976 $63,722 $190,800
34 Desoto 53,090 $71,578 $169,800
35 Watauga 24,582 $71,897 $136,300
36 Farmers Branch 39,039 $74,464 $196,300
37 Red Oak 12,724 $71,957 $207,600
38 Richland Hills 8,051 $62,549 $149,400
39 Euless 55,763 $65,921 $200,500
40 Pantego 2,531 $54,946 $223,900
41 North Richland Hills 70,202 $71,076 $203,800
42 Benbrook 23,215 $72,699 $182,600
43 Roanoke 8,341 $97,833 $324,900
44 Addison 15,302 $74,986 $335,300
45 Carrollton 135,834 $78,306 $238,300
46 Burleson 45,862 $79,784 $184,600
47 Saginaw 23,321 $83,402 $168,900
48 Hickory Creek 4,574 $109,766 $283,100
49 Richardson 116,432 $85,678 $274,200
50 Grapevine 53,317 $91,143 $320,400
51 Midlothian 29,743 $95,306 $228,000
52 Sunnyvale 6,484 $132,488 $380,400
53 Mansfield 69,557 $99,510 $257,100
54 Ovilla 3,903 $106,333 $245,600
55 Plano 287,064 $95,602 $320,100
56 The Colony 43,005 $87,187 $231,700
57 Double Oak 3,066 $144,313 $470,500
58 Bedford 49,323 $70,362 $217,300
59 Dalworthington Gardens 2,188 $109,375 $427,900
60 Flower Mound 76,555 $137,285 $361,900
61 Trophy Club 11,949 $147,477 $400,500
62 Keller 46,813 $141,364 $386,200
63 Colleyville 26,462 $163,509 $516,500
64 Highland 18,726 $139,453 $559,600
65 Southlake 31,292 $240,248 $676,900
66 Coppell 41,645 $122,340 $388,800
67 University Park 25,036 $224,485 $1,295,500
68 Highland Park 9,168 $211,136 $1,508,900

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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.

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