The 10 Worst Grand Prairie Suburbs For 2022

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

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 69 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 2022:

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

What's the worst suburb of Grand Prairie? Hutchins ranks as the worst suburb of Grand Prairie for 2022 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 2022

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 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.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 5,804
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $35,000 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $72,400 (lowest)
More on Hutchins:  Data | Photos

Hutchins, TX

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

This city is 23.5 miles to Grand Prairie. Income levels here are the 6th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $52,696 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.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 25,123
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Income: $52,696 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $120,000 (10th lowest)
More on Balch Springs:  Data | Photos

Balch Springs, TX

Source: Public domain

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.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 12,964
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $47,308 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.9% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $111,300 (8th lowest)
More on Forest Hill:  Data | Photos

Forest Hill, TX

If you live in Seagoville, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 18th lowest Grand Prairie suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 10th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Grand Prairie. Remember, we looked at 69 cities for this study.

Seagoville is about 27.7 miles to downtown.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 16,726
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $62,038 (18th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $155,000 (17th lowest)
More on Seagoville:  Data | Photos

Seagoville, TX

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 5th lowest home values in the metro Grand Prairie area, where the median price is $104,900. To put that into perspective, in Highland Park, the median income is $247,716, which is the best in the area.

Everman has an unemployment rate of 11.87% which ranks worst.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 6,232
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $48,007 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.9% (highest)
Median Home Value: $104,900 (5th lowest)
More on Everman:  Data | Photos

Everman, TX

Wilmer has 4,698 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 19.499885294792378%.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 4,698
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $56,012 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (57th highest)
Median Home Value: $74,200 (2nd lowest)
More on Wilmer:  Data | Photos

Wilmer, TX

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

It's the place with the 14th most out of work residents in the Grand Prairie metro area (5.94%).

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 5,593
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $55,465 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $92,900 (3rd lowest)
More on Sansom Park:  Data

White Settlement is a city about 26.0 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. White Settlement has the 8th most uninsured people, 5th worst incomes, and has the 22nd highest unemployment rate (5.0%) in the entire Grand Prairie metro area.

Homes only cost $126,800 for a reason. That's cheap for Grand Prairie standards.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 17,716
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Income: $50,203 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (22nd highest)
Median Home Value: $126,800 (11th lowest)
More on White Settlement:  Data | Photos

White Settlement, TX

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

About 5.14% of residents are out of work.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 4,200
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $58,137 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (2highest)
Median Home Value: $109,200 (6th lowest)
More on Cockrell Hill:  Data | Photos

Cockrell Hill, TX

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

Located 21.9 miles outside the city, Blue Mounds is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 15th highest unemployment rate (5.94%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,317
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 11)
Median Income: $54,167 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $111,000 (7th lowest)
More on Blue Mound:  Data

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Grand Prairie for 2022

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 2016-2020, 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 69 suburbs to evaluate around Grand Prairie.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 69 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.

Summary: The areas around Grand Prairie where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2022

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
  • Southlake

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Detailed List Of The Worst Grand Prairie Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Hutchins 5,804 $35,000 $72,400
2 Balch Springs 25,123 $52,696 $120,000
3 Forest Hill 12,964 $47,308 $111,300
4 Seagoville 16,726 $62,038 $155,000
5 Everman 6,232 $48,007 $104,900
6 Wilmer 4,698 $56,012 $74,200
7 Sansom Park 5,593 $55,465 $92,900
8 White Settlement 17,716 $50,203 $126,800
9 Cockrell Hill 4,200 $58,137 $109,200
10 Blue Mound 2,317 $54,167 $111,000
11 Lancaster 39,264 $57,832 $154,900
12 Keene 6,456 $44,105 $141,900
13 Palmer 2,540 $65,588 $97,500
14 Duncanville 39,096 $57,614 $164,800
15 Dallas 1,338,846 $54,747 $208,700
16 Mesquite 142,429 $60,715 $160,000
17 Fort Worth 892,221 $64,567 $190,400
18 Garland 238,622 $63,192 $172,600
19 Glenn Heights 13,228 $72,695 $170,400
20 Ferris 2,842 $76,563 $130,700
21 Arlington 397,269 $63,351 $188,100
22 Lake Worth 4,932 $74,792 $148,300
23 Irving 240,475 $66,567 $196,500
24 Alvarado 4,282 $57,653 $141,800
25 Desoto 53,170 $71,124 $195,900
26 Cedar Hill 48,337 $75,715 $189,700
27 River Oaks 7,653 $58,696 $117,800
28 Waxahachie 36,735 $68,496 $201,200
29 Crowley 15,972 $76,677 $162,500
30 Joshua 7,818 $57,883 $196,400
31 Venus 4,027 $85,938 $176,200
32 Watauga 24,487 $75,648 $156,600
33 Lewisville 107,740 $67,026 $232,800
34 Farmers Branch 42,659 $73,695 $210,600
35 Hurst 38,783 $64,441 $209,000
36 Euless 56,334 $67,181 $213,700
37 Pantego 2,479 $66,250 $251,000
38 Richland Hills 7,999 $64,038 $157,600
39 Benbrook 23,337 $73,945 $199,300
40 Richardson 118,583 $85,350 $295,500
41 Kennedale 8,393 $79,928 $224,000
42 Sunnyvale 6,664 $134,080 $397,800
43 Burleson 47,151 $77,329 $198,200
44 Carrollton 137,319 $82,345 $267,100
45 Grapevine 54,151 $94,363 $338,700
46 Red Oak 13,010 $78,646 $225,900
47 North Richland Hills 70,585 $75,563 $232,200
48 Midlothian 31,533 $95,603 $254,100
49 Ovilla 4,010 $102,917 $282,100
50 Roanoke 8,810 $100,888 $341,300
51 Addison 15,428 $75,235 $348,200
52 Saginaw 23,835 $89,533 $184,800
53 The Colony 43,791 $87,748 $244,400
54 Hickory Creek 4,716 $121,913 $326,100
55 Bedford 49,145 $71,644 $234,700
56 Dalworthington Gardens 2,192 $111,979 $418,400
57 Mansfield 71,419 $102,388 $279,200
58 Plano 288,870 $96,348 $341,800
59 Double Oak 3,099 $167,000 $493,500
60 Flower Mound 78,854 $139,703 $376,500
61 Colleyville 26,766 $171,485 $567,600
62 Keller 46,885 $149,342 $412,800
63 Trophy Club 11,904 $155,635 $444,800
64 Haslet 2,276 $151,458 $439,500
65 Coppell 41,494 $128,476 $414,000
66 Highland 19,012 $146,177 $599,700
67 Southlake 31,684 $223,621 $697,000
68 University Park 25,027 $247,716 $1,351,400
69 Highland Park 9,143 $218,611 $1,451,300

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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 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the worst suburbs around Grand Prairie.
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.

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