The 10 Worst Irving Suburbs For 2021


We used science and data to determine which Irving 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 Irving.

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

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

Of course, not all suburbs of Irving are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones..

We examined the 84 biggest suburbs of Irving 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 Irving in terms of quality of life.

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

Read on to see how we determined the places around Irving 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 Irving 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 Irving 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 Irving 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 Irving 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: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $52,378 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (2highest)
Median Home Value: $114,200 (12th lowest)
More on Seagoville:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 28.4 miles to Irving. 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 (6th lowest)
More on Forest Hill:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Irving 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 Irving 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: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $46,765 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.3% (66th 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 Irving suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 66th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Irving. Remember, we looked at 84 cities for this study.

Wilmer is about 24.5 miles to downtown.

Everman, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 6,255
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
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 Irving 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 Irving 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

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 25,190
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $51,446 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (23rd highest)
Median Home Value: $106,000 (11th 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: 10 (Up 3)
Median Income: $51,909 (8th 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 Irving.

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

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 12,802
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $68,739 (30th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $162,600 (22nd lowest)
More on Glenn Heights:  Data

Glenn Heights is a city about 22.2 miles from Irving, but Irving 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. Glenn Heights has the 2most uninsured people, 30th worst incomes, and has the 3rd highest unemployment rate (8.34%) in the entire Irving metro area.

Homes only cost $162,600 for a reason. That's cheap for Irving standards.

Cockrell Hill, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,240
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Income: $44,777 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (17th highest)
Median Home Value: $99,000 (7th lowest)
More on Cockrell Hill:  Data | Photos

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

About 5.52% of residents are out of work.

Ferris, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,692
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $59,129 (17th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (72nd highest)
Median Home Value: $91,500 (5th lowest)
More on Ferris:  Data | Photos

Rounding out the ten worst Irving suburbs to call home is Ferris.

Located 28.0 miles outside the city, Ferriss is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 72nd highest unemployment rate (2.84%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Irving 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 Irving.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 84 suburbs to evaluate around Irving.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 84 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 Irving." 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 Irving where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Irving with Hutchins casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Irving aren't all bad. Highland Park takes the cake as the best place to live around Irving.

  • Highland Park
  • University Park
  • Southlake

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Detailed List Of The Worst Irving 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 Glenn Heights 12,802 $68,739 $162,600
9 Cockrell Hill 4,240 $44,777 $99,000
10 Ferris 2,692 $59,129 $91,500
11 Lancaster 39,214 $57,259 $136,700
12 White Settlement 17,565 $48,996 $99,200
13 Lake Worth 4,929 $60,213 $114,600
14 Fort Worth 874,401 $62,187 $169,700
15 Dallas 1,330,612 $52,580 $188,100
16 Mesquite 143,456 $57,824 $143,000
17 Duncanville 39,415 $56,412 $149,600
18 Lake Dallas 8,016 $64,073 $166,100
19 Garland 238,418 $61,211 $160,800
20 Grand Prairie 192,565 $67,388 $162,400
21 Denton 136,195 $60,018 $218,800
22 Blue Mound 2,981 $56,146 $99,200
23 Cedar Hill 48,560 $72,463 $168,800
24 Arlington 395,477 $60,571 $170,700
25 Crowley 15,439 $76,720 $157,900
26 Ponder 2,369 $85,722 $204,200
27 River Oaks 7,685 $62,326 $101,000
28 Kennedale 8,197 $77,763 $215,500
29 Lakewood 60,111 $51,972 $269,200
30 Lewisville 106,386 $64,493 $209,000
31 Desoto 53,090 $71,578 $169,800
32 Hurst 38,976 $63,722 $190,800
33 Farmers Branch 39,039 $74,464 $196,300
34 Justin 3,859 $88,500 $208,800
35 Watauga 24,582 $71,897 $136,300
36 Red Oak 12,724 $71,957 $207,600
37 Richland Hills 8,051 $62,549 $149,400
38 Shady Shores 2,843 $95,045 $297,700
39 Euless 55,763 $65,921 $200,500
40 North Richland Hills 70,202 $71,076 $203,800
41 Parker 4,722 $134,495 $554,900
42 Pantego 2,531 $54,946 $223,900
43 Wylie 49,759 $92,395 $227,700
44 Little Elm 45,967 $98,803 $255,200
45 Roanoke 8,341 $97,833 $324,900
46 Carrollton 135,834 $78,306 $238,300
47 Addison 15,302 $74,986 $335,300
48 Saginaw 23,321 $83,402 $168,900
49 Richardson 116,432 $85,678 $274,200
50 Rowlett 63,793 $101,085 $228,800
51 Grapevine 53,317 $91,143 $320,400
52 Midlothian 29,743 $95,306 $228,000
53 Sachse 25,607 $102,175 $241,800
54 Mckinney 182,055 $93,354 $309,200
55 Hickory Creek 4,574 $109,766 $283,100
56 Sunnyvale 6,484 $132,488 $380,400
57 The Colony 43,005 $87,187 $231,700
58 Mansfield 69,557 $99,510 $257,100
59 Plano 287,064 $95,602 $320,100
60 Bedford 49,323 $70,362 $217,300
61 Oak Point 4,410 $90,625 $274,900
62 Ovilla 3,903 $106,333 $245,600
63 Corinth 21,491 $103,099 $257,600
64 Northlake 2,726 $91,913 $428,700
65 Heath 8,709 $155,781 $484,600
66 Dalworthington Gardens 2,188 $109,375 $427,900
67 Double Oak 3,066 $144,313 $470,500
68 Allen 101,699 $105,925 $303,300
69 Murphy 20,612 $126,196 $351,400
70 Providence 7,407 $80,697 $281,900
71 Fairview 8,832 $94,507 $376,400
72 Frisco 177,020 $127,055 $395,900
73 Flower Mound 76,555 $137,285 $361,900
74 Trophy Club 11,949 $147,477 $400,500
75 Keller 46,813 $141,364 $386,200
76 Lucas 7,763 $160,278 $594,400
77 Prosper 22,517 $146,733 $459,500
78 Colleyville 26,462 $163,509 $516,500
79 Highland 18,726 $139,453 $559,600
80 Argyle 4,112 $178,362 $471,700
81 Coppell 41,645 $122,340 $388,800
82 Southlake 31,292 $240,248 $676,900
83 University Park 25,036 $224,485 $1,295,500
84 Highland Park 9,168 $211,136 $1,508,900

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