The 10 Worst Irving Suburbs For 2022


We used science and data to determine which Irving 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 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 86 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 2022 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 2022

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 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

4
/10

Population: 5,804
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $35,000 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (10th 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 22.7 miles to Irving. Income levels here are the 5th 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

3
/10

Population: 25,123
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 4)
Median Income: $52,696 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.2% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $120,000 (9th lowest)
More on Balch Springs:  Data | Photos

Balch Springs, TX

Source: Public domain

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Irving 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 Irving suburbs.

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

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,726
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $62,038 (16th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $155,000 (14th lowest)
More on Seagoville:  Data | Photos

Seagoville, TX

If you live in Forest Hill, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 2nd lowest Irving suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 2nd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Irving. Remember, we looked at 86 cities for this study.

Forest Hill is about 21.9 miles to downtown.

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 12,964
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $47,308 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.9% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $111,300 (7th lowest)
More on Forest Hill:  Data | Photos

Forest Hill, TX

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 4th lowest home values in the metro Irving 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

4
/10

Population: 6,232
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $48,007 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 11.9% (highest)
Median Home Value: $104,900 (4th 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

4
/10

Population: 4,698
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $56,012 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (72nd 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 Irving.

It's the place with the 17th most out of work residents in the Irving metro area (5.94%).

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,593
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $55,465 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (17th highest)
Median Home Value: $92,900 (3rd lowest)
More on Sansom Park:  Data

Lancaster is a city about 21.6 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. Lancaster has the 40th most uninsured people, 12th worst incomes, and has the 13th highest unemployment rate (6.5%) in the entire Irving metro area.

Homes only cost $154,900 for a reason. That's cheap for Irving standards.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 39,264
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $57,832 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.5% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $154,900 (13th lowest)
More on Lancaster:  Data | Photos

Lancaster, TX

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

About 5.0% of residents are out of work.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,716
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $50,203 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.0% (28th highest)
Median Home Value: $126,800 (10th lowest)
More on White Settlement:  Data | Photos

White Settlement, TX

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

Located 21.4 miles outside the city, Blue Mounds is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 18th highest unemployment rate (5.94%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,317
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 12)
Median Income: $54,167 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.9% (18th highest)
Median Home Value: $111,000 (6th lowest)
More on Blue Mound:  Data

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Irving 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 Irving.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 86 suburbs to evaluate around Irving.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 86 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.

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

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 5,804 $35,000 $72,400
2 Balch Springs 25,123 $52,696 $120,000
3 Seagoville 16,726 $62,038 $155,000
4 Forest Hill 12,964 $47,308 $111,300
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 Lancaster 39,264 $57,832 $154,900
9 White Settlement 17,716 $50,203 $126,800
10 Blue Mound 2,317 $54,167 $111,000
11 Cockrell Hill 4,200 $58,137 $109,200
12 Fort Worth 892,221 $64,567 $190,400
13 Glenn Heights 13,228 $72,695 $170,400
14 Duncanville 39,096 $57,614 $164,800
15 Dallas 1,338,846 $54,747 $208,700
16 Grand Prairie 193,835 $69,171 $174,300
17 Mesquite 142,429 $60,715 $160,000
18 Garland 238,622 $63,192 $172,600
19 Lake Worth 4,932 $74,792 $148,300
20 Denton 139,734 $62,542 $237,700
21 Arlington 397,269 $63,351 $188,100
22 Ferris 2,842 $76,563 $130,700
23 Cedar Hill 48,337 $75,715 $189,700
24 Desoto 53,170 $71,124 $195,900
25 Crowley 15,972 $76,677 $162,500
26 Lake Dallas 8,004 $64,805 $205,000
27 River Oaks 7,653 $58,696 $117,800
28 Ponder 2,394 $73,971 $214,900
29 Lakewood 60,564 $55,723 $309,600
30 Farmers Branch 42,659 $73,695 $210,600
31 Watauga 24,487 $75,648 $156,600
32 Lewisville 107,740 $67,026 $232,800
33 Euless 56,334 $67,181 $213,700
34 Hurst 38,783 $64,441 $209,000
35 Little Elm 49,792 $94,446 $270,600
36 Pantego 2,479 $66,250 $251,000
37 Justin 4,125 $88,594 $225,100
38 Kennedale 8,393 $79,928 $224,000
39 Wylie 51,251 $98,484 $253,100
40 Richland Hills 7,999 $64,038 $157,600
41 Richardson 118,583 $85,350 $295,500
42 Carrollton 137,319 $82,345 $267,100
43 Red Oak 13,010 $78,646 $225,900
44 Sunnyvale 6,664 $134,080 $397,800
45 Grapevine 54,151 $94,363 $338,700
46 Shady Shores 2,888 $117,083 $324,900
47 Hackberry 2,426 $105,741 $282,500
48 Midlothian 31,533 $95,603 $254,100
49 North Richland Hills 70,585 $75,563 $232,200
50 Ovilla 4,010 $102,917 $282,100
51 Rowlett 65,426 $103,627 $237,300
52 Sachse 25,888 $109,098 $259,100
53 Saginaw 23,835 $89,533 $184,800
54 The Colony 43,791 $87,748 $244,400
55 Mckinney 191,197 $100,775 $327,800
56 Roanoke 8,810 $100,888 $341,300
57 Addison 15,428 $75,235 $348,200
58 Bedford 49,145 $71,644 $234,700
59 Mansfield 71,419 $102,388 $279,200
60 Fairview 8,998 $89,583 $408,200
61 Northlake 3,182 $92,750 $435,900
62 Dalworthington Gardens 2,192 $111,979 $418,400
63 Hickory Creek 4,716 $121,913 $326,100
64 Plano 288,870 $96,348 $341,800
65 Oak Point 5,077 $102,946 $301,300
66 Corinth 21,881 $104,239 $269,900
67 Allen 104,040 $113,719 $323,500
68 Parker 4,920 $168,811 $642,100
69 Murphy 20,711 $140,828 $374,000
70 Providence 7,732 $84,243 $322,300
71 Heath 9,069 $174,154 $523,900
72 Double Oak 3,099 $167,000 $493,500
73 Frisco 188,387 $128,761 $420,700
74 Flower Mound 78,854 $139,703 $376,500
75 Prosper 25,887 $153,777 $482,700
76 Keller 46,885 $149,342 $412,800
77 Colleyville 26,766 $171,485 $567,600
78 Trophy Club 11,904 $155,635 $444,800
79 Haslet 2,276 $151,458 $439,500
80 Lucas 8,137 $174,500 $650,000
81 Argyle 4,278 $190,500 $514,400
82 Coppell 41,494 $128,476 $414,000
83 Highland 19,012 $146,177 $599,700
84 Southlake 31,684 $223,621 $697,000
85 University Park 25,027 $247,716 $1,351,400
86 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 Irving.
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