These Are The 10 Worst Irving Suburbs For 2018


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 University 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. So without further ado…

We examined the 66 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.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Irving for 2018:

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

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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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Irving 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 Irving.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 66 suburbs to evaluate around Irving.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 66 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.

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
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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 1st 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.

2. Forest Hill

Forest Hill, Texas

Population: 12,774
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%
Median Home Price: $78,300
Median Income: $41,988
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Welcome to Forest Hill. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 21.9 miles to Irving. Income levels here are the 4th 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
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Back up the highway we go for the third worst Irving 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 Irving 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
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If you live in Balch Springs, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 3rd lowest Irving suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 25th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Irving. Remember, we looked at 66 cities for this study.

Balch Springs is about 22.7 miles to downtown.

5. White Settlement

White Settlement, Texas

Population: 16,886
Unemployment Rate: 8.5%
Median Home Price: $73,700
Median Income: $45,382
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White Settlement has the distinction of being a Irving suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, White Settlement has the 3rd lowest home values in the metro Irving area, where the median price is $73,700. To put that into perspective, in University Park, the median income is $198,438, which is the best in the area.

White Settlement has an unemployment rate of 8.5% which ranks 5th worst.

6. Lancaster

Lancaster, Texas

Population: 38,426
Unemployment Rate: 8.1%
Median Home Price: $104,500
Median Income: $51,382
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Lancaster has 38,426 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. Seagoville

Seagoville, Texas

Population: 15,701
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $83,700
Median Income: $46,064
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Ah, Seagoville. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Irving.

It’s the place with the 48th most out of work residents in the Irving metro area (4.3%).

8. Dallas

Dallas, Texas

Population: 1,278,433
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $142,600
Median Income: $45,215
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Dallas is a city about 12.6 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. Dallas has the 5th most uninsured people, 6th worst incomes, and has the 15th highest unemployment rate (6.8%) in the entire Irving metro area.

Homes only cost $142,600 for a reason. That’s cheap for Irving standards.

9. Glenn Heights


Population: 11,958
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Median Home Price: $137,200
Median Income: $58,590
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If you absolutely have to live near Irving, then Glenn Heights might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Irving suburb.

About 7.8% 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
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Rounding out the ten worst Irving suburbs to call home is Mesquite.

Located 23.1 miles outside the city, Mesquites is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 17th highest unemployment rate (6.7%), and poverty is far above the area average.

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

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. University Park takes the cake as the best place to live around Irving.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Irving 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 White Settlement 16,886 8.5% $73,700 $45,382
6 Lancaster 38,426 8.1% $104,500 $51,382
7 Seagoville 15,701 4.3% $83,700 $46,064
8 Dallas 1,278,433 6.8% $142,600 $45,215
9 Glenn Heights 11,958 7.8% $137,200 $58,590
10 Mesquite 143,771 6.7% $112,400 $50,804
11 Fort Worth 815,930 6.4% $131,100 $54,876
12 Denton 128,421 7.9% $162,700 $50,487
13 Garland 234,810 7.8% $121,400 $53,220
14 Grand Prairie 185,631 6.7% $132,600 $60,246
15 Duncanville 39,599 7.9% $118,000 $51,545
16 River Oaks 7,666 5.3% $85,500 $42,054
17 Crowley 14,453 8.3% $120,500 $66,559
18 Arlington 383,899 6.4% $137,900 $53,574
19 Farmers Branch 32,211 5.6% $152,000 $61,255
20 Lakewood 59,489 10.8% $218,600 $45,261
21 Richland Hills 8,033 3.0% $111,000 $50,481
22 Hurst 38,690 6.9% $150,600 $55,807
23 Kennedale 7,413 5.3% $170,900 $71,875
24 Cedar Hill 47,457 6.6% $139,100 $68,150
25 Desoto 51,854 6.9% $147,800 $60,350
26 Red Oak 11,663 5.3% $154,000 $70,250
27 Euless 53,675 6.0% $159,400 $58,606
28 Lewisville 102,327 4.9% $161,700 $57,549
29 Watauga 24,322 6.5% $109,500 $65,329
30 Lake Dallas 7,575 6.7% $150,800 $68,785
31 Saginaw 21,680 6.1% $130,000 $81,070
32 Carrollton 129,266 4.5% $183,100 $70,072
33 Roanoke 7,055 3.1% $216,900 $62,878
34 Midlothian 21,530 3.5% $162,900 $72,956
35 The Colony 40,757 6.3% $159,400 $73,830
36 Grapevine 50,538 3.3% $258,400 $81,571
37 Rowlett 59,203 6.7% $168,500 $85,565
38 North Richland Hills 67,994 4.8% $160,200 $63,537
39 Lucas 6,585 10.3% $480,400 $133,419
40 Richardson 108,350 5.6% $209,500 $74,877
41 Little Elm 35,553 4.9% $177,100 $87,933
42 Sunnyvale 5,871 7.1% $311,400 $126,250
43 Wylie 45,655 5.1% $163,500 $82,139
44 Bedford 48,864 5.2% $169,700 $62,701
45 Addison 15,363 4.3% $307,300 $70,559
46 Mckinney 156,821 3.5% $228,500 $83,257
47 Corinth 20,764 4.9% $191,500 $87,167
48 Sachse 23,329 3.6% $184,200 $93,270
49 Mansfield 63,141 4.0% $204,800 $90,216
50 Fairview 8,235 6.2% $331,900 $73,339
51 Providence 7,122 2.2% $244,400 $70,645
52 Plano 279,088 4.8% $248,800 $85,085
53 Prosper 15,236 2.5% $378,700 $120,270
54 Heath 7,992 5.8% $407,000 $150,319
55 Frisco 145,646 3.9% $300,900 $117,642
56 Allen 94,710 4.3% $234,600 $102,215
57 Murphy 20,015 5.2% $304,100 $118,843
58 Flower Mound 69,966 4.0% $292,600 $123,492
59 Keller 44,250 3.5% $311,700 $122,292
60 Highland 17,544 5.0% $461,500 $122,666
61 Coppell 40,631 3.0% $317,900 $114,839
62 Southlake 29,101 3.3% $586,400 $189,432
63 Colleyville 24,982 3.2% $432,600 $162,183
64 Trophy Club 10,987 2.0% $328,800 $133,457
65 Highland Park 8,986 5.4% $1,253,600 $189,485
66 University Park 24,346 3.6% $1,102,500 $198,438

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