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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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%).
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.
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.
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.
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
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Detailed List Of The Worst Irving Suburbs
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