Ah, Texas. The Lone Star State. The state where secession is talked about on a daily basis. A place for rebels, pick-up trucks, sexy cheerleaders, and the hardest-working Americans of all time.
But, is it all roses in Texas? Of course not. For every good, there has to be a bad. And that’s where this post aims to investigate. Even in one of the best states in the union, there have to be bad spots. The dead zones. The bruises on the apple, if you will.
After analyzing almost 331 of the most populous cities, we came up with this list as the absolute worst 10 places in the state of Texas:
What? Where are these places you wonder? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case.
We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.
However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty and ‘friendly people’), there are far better options in the state for making a place home. And the worst place to live in Texas? That would be Cleveland.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and see how your city fared in 2019.
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The 10 Worst Places To Live In Texas For 2019
When you’re looking at science and data, the city of Cleveland is the worst place you can live in the state of Texas. Let’s see why.
Crime and no jobs. How does that sum it up? When you look at the numbers, you can see why Cleveland might be a bad place to live. Would you believe Cleveland has the 73rd highest crime rate in Texas? It does. You have a 1 in 29.8 chance of being robbed when you’re within Cleveland city limits each year.
Plus, Cleveland has the 28th highest unemployment rate in the state at 10.0%.
And the home prices ($80,200) are the 58th cheapest in the state. Say what you want about ‘cheap living,’ the fact is, homes are priced on demand, and there’s not a lot of demand to live in Cleveland.
Port Arthur has 702 people per square mile. In comparison, Dallas has a population density of 3,500 per square mile. That means there’s a lot of open space here. Say what you want about ‘open spaces’, but in terms of feeling like you’re part of a community, it’s hard to do when everyone is spread out.
In addition, homes in Port Arthur only cost $64,300 which is 16th lowest. Meaning…more open spaces. Unemployment here is 9.2%.
On the bright side, spending on students in Port Arthur is the second-highest in Texas at an astounding $16,494.
Hutchins needs some tough love.
Years ago, someone told me the sun never shines in Hutchins. That’s not true, of course, but you can understand why she might say that when you analyze certain facts about Hutchins. Of the 331 cities considered in this ranking, Hutchins had the least to be proud of across the board.
Not only does Hutchins have Texas’s 56th lowest home value rank, but it also had the 33rd and 65th highest rankings in unemployment and crime respectively. Statistics like that will certainly make the sun shine a bit dimmer, and it will win you are in contention for title of “Worst City in Texas.”
If you know anyone in Hutchins, tag them on Facebook and tell them you love them. They can probably use it right about now.
When you’re looking at science and data, Robstown is the 4th worst place you can live in the state of Texas. Let’s see why.
First off, the crime here is really high, in comparison to the rest of Texas. Robstown is the 39th most dangerous place you can live in the state, where you have a 1 in 26.1 chance of being the victim of some type of property crime. Meaning lots of people are getting robbed here.
Homes here average $54,300, which is the 6th lowest in the state. You can defend ‘cheap living’ all you want, but the fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s not a lot of demand to live in Robstown.
Income levels are just about $32,634, the 16th lowest in Texas.
When you add it all up, Robstown really is quite an undesirable place to live. The people who have to live in here could use a big hug right about now.
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $84,600 (68th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.3% (20th worst)
More on Palmview: Data
Palmview is a really small, densely populated place in Texas.
The unemployment rate here is sky high at 11.3%, and income levels are the 20th lowest in Texas. Homes sell for an average of $84,600.
If you’re trying to have some sort of professional career in Texas, this is one of the last places you would want to live.
Aransas Pass has some of the same issues that the cities above have. The crime is statistically the 16th-highest in the state of Texas. And residents earn far less than it takes to live a normal life. The unemployment rank is also higher than almost every other city in the state at 7.1%.
Additionally, 20.4% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Donna, located at the far southeastern tip of the state, is one of the more dangerous places in Texas. In fact, that entire region ranks very high on our most dangerous cities in Texas study.
Household incomes are very low here as well. Basically, Donna is a small town with a high unemployment rate where there’s not a lot to do in the general vicinity except listen to police sirens.
When you’re looking at the worst places you could live in Texas, Humble came in 8th. Let’s see why.
When you’re comparing the unemployment rate to the rest of the nation, Texas residents are very hard workers. But when comparing the unemployment rate among cities in Texas, you can see some really big differences. In Humble, the number of people out of work is 8.1%
In Texas, that’s the 62nd highest in the state.
The residents in Humble have the 69th lowest incomes in the state. Folks in Humble average $38,961 a year. Which isn’t too shabby in comparison to the other ‘lowest’ income cities in most other states.
Additionally, the homes are valued at $113,000 on average. That’s the 152nd lowest in the state.
you’re looking to live in Texas, Terrell might not be the best choice as it places 9th in our ranking of the worst places to live for 2019.
Terrell doesn’t have the worst crime in the state, but it’s sure up there. And when you factor in one of the lowest household incomes in the state and a sky high unemployment rate, Terrell may not be your first choice for a vacation.
Progreso, part of Hidalgo County, is the 10th worst place to live in Texas for 2019.
Residents here earn almost the lowest salaries per year relative to any other residents in the state at $43,036, and crime 10th worst in Texas.
Additionally, the poverty level is 29.9% in Progreso.
How we determined the worst places to live in Texas for 2019
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 don’t think it’s a stretch to assume that people like the following things:
- Good education
- Lots of jobs
- Low crime
- Low poverty
- Nice homes
- High incomes
- High population density (Lots of things to do)
- Short work commutes
- Health insurance
We broke crime down into violent crime and property crime to give violent crime a larger weight — if you did a simple calculation of all crimes per capita, property crimes are normally 7x more common and really bias that ranking.
Furthermore, only cities with at least 5,000 people were considered — leaving 331 cities.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 331 for all the criteria with a #1 ranking being the worst for the particular criteria.
Next, we averaged the rankings into one “Worst Place To Live Score”.
Finally, we ranked every city on the “Worst Place To Live Score” with the lowest score being the worst city in Texas — Cleveland. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 worst cities in Texas.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.
Wrapping Up The Worst In Texas
If you’re looking at areas in Texas with the worst economic situations, where there’s higher than average crime, and not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
And in the end, Cleveland ranks as the worst city to live in Texas for 2019.
If you’re curious enough, here are the best cities to live in Texas:
- Terrell Hills (Pop. 5,248)
- University Park (Pop. 24,692)
- West University Place (Pop. 15,477)
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