These Are The 10 Worst Plano Suburbs For 2018


We used science and data to determine which Plano 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 Plano.

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 Plano ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Plano area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Plano proper, although University Park certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Plano are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

We examined the 69 biggest suburbs of Plano 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 Plano in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Plano for 2018:

  1. Hutchins (Photos)
  2. Pilot Point
  3. Balch Springs (Photos)
  4. Cockrell Hill
  5. Seagoville (Photos)
  6. Dallas (Photos)
  7. Mesquite (Photos)
  8. Denton (Photos)
  9. Garland (Photos)
  10. Grand Prairie (Photos)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Plano 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 Plano 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 Plano 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 Plano.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 69 suburbs to evaluate around Plano.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 69 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 Plano.’ 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.

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1. Hutchins

Hutchins, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,644
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Median Home Price: $72,900
Median Income: $36,845
We’ll get the ball rolling with Hutchins, the absolute worst place to live around Plano 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 Plano area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 1st 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. Pilot Point

Pilot Point, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,202
Unemployment Rate: 11.7%
Median Home Price: $112,900
Median Income: $50,898
Welcome to Pilot Point. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 26.6 miles to Plano. Income levels here are the 10th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $50,898 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. Balch Springs

Balch Springs, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,043
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Median Home Price: $83,000
Median Income: $41,983
Back up the highway we go for the third worst Plano suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Balch Springs 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 Plano suburbs.

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

4. Cockrell Hill

Cockrell Hill, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,301
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Median Home Price: $84,200
Median Income: $41,473
If you live in Cockrell Hill, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 2nd lowest Plano suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 8th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Plano. Remember, we looked at 69 cities for this study.

Cockrell Hill is about 23.1 miles to downtown.

5. Seagoville

Seagoville, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,701
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $83,700
Median Income: $46,064
Seagoville has the distinction of being a Plano suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Seagoville has the 3rd lowest home values in the metro Plano area, where the median price is $83,700. To put that into perspective, in University Park, the median income is $198,438, which is the best in the area.

Seagoville has an unemployment rate of 4.3% which ranks 42nd worst.

6. Dallas

Dallas, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,278,433
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $142,600
Median Income: $45,215
Dallas has 1,278,433 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 22.9%.

7. Mesquite

Mesquite, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 143,771
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Median Home Price: $112,400
Median Income: $50,804
Ah, Mesquite. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Plano.

It’s the place with the 13th most out of work residents in the Plano metro area (6.7%).

8. Denton

Denton, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 128,421
Unemployment Rate: 7.9%
Median Home Price: $162,700
Median Income: $50,487
Denton is a city about 25.5 miles from Plano, but Plano 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. Denton has the 21st most uninsured people, 7th worst incomes, and has the 4th highest unemployment rate (7.9%) in the entire Plano metro area.

Homes only cost $162,700 for a reason. That’s cheap for Plano standards.

9. Garland

Garland, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 234,810
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Median Home Price: $121,400
Median Income: $53,220
If you absolutely have to live near Plano, then Garland might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Plano suburb.

About 7.8% of residents are out of work.

10. Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 185,631
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Median Home Price: $132,600
Median Income: $60,246
Rounding out the ten worst Plano suburbs to call home is Grand Prairie.

Located 29.9 miles outside the city, Grand Prairies is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 13th highest unemployment rate (6.7%), and poverty is far above the area average.

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

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Plano with Hutchins casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Plano aren’t all bad. University Park takes the cake as the best place to live around Plano.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Plano Suburbs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Hutchins 1 5,644 6.4% $72,900 $36,845
Pilot Point 2 4,202 11.7% $112,900 $50,898
Balch Springs 3 25,043 6.3% $83,000 $41,983
Cockrell Hill 4 4,301 7.1% $84,200 $41,473
Seagoville 5 15,701 4.3% $83,700 $46,064
Dallas 6 1,278,433 6.8% $142,600 $45,215
Mesquite 7 143,771 6.7% $112,400 $50,804
Denton 8 128,421 7.9% $162,700 $50,487
Garland 9 234,810 7.8% $121,400 $53,220
Grand Prairie 10 185,631 6.7% $132,600 $60,246
Van Alstyne 11 3,265 4.9% $117,500 $50,670
Princeton 12 8,278 4.6% $138,200 $51,952
Duncanville 13 39,599 7.9% $118,000 $51,545
Irving 14 232,013 5.9% $147,500 $54,868
Farmers Branch 15 32,211 5.6% $152,000 $61,255
Farmersville 16 3,416 3.1% $124,300 $51,654
Hurst 17 38,690 6.9% $150,600 $55,807
Lakewood 18 59,489 10.8% $218,600 $45,261
Aubrey 19 3,002 7.1% $132,800 $59,063
Euless 20 53,675 6.0% $159,400 $58,606
Lewisville 21 102,327 4.9% $161,700 $57,549
Lake Dallas 22 7,575 6.7% $150,800 $68,785
Hackberry 23 2,022 4.0% $171,100 $86,912
Anna 24 10,335 3.9% $155,500 $76,198
Forney 25 16,842 4.8% $160,400 $73,524
Carrollton 26 129,266 4.5% $183,100 $70,072
The Colony 27 40,757 6.3% $159,400 $73,830
Rowlett 28 59,203 6.7% $168,500 $85,565
Roanoke 29 7,055 3.1% $216,900 $62,878
Little Elm 30 35,553 4.9% $177,100 $87,933
Richardson 31 108,350 5.6% $209,500 $74,877
Rockwall 32 41,672 4.7% $205,700 $89,173
Wylie 33 45,655 5.1% $163,500 $82,139
Grapevine 34 50,538 3.3% $258,400 $81,571
Bedford 35 48,864 5.2% $169,700 $62,701
Lucas 36 6,585 10.3% $480,400 $133,419
Sunnyvale 37 5,871 7.1% $311,400 $126,250
Hickory Creek 38 3,939 4.9% $210,700 $94,000
Corinth 39 20,764 4.9% $191,500 $87,167
Addison 40 15,363 4.3% $307,300 $70,559
Mckinney 41 156,821 3.5% $228,500 $83,257
Shady Shores 42 2,805 6.4% $285,000 $101,477
Oak Point 43 3,271 2.7% $179,400 $89,543
Celina 44 7,236 2.6% $255,200 $94,856
Sachse 45 23,329 3.6% $184,200 $93,270
Parker 46 4,241 4.8% $485,300 $133,494
Providence 47 7,122 2.2% $244,400 $70,645
Lavon 48 2,663 1.9% $182,700 $75,185
Northlake 49 2,894 1.2% $324,500 $64,293
Fairview 50 8,235 6.2% $331,900 $73,339
Melissa 51 6,844 2.2% $193,100 $101,518
Allen 52 94,710 4.3% $234,600 $102,215
Fate 53 9,234 3.5% $195,500 $99,667
Frisco 54 145,646 3.9% $300,900 $117,642
Prosper 55 15,236 2.5% $378,700 $120,270
Murphy 56 20,015 5.2% $304,100 $118,843
Mclendon-Chisholm 57 2,005 2.2% $345,800 $111,607
Heath 58 7,992 5.8% $407,000 $150,319
Argyle 59 3,732 3.1% $365,300 $112,797
Flower Mound 60 69,966 4.0% $292,600 $123,492
Keller 61 44,250 3.5% $311,700 $122,292
Double Oak 62 3,028 3.9% $400,200 $138,482
Coppell 63 40,631 3.0% $317,900 $114,839
Highland 64 17,544 5.0% $461,500 $122,666
Highland Park 65 8,986 5.4% $1,253,600 $189,485
Southlake 66 29,101 3.3% $586,400 $189,432
Colleyville 67 24,982 3.2% $432,600 $162,183
Trophy Club 68 10,987 2.0% $328,800 $133,457
University Park 69 24,346 3.6% $1,102,500 $198,438

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