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 54 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. Balch Springs (Photos)
  3. Seagoville (Photos)
  4. Dallas (Photos)
  5. Mesquite (Photos)
  6. Denton (Photos)
  7. Grand Prairie (Photos)
  8. Garland (Photos)
  9. Princeton
  10. Duncanville (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 5,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 54 suburbs to evaluate around Plano.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 54 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.

1. Hutchins

Hutchins, Texas

Population: 5,644
Unemployment Rate: 6.4%
Median Home Price: $72,900
Median Income: $36,845
More on Hutchins: Data | Jobs

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. Balch Springs

Balch Springs, Texas

Source: Public domain

Population: 25,043
Unemployment Rate: 6.3%
Median Home Price: $83,000
Median Income: $41,983
More on Balch Springs: Data | Jobs

Welcome to Balch Springs. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 24.4 miles to Plano. Income levels here are the 2nd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $41,983 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. Seagoville

Seagoville, Texas

Population: 15,701
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $83,700
Median Income: $46,064
More on Seagoville: Data | Jobs

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

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

4. Dallas

Dallas, Texas

Population: 1,278,433
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $142,600
Median Income: $45,215
More on Dallas: Data | Jobs

If you live in Dallas, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 3rd 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 54 cities for this study.

Dallas is about 17.8 miles to downtown.

5. Mesquite

Mesquite, Texas

Population: 143,771
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Median Home Price: $112,400
Median Income: $50,804
More on Mesquite: Data | Jobs

Mesquite has the distinction of being a Plano suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Mesquite has the 4th lowest home values in the metro Plano area, where the median price is $112,400. To put that into perspective, in University Park, the median income is $198,438, which is the best in the area.

Mesquite has an unemployment rate of 6.7% which ranks 10th worst.

6. Denton

Denton, Texas

Population: 128,421
Unemployment Rate: 7.9%
Median Home Price: $162,700
Median Income: $50,487
More on Denton: Data | Jobs

Denton has 128,421 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 19.5%.

7. Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie, Texas

Population: 185,631
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Median Home Price: $132,600
Median Income: $60,246
More on Grand Prairie: Data | Jobs

Ah, Grand Prairie. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Plano.

It’s the place with the 10th most out of work residents in the Plano metro area (6.7%).

8. Garland

Garland, Texas

Population: 234,810
Unemployment Rate: 7.8%
Median Home Price: $121,400
Median Income: $53,220
More on Garland: Data | Jobs

Garland is a city about 11.9 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. Garland has the 4th most uninsured people, 10th worst incomes, and has the 5th highest unemployment rate (7.8%) in the entire Plano metro area.

Homes only cost $121,400 for a reason. That’s cheap for Plano standards.

9. Princeton


Population: 8,278
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Median Home Price: $138,200
Median Income: $51,952
More on Princeton: Data | Jobs

If you absolutely have to live near Plano, then Princeton might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Plano suburb.

About 4.6% of residents are out of work.

10. Duncanville

Duncanville, Texas

Population: 39,599
Unemployment Rate: 7.9%
Median Home Price: $118,000
Median Income: $51,545
More on Duncanville: Data | Jobs

Rounding out the ten worst Plano suburbs to call home is Duncanville.

Located 29.6 miles outside the city, Duncanvilles is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 3rd highest unemployment rate (7.9%), 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

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

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