The 10 Worst Plano Suburbs For 2021

We used science and data to determine which Plano suburbs are the real pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the worst suburbs around Plano.

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 Highland 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..

We examined the 68 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.

What's the worst suburb of Plano? Hutchins ranks as the worst suburb of Plano for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

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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The 10 Worst Plano Suburbs To Live For 2021

Hutchins, TX

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Population: 5,718
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $36,087 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $68,800 (lowest)
More on Hutchins:  Data | Photos

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 worst in the Plano 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.

Seagoville, TX

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Population: 16,514
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $52,378 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $114,200 (4th lowest)
More on Seagoville:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 29.9 miles to Plano. Income levels here are the 6th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $52,378 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.

Balch Springs, TX

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Population: 25,190
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $51,446 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $106,000 (3rd lowest)
More on Balch Springs:  Data | Photos

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.

Pilot Point, TX

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Population: 4,364
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $60,158 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.3% (highest)
Median Home Value: $142,900 (5th lowest)
More on Pilot Point:  Data | Photos

If you live in Pilot Point, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 11th lowest Plano suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Plano. Remember, we looked at 68 cities for this study.

Pilot Point is about 26.6 miles to downtown.

Farmersville, TX

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Population: 3,496
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 14)
Median Income: $44,464 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (24th highest)
Median Home Value: $151,900 (8th lowest)
More on Farmersville:  Data | Photos

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

All snarkiness aside, Farmersville has the 8th lowest home values in the metro Plano area, where the median price is $151,900. To put that into perspective, in Highland Park, the median income is $240,248, which is the best in the area.

Farmersville has an unemployment rate of 4.57% which ranks 24th worst.

Cockrell Hill, TX

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Population: 4,240
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Income: $44,777 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $99,000 (2nd lowest)
More on Cockrell Hill:  Data | Photos

Cockrell Hill has 4,240 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 12.5%.

Mesquite, TX

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Population: 143,456
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $57,824 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (18th highest)
Median Home Value: $143,000 (6th lowest)
More on Mesquite:  Data | Photos

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

It's the place with the 18th most out of work residents in the Plano metro area (4.83%).

Duncanville, TX

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Population: 39,415
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $56,412 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $149,600 (7th lowest)
More on Duncanville:  Data | Photos

Duncanville is a city about 29.6 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. Duncanville has the 2most uninsured people, 8th worst incomes, and has the 2nd highest unemployment rate (7.96%) in the entire Plano metro area.

Homes only cost $149,600 for a reason. That's cheap for Plano standards.

Dallas, TX

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Population: 1,330,612
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $52,580 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (19th highest)
Median Home Value: $188,100 (16th lowest)
More on Dallas:  Data | Photos

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

About 4.71% of residents are out of work.

Lake Dallas, TX

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Population: 8,016
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 7)
Median Income: $64,073 (14th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $166,100 (12th lowest)
More on Lake Dallas:  Data | Photos

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

Located 16.8 miles outside the city, Lake Dallass is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 6th highest unemployment rate (6.34%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Plano for 2021

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 2015-2019, 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 68 suburbs to evaluate around Plano.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 68 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. 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.

The areas around Plano where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2021

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. Highland Park takes the cake as the best place to live around Plano.

  • Highland Park
  • University Park
  • Southlake

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Detailed List Of The Worst Plano Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Hutchins 5,718 $36,087 $68,800
2 Seagoville 16,514 $52,378 $114,200
3 Balch Springs 25,190 $51,446 $106,000
4 Pilot Point 4,364 $60,158 $142,900
5 Farmersville 3,496 $44,464 $151,900
6 Cockrell Hill 4,240 $44,777 $99,000
7 Mesquite 143,456 $57,824 $143,000
8 Duncanville 39,415 $56,412 $149,600
9 Dallas 1,330,612 $52,580 $188,100
10 Lake Dallas 8,016 $64,073 $166,100
11 Garland 238,418 $61,211 $160,800
12 Grand Prairie 192,565 $67,388 $162,400
13 Denton 136,195 $60,018 $218,800
14 Irving 239,783 $64,868 $177,500
15 Van Alstyne 3,906 $67,772 $158,100
16 Princeton 10,846 $67,204 $185,200
17 Lewisville 106,386 $64,493 $209,000
18 Lakewood 60,111 $51,972 $269,200
19 Hurst 38,976 $63,722 $190,800
20 Aubrey 3,731 $68,316 $171,100
21 Farmers Branch 39,039 $74,464 $196,300
22 Euless 55,763 $65,921 $200,500
23 Shady Shores 2,843 $95,045 $297,700
24 Wylie 49,759 $92,395 $227,700
25 Parker 4,722 $134,495 $554,900
26 Forney 21,459 $102,716 $204,600
27 Little Elm 45,967 $98,803 $255,200
28 Anna 13,052 $95,136 $210,100
29 Carrollton 135,834 $78,306 $238,300
30 Roanoke 8,341 $97,833 $324,900
31 Addison 15,302 $74,986 $335,300
32 Rowlett 63,793 $101,085 $228,800
33 Richardson 116,432 $85,678 $274,200
34 Grapevine 53,317 $91,143 $320,400
35 Rockwall 44,101 $95,653 $261,400
36 Sachse 25,607 $102,175 $241,800
37 The Colony 43,005 $87,187 $231,700
38 Mckinney 182,055 $93,354 $309,200
39 Hickory Creek 4,574 $109,766 $283,100
40 Sunnyvale 6,484 $132,488 $380,400
41 Corinth 21,491 $103,099 $257,600
42 Bedford 49,323 $70,362 $217,300
43 Oak Point 4,410 $90,625 $274,900
44 Northlake 2,726 $91,913 $428,700
45 Fate 12,787 $110,373 $256,800
46 Heath 8,709 $155,781 $484,600
47 Melissa 9,487 $118,348 $307,700
48 Allen 101,699 $105,925 $303,300
49 Murphy 20,612 $126,196 $351,400
50 Lavon 3,271 $89,474 $240,600
51 Providence 7,407 $80,697 $281,900
52 Double Oak 3,066 $144,313 $470,500
53 Celina 11,116 $124,375 $318,300
54 Fairview 8,832 $94,507 $376,400
55 Frisco 177,020 $127,055 $395,900
56 Flower Mound 76,555 $137,285 $361,900
57 Mclendon-Chisholm 2,912 $147,542 $466,800
58 Keller 46,813 $141,364 $386,200
59 Trophy Club 11,949 $147,477 $400,500
60 Prosper 22,517 $146,733 $459,500
61 Lucas 7,763 $160,278 $594,400
62 Highland 18,726 $139,453 $559,600
63 Coppell 41,645 $122,340 $388,800
64 Colleyville 26,462 $163,509 $516,500
65 Argyle 4,112 $178,362 $471,700
66 Southlake 31,292 $240,248 $676,900
67 University Park 25,036 $224,485 $1,295,500
68 Highland Park 9,168 $211,136 $1,508,900

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