Worst Plano Suburbs For 2020

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 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst suburbs around Plano.

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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 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. So without further ado...

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 2020 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 2020

Hutchins, TX

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Population: 5,726
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $38,242 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.6% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $78,200 (1st 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 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.

Seagoville, TX

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Population: 16,357
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Income: $48,341 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (22nd highest)
Median Home Value: $96,600 (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 5th lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $48,341 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: 25,312
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $48,295 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (16th highest)
Median Home Value: $94,800 (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: 4,292
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $49,928 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.6% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $125,700 (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 6th lowest Plano suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 3rd 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.

Cockrell Hill, TX

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Population: 4,268
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $44,861 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (11th highest)
Median Home Value: $84,700 (2nd lowest)
More on Cockrell Hill:  Data | Photos

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

All snarkiness aside, Cockrell Hill has the 2nd lowest home values in the metro Plano area, where the median price is $84,700. To put that into perspective, in Highland Park, the median income is $230,700, which is the best in the area.

Cockrell Hill has an unemployment rate of 6.05% which ranks 11th worst.

Mesquite, TX

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Population: 144,250
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $56,074 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.6% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $129,100 (6th lowest)
More on Mesquite:  Data | Photos

Mesquite has 144,250 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 13.381696428571427%.

Dallas, TX

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Population: 1,318,806
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $50,100 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (19th highest)
Median Home Value: $169,400 (16th lowest)
More on Dallas:  Data | Photos

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

It's the place with the 19th most out of work residents in the Plano metro area (5.17%).

Garland, TX

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Population: 237,982
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $58,999 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $146,200 (10th lowest)
More on Garland:  Data | Photos

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 6th most uninsured people, 12th worst incomes, and has the 10th highest unemployment rate (6.18%) in the entire Plano metro area.

Homes only cost $146,200 for a reason. That's cheap for Plano standards.

Duncanville, TX

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Population: 39,630
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $55,224 (9th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.6% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $135,400 (8th lowest)
More on Duncanville:  Data | Photos

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

About 7.59% of residents are out of work.

Denton, TX

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Population: 133,661
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $56,489 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (12th highest)
Median Home Value: $196,900 (23rd lowest)
More on Denton:  Data | Photos

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

Located 25.5 miles outside the city, Dentons is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 12th highest unemployment rate (5.83%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Plano for 2020

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 2014-2018, 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 2020

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 5,726 $38,242 $78,200
2 Seagoville 16,357 $48,341 $96,600
3 Balch Springs 25,312 $48,295 $94,800
4 Pilot Point 4,292 $49,928 $125,700
5 Cockrell Hill 4,268 $44,861 $84,700
6 Mesquite 144,250 $56,074 $129,100
7 Dallas 1,318,806 $50,100 $169,400
8 Garland 237,982 $58,999 $146,200
9 Duncanville 39,630 $55,224 $135,400
10 Denton 133,661 $56,489 $196,900
11 Grand Prairie 191,104 $65,249 $151,300
12 Princeton 9,765 $63,635 $178,900
13 Irving 238,637 $61,937 $165,000
14 Van Alstyne 3,682 $63,393 $138,700
15 Hurst 38,986 $61,509 $166,700
16 Lake Dallas 7,832 $67,908 $146,600
17 Lewisville 104,789 $63,056 $190,300
18 Lakewood 59,606 $50,175 $248,200
19 Farmersville 3,469 $44,637 $132,600
20 Forney 19,366 $92,851 $183,800
21 Aubrey 3,313 $68,125 $158,000
22 Euless 55,047 $63,327 $176,200
23 Farmers Branch 35,552 $71,032 $175,300
24 Carrollton 133,438 $75,820 $217,700
25 Little Elm 42,889 $95,377 $233,700
26 Parker 4,534 $137,714 $512,900
27 Anna 12,271 $88,065 $175,000
28 Wylie 49,248 $93,637 $201,000
29 Rowlett 62,127 $96,286 $205,100
30 Roanoke 7,899 $88,958 $311,700
31 Grapevine 52,486 $85,722 $294,600
32 Richardson 114,402 $80,953 $250,100
33 Shady Shores 2,828 $106,719 $299,800
34 Addison 15,626 $73,383 $325,100
35 Rockwall 43,157 $92,269 $245,300
36 Corinth 21,158 $96,670 $238,800
37 Mckinney 173,460 $89,964 $281,300
38 Hickory Creek 4,442 $107,731 $255,600
39 The Colony 42,215 $83,094 $200,300
40 Oak Point 3,878 $86,162 $250,600
41 Sachse 25,133 $101,253 $210,100
42 Bedford 49,306 $66,636 $198,300
43 Northlake 2,524 $81,289 $371,000
44 Heath 8,410 $155,488 $450,200
45 Murphy 20,528 $132,589 $337,900
46 Lavon 3,061 $86,583 $222,000
47 Celina 9,354 $112,176 $298,900
48 Allen 99,255 $106,736 $286,300
49 Lucas 7,217 $173,750 $576,700
50 Sunnyvale 6,284 $137,969 $366,300
51 Melissa 8,492 $113,532 $279,000
52 Providence 7,300 $78,382 $263,200
53 Fate 11,705 $108,237 $236,800
54 Fairview 8,665 $92,159 $374,300
55 Frisco 165,700 $127,133 $368,000
56 Mclendon-Chisholm 2,589 $131,964 $420,700
57 Prosper 19,103 $140,815 $436,600
58 Keller 46,175 $133,266 $355,300
59 Flower Mound 73,252 $134,184 $342,200
60 Double Oak 3,065 $151,958 $452,500
61 Coppell 41,512 $123,802 $368,800
62 Argyle 3,988 $146,667 $436,700
63 Highland 18,362 $133,768 $536,100
64 Trophy Club 11,790 $142,483 $376,800
65 Colleyville 26,037 $175,369 $488,900
66 Southlake 30,840 $230,700 $656,100
67 University Park 24,954 $214,477 $1,230,200
68 Highland Park 9,145 $207,019 $1,440,400

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