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:
- Hutchins (Photos)
- Pilot Point
- Balch Springs (Photos)
- Cockrell Hill
- Seagoville (Photos)
- Dallas (Photos)
- Mesquite (Photos)
- Denton (Photos)
- Garland (Photos)
- 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.
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.
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.
Population: 5,644Unemployment 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
Population: 4,202Unemployment 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
Population: 25,043Unemployment 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
Population: 4,301Unemployment 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.
Population: 15,701Unemployment 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.
Population: 1,278,433Unemployment 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%.
Population: 143,771Unemployment 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%).
Population: 128,421Unemployment 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.
Population: 234,810Unemployment 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
Population: 185,631Unemployment 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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