Texas October 26, 2016
These 5 Cities In Texas Were Ranked In The Top 25 Places To Live In America
Thinking about how many cities exist in America is mind boggling. Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands, maybe? Whatever the number may be, the fact that CBS just
rated five of them right here in Texas in the nation’s top 25 places to live is pretty spectacular. I guess our state really is as amazing as we make it out to be.
Plano is one of the best cities in America for families. There are plenty of activities for everyone young and old to enjoy, like beautiful hiking trails, movie theaters, an aquarium, museums, and even an annual hot air balloon festival in September. The downtown district, pictured above, is the perfect balance between quaint and modern, with antique shops, restaurants, and more for you and your family to peruse. There's even a railway that takes you around the Dallas Metroplex, so you can save gas on days you're traveling a fairly simple route. And best of all, the people are friendly as can be. That undeniable Texas charm is what sealed the deal for some folks considering calling Plano home.
2. Round Rock
Considering it's a suburb of one of the most costly cities in Texas, most would assume that Round Rock is expensive to live in. That couldn't be further from the truth. Most of its residents spend less than 28% of their income on housing and considerably less on groceries than the average American. And it's still close enough to Austin to drive in and enjoy the music, great food, numerous parks, etc. There's also a cute town square with unique restaurants, antique shops, and even a movie theater that doubles as a brewery!
Richardson is a very family-oriented city as well. The school system is highly accredited, and there are two nearby universities. The cost of living is very affordable relative to its location near a major metropolis. As far as recreation, there's a performing arts center that puts on plays and symphony concerts regularly, plenty of parks, amazing restaurants, and annual seasonal festivals that really establish community bonds and bring everyone together.
I don't think this one takes much explaining. Although a large chunk of your income will go towards housing, gas, and food here, the benefits absolutely outweigh the negatives. You'll create so many unforgettable memories in Austin between the music (it's the live music capital of the WORLD!), amazing food that you just can't find anywhere else, and a population as diverse as can be. There aren't words to describe how unique of a city it is, and you definitely won't regret your time there.
5. The Woodlands
The Woodlands is such an underrated city. It's home to the number two amphitheater in the world and has a gorgeous waterway in the middle of downtown (pictured above) that you can take boat rides down. Not to mention amazing restaurants and a flashy yet charming downtown scene. The cost of living is surprisingly reasonable for such a populous, successful city.
Do you agree with their picks? What other cities in Texas do you think are great places to live?