How Fort Worth Beat Out Plano For Texas’ Most Livable City

Over the years, Fort Worth has been given sidekick status in Dallas. Too often people have forgotten the FW in D-FW. Texas Motor Speedway is always in Dallas. Ironically, Fort Worth-born Larry Hagman grew up closer to Cowtown than Dallas, the TV show he made famous.

But this year Fort Worth gets the last laugh.

According to a study by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate HomeCity, the city known as Cowtown topped the list of 10 cities in North Texas selected as the state’s 25 best places to live.

Using criteria drawn from the US Census, the FBI, and the Trust for Public Land, Fort Worth ranked number 1 ahead of perennial top choice Plano. Dallas finished eighth.

The rest of the leaderboard were the usual suspects: Frisco fourth, Irving sixth, McKinney 11th, Arlington 16th, Garland 17th, Denton 23rd, and Mesquite 24th.

“Yes, Fort Worth was definitely a surprise,” says Alexander Pfirrmann, who wrote the study. “In all the other rankings that I have seen in my research, Plano and Frisco were consistently at the top due to their extremely high median household income. Fort Worth, however, was not number 1 in any of these rankings. “

Born and raised in Texas, Pfirrmann had additional theories about excluding Fort Worth.

“I think the reason is because a lot of these lists are made by people who don’t live in Texas,” he says.

“In my study, I tried to take a holistic approach to the methodology and let the numbers guide me. I created an objective formula that removed as many opinions as possible and then rolled it with the results of the formula. “

Home buyers should definitely see Fort Worth in a different light than Dallas, Pfirrmann says.

“Dallas is the more established, mature city that is starting to stagnate in growth and begin to affect the feel of a big city,” he says. “Fort Worth is the fast-growing, younger city whose rise is still in the works and whose best days are yet to come.”

HomeCity, an Austin-based real estate company with brokers and online listings, has done the numbers on quality of life, affordability, growth, groceries, and parks. Two statistics stood out for Pfirrmann: growth and lower crime. According to Pfirrmann, the population in Fort Worth is growing almost twice as fast as in Dallas (22.1 percent versus 12.2 percent per year). In 2018, Fort Worth recorded 520 violent crimes per 100,000 population, while Dallas recorded a rate of 803 per 100,000 population, according to the FBI Crime Database.

In its summary of the ranking, HomeCity lists Dallas as one of the busiest airports in the world. In reality, the airport is in parts of Counties Tarrant and Dallas when referring to D / FW International Airport. Downtown Fort Worth is 20 miles away and Dallas 23. Again, no top billing for the FW.

Rusty Hall, a real estate agent for Century 21 Judge Fite, has lived in Fort Worth for most of his 60 years and can attest that the cost of living attracts many overseas buyers.

“They save a lot of money compared to the east and west coasts – real estate prices are incredible bargains for people,” says Hall. “And there is so much to do.”

Hall listed the advantages that he values: professional and university sports teams within 30 minutes, recreation at the lake, and art and culture. Plus, you can fly to the U.S. from nearby D / FW International Airport in 3.5 hours or less, he says. The Stockyards are an attraction that gives you the feeling of being back in time.

“It’s a big city, but it still has a small-town feel to it,” he says.

The complete ranking can be found here with additional information on the methodology of the study.

No, Forbes, Dallas retirees would find cowboys elsewhere

Have you considered retiring in Dallas? Maybe you should look for Forbes’ latest findings.

Forbes chose Dallas on its list of the 25 best cities to retire to in the United States. Forbes lists Dallas for the common reasons North Texas cities make these lists: low median home price and no state income or estate tax. In addition to climate and air quality, Forbes also prefers the cultural activities and venues of Dallas. San Antonio was the other city in Texas that made the list.

Forbes compared more than 750 US regions and measured factors ranging from housing costs and taxes to health care and air quality.

One big mistake in the ranking: Forbes points out that Dallas is the home of the Dallas Cowboys. Not correct. The franchise company calls its physical address Frisco and of course plays its home games at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Inside Median Home Sales Data

Some good news and bad news to add to the average home sales data reported in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area as of August.

First, the good news: The average home price in the area rose to $ 360,000, above the national average of $ 350,000, reported. The bad news: The average list price for home sales in the market rose 3.5 percent year over year, but was below the 10 percent registered nationwide. The national surge was the largest in 15 years, according to

In Texas, list prices in the Austin-Round Rock area rose 10.7 percent year over year. San Antonio was up 5.9 percent and Houston was up 5.3 percent.

According to, inventory of home sales in the DFW area fell more than 40 percent in August a year ago.

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