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Here Are the Best Places To Live in Texas in 2024


by Alex Keight Posted on March 29, 2024
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Curious about what living in Texas looks like? Sure, Austin and Houston get a lot of love, but there’s plenty of Lone Star State to go around. Our guide to the best places to live in Texas covers all the bases: Moving with kids in tow? No problem; we’ve got you covered. Want a city where you don’t need a car? There are options. Hungry for a superb dining and entertainment scene? We’ll cover that, too. 

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Besides a rundown of cool places to live in Texas, we’ll also go over a few of the need-to-know basics, like overall city vibe, housing costs and options, things to do, and more. 

Here’s a look at the best places to live in Texas. 

Best Places to Live in Texas — FAQ

Q: What is the #1 city to move to in Texas?
A: Austin nearly always ranks near the top of every list of the best cities to live in Texas, and 2024 is no exception: The city takes No. 1 honors, thanks not just to a hot job market but also to its status as a thriving cultural hub. Besides hosting the iconic SXSW Conference and Festival every year, this Texas town has some of the best restaurants in the state, a legendary music scene, and an innovative tech community that continues to draw the best and the brightest. Big tax breaks for businesses and no state income tax are also attractive features.  

Q: What city in Texas is safest?
A: According to Neighborhood Scout, one of the safest places to live in Texas is Aquilla, a small community situated in the central part of the state, followed by Bluff Dale and Kingsbury.

Q: Where is the most affordable place to live in Texas?
 According to Niche rankings, Diboll, Clarksville, and Colorado City are the most affordable cities in Texas (for safety’s sake, we’ve only included cities and towns that have above a C rating). Each has fewer than 5,000 residents and also ranks within the top 100 most affordable places to live in the United States. Keep in mind that your own cost of living will vary, depending on whether you rent or buy a home, drive or use public transportation, dine out frequently or opt for home-cooked meals, as well as other aspects of your personal lifestyle.

Q: Where should I move in Texas?
A: Choosing the best place to live in Texas — or anywhere! — is a personal decision. We suggest making a list of your top priorities, such as affordability, sense of community, good schools, stellar public transportation, a good job market, and any other factors that are important to you. Based on these criteria, dig into our details about Lone Star State towns and evaluate your options for the best place to live in Texas. 

Q: Where should you not live in Texas?
A: First things first: Don’t move anywhere that doesn’t meet the majority of your criteria or doesn’t feel safe. Beyond this, take into account your tolerance for dealing with potential natural disasters like hurricanes along the coast or flash floods, plus how you feel about proximity to necessities and other big deal breakers that might help you determine your no-go cities.

Q: What part of Texas is best to live in?
Drawn to a thriving music scene? Check out Austin (also among the best places to live in Texas for singles). Interested in aerospace and aviation? Houston might be your best bet. Want to be immersed in a rich cultural history? El Paso could be calling your name. Bottom line: Texas is a big state, with a lot of big cities and small towns with all kinds of different characteristics. Do your research and figure out which is best for you.

Q: Where Do Young Adults Move To in Texas?
Gen Zers and Millennials have long known about the treasures of Texas, from Spring Break destinations along the Gulf Coast to the cultural nexus of Austin, where the median age is 34.7. In fact, the capital city ranks No. 1 among the top Texas destinations for young professionals, according to Niche.

Q: What City in Texas Has the Best Healthcare? 
The “best” healthcare depends on your own personal circumstances and preferences. But Houston is a hub for healthcare — in particular, the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, which is home to world-renowned physicians, researchers, and innovation. 

Q: Where Do Families Live in Texas?
The short answer: everywhere. From Houston in the east to El Paso’s borderplex at the far west of the state, families enjoy all the amenities the Lone Star State has to offer. Taking the top honors is Cinco Ranch, a Houston suburb rated No. 1 for raising a family.

Q: What Part of Texas Is the Greenest?
San Antonio recently took top Texas honors for the most greenspace in the state — and the No. 15 greenest city in the U.S. But while San Antonio is certainly a standout, Houston, El Paso, and Austin also made the top 22. 

Q: Where is the warmest place to live in Texas?
Pretty much every city in the Lone Star State has the potential for hotter-than-hot summer days — particularly in recent years, when temperatures broke records on what felt like a weekly basis. But the warmest place overall in 2023 was Rio Grande Village in Big Bend National Park, which hit regular average highs of 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Here’s hoping Texas’s all-time record will never be broken: a sweltering 120 degrees, set in August 1936 and again in June 1994.

A graphic showing a residential home in the background with a gray Texas-shaped image in the foreground. The text at the top of the image reads “PODS The Best Places to Live in Texas.” On the right is a list of Texas cities: “1. Austin, 2. Dallas, 3. Houston, 4. Plano, 5. El Paso, 6. Corpus Christi, 7. San Antonio, 8. Fort Worth, 9. Irving, 10. Arlington, 11. Lubbock, 12. Wichita Falls.  There are red circles with corresponding numbers and lines showing where each city is located within the Texas graphic.

12 of the Best Places To Live in Texas

Let’s address the elephant in the room: Texas is huge! If we talked about all the great Texan towns you might enjoy living in, we’d be here for days. So before we go stepping on anyone’s toes, know that we recognize there are heaps of great cities and towns in the Lone Star State. We’ve just narrowed it down to a handful of our favorites (and some of the most popular) to give you a good running start in your search.

As far as pricing goes, it’s worth keeping in mind how housing costs stack up against the national averages. For rentals, the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in the U.S. is around $1,700. And the average U.S. home value is around $347,700 — up 3.6 percent between February 2023 and February 2024. 

In Texas, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is around $1,450, according to RentCafe. But, of course, figures vary, depending on the part of the state you’re looking at. One-bedroom apartments in cities like Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth are on the pricier side, at $1,750 and $1,575, respectively, while average Houston rentals only run around $1,350 per month for a one bedroom. And if you’re in the market to buy, the average home value statewide comes in at around $298,600, a 0.1 percent drop from February 2023 to February 2024. 

All right! Now, let's jump into our list of the best places to live in Texas, starting with a longtime favorite: Austin.

Austin, Texas' Lady Bird Lake, one of the best places to go kayaking in Texas
Lady Bird Lake in Austin, TX

1. Austin, Texas

Austin is an amazing city to live in — if what it offers is what you’re looking for. From being able to experience all four seasons, excellent public transportation, great schools, and a strong job market, to a thriving live music scene, incredible restaurants, and gorgeous greenspaces — Austin really is the good kind of weird. People here are young, social, and hip, and there are a lot of them — which means crowds and traffic (perhaps one of the few downsides to living in Austin). Still, it’s one of the best places to live in Texas for young adults and families.

Its popularity has also made Austin an expensive place to live. Austin’s cost of living is about 37 percent higher than the rest of Texas overall and 29 percent higher than the national average. The main reason for this is housing, which is 89 percent more expensive compared to the national average. 

The average home value in Austin is around $533,700, and the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment across the city is around $1,750. However, average rent in the coveted downtown Austin neighborhood jumps to more than $3,200 a month (eek!). 


Aerial view of downtown Dallas during sunrise. Glass skyscrapers are reflecting the sky in a spectrum of colors from soft peaches to light blues.
Dallas, TX

2. Dallas, Texas

As the ninth-largest city in the country, Dallas makes good on the Texan promise of going big. This metropolis offers a little bit of everything — making it a perfect pick for folks who love to sample the buffet of life. 

With B-rated public schools and nearly 40 colleges and universities, Dallas couldn’t hide its studious side if it tried. It’s definitely one of the best cities to live in Texas for families and college students. 

In addition to education, top industries in town include business and financial services, health services, and information technologies, so you have plenty of options when it comes to employment.

And as expected, a city as diverse as Dallas serves up a heaping variety of housing options. There is something for everyone here, from historic homes to high-rise apartments — and they are all fairly affordable.

The average home value in Dallas is right around $308,000, around $40,000 less than the national average home value. And average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment is around $1,575 — but certain Dallas neighborhoods edge into the $3,000s and above.  

The city’s decent public transit system can get you around in a pinch, but it’s still best (and most convenient) to have a car. On the plus side, those cars deliver Dallas residents to everything the city has to offer, from theater and live music at the AT&T Performing Arts Center to family outings at the Dallas Zoo.

Want to learn more about Dallas?Get the gist of what you need to know with this “Dallas Starter Pack” collection of blogs:
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Aerial view of Houston, Texas, during sunrise. Freeways are wrapping around the downtown part of the city and mature trees are growing up in greenspaces between them. The clouds in the sky are reflecting a bright peach over the city but are blue in the distance.
Houston, TX

3. Houston, Texas

If you take I-45 south from Dallas and drive (and drive and drive), you’ll find yourself in lovely Houston. This culture-rich metropolis is the fourth largest city in the U.S. and — with all that it offers its residents — we’re not surprised. World-class dining, pro sports teams, rave-worthy Texas BBQ, and enough entertainment options to make your head spin — if you decide to call Houston home, nobody would blame you. The city is also full of perks for residents 65+, thanks to myriad volunteer programs, medical centers, and senior discounts. No wonder it’s considered one of the best places to live for retirees. 

Housing costs in “Space City” are generally decent, with the average home value sitting below the national average at $263,100, as of October 2023. And according to RentCafe, the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Houston is about $1,350. Of course, there are pricey parts of town where you’ll see that average rent increase by more than $800 a month. 

While housing costs in Houston are lower than in Texas overall, the cost of living in this Southern city is 3 percent higher than the rest of the state — especially when it comes to groceries and transportation — and 3 percent lower than the U.S average. Generally, though, Houston offers a solid bang for your buck, so if you can take the heat and humidity (and traffic), you may have found your own best part of Texas to live in! 


A water feature at The Shops at Legacy in Plano, Texas. Various mature trees surround the water and a fountain in the middle is spraying water high in the air.
The Shops at Legacy in Plano, TX

4. Plano, Texas

Plano is a well-manicured suburb in the Dallas Metro Area, located 20 miles north of the city. It has a dense suburban vibe and population close to 293,000, based on 2024 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. And according to Niche, Plano is one of the top 10 cities to buy a house in the country — unsurprising once you learn this suburb scores big on everything from schools and family-friendliness to nightlife and diversity. Plus, in Plano, you’re close to all the big-city amenities in nearby Dallas.

However, expect to pay more than what you would in Dallas. According to Zillow, the average home value in this popular suburb as of October 2023 is $509,400 — well above the national average of $348,500 and the Texas average of $300,100. 

And as for getting around? You’ll definitely need a car in this suburban spot. In fact, folks commuting into Downtown Dallas can expect a 30-minute drive at the very least, traffic notwithstanding. 

Life in Plano may be quiet, but it’s certainly not boring. Locals enjoy hiking on the many nearby trails, shopping in antique shops, visiting museums, and eating their way through the town’s dynamic dining scene. Bonus? Plano is less than 30 minutes from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Distant view of El Paso, Texas, on a summer afternoon. The homes are low with a few skyscrapers in the background. Locals enjoy its proximity to Mexico and the culutral and cuisine opportunities it presents
El Paso, TX

5. El Paso, Texas

Straddling the borders of Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico, El Paso is one of the most affordable cities on our list. According to Zillow, the average home value is just about $216,700 — considerably lower than the national average. Renters also benefit from lower rates, with the average rent at around $1,050 per month for a one-bedroom apartment.

It’s worth noting, however, that the city’s affordability can be offset by its lower earning potential. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income in El Paso is only about $55,700, compared to the national median of around $75,000. The top industries center around food, government, trade, and transportation. Young professionals may consider looking elsewhere, but the lower cost of living makes it one of the best places to live in Texas for families and retirees.

And speaking of transportation, here’s something to consider: A pro for some and a con for others, this westernmost Texas town is far, and we mean far, from any other cities. San Antonio, the closest big city, is an eight-hour drive away. Still, the city’s above-average schools, good nightlife, sense of community, and diversity are big draws for everyone from families to professionals.

Make no mistake, El Paso locals make the most of their city, hitting up the downtown area and popping through the different districts, visiting the city’s many cultural spots, like the El Paso Museum of Art, Plaza Theatre, and the 19th-century adobe-style Magoffin Home State Historic Site. Outdoorsy types and foodies in El Paso have plenty to do, as well — from hiking or rock climbing in nearby parks to getting their fill of the city’s famous Mexican food and other tastes at El Paso’s best eateries. 


Sunset view of the Corpus Christi Marina. The sun is letting off a deep orange glow at the horizon, sending rays of light across the water and into the sky. Several sailboats are anchored with their masts reaching up into the sky. Dark clouds are moving in from the south.
Corpus Christi Marina

6. Corpus Christi, Texas

Anyone looking for a hint of island life should put Corpus Christi on their list. Nestled in southeastern Texas along the Gulf of Mexico, this coastal city has been a long-time favorite for spring breakers — but there’s so much more to offer in the state’s eighth-largest city. 

Weather here is sunny and humid, though the breeze off the water does help to keep temps a bit cooler than you’ll find inland. Summer highs can boil at more than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, but the flipside has winter temps around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Vibes here are chill and relaxed, and there’s never a lack of things to do. In fact, Niche rates Corpus Christi as an overall B+, giving it above-average grades for its schools, nightlife, diversity, and as a place for families. It’s also one of the best places in Texas for retirees, as roughly one-in-five residents are above 60 years old. 

Top Corpus Christi industries include petrochemicals, military, and tourism — and who doesn’t want to live where other people vacation? Luckily, it’s pretty affordable, too. The average home value is about $214,400, and the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,150 per month — both lower than the national averages. This seaside city is a great spot for anyone looking for waterfront living without the usual huge hike in housing prices.

Why do we especially love Corpus Christi? Because you can really get the most of the outdoors here, thanks to gulf and bay access, the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, and the Padre Island National Seashore (home to endangered sea turtles). Corpus Christi is also home to an abundance of parks — in fact, 75 percent of residents here live within a 10-minute walk to a park. Cars are still needed for other necessities, though; the public transportation system is good but not all-encompassing. 


A small tour boat is floating down the San Antonio River as passersby dine and shop at the San Antonio River Walk.
San Antonio River Walk

7. San Antonio, Texas

Riverfront attractions are found across the United States, but perhaps none is more iconic than San Antonio’s. The 15-mile-long stretch along the San Antonio River attracts both locals and tourists to the tune of 9 million visitors per year, drawn to the amazing views, eclectic dining options, live entertainment, and vibrant nightlife.

Beyond a picturesque place to spend your evenings, San Antonio has tons to offer its residents. For the working crowd, the city is a scientist’s dream, as major industries include Healthcare and Bioscience, Aerospace, IT and Cybersecurity, and the New Energy Economy.  Additionally, as is the case in any city worth its salt, there’s a thriving retail, professional services, and leisure & hospitality industry.

The cost of living in San Antonio is slightly lower than the Texas average and significantly lower than the national rate — by nearly 9 percent. The average San Antonio home value is about $253,800 — roughly $44,800 less than the state average. And one-bedroom rentals here go for about $1,300 a month, on average, according to data from RentCafe — giving perfect Texas-sized city life without the premiums of Dallas, Austin, and Houston.

And speaking of other major Texas cities, San Antonio is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Austin, and a leap away from Houston. Dallas is a bit further, but doable in a day if you start early. So if you’re in the mood to catch a Cowboys or Texans game, it’s accessible to you. If fall Saturdays are more your speed, both UT and A&M are about an hour-and-a-half away. Of course, you can always stay local for the Spurs, if basketball’s your game. The city’s proximity to the coast has also made it one of the best places to live in Texas for young adults who are on a budget, as well as a top place for retirees. 

The city’s proximity to the coast has also made San Antonio one of the best cities to live in Texas for young adults on a budget. It’s also a top destination for seniors, earning the No. 6 spot to retire in the U.S. in 2023

San Antonio has plenty of fun besides the River Walk, too. Major attractions include Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld, the San Antonio Zoo — and who can forget the Alamo?

A horse is grazing on grass within the city limits of Fort Worth, Texas. The city skyline can be seen in the distance.
Fort Worth, TX

8. Fort Worth, Texas

Looking for a city that can cater to the cowboy and the city person in you? Loop your lasso around Fort Worth. This North Central Texas city is often spoken in the same breath as Dallas (which is just 32 miles to the east), but the truth is that these two spots are worlds apart.

Despite being the 13th-largest city in the U.S., Fort Worth maintains a smaller-town vibe, an affordable cost of living, and a seamless stitching of cowboy charm and urban sophistication. We love that this is a place where one can soak in culture at top-notch museums, sip craft cocktails, or nosh upscale eats — and also kick up some dirt at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, catch a legit rodeo or wild west show, and go to a honky-tonk at Billy Bob’s Texas. It’s clear why this is considered one of the best places to live in Texas for young adults.

And as you wander around town, know that Austin ain’t the only place where Texas gets weird. Fort Worth’s quirky residents, healthy job market, and cowboy-meets-cultured vibe attract young professionals, singles, and families alike. 

Feelin’ good about Fort Worth? Check out our guide to the best neighborhoods in Fort Worth to help you pinpoint your perfect place.

Fort Worth also has a wide variety of housing options, from bungalows and ranch-style homes to condos, high-rise apartments, and townhomes. According to Zillow, the average home value in Fort Worth clocks in at just under $302,400. Average rent in Fort Worth comes in well below the national average at around $1,425 per month for a one-bedroom apartment, according to RentCafe. And as for public education, Niche rates the Fort Worth Independent School District a B-

A row of residential homes in Las Colinas, Irving, Texas. They’re all a similar style with tiled roofs, stucco exterior, and a two-story design.
Las Colinas in  Irving, TX

9. Irving, Texas

Irving is popular among families and young professionals looking for a relaxed and communal suburban feel — without sacrificing proximity to big-city amenities. Another perk of being just 12 miles northwest of Dallas? Irving has a lot of Dallas commuters, adding diversity to the city’s population of more than a quarter-million

In fact, Niche gives Irving an A+ for diversity. It also gets good marks for schools, nightlife, and family-friendliness. And if you’re wondering about travel time, Irving is only a 20-minute drive to downtown Dallas (or you can take the DART, but you’ll still probably need to own a car for day-to-day convenience). 

According to Zillow, the average home value in Irving is nearly $344,600. Interestingly, while Irving’s average home value is on par with national numbers, RentCafe lists the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment at around $1,525, a couple hundred dollars below the national average.

And although the culture and amenities of Dallas are nearby, life in Irving offers plenty of attractions of its own. Art is big here, from the famous Mustangs of Las Colinas sculpture that gallops through the fountain in William’s Square to the Irving Arts Center’s 10 resident organizations. 

Take in a performance of the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra and tour the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a Hindu temple that is open to the public. There are also tons of tasty food spots, outdoor activities, and community events. All that, and Irving is also just 15 minutes to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

First time moving to the Lone Star State? Find out what you need to know with our Texas Moving Guide.
Nighttime view of Arlington, Texas, from the top of a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas. The city is illuminated with both residential and street lights and other roller coasters and tall city buildings can be seen in the distance.
Arlington, Texas, as seen from a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas
(Source: Six Flags Over Texas via Facebook)

10. Arlington, Texas

For Lone Star folks who can’t decide between moving to Dallas and moving to Fort Worth, Arlington may be the place for you. Located about 24 minutes from downtown Dallas and 20 minutes from downtown Fort Worth, this metroplex staple makes visiting either DFW hub easy-peasy. 

Arlington is an impressive locale all on its own — one of the best cities to live in Texas — and you definitely don’t have to go elsewhere to have a good time. This city of nearly 400,000 is home to AT&T stadium (the Dallas Cowboys’ HQ) and Six Flags Over Texas (the original). 

With 4,600 acres of parkland, 50 tennis courts, 26 basketball courts, and 85 miles of park trails (and more), Arlington is a treat for fans of the outdoors. Among the many options: hikes along the Trinity River, walks in the woods at River Legacy Park, and a game of disc golf at Veterans Park. 

Arlington covers nearly 99 square miles and is serviced by the Arlington ISD (Independent School District), home to the No. 1 most-diverse public high school in Texas (Trinity) and the No. 2 most-diverse public elementary school (Wilshire). The city earned an overall A- grade by Niche, with a B for its public schools and an A+ for diversity. Many college-age students are attracted to the city in pursuit of higher education at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) — a Texas Tier One university known for its excellence in academics and research.

The average home value in Arlington is around $315,200 — lower than the national average of $347,700. And though most Arlington residents own their homes, about 45 percent are renters. The average rental is 828 square feet and goes for about $1,375 a month.

Special Shout Out: Pantego and Dalworthington Gardens (Dallas + Fort Worth + Arlington — get it?) are two little “cities within a city.” Located in midwest Arlington on the Fort Worth side, they offer a small-town feel with close proximity to happenin’ bars, restaurants, and music venues. Definitely worth checking out!
Aerial view of the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, Texas, with the city in the background. It’s late in the afternoon and the sun is bright, casting long shadows behind trees and buildings.
Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX
(Source: Texas Tech University via Facebook)

11. Lubbock, Texas

In northwest Texas, two hours south of Amarillo, you’ll find the city of Lubbock. Originally a simple college town, this South Plains hub is now home to around 264,000 people across generations. At an elevation of just over 3,200 feet and far from the coast, residents in Lubbock experience a dry climate of mild winters and hot summers with very little rainfall. This beautifully rugged, dry, and dusty region is prone to tornadoes and dust storms at certain times of the year. 

This desert city boasts a lively music and arts scene, delicious eats, and an array of family-friendly activities. Lubbock is home to Texas Tech University (and more than 40,000 students), one of the largest in the U.S. Tech occupies 1,900 acres of land and is the only university in Texas that includes a law school, medical school, undergraduate and graduate university in the same campus. It offers about 100 master’s degree and 60 doctoral degree programs.

Cultural interests collide in Lubbock, which is known for a few interesting things: being the hometown of Buddy Holly, the top producer of wine grapes in the state, and a true “honest-to-goodness” cowboy town.

  • Along the Buddy Holly Trail, you’ll find a bronze 8.5-foot-tall statue of the rock-and-roller at the Buddy Holly Center. The popular museum is home to a vast collection of the singer’s personal belongings, including his guitar, iconic clothes, and record collection. And stick around for the annual Bud Fest celebration, commemorating Buddy’s birthday on Sept. 7.
  • Lone Star wine lovers can sample award-winning vino on a tour of the Llano Estacado Winery, the second-oldest in the state.
  • Check out the cowboy culture at the National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration, an annual must-see event for old Western fans that includes cookoffs, horse parades, live music, Native American art exhibits, and more.

Another Lubbock attraction? Its low cost of living, including housing prices that are quite a bit lower than you might expect. The average home value in Lubbock is around $204,500, significantly less than the national average. And, surprisingly, only 51 percent of residents own their homes here. The other 49 percent rent, with an average cost of around $1,125 per month (and an average rental size of around 925 square feet). 

Niche gives Lubbock an overall A grade and applies the same rating to its public schools and diversity.

The skyline of Wichita Falls, Texas, on a sunny day, seen from across an expansive lawn. The downtown buildings are mostly made of brick and vary in colors from red to cream.

12. Wichita Falls, Texas

This unassuming North Texas town on the Oklahoma border may surprise you. For starters, the namesake waterfall doesn’t exist; it was washed away in a violent flood in the 1800s. But in true Texas fashion, locals built The Falls, a 54-foot cascading replica that’s now the centerpiece of Lucy Park.

Just two hours north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Wichita Falls boasts a strong manufacturing history and continues to attract businesses in the aerospace and aviation sector. The median income in the area is around $55,500. And housing is relatively affordable, making this small city one of the best places in Texas for retirees. 

The Wichita Falls Business Park, spanning 525 acres, offers cost-competitive square footage tailored to meet the unique needs of distributors, high-tech enterprises, and manufacturers. 

But it's not all-work-and-no-play in Wichita Falls. The city is home to a thriving downtown area, with innovative dining, shopping, and Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture events, including a weeklong residency of the Texas Shakespeare Festival Roadshow. And with 24 schools serving more than 13,000 students, the Wichita Falls Independent School District (WFISD) earned a B+ rating from Niche.  

A couple is hugging in front of their PODS portable moving container, which they’ve just finished loading with boxes, furniture, and a bicycle for their move.
Seeking out smaller cities in Texas?Read our guide on thebest small towns in Texasthat features 16 quaint hometown heroes with tons of Texan charm.

Planning Your Move

Whether you’re relocating locally or heading across the country, using portable moving containers is a great way to go about it. When you move with PODS, you can ditch the driving and extra costs for gas and hotels and have the freedom to load and unload on your schedule. We also offer flexible scheduling, which can come in handy for those last-minute or unforeseen challenges. No matter which of these Texas cities you end up in, PODS has locations all over the Lone Star State (and the rest of the U.S., as well as Canada) to help make your move as easy as possible.

Want more inside scoop on moving like a pro?Check out our other articles on thePODS Blog. Frompacking trickstostorage tips, we’ve got you covered!


Alex Keight is a writer who has lived — and moved — all over the country and the world. She is an expert at packing, whether it’s for a long-distance move or short weekend trip. She currently lives in the PNW.

Editor’s note: Monthly rental prices were rounded to the nearest $25 and home values were rounded to the nearest $100 for ease of reading.

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My husband and I currently live in California and being retired; it’s getting to be a bit much financially and traffic is horrible! I hate the HOT summers as well! We have been to TX and believe it or not my husband is originally from Dallas/Ft Worth; friends just moved their too! I would consider moving there if we could find the right area! That’s a big bite considering the State is so big! We don’t want the hurricane or tornado areas! Is there any help?
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Hello all, I am a single Navy veteran who is looking to move to Texas. I am a city lady from Brooklyn, NY who is living in Northern Virginia. I love Virginia but ready to make the move where it's warm. I would love to meet other singles to eventually start a family of my own. I am looking into the Fort Worth, TX area. Let me know if there are other recommendations. Thank you in advance. -Melissa S.
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I have lived in Texas off and on for many many years. I would never live in Houston, Dallas or Austin. They are very expensive cities to live in and while they offer much for the night life, jobs, and good resturants, they still leave a lot to be desired. San Antonio, is another place that I would not live in, These cities are just too crowdy. I have lived in Converse near San Antonio, ( 5 minutes), 1.5 hours from Austin. Its cost of living is better than they three cities mentioned above. I live in Killeen presently, it is home to Fort Hood, offers a much lower cost of living and is 1 hour from Austin, 3 hours from Dallas. There are many defense contractors in the area, fine resturants and good city parks for the kids as well as community centers for the senior citizen. Most people who live here are somehow related to the military complex. Home prices were very reasonable until 2021-2022 where investors were paying over asking prices for homes making it hard to purchase a home by the average person. However the prices seem to be falling in the last 6 months to reasonables levels.
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Could you share which city (or cities) are set up with transportation alternatives so that I wouldn't need to car? I've been trying to make the move to Texas the last few years, and with elderly folks in tow, want reasonable options as they get to the non-driving stage... Thank you.
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Wherever you move to in Texas or any location, you need to make sure it has its own local police department. I live in Missouri City, Texas. It is a melting pot of a every nationality and income level that exist. I love this about our area. I also love that we have an amazing police department that keeps us safe and is always there when needed. Feeling safe is a priority for me wherever I live.
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I agree with Conroe. It also has a huge lake, lots of restaurants on the lake or elswhere for dining in or out when the weather is appropriate. Rolling terrain in Conroe. Great shopping, grocery stores, churches, live plays, musicals and concerts in Conroe and The Woodlands, etc. Lofts, apartments, townhouses, small, medium and huge houses, 55+ communities. Medical centers in both cities. Everything is convenient! It can get hot and humid, but every place has cold A/C. Winters are usually mild.
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I agree with Conroe. It also has a huge lake, lots of restaurants on the lake or elswhere for dining in or out when the weather is appropriate. Rolling terrain in Conroe. Great shopping, grocery stores, live plays, musicals and concerts in Conroe and The Woodlands, etc. Lofts, apartments, townhouses, small, medium and huge houses, 55+ communities. Medical centers in both cities. Everything is convenient! It can get hot and humid, but every place has cold A/C. Winters are usually mild.
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New braunfels tx , river , lake , hill country. 30mins Ted to San Antonio and 40 minutes to Austin
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Hello, I am very interested in Texas. And would love to visit with the hopes of moving there sometime soon. I am a single lady . Not sure where to start? If you have a chance could you let me know your thoughts? Kind regards Vickie
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