These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Texas

We analyzed over 279 places in Texas to determine where it’s all rainbows and sunshine.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Texas have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Texas places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in West University Place, the happiest place in Texas.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Lone Star State”:

  1. West University Place
  2. Bellaire
  3. Colleyville
  4. Hewitt
  5. Greatwood
  6. Robinson
  7. Highland Park
  8. Southlake
  9. Highland Village
  10. University Park
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Lone Star State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 279 places in Texas with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 279 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Texas”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Texas ranked. Our apologies to Flower Mound which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. West University Place

West University Place, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,223People Who Own Their Home: 82.2%
Married Adults: 68.9%

2. Bellaire

Bellaire, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,533People Who Own Their Home: 80.8%
Married Adults: 65.4%

3. Colleyville

Colleyville, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 23,928People Who Own Their Home: 94.0%
Married Adults: 73.0%

4. Hewitt

Hewitt, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 13,905People Who Own Their Home: 67.0%
Married Adults: 59.9%

5. Greatwood


Population: 12,657 People Who Own Their Home: 88.4%
Married Adults: 71.9%

6. Robinson

Robinson, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,051People Who Own Their Home: 73.5%
Married Adults: 62.3%

7. Highland Park

Highland Park, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,796People Who Own Their Home: 72.9%
Married Adults: 66.6%

8. Southlake

Southlake, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,755People Who Own Their Home: 90.9%
Married Adults: 71.9%

9. Highland Village

Highland Village, Texas

Source: Flickr

Population: 15,589People Who Own Their Home: 91.7%
Married Adults: 69.3%

10. University Park

University Park, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,761People Who Own Their Home: 72.0%
Married Adults: 55.3%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Texas

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
West University Place 1 15,223 82.2% 68.9%
Bellaire 2 17,533 80.8% 65.4%
Colleyville 3 23,928 94.0% 73.0%
Hewitt 4 13,905 67.0% 59.9%
Greatwood 5 12,657 88.4% 71.9%
Robinson 6 11,051 73.5% 62.3%
Highland Park 7 8,796 72.9% 66.6%
Southlake 8 27,755 90.9% 71.9%
Highland Village 9 15,589 91.7% 69.3%
University Park 10 23,761 72.0% 55.3%
Flower Mound 11 67,630 86.3% 65.6%
Sunnyvale 12 5,480 95.4% 67.9%
New Territory 13 15,640 82.0% 66.8%
Cinco Ranch 14 18,028 73.8% 66.1%
Coppell 15 40,021 68.1% 64.5%
Cibolo 16 22,744 77.8% 60.1%
Lantana 17 8,025 89.0% 76.1%
Pecan Grove 18 16,619 80.3% 63.3%
Portland 19 15,420 57.2% 58.5%
Selma 20 7,046 70.0% 63.5%
Murphy 21 19,154 93.2% 68.8%
Timberwood Park 22 25,086 76.7% 66.7%
Keller 23 41,913 81.6% 66.0%
Frisco 24 130,499 71.6% 66.5%
Allen 25 89,845 74.6% 62.3%
Lumberton 26 12,153 66.4% 66.3%
Sugar Land 27 82,420 77.1% 64.4%
League City 28 88,979 68.5% 59.9%
Pearland 29 97,427 74.7% 61.7%
Sachse 30 21,790 85.3% 60.3%
Burkburnett 31 10,915 63.7% 56.5%
Nederland 32 17,018 69.5% 52.9%
Mansfield 33 59,757 76.4% 62.1%
Friendswood 34 37,001 76.6% 60.2%
Hutto 35 18,839 84.6% 65.1%
Port Neches 36 12,877 70.0% 58.0%
The Woodlands 37 102,911 68.0% 63.7%
Brushy Creek 38 22,537 72.8% 63.0%
Seminole 39 6,848 69.9% 55.3%
Pflugerville 40 52,138 74.7% 55.8%
Schertz 41 35,093 73.4% 59.4%
Lake Jackson 42 27,224 61.7% 53.4%
Kyle 43 30,664 73.6% 58.6%
Fairview 44 7,882 72.8% 70.4%
McKinney 45 144,066 65.2% 60.9%
Lakeway 46 12,709 72.2% 68.5%
Sienna Plantation 47 15,824 96.2% 66.6%
Cedar Park 48 58,088 65.9% 57.2%
Heath 49 7,620 89.4% 71.6%
Andrews 50 12,160 68.9% 57.7%
Benbrook 51 21,898 62.9% 55.6%
Atascocita 52 69,470 75.1% 57.0%
Snyder 53 11,368 58.6% 51.4%
Rockwall 54 39,948 69.7% 59.1%
Deer Park 55 32,965 68.8% 56.3%
Katy 56 15,071 71.7% 57.3%
Dumas 57 14,908 62.1% 55.7%
Burleson 58 39,335 68.3% 58.7%
White Oak 59 6,431 67.9% 59.1%
Grapevine 60 48,671 55.0% 55.8%
Midland 61 119,409 60.0% 51.6%
Plano 62 271,166 60.0% 57.2%
Corinth 63 20,432 79.5% 63.9%
Saginaw 64 20,840 76.2% 56.2%
Celina 65 6,558 76.9% 67.2%
Georgetown 66 53,007 67.3% 59.6%
Bridge City 67 7,898 72.4% 53.1%
Rowlett 68 57,532 81.7% 58.4%
Leander 69 30,040 74.2% 59.2%
Little Elm 70 30,213 74.1% 61.7%
Fredericksburg 71 10,707 53.7% 51.0%
Missouri City 72 69,152 81.5% 54.8%
Red Oak 73 11,149 65.0% 52.8%
Midlothian 74 19,590 69.1% 61.1%
Pampa 75 18,180 61.1% 52.7%
Seabrook 76 12,437 56.0% 51.7%
Roanoke 77 6,488 55.4% 46.5%
North Richland Hills 78 65,835 59.8% 53.9%
Crowley 79 13,762 66.4% 55.4%
New Braunfels 80 61,712 59.8% 53.7%
Converse 81 19,738 63.1% 50.3%
Leon Valley 82 10,658 56.4% 46.3%
Round Rock 83 106,972 56.7% 54.0%
Universal City 84 19,164 52.7% 51.0%
Rendon 85 13,743 75.9% 59.5%
Bedford 86 48,104 53.3% 50.6%
Henderson 87 13,723 59.9% 37.9%
Santa Fe 88 12,572 74.1% 56.4%
Groves 89 15,911 69.2% 53.1%
La Porte 90 34,473 68.6% 51.6%
Fresno 91 20,374 77.8% 49.1%
Rockport 92 9,776 43.9% 56.5%
Carrollton 93 124,501 58.8% 53.5%
Watauga 94 23,999 75.6% 50.3%
Odessa 95 107,325 56.3% 48.5%
Spring 96 54,992 70.2% 55.2%
Temple 97 68,877 47.9% 50.4%
Richardson 98 103,752 57.2% 53.3%
Amarillo 99 194,930 55.8% 49.2%
Hereford 100 15,330 59.3% 53.1%
Boerne 101 11,674 47.0% 52.0%
Forney 102 16,017 81.8% 56.7%
Sanger 103 7,237 58.5% 43.9%
El Campo 104 11,549 62.3% 49.2%
Cedar Hill 105 46,414 67.4% 50.0%
Decatur 106 6,201 46.7% 55.5%
Weatherford 107 26,490 55.5% 50.9%
Brenham 108 16,029 50.7% 38.8%
The Colony 109 38,690 60.9% 48.4%
Vidor 110 10,844 63.5% 55.7%
Azle 111 10,744 59.7% 46.3%
Four Corners 112 13,973 77.0% 56.8%
Levelland 113 13,735 56.8% 50.7%
Carthage 114 6,835 57.4% 41.6%
Fort Hood 115 32,177 0.6% 50.7%
Duncanville 116 39,315 64.4% 48.1%
Copperas Cove 117 33,023 48.1% 57.0%
Bridgeport 118 6,099 54.2% 46.5%
Live Oak 119 14,213 52.2% 49.2%
Angleton 120 19,034 55.8% 47.7%
Alice 121 19,358 55.9% 48.2%
Harker Heights 122 27,757 51.1% 53.2%
Hurst 123 38,140 61.6% 49.4%
Alpine 124 6,026 44.4% 43.3%
Farmers Branch 125 30,261 54.8% 50.9%
Borger 126 13,121 57.2% 45.7%
Waxahachie 127 31,045 52.0% 50.2%
Dickinson 128 19,135 61.4% 53.8%
San Angelo 129 96,177 53.2% 45.0%
Kerrville 130 22,560 55.9% 46.1%
Kilgore 131 14,178 57.2% 44.1%
Canyon Lake 132 21,469 61.3% 59.4%
Mission Bend 133 37,110 76.5% 50.2%
Graham 134 8,840 56.2% 52.3%
West Odessa 135 22,818 74.1% 52.9%
Seagoville 136 15,379 66.8% 52.5%
Brownwood 137 19,107 44.4% 46.8%
Horizon City 138 18,477 82.5% 56.5%
Del Rio 139 36,081 56.1% 52.5%
Lockhart 140 12,966 53.3% 47.1%
Vernon 141 11,005 51.8% 46.2%
Palestine 142 18,611 51.9% 46.0%
Abilene 143 120,776 48.8% 44.6%
Plainview 144 21,952 52.6% 49.7%
Highlands 145 7,775 62.9% 51.3%
Victoria 146 64,275 52.9% 44.8%
Canyon 147 13,882 45.2% 44.7%
Wichita Falls 148 104,771 49.3% 42.1%
Glenn Heights 149 11,671 63.3% 50.1%
Lewisville 150 99,039 41.2% 47.8%
Corpus Christi 151 312,680 50.8% 45.0%
Bastrop 152 7,469 53.9% 44.4%
Belton 153 19,292 45.7% 39.8%
Addison 154 14,594 20.4% 38.3%
Stafford 155 17,990 39.1% 49.8%
Big Spring 156 27,768 52.5% 41.1%
Killeen 157 134,030 39.0% 52.6%
Cameron 158 5,445 47.3% 45.6%
Longview 159 82,030 51.6% 45.1%
DeSoto 160 50,837 59.8% 46.6%
Lubbock 161 236,868 48.6% 41.6%
Cleburne 162 29,765 54.4% 51.5%
Eagle Pass 163 27,463 56.8% 53.5%
Pleasanton 164 9,283 53.9% 48.5%
Grand Prairie 165 181,135 57.5% 50.1%
Mission 166 80,538 58.5% 56.5%
Taylor 167 16,001 58.1% 50.1%
Sulphur Springs 168 15,673 50.2% 54.6%
Alvin 169 24,938 53.1% 48.2%
Athens 170 12,782 49.4% 47.6%
Elgin 171 8,224 62.3% 50.0%
Princeton 172 7,520 62.8% 54.4%
Orange 173 18,810 50.1% 42.4%
Sweetwater 174 10,809 48.8% 48.4%
Bowie 175 5,195 51.2% 52.1%
Wells Branch 176 11,852 27.0% 38.7%
Luling 177 5,569 58.1% 44.5%
Mount Pleasant 178 16,066 52.6% 46.0%
Port Lavaca 179 12,289 52.0% 49.6%
Livingston 180 5,245 50.0% 40.4%
Mesquite 181 142,552 54.2% 48.0%
Tyler 182 99,344 48.3% 43.1%
Denison 183 22,745 54.6% 45.9%
Lufkin 184 35,754 47.0% 43.9%
Euless 185 52,649 39.8% 45.5%
Marshall 186 24,424 53.0% 42.1%
Irving 187 224,859 35.4% 49.4%
Beeville 188 13,102 50.6% 42.1%
El Paso 189 669,771 54.8% 47.2%
Uvalde 190 16,094 55.9% 46.2%
Garland 191 232,305 59.8% 49.8%
Laredo 192 245,048 57.1% 47.4%
Alamo 193 18,907 62.2% 56.1%
Austin 194 864,218 41.3% 39.4%
McAllen 195 135,048 52.7% 50.7%
Hidalgo 196 13,063 66.1% 50.5%
Seguin 197 26,237 55.5% 41.7%
Arlington 198 375,305 51.7% 47.2%
Stephenville 199 18,387 38.4% 35.4%
Bay City 200 17,499 42.5% 45.5%
College Station 201 98,505 30.8% 29.9%
Dayton 202 7,350 54.0% 46.7%
Clute 203 11,277 37.5% 49.9%
Texarkana 204 36,999 47.8% 40.1%
La Marque 205 14,981 63.0% 44.9%
San Antonio 206 1,385,438 50.1% 43.1%
Fort Worth 207 778,573 52.3% 46.5%
Rosenberg 208 32,789 46.9% 42.7%
Channelview 209 38,980 64.0% 46.8%
Haltom City 210 43,259 51.4% 46.0%
Gatesville 211 15,946 46.9% 33.4%
Richmond 212 11,769 51.1% 42.3%
Alton 213 14,735 57.4% 53.1%
Paris 214 25,023 43.9% 42.6%
White Settlement 215 16,571 44.1% 45.4%
Kingsland 216 6,581 44.7% 47.7%
Donna 217 16,169 51.5% 49.7%
Harlingen 218 65,677 49.1% 47.4%
Texas City 219 45,802 52.4% 41.8%
Galena Park 220 11,093 65.3% 45.3%
Cameron Park 221 7,811 61.0% 58.3%
Greenville 222 25,892 46.1% 46.2%
Liberty 223 8,696 58.1% 50.0%
Edinburg 224 79,002 51.3% 47.8%
Ennis 225 18,674 49.8% 47.0%
Lancaster 226 37,731 61.6% 41.4%
Forest Hill 227 12,612 68.4% 41.7%
Brownsville 228 179,834 56.3% 48.0%
Gonzales 229 7,317 45.5% 47.2%
Conroe 230 61,268 43.6% 45.2%
Robstown 231 11,599 49.2% 45.6%
Raymondville 232 11,226 64.0% 39.7%
Tomball 233 11,030 36.2% 42.5%
Pharr 234 73,143 52.8% 51.1%
Sherman 235 39,119 48.7% 45.8%
Bryan 236 78,368 42.4% 40.8%
Beaumont 237 117,543 50.4% 38.9%
Weslaco 238 36,752 50.9% 47.4%
Waco 239 127,796 40.8% 37.3%
Rio Grande City 240 14,033 56.0% 45.1%
Corsicana 241 23,968 50.8% 46.4%
Hillsboro 242 8,394 43.9% 40.8%
La Homa 243 13,535 70.6% 56.9%
Baytown 244 74,157 51.6% 46.5%
Gainesville 245 16,040 48.4% 47.2%
Huntsville 246 39,764 31.5% 29.8%
Mineral Wells 247 16,593 48.8% 38.8%
South Houston 248 17,323 53.0% 49.8%
Atlanta 249 5,638 58.7% 39.0%
San Benito 250 24,447 55.6% 43.8%
Jacksonville 251 14,654 47.0% 39.0%
Denton 252 122,742 44.6% 38.5%
Keene 253 6,089 42.7% 47.3%
Terrell 254 16,146 46.8% 43.8%
Pasadena 255 152,171 49.6% 46.3%
Freeport 256 12,108 47.7% 44.1%
Kingsville 257 26,348 41.0% 38.3%
Socorro 258 32,623 72.1% 44.8%
Nacogdoches 259 33,589 34.4% 31.5%
Galveston 260 48,513 28.0% 37.7%
Jacinto City 261 10,717 53.5% 49.3%
Humble 262 15,402 39.7% 43.2%
Cloverleaf 263 23,732 55.2% 47.4%
Balch Springs 264 24,693 50.7% 47.1%
Webster 265 10,898 11.0% 31.8%
Mercedes 266 16,271 50.8% 43.6%
Bonham 267 10,059 48.2% 36.5%
Jasper 268 7,688 40.0% 36.1%
Wharton 269 8,768 34.5% 36.0%
Houston 270 2,167,988 38.7% 41.6%
Port Arthur 271 54,685 47.7% 40.9%
San Marcos 272 51,289 24.4% 20.9%
Dallas 273 1,240,985 38.2% 39.6%
San Elizario 274 14,360 67.7% 46.4%
Anthony 275 5,218 52.5% 41.3%
Aldine 276 15,375 57.6% 43.8%
Commerce 277 8,348 29.2% 27.3%
Hempstead 278 6,197 40.6% 33.2%
Cleveland 279 7,684 49.7% 37.5%

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