The suburb scored high in public schools, jobs, and family living.
Niche, an online company that rates, analyzes, and conducts profiles on schools, companies, and neighborhoods, recently published their rankings on the Best Cities to Live in America. Three Texas cities placed in their top 10, including, for the second year in a row, the number one slot with none other than The Woodlands.
To conduct the rankings, Niche gathered and analyzed data from millions of user-made reviews from parents, students, and residents of the area, as well as from dozens of public data sources. Additionally, Niche applied statistical algorithms when comparing and connecting data points in their analysis. Through user feedback and data-driven insights, Niche found the key component to grading a city to be: public schools, housing, good for families, jobs, cost of living, outdoor activities, crime & safety, nightlife, diversity, weather, health & fitness, and commute.
With an A+ report card, The Woodlands landed at number one out of 228 ranked cities. The Houston suburb scored highest in public schools, good for families, and jobs. The suburb scored lowest in cost of living at a B-, followed by commute (B), and nightlife (B+).
Here’s what the website wrote about The Woodlands:
“The Woodlands is a city in Texas with a population of 113,819. The Woodlands is in Montgomery County and is one of the best places to live in Texas. Living in The Woodlands offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In The Woodlands there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families live in The Woodlands and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in The Woodlands are highly rated.”
In regards to real estate, the median home value according to the website in The Woodlands is $374,200 compared to the national average of $217,500. The median rent is $1,566 – $500 more than the national average.
Texas cities, Plano (#7) and Richardson (#12) also placed on the list.
Fun fact: Win Butler of Arcade Fire based their Grammy-winning album, The Suburbs, off his own experience living in The Woodlands as a child.