Popular ratings and reviews website niche.com has once again revealed its annual “Best Places to Raise a Family” rankings, and a couple familiar places found their way onto the 2018 list. Most notably, Plano came in at No. 3 overall, which to those of us who already call North Texas home is hardly surprising. The nearby community of Richardson also just cracked the top ten, placing 9th on this year’s rankings.
Like in previous years, niche.com evaluates cities based on school performance, cost of living, crime rate and safety, and a variety of other factors that help determine livability and desirability. Data that is used in the rankings is gathered from the U.S. Census Bureau and other reliable government sources, and each city is then given a letter-grade based on the findings.
Both Plano and Richardson received A+ grades overall, scoring particularly well in the schools and diversity categories. Each community also scored an A- in the nightlife category, and no less than a B- in crime and safety.
Although Plano and Richardson were the only two DFW cities to be listed this year, other Texas cities mentioned in the top 25 were The Woodlands, placing No. 2 overall, and Round Rock, placing No. 13 overall.