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Fastest Growth in Texas, Top Neighborhoods-Houston and Best Walkability

by A. Montalbano on 05/05/19

Texas boomed in the 1980s but it also busted during this period, too.  One thing  that remained the same was traffic.  But since 2014 a change in demographics and a surge of new business landed these Top 50 fastest growing cities in Texas (WalletHub.com-2018): 


#1.   Austin & Midland.                #14. San Antonio               #40.  Bryan  
#2.   Pearland.                               #15.  League City.              #42.  Houston  
#3.   McKinney.                            #17.  Dallas.                       #44.  Arlington.      
#4.   College Station.                    #19.  Denton.                      #48.  Lewisville.   
#6.   Fort Worth.                           #22.  Odessa.                                             
#9.   Frisco.                                   #33.  Allen.                   
#10  Round Rock.                         
  
In 2017, USA Today Money called Houston-TheWoodlands-Sugar Land, # 14 in the Top 20 Growing Cities in the U.S. 
  •  2010-2017 population change: +15.9 percent (from 5,947,419 to 6,892,427)
  •  2010-2017 pop. change due to migration: +533,390
  •  Largest 12 month change: +167,325 (2014-2015)
  •  Median household income: $61,708       
Midland came in #4 while Austin-Rock Round took a 3rd place.

In 2019, Houston Chronicle listed the best in Houston Neighborhoods:

Best place to raise a family Top 5 were #5. Addicks Park Ten; #4. Lake Houston; #3. Kingwood; #2. Clear Lake; and #1. Memorial.

Best Suburbs to buy a House, Texas- 2019: #16. Pecan Grove, Richmond- Median home is $210K; #14. Cinco Ranch $329K; #12. Oak Ridge North $192K; #7. Meadows Place $164K; #6. Clear Lake Shores $317K; #5 New Territory $277K; #4 Taylor Lake Village $232K; #3, Greatwood in Sugar Land $322K; #2. El Lago $190K.

The trend in todays neighborhoods are within walking distance.  A study conducted by Kinder Institute for Urban Research found Houston's walkability more of an "urban sprawl" meaning spread out and not having much cohesion and unlikely to reach important amenities without a car.  The study's method used how many buildings reach within a 15 minute walking distance. Though no consideration for amenities and safety, The Heights was the winner with 2618 buildings reached.  

Best Places to Retire, 2019: Clear Lake Shores; Sugar Land; Cinco Ranch; The Woodlands; Southside Place; Hunters Creek Village; Friendswood; Greatwood; Meadows Place; Nassau Bay.

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