2017 Best Places to Raise a Family in Houston Metro

Explore the best places to raise a family based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, and family-friendly amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other data sources.

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    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 17 reviews
    Current Resident:I love how there are still areas of trees left from the original land. Also, unrelated, I remember the traffic getting out of Greatwood in the morning used to be awful but recently a police officer has been blocking off the turn lane in the morning so there's little to no backup at all anymore. I think I speak for all morning commuters when I say I'm extremely thankful for that!
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    The Woodlands

    • City in Texas
    • 232 reviews
    Current Resident:The Woodlands really is a wonderful place to live! I love that everything is surrounded by trees. I have to wake up early, so going outside on crisp mornings always gives me a sense of freshness. The people here are really friendly, and you can feel like a part of the community just by going on a walk. I also like the fact that we have Trader Joe's and HEB for fresh produce whenever we want, which is incredibly useful. Furthermore, The Woodlands Mall and Waterway are great places to hang out and have fun. All in all, I love The Woodlands
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    Sienna Plantation

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 50 reviews
    Niche User:It's such a great community. There's so much to do. There's plenty of fun activities for the family and even for your pets. Everyone is so friendly, there are multiple pools and they are the best! There's our own HEB and schools, fitness area, vet, gas station. It's just everything you need. You basically never need to leave. Haha it's a wonderful place to stay.
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    Cinco Ranch

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 63 reviews
    Niche User:It is a very safe and friendly place to live. I do not worry too much for myself and my personal belongings. The people surrounding are incredible. My neighbors are kind, quiet, and helpful. I would not mind living here again. It has amazing schooling opportunities and is a wonderful place to raise a family. Overall, this area ranks highly compared to other places. I see growth in this area with people and businesses.
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    Bunker Hill Village

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 1 review
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    Taylor Lake Village

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 2 reviews
    Niche User:The suburban area outside of Houston that I live in is a bit of a tourist attraction because of NASA and Johnson Space Center being so close by. The families that populate my area of town, while very diverse, are honeslty some of the freindliest people around. Maybe it's just out Southern Texas charm, but I rarely feel unsafe or unwelcome in my everyday life. The restaurants that I frequent know me by name and usually know my order as well. I have in fact had oppurtunities to move elsewhere in the state and in the country, but although I would consider the adventure, I would always ultimatey rather live here. I will be moving away for college, but I think when I get a little older and decide to settle down, this is a great place to raise kids and make friends. Property vaues are increasing as people come to this realization, but it will definitely be worth it.
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    • Neighborhood in Houston, TX
    • 69 reviews
    Current Resident:The Memorial area is very nice. While it is an expensive area, there are still areas that are affordable for middle class families. You get the big trees and yards, while being in the city. The schools in the area are highly ranked academically. The only place I have lived so far that I feel safe at any time of day or night. There is also police patrol through each subdivision day and night. There are always people walking and are always friendly. It is very convenient to major freeways and parts of town. Overall, safety is the biggest plus!
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    Sugar Land

    • Town in Texas
    • 191 reviews
    Current Resident:I moved to Sugar Land with my parents in 1972 - at that time it had 5,000 residents. It was a great place to grow up in. Since then my parents have continued to live here (45 years) and I have moved back with my family to live close by. Sugar Land has grown considerably (up to about 85,000 now) but the growth has been beautifully managed. The city is bustling but quite navigable. There is incredible diversity in the population bringing all types of opportunities for personal growth and cultural awareness. It is a very safe place to live and a location with a lot of conveniences - available shopping, entertainment and great parks. Commuting into Houston brings challenges, depending on your destination and times - but all major cities have traffic issues. Coming home to Sugar Land is always a great relief! The school district (Fort Bend ISD) served me well when I was a participant and continues its excellence to this day.
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    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 83 reviews
    Current Resident:I have lived in Friendswood for 13 years. I have been in Friendswood schools since I was in Kindergarten. This community is second to none. The community has annual events and parades that brings everyone together. It is amazing. When I was 11 years old, I sustained a serious head injury. This community got together and had a raffle to help my family with medical expenses. They are full of caring and giving individuals and I would love to return to Friendswood when I graduate from college!
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    Spring Valley Village

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 13 reviews
    Current Resident:Security is the main thing. The police are always driving through the area. They sometimes leave their cars parked at different parts of roads throughout the evening. The area is quiet and very family oriented. It is easily convenient to freeways. It is a very safe place to live.
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    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 27 reviews
    Current Resident:Seabrook is an interesting place to live. Everything you need is within a 10-15 minute drive. There is an extensive job market here as well as lots of friendly people. The apartments are very reasonably priced and most are pet friendly. My favorite thing are the restaurants. The town's restaurant economy mainly relies on "mom and pop" restaurants. This allows people to try different styles of restaurants without the hype of the chain restaurants.

    The thing i like the least is having to drive 35 mph through some areas of the town.
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    Kingwood Area

    • Neighborhood in Houston, TX
    • 144 reviews
    Current Resident:Love Kingwood! It is a little costly and there's not much beyond food and some local shops which is why I only give it 4 out of 5 stars. Kingwood is a great neighborhood; the trails, which many people use, are beautiful, it is safe for children and family friendly, it is clean, and it is a close nit neighborhood. Schools are usually high ranking
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    New Territory

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 22 reviews
    Niche User:Overall, this area is one of the best. Thought he cost of living may be a bit higher than average, the payout is great. It is a quiet community with a lot of neighborhood and community programs, as well as great schools, and good people. I would never leave the area. As old as it may be, the cost of renovating is worth it to stay in the area. I would gladly move here again. It is one of the greatest areas to live. I see this area growing in the number of people it houses, as it already is, and i see the home values going higher as usable land decreases. It is also a good investment opportunity.
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    El Lago

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 11 reviews
    Niche User:I would choose to grow up here as a child though I would not choose to remain here through my adult life. The atmosphere is charming and there are opportunities for every age to go out and enjoy their community. This area is a small town atmosphere so, over time, you come to know your neighbors. NASA's proximity adds a scientific culture that would otherwise not be found in this small type of security city. Small town feel in a tourist community.
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    Clear Lake

    • Neighborhood in Houston, TX
    • 98 reviews
    Current Resident:Clear Lake City has all of the amenities of a larger city, but is small & inviting, plus we have a large lake. We have the new Baybrook mall expansion that mimics the Houston Galleria. We have U of H Clear Lake Campus. Family friendly neighborhoods with an Excellent/Outstanding rated school district. One downfall is the freeway construction and traffic to get here, but once you're here, you have no reason to leave!
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    Southside Place

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
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    Addicks Park Ten

    • Neighborhood in Houston, TX
    • 21 reviews
    Niche User:So far I have no concerns of any major crimes. There have been petty crimes regarding rebellious teenagers but it's nothing to worry about.
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    Hedwig Village

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
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    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 16 reviews
    Former Resident:This is inner loop Houston near Rice University. Houston is a huge city that resembles New Orleans in culture despite being in Texas. If you move here from another part of Texas, BEWARE! You are either Good or Bad here with almost no middle ground. Good=attending Church 2-3X each week & giving lip service to all things Religious & Republican & being SILENT if Female. Bad=talking back in any way to anyone if Female, being female & single, drinking alcohol, going to A bar, being female. The only kind places toward single females are Rice University, the Jewish Quarter, & an occasional Starbucks. Married women are psycho jealous of single women & mean. The FBI warns of a few International & Domestic Crime Gangs operating in Houston, which is what the population seems to be reacting to. The women are "super good" to keep from being labeled an Anna Nicole striper & losing there Religious social status or being targeted.
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    West University Place

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 2 reviews
    Current Resident:West University Place is an AMAZING city to work, go to school, live, and to raise children. It is very quiet and lots of businesses ( grocery stores, restaurants, stores, etc.) are within walking and short driving distance.
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    League City

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 172 reviews
    Former Resident:I was born and raised in League City, TX for twenty one years! It is a small surburban city located in Galveston county. It gives residents the choice of a twenty minute commute to either the city of Houston or the beaches in Galveston! League city has around 80,000 residents and it has everything you could possibly want nearby.
    Restaurants, fast food, movies, bowling, trails and many more activities! The neighborhoods offer a wide variety of homes with any kind of budget. The crime rate is very low, so you never have to worry about your family's safety. Everyone is friendly and the school district is absolutely phenomenal! The community is very active in highschool/ college sports!
    League city offers absolutely everything you would want in a place to call home. It is the classic suburban area, but it has so many activities for all age groups. If my husband weren't in the Army, I may have never left League City!
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    Meadows Place

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 22 reviews
    Former Resident:Meadows Place is a very friendly neighborhood. The cops are well known as hard asses, but they keep the children that play outside their homes and at the parks safe. The recently updated park has greatly increased the value and atmosphere of Meadows Place. The home owners association make sure homes are always presentable, and the community is very family oriented. Most everyone in the neighborhood know and look after one another. Aside from the location next to poorer neighborhoods, Meadows Place only needs to continue maintaining the area as well as it has!
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    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 114 reviews
    Current Resident:During the 4 years I have lived in Katy, there has been a drastic change towards the business markets, more high-class schools, more parks, and especially more restaurants! My God there are a lot of restaurants! The busiest streets in Katy are Fry Rd, I-10, Greenhouse, Barker Cypress, W Little York, 529, Hwy 290, and Clay Rd. The Housing Market here is also increasing a lot. I feel like Katy is starting to look more of a city with its spectacular attractions of food, entertainment, shopping, supermarkets, and etc. Cypress, an area in Katy, is the area that is widely known for its excellence in public schools. The schools there are amazing. In fact there are about 12 public high schools. Cypress Lakes, Creek, Springs, Woods, Ranch, Park, Fair, Ridge, Falls high schools are all Cypress High schools in addition to Langham Creek, Jersey Village, and Windfern High School. These are all part of the Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District.
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    Meyerland Area

    • Neighborhood in Houston, TX
    • 40 reviews
    Niche User:This area has been a great place to grow up. It's secure, has good schools, and access to a great public park for kids. The Braes Bayou hike/bike trail is also accessible. It has a wide variety of stores and restaurants so you don't have to go far for most of your needs, and there are many good physicians for adults and kids in the area. The Metro bus line also runs through this neighborhood, and there is a park-and-ride is nearby.
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