2017 Best Suburbs to Live in Houston Metro

Explore the best suburbs to live in the U.S. based on crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities. Ranking based on data from the U.S. Census, FBI, BLS, CDC, and other sources.

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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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    Greatwood

    • 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
    • 241 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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    Sugar Land

    • Town in Texas
    • 195 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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    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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    New Territory

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 23 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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    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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    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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    Bellaire

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 17 reviews
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    Bunker Hill Village

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 1 review
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    Seabrook

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 30 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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    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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    El Lago

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 10 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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    Southside Place

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
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    Friendswood

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 86 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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    Hedwig Village

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
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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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    Hunters Creek Village

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
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    League City

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 176 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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    Pearland

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 222 reviews
    Current Resident:I have lived here since 2004, when there weren't as many businesses and the land behind my home wasn't tarnished with an immense Costco and gas station. Overall, it has been pleasant. I have attended the same school district, and despite the growth of the district, I have remained in the same schools for the allotted time. The people of my community are approachable, but definitely accomplished, which can prove intimidating. Conveniently, I live near the Town Center, in case I want to grab frozen yogurt or buy a novel at Barnes & Noble. There's never a shortage of grocery stores or restaurants, which is definitely convenient for my parents. I think it's safe to say we live in a suburb (relatively) safe from harm, providing peace of mind to the locals.
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    Missouri City

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 235 reviews
    Works Here:Missouri City is a small suburb outside of Houston, Texas and very near to Sugarland, Texas. It is a safe area with a good selection of places to dine, grocery shop, and go to the library. The area is continuing to grow with an increase in businesses surrounding the area. It is very convenient because you don't really have to drive very far (within a five mile radius, especially if you live in Sienna Plantation) to find something you need. The public schools are exceptional and there is a large amount of diversity which is reflective of the culture of Houston. There is a fair range of homes for mid to higher class individuals looking for a good place to live. For anyone looking for a small, safe, and convenient suburb to live in outside of Houston, this is the place to go.
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    Katy

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 130 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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    Piney Point Village

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
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    Nassau Bay

    • Suburb of Houston, TX
    • 8 reviews
    Current Resident:Being a resident in Nassau Bay for the past 11 years has been a great experience. It is a wonderful, safe, and family oriented, community. Living on the water is one of my favorite things about the neighborhood. It is a beautiful area to live and is always well kept. Everyone decorates for holidays and are typically very active with the community events. It is perfectly placed to where I am able to access other communities with ease. Overall living in Nassau Bay has been great and I am appreciative for the community around me.
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    Clear Lake Shores

    • Suburb of Houston, TX