San Antonio is garnering some flattery for a fact locals embrace: It’s one of the best cities to settle down in in the country.
Wesbsite Niche.com’s new ranking of the best U.S. cities to live in puts the San Antonio metro area at the No. 101 spot with an overall grade of A-minus, and gives a shoutout to one local community as one of the best neighborhoods to live in.
“San Antonio is in Bexar County and is one of the best places to live in Texas,” Niche.com notes. “Living in San Antonio offers residents an urban-suburban-mix feel and most residents own their homes. In San Antonio, there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. ... The public schools in San Antonio are above average.”
Additionally, on the list of the 200 best places to live, featuring suburbs and neighborhoods, San Antonio’s Alamo Heights community lands at No. 162.
This year, Niche combed through data for 228 cities, as well as 18,515 towns and neighborhoods, to develop its annual rankings. Niche relies on data from sources like the U.S. Census Bureau and FBI, along with residents’ ratings.
Niche specializes in supplying data, reviews, and ratings of schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
“Whether our users are young professionals, parents with young kids, or retirees, Niche’s … rankings serve as an excellent starting point for considering a move,” says Luke Skurman, founder and CEO of Niche.
“The pandemic triggered a new set of possibilities. Suddenly, many individuals and families found themselves more mobile than ever before, and in the past two years, they have continued to think hard about where they really want to live,” Skurman adds. “Families wondering about an area’s school district, a major part of many relocation decisions, can also use our comprehensive school profiles and rankings to get a sense of what their child’s future school might be like.”
Aside from its ranking among the best cities in which to live, San Antonio scores the No. 60 spot on Niche’s list of cities with the lowest cost of living in the U.S., is No. 81 on its list of cities with the best public schools in America, and is No. 100 for the best cities to raise a family.
The Houston suburb of The Woodlands tops Niche.com’s ranking of the best cities to live in in the U.S., coming in at No. 1, repeating its ranking from 2021.
On the list of the best cities to live, The Woodlands is followed by:
- Cambridge, Massachusetts, No. 2.
- Naperville, Illinois, No. 3.
- Arlington, Virginia, No. 4.
- Overland Park, Kansas, No. 5.
Houston proper grabs the No. 71 spot.
What follows is a breakdown of other communities in Texas that earned places in Niche’s ranking of the best cities to live.
- Plano, No. 9
- Richardson, No. 12
- Irving, No. 40
- Denton, No. 56
- Dallas, No. 80
- Arlington, No. 89
- Fort Worth, No. 135
Austin metro area
- Austin, No. 25
- Round Rock, No. 29
Elsewhere in Texas
- College Station, No. 27
- Lubbock, No. 72
- Tyler, No. 94
- Wichita Falls, No. 98
- El Paso, No. 100
- McAllen, No. 102
- Abilene, No. 112
- Amarillo, No. 122
- Waco, No. 130
- Corpus Christi, No. 132
- Midland, No. 158
- Beaumont, No. 170
- Killeen, No. 189
- Brownsville, No. 193
Other Texas suburbs and neighborhoods making the top 200 for best places to live are:
- Cottonwood Creek South Richardson, No. 5. (Cottonwood Creek South also is the highest-ranked place in Texas — No. 108 — on the list of the best places to raise a family).
- Height Parks (Richardson), No. 81.
- Canyon Creek South (Richardson), No. 99.
- Coppell (Dallas-Fort Worth), No. 102.
- Old Enfield (Austin), No. 169.
Other notable Texas rankings:
- Plano ranks fifth among the best cities to buy a house, and Richardson takes the No. 9 spot.
- Plano ranks ninth on the list of the cities with the best public schools.
- Arlington (No. 11) and Irving (No. 12) are the top-ranked Texas cities on the list of the most diverse cities.
- Austin is the top-ranked Texas city (No. 19) on the list of the best cities for young professionals, with Plano five places behind at No. 24.
- Richardson, ranked fifth nationally, is the best Texas city for retirees.
- At No. 42 nationally, Plano is the healthiest city in Texas, followed by Richardson at No. 43.