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These San Antonio suburbs shine among most family-friendly cities in Texas

These San Antonio suburbs shine among most family-friendly cities

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San Antonio came in at No. 98. Dia de los Muertos Celebration/Facebook

When it comes to city rankings, no place is buzzier than San Antonio. Alamo City boasts a killer economy, great places to work, and has even been crowned one of America's best big cities. 

But in the latest race for municipal bragging rights, San Antonio fell a little short. In late June, personal finance site WalletHub released a report ranking the best and worst cities for Texas families, and San Antonio claimed the 98th spot out 117.

Like San Antonio, most big cities in Texas did not break the top 50. Instead it was city suburbs that were propelled to the top of the list. San Antonio's Cibolo took a top 25 spot, coming in at No. 24 while New Braunfels, Schertz, and Kyle took spots in the top 50 spot, landing at Nos. 33, 34, and 36, respectively. However the trend did not extend to San Marcos, home to many San Antonio expats, which ranked a paltry No. 104.

Among the other major cities, Fort Worth came in at No. 62, Austin at No. 66, and El Paso at No. 83. Falling behind San Antonio was Dallas (109), and Houston (116). 

The rankings were formulated by comparing data in the 117 largest Texas cities using four key categories:

  • Family life and fun
  • Education, health, and safety
  • Affordability
  • Socioeconomic environment

Within each category, metrics ranging from high school graduation rates to density of pediatricians were scored on a scale of 0-100, then weighted according to importance.

San Antonio proper scored highest in the family life and fun category (No. 51), but it surprisingly fell in the bottom half for education (No. 113), health (No. 83), and safety (No. 81).