Here in Texas, the livin’ is easy. And according to a new report, it’s also the best. The very best. The greatest city to live in the United States is right here in the Houston area. It’s a petite city that’s got big money power. It’s a little town of its own nestled inside of Houston that gets the gold.
West University Place, famed in part for its intense Little League baseball scene, is the new champ, the top place to live in all of America. according to 24/7 Wall Street’s new rankings. The just released America’s 50 Best Cities to Live list reveals that the winner was no contest. And a familiar champion. West U won richest city in Texas honors earlier.
It may be small, but it’s a city in its own right — and it’s doing it right. The city itself relished the news, and pointed out it came as no surprise. “Per @USATODAY – West U is the best city in America in which to live. Now we knew that!” the City of West University Place tweeted on its official account.
West U is not the only city in Texas making major winning waves. Perryton, Texas — which advertises itself as the hometown of Hank the Cowdog — ranks as the third best place to live in America. Dumas lands at No. 4, giving Texas three of the Top 10 cities. Trophy Club earns the No. 17 slot, Highland Park ranks No. 34, Buda snags the No. 36 spot and Snyder is No. 48. The cities considered have between 8,000 and 25,000 residents, a high quality of life and access to cultural and entertainment attractions.
The champion city hit all those marks. West U, the wealthy suburb of 15,318 lucky residents, won top honors for a variety of fiscal and fun-filled factors.
First things first — we’ll show you the money. The median household income in West U is $221,000 a year — not too shabby at almost four times the typical American household income. The median house value in West U is an impressive $917, 800.
24/7 Wall Street also gives the city kudos because of how far the dollar stretches there. Goods and services are ranked as 5 percent less expensive than the nationwide average. And the job market is healthy, with a five-year unemployment rate of just 2.7 percent.
West U also shines when it comes to quality of life. It’s got easy access to all of the entertainment and culture of Houston and boasts an impressive concentration of restaurants, bars, museums, theater companies and fitness centers compared to the rest of the country. You could say Tinys No. 5 is a hallmark — just think about those hot, fresh cookies and a nice cool glass of milk.
And West U’s a place where you can feel comfortable and confident in your safety, with just 64 incidents of crime for every 100,00 people. That makes it one of the safest cities in the U.S.
It’s safe to say West U really is No. 1. For those who can afford it, it’s a little pocket of paradise.