The city report cards are in.
Niche, an online company that rates, analyzes, and conducts profiles on schools, companies, and neighborhoods, recently published their rankings on the Best Cities to Live in America. Three Texas cities placed in their top 10, including Plano (#7) and Richardson (#12).
To conduct the rankings, Niche gathered and analyzed data from millions of user-made reviews from parents, students, and residents of the area, as well as from dozens of public data sources. Additionally, Niche applied statistical algorithms when comparing and connecting data points in their analysis. Through user feedback and data-driven insights, Niche found the key component to grading a city to be: public schools, housing, good for families, jobs, cost of living, outdoor activities, crime & safety, nightlife, diversity, weather, health & fitness, and commute.
Coming in at number 7, scoring an A+ overall average was Plano. The suburb scored highest for public schools, jobs, good for families, and diversity with A+ ratings. Its lowest score, C+, was given in the crime & safety category, followed by B- grades in cost of living and outdoor activities.
Here’s what Niche wrote about Plano:
“Living in Plano offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Plano there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Plano and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Plano are highly rated.”
Richardson also placed on the list at #12. It scored A+ ratings in diversity and being good for families. Its lowest scores were in the crime & safety (C+) and cost of living (B-) categories. According to Niche, Richardson is the fifth best place in America to retire.
The number one place to live in America, according to Niche, is none other than Houston suburb, The Woodlands.