As the second largest and most populous state in the United States, Texas’ population is increasing rapidly year to year. There are currently 58 Fortune 500 companies located in Texas offering jobs in commerce, manufacturing, energy and agriculture. Housing prices are extremely low and there is no income tax. With a state motto that simply reads ‘Friendship’, Texas certainly sounds like a great place to live. Based on several factors such as crime rates, high school graduation rates, and cost of living, as well as amenities, we’ve compiled a list of the best 10 places to live in Texas.
Undeniably the most European city in Texas, Fredericksburg is also one of the most desirable places to live. A unique place that was founded by German settlers in 1846 and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia, Fredericksburg is home to just over 10 thousand people and is colloquially known as Fritztown. Located in Gillespie County, Texas, Fredericksburg is cooler than much of the rest of Texas, an important detail in a state that regularly sizzles at 90 degrees and above. The unemployment rate in Fredericksburg is below average with just 4.3 percent of people out of work, a figure over 40 percent lower than the rest of the state. Fredericksburg is also one of the best towns in the state for education with impressive high school graduation scores and a ratio of one teacher for every 12 students. In addition to the great quality of living statistics, Fredericksburg has a nationally registered historic district as well as a wonderfully diverse agricultural industry that brings in tourists from all over the world.