7) The Woodlands
Like New Territory, The Woodlands is a master-planned community established in the mid-seventies. Just 28 miles north of Houston on the Interstate 45, The Woodlands is perfect for those who want live in a small-town community, but also want an easy commute into Houston. The Woodlands scores highly across the board, making it AreaVibes 16th most desirable place to live in Texas. Crime rates at the Woodlands are less than half of that of the rest of Texas and its high school graduation rate is 26 percent higher than average. Scoring an A+ for amenities, there are enough restaurants, theaters, malls and leisure venues in the Woodlands area to keep everyone happy. All of this great living doesn’t come cheap as homes are over 100 percent more pricey in the Woodlands than the rest of Texas. All 163 thousand acres of Sam Houston National Forest is right at your doorstep at The Woodlands, enough reason for many to pay twice as much to live there.
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