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This North Texas Town Is One Of The 10 Best Places To Live, According To Money Magazine

Kat Chow for KERA News
KERA News special contributor
The Allen Eagles football team warm up before an August 2015 game when the $60 million stadium re-opened after repairs.

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Cities in North Texas usually find their way near the top of Money magazine’s annual Best Places To Live list.

This year, Allen took the No. 2 spot, second to only Fishers, Indiana.


Allen was praised for its healthy economy, graduation rate and entertainment options. Money analyzed 100 cities — between 10,000 to 100,000 people — based on those factors, plus cost of living, housing, crime, convenience and an “overall sense of pleasantness.”


Here’s how Allen performed, based on Money’s calculations:

  • Population: 96,045
  • Median home price: $323,676
  • Median household income: $104, 524
  • Average commute time: 29 minutes
  • Projected job growth: 17 percent
  • Clear days per year: 232
  • High school graduation rate: 96.9 percent

And here’s how Money determined the results of the study.


North Texas cities in the top 100 include Grapevine (No. 19), Wylie (No. 20) and Bedford (No. 23). Actually, those three plus Allen were the only Texas towns on Money’s list.


Last year, the highest-ranking city was Plano at No. 3. In 2015, Coppell was No. 8. And in 2014, McKinney was No. 1. [Money, KERA News]


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