It's time to think about heading west. According to a list of the best suburbs in Texas, a tiny West Austin neighborhood outshines the rest. Niche has named Rollingwood the No. 1 suburb in Texas, surprisingly out-ranking the posh Dallas suburb of University Park.
To determine the top suburbs, Niche assessed the overall livability and quality of life of each. School ratings, crime rates, housing, employment, community, and things to do were considered in the rankings.
Rollingwood earns an "A" on most factors and an outstanding "A+" on health and fitness, education, and community. However, the West Austin neighborhood receives a "B+" on crime and safety, outdoor activities, and weather (no surprise there). Lakeway ranks No. 5 on the list of best suburbs in Texas, receiving "A+" marks for education and community.
Dallas suburbs University Park (No. 2), Murphy (No. 3), and Allen (No. 4) round out the Texas top five.
In addition to being the best suburb in Texas, Rollingwood ranks No. 23 in the United States — the only Texas 'hood in the top 100. Other Austin area suburbs on the Texas list include Cedar Park (No. 13), Bee Cave (No. 14), and Pflugerville (No. 20).