Top 10 Largest Cities in Texas
The Lone Star State is steadily rising up the ranks as a state with clear potential for a great life. From business to education to job opportunities, various cities in Texas have been proving their worth. This has led to a population spurt, 3.5 million from 2010 to 2018 to be precise. That’s nearly 1,000 new residents per day! North Texas is now the fourth largest metro area in the States, with a population of over 7.5 million.
Throughout the years, Texas’s cities have seen some of the most notable booms, with Houston being one of the earliest. It holds the position of being the largest city in Texas, with a lot more potential to be called home for more people. We’ve compiled the latest data on the top 10 largest cities in Texas, with a little bit about each city. In descending order, read on to know more about the cogs in the massive machinery of the Lone Star State.
Houston experienced its boom way back in the 1950s when it made its mark as a hub in the energy industry. With over 2,320,000 people, Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth largest city in the USA. Houston is located on the Gulf of Mexico and has a strong Hispanic population. It is also a great location for young professionals, with the median age in Houston being 32. As of 2019, its median house price was $245,800. With several Fortune 500 headquarters, second only to New York, it offers ample job opportunities. Additionally, Houston is hot in terms of real estate as well.
Median Household Income: $51,140 (2018)
Median Home Value: $159,534
Average Monthly Market Rent: $1,174
2. San Antonio
San Antonio is a city that seamlessly merges a rich past and a dynamic present. Home to the historic Alamo, San Antonio is the second largest city in Texas and seventh largest in all of the United States. It has a population of more than 1.5 million, and a median property value of $235,000. It is also home to Morgan’s Wonderland, a theme park for children with special needs! It has some of the most diverse, active neighborhoods, with the oldest municipality in the state – Mission City.
Median Household Income: $50,980 (2018)
Median Home Value: $155,733
Average Monthly Market Rent: $1,224
Dallas, better known as the Big D, is the ninth largest city in all of the United States. With a little over 1,343,000 people, Dallas is the third largest city in Texas. Dallas has a pleasant merge of life in a big city, and the peace of the suburbs, with a median property value of $201,500. Dallas was originally founded as a railroad city, but became a ‘boomtown’ after the oil boom. It also happens to be the largest city in the Dallas – Fort Worth metroplex. AT&T and Southwest Airlines both have their headquarters in Dallas.
Median Household Income: $50,100 (2018)
Median Home Value: $190,707
Average Monthly Market Rent: $1,310
Austin, with a population of 978,908, is the fourth largest city in Texas. The capital of Texas, Austin currently is the 11th most populous city in the USA. However, that could just change. More and more people are flocking to Austin, with its live-music scene and growth in terms of real estate. Home values in Austin are expected to go up by 4.5% in 2020, while the median property price is $340,000.
Additionally, Apple has broken ground on a $1 billion campus in Northern Austin. Construction is said to wrap up by 2022, and with an initial housing of 5,000 employees, the company is looking at being the largest private employer in Austin. With all of this in the picture, Austin is projected to shoot past San Jose to become the tenth largest city in the USA.
Median Household Income: $76,925 (2018)
Median Home Value: $353,399
Average Monthly Market Rent: $1,575
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5. Fort Worth
It’s a population of over 909,000 people that makes Fort Worth the fifth largest city in Texas. Fort Worth is a great place for young professionals looking to find a work-life balance, with plenty of trendy locations to hang out. It is a merge of white and blue collar jobs, as well as a merge of ethnicities, and it revels in its diversity. Additionally, it has a median property price of $291,257. Dallas – Fort Worth is steadily rising up the ranks, as census data shows a spike in its population, with more than 1 million people joining from 2010 to 2018. It gained more new residents than any other metropole in the States; a testament to its clear potential.
Median Household Income: $59,255 (2018)
Median Home Value: $187,568
Average Monthly Market Rent: $1,415
See also: Moving to Fort Worth
6. El Paso
Nestled at the foot of the Franklin Mountains on the Rio Grande, El Paso ranks at 6th place among Texas’s top 10 largest cities, with a population of over 681,700. The city has a distinct Spanish vibe about it, and the culture is spotted everywhere. It is further accentuated by its 80% Hispanic population. Whether it is the fairly apparent military presence or otherwise, El Paso is one of the safest cities in the USA. It boasts a good quality of living, education and childcare, alongside tons of outdoor activities.
Median Household Income: $45,656 (2018)
Median Home Value: $136,999
Average Monthly Market Rent: $1,163
See also: Top 10 Safest Cities in the USA | Best Neighborhoods in El Paso for Singles and Young Professionals
Arlington’s population, coming in at almost 400,000, makes it the seventh largest city in Texas. It is most popularly known for its sports and recreational attractions, as it is home to Globe Life Park for the baseball fans, and the AT&T Stadium. While it may not boast the glitz and glam of some of the bigger cities, it is still a great place to live in. Young professionals and families, both live in Arlington happily.
Median Household Income: $58,502 (2018)
Median Home Value: $203,537
Average Monthly Market Rent: $1,505
8. Corpus Christi
This coastal city is a sight to be seen, with nine beaches to visit. Boasting a population of 347,000, it is the eighth largest city and the biggest coastal city in Texas. With houses offering comfortable and luxurious living and tons to do, it’s a great city to live in. There are several neighborhoods here, each with their distinct culture and vibe. Additionally, the cost of living in Corpus Christi is lower than the national average.
Median Household Income: $55,709 (2018)
Median Home Value: $143,741
Average Monthly Market Rent: $1,298
Plano happens to be one of the more expensive cities to live in in Texas. But anyone staying there will tell you just why it’s worth it. For one, Plano is one of the safest cities in all of Texas. Plano was named the ‘3rd Best Place to Live in America,’ by Money Magazine in 2016. It has plenty of job opportunities, and is a great environment for young families as well. Plus, it’s a short drove away from Dallas that comes equipped with all the big city amenities, including the airport. The fact that the population is 287,677, which is not as high as some of the other cities in Texas should be some respite.
Median Household Income: $92,121 (2018)
Median Home Value: $353,942
Average Monthly Market Rent: $1,916
Don’t let its proximity to the Mexican border derail you. With 262,491 people, Laredo is the 10th largest city in the state of Texas. It’s proximity to Mexico is apparent, and adequately reflected in the fact that 95% of its population is Hispanic. It sits on the edge of the Rio Grande, and is one of Texas’s fastest growing cities. With great facilities and a cost of living that is significantly lower than the national average, Laredo is proving to be one great place to live.
Median Household Income: $43,351 (2018)
Median Home Value: $118,433
Average Monthly Market Rent: $1,026
Where it currently stands, Texas has around 29 million residents, making it the second most populated state in the USA. Additionally, its 1.34% growth rate is testament to the fact that it is a great place to live. In a study by SmartAsset, a financial advisory, Texas is also home to three of the nation’s fastest-growing and most prosperous cities – Denton, New Braunfels, and Round Rock. Perhaps we’ll see them among the top 10 largest cities in Texas in the next few years. For the moment, whether it’s to Texas or anywhere else in the States, we’re here to assist you with any kind of moving you have in mind.
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