If you love Dallas but aren’t quite sure it’s the perfect spot for your family, these nearby suburbs are sure to fit the bill. Families get the best of both worlds, with a peaceful suburban environment, great schools, and close-knit communities just minutes away from all the amenities Dallas has to offer. We looked at a whole bunch of data and got input from local real estate agent, Jennifer Kirk, so we could narrow down 30 Dallas suburbs to the best 10 for families. Let’s take a look at the winners.

1. Murphy

Murphy - Dallas Suburb

Source: City of Murphy, Texas Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • GreatSchools.org score: 9.5 out of 10
  • Total crimes per 100k: 651

The close-knit community of Murphy kicks off our list of the best Dallas suburbs for families with a range of spacious housing options. Sprawling ranch and stately craftsman style homes on large lots are common picks for home buyers. With just 651 total crimes per 100,000 people and an excellent score from GreatSchools.org, this Dallas suburb provides some of the best schools, and is one of the safest on our list. Enjoy a family picnic by the lake at Murphy Central Park or play basketball and volleyball at the Murphy Community Center’s Open Gym.

2. Colleyville

Colleyville - Dallas Suburb

Source: City of Colleyville Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 753
  • Median household income: $153,021

The conveniently located suburb of Colleyville is perfect for families who want a peaceful suburban vibe right between all the amenities of Dallas and Fort Worth. Home buyers will find spacious ranch and farmhouse style homes on large lots. Enjoy a day at the beautiful tree-covered Sparger Park, which has picnic areas, walking trails, and a sizeable playground. Families can also check out a new book and enjoy a variety of children’s programs at the Colleyville Public Library.

3. Allen

Allen - Dallas Suburb

Source: City of Allen City Hall via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • GreatSchools.org score: 9.3 out of 10
  • Median household income: $101,636

The small city of Allen earns the third place spot on our list with high marks from GreatSchools,org and plenty of spacious farmhouse and ranch style homes for large families. Residents can enjoy the duck pond, expansive playground, and scenic green spaces at Celebration Park. The Allen Public Library provides a variety of children’s and teen programming for kids of all ages.

4. Coppell

Coppell - Dallas Suburb

Source: City of Coppell, TX Municipal Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Median household income: $110,445
  • Unemployment rate: 4.5 percent

Families searching for the perfect ranch, farmhouse, or craftsman style home on quiet subdivision streets are sure to find the perfect fit in the Dallas suburb of Coppell. Active families will love strolling through the scenic trails at the 66-acre Coppell Nature Park or taking the dog on a walk at the Coppell Dog Park. The Coppell Public Library provides plenty of programming for toddlers, children, and teens.

5. Fairview

Fairview - Dallas Suburb

Source: Wikipedia user Fairsaka

Key Stats:

  • GreatSchools.org score: 10 out of 10
  • Total crimes per 100k: 992

Fairview comes in fifth on our list with top marks from GreatSchools.org and one of the lowest crime rates of any suburb we ranked. Spacious craftsman style homes on large lots are common picks for home buyers. Have a family bowling night at Splitsville Lanes, or enjoy the playgrounds at Creekside Park and Beaver Run Park. The nearby Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary has educational exhibits and scenic nature trails.

6. Frisco

Frisco - Dallas Suburb

Source: City of Frisco TX - City Hall via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • GreatSchools.org score: 9.1 out of 10
  • Median household income: $108,284
  • Movoto Agent Pick

The sixth Dallas suburb on our list is also a Movoto Agent Pick.  Local real estate agent, Jennifer Kirk, says Frisco is one of several Dallas suburbs “noted for their school districts, easy access to major freeways, and short commute to Dallas and airports.” Spacious farmhouse and craftsman style homes are common in Frisco. Kirk also notes there is a variety of shopping and “plenty of parks, playgrounds, and trails.” Spend a day at scenic Lewisville Lake, or enjoy convenient shopping and dining at Stonebriar Centre.

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7. Wylie

Wylie - Dallas Suburb

Source: Wylie, TX City Hall via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • GreatSchools.org score: 8.7 out of 10
  • Total crimes per 100k: 1,236

Active families will love the peaceful lakeside suburb of Wylie. Farmhouse and ranch style homes with large, private yards give big families plenty of room to spread out. Enjoy a picnic by the water at scenic East Fork Park and enjoy swimming, boating, and fishing on Lavon Lake. The Rita & Truett Smith Public Library offers reading programs, storytime, and book clubs for children of all ages.

8. McKinney

McKinney - Dallas Suburb

Source: McKinney, Texas - Unique by Nature via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Unemployment rate: 4.2 percent

With a population of over 137,000, McKinney is full of family-friendly amenities. A range of housing options, from cozy historic cottages to sprawling craftsman style homes, are available in this Dallas suburb. Enjoy scenic nature trails, exhibits, and an 1880s prairie village at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, or play baseball, softball, or tennis at the Gabe Nesbitt Community Park.

9. Prosper

Prosper - Dallas Suburb

Source: Town of Prosper, Texas Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Median household income: $118,281
  • Unemployment rate: 4.3 percent

Families looking for a close-knit community should consider the small suburb of Prosper. Spacious craftsman and Tudor inspired homes with large yards are common in this Dallas suburb. Enjoy the scenic walking trails and pond at Frontier Park. Soccer fields, baseball fields, and volleyball courts are also available. Weekly programs at the Prosper Community Library are sure to keep young readers engaged.

10. Sachse

Sachse - Dallas Suburb

Source: City of Sachse, Texas via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Median household income: $87,171
  • Total crimes per 100k: 1105

The peaceful suburb of Sachse rounds out our list at number 10. Spacious farmhouse, ranch, and craftsman style homes with large yards give a big family plenty of room to spread out. Enjoy grills, picnic areas, baseball fields, basketball courts, and a playground at the well-maintained 7-acre Salmon Park. The Sachse Public Library has a summer reading club and preschool story time to keep young readers engaged.

Our Methodology

To create this list of the best Dallas suburbs for families, we looked at the following criteria:

  • GreatSchools.org Score
  • Total crimes per 100k
  • Unemployment rate
  • Average commute time
  • Median household income
  • Median monthly housing costs (the lower the better)

We ranked each Dallas suburb in the above categories. Because some things are of extra importance to families, we weighted the GreatSchools.org score and total crimes per 100k score to make up 25 percent of the final score, while the rest of the categories made up 10 percent. For this list, we sourced data from GreatSchools.org, AreaVibes, and the U.S. Census. Want to see how other Dallas suburbs measured up? Check out the table below: Best Dallas Suburbs For Families Like This Post? You’ll Definitely Love These: