The Definitive Ranking Of 2024's Best Houston Suburbs

Comprehensive guide to the top 17 suburban neighborhoods in Houston.

The Definitive Ranking Of 2024's Best Houston Suburbs

Many of Houston's top suburban neighborhoods posted strong 10-year appreciation rates.

With interest rates at its highest since 2008, we may start seeing its impact on the Houston housing market.

We created this list of Best Houston Suburbs by looking at population centers (10,000+ population) within a 45-minute drive from the heart of Houston. We included both independent cities and suburban regions within the city of Houston.

Each of these Houston suburbs was graded on the five items that home buyers look for:

The Houston suburbs list was then ranked from top to bottom based on their combined score, and given a letter grade to help illustrate their ranking. (See our complete methodology below.)

View and compare the 17 best Houston suburb values for the last 10 years below.

Curious to know which Houston suburbs are best for you? On the lookout for a specific home in any of these neighborhoods? We've got you. Contact Paige Martin at [email protected], ranked #1 Agent with Keller Williams in Texas and #5 Worldwide.

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Table of Contents

  1. By The Numbers: 17 Of Houston's Top Suburbs
  2. Cost Of Living In The Suburbs
  3. The Best Houston Suburbs On A Map
  4. The 17 Best Houston Suburbs: Ranked
  5. Sources & Methodology
  6. Best Realtors In The Suburbs

By The Numbers: 17 Of Houston's Top Suburbs

By The Numbers: 17 Of Houston's Top Suburbs

Below, we've included the summary real estate statistics for Houston's Best Suburbs. Please contact us for more data or an analysis of which areas may be best for you.

Suburb Median Home Price Home Price / Sq Ft 10 Yr Apprec. %
The Woodlands $562,500 $208 55%
Katy North $300,700 $147 71%
Sugar Land East $410,000 $158 42%
Pearland $365,000 $156 61%
Richmond $399,977 $165 70%
Cypress North $420,000 $169 65%
Friendswood $436,500 $170 58%
Clear Lake Area $355,000 $155 65%
Stafford Area $270,000 $144 45%
Missouri City Area $305,000 $145 39%
Kingwood East $375,000 $148 33%
Jersey Village $347,500 $144 58%
Manvel $473,950 $173 130%
Fulshear/South Brookshire $420,000 $174 3%
Spring/Klein $325,000 $144 42%
Humble Area East $250,000 $136 47%
Tomball $381,370 $167 60%

Cost Of Living In The Suburbs

Cost Of Living In The Suburbs

Curious about how much annual income is needed to buy a home within Houston's top suburbs? Contact us at [email protected] for a full report.

Suburb Median Home Price Estimated Salary* 1-Yr Apprec. %
The Woodlands $562,500 173,000 -0.8%
Katy North $300,700 97,000 -3.0%
Sugar Land East $410,000 126,000 0.0%
Pearland $365,000 119,000 -1.8%
Richmond $399,977 132,000 3.3%
Cypress North $420,000 141,000 -0.5%
Friendswood $436,500 135,000 21.3%
Clear Lake Area $355,000 113,000 1.4%
Stafford Area $270,000 85,000 -3.6%
Missouri City Area $305,000 99,000 1.7%
Kingwood East $375,000 120,000 -4.6%
Jersey Village $347,500 111,000 2.4%
Manvel $473,950 167,000 8.9%
Fulshear/South Brookshire $420,000 144,000 2.4%
Spring/Klein $325,000 104,000 -3.0%
Humble Area East $250,000 81,000 -1.6%
Tomball $381,370 126,000 -5.3%

For a more succinct breakdown of how much salary is needed to buy a home in any of Houston's top neighborhoods, please go here. The methodology for the computation above is also in there.


The Best Houston Suburbs On A Map

The Best Houston Suburbs On A Map

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Houston covers over 600 square miles, has over 604 schools, and has a population of approximately 7 million people.

Where are the best neighborhoods in Houston? To answer this, we compiled Houston area neighborhoods. We ranked the best suburbs for each quadrant of Houston.

Here's our "best of the best" suburb list:

  1. The Woodlands
  2. Katy
  3. Sugar Land
  4. Pearland
  5. Richmond
  6. Cypress
  7. Friendswood
  8. Clear Lake
  9. Stafford
  10. Missouri City
  11. Kingwood
  12. Jersey Village
  13. Manvel
  14. Fulshear
  15. Spring
  16. Humble
  17. Tomball

The 17 Best Houston Suburbs: Ranked

The 17 Best Houston Suburbs: Ranked

Houston has a number of suburbs that offer incredible amenities, top-ranked public schools, and great access to key Houston employment and business hubs, which is why many choose to move here. To help you out, we've done the research and ranked only the best suburbs in this easy-to-follow guide so you can easily see which is the best suburb for you and your family.

1. The Woodlands

The Woodlands Map

HP Team Ranking: A+

The Woodlands is at the top of this list, thanks to its great community amenities, good schools, and high quality of life.

The area is filled with lush neighborhoods and bustling retail and employment centers. Nestled about 30 miles north of Downtown, it’s a top-notch master-planned community.

The Woodlands has transformed into a balanced community with hundreds of restaurants, cafes, and several corporate campuses.

To see which neighborhoods in this suburb would be a great place to live, check out the best neighborhoods in the Woodlands.

The Woodlands Accessibility

For the most part, having a car is often necessary to get around.

The Woodlands Commute Times

The Woodlands is located fairly near Downtown, the Energy Corridor, the Medical Center, and the Galleria. Commute times between the suburbs and those areas typically take about 40 to 45 minutes.

The Woodlands Employment

Several companies have put their roots down in the community. Major companies include Chevron Phillips, Baker Hughes, Maersk, ExxonMobil, and Southwestern Energy Company, among others. The Woodlands has over 30 million square feet of office space, along with institutional, industrial, and others. Additionally, the community has more than 40,000 workers commuting to the area daily.

The Woodlands Public Schools

Top Elementary Schools
Buckalew Elem, Bush Elem (Woodlands), Cedric C. Smith Elem, Creekside Forest Elem, Creekview El, David Elem, Deretchin Elem, Timber Creek Elem, Tough Elem

Top Middle Schools
Knox Jr High, Mccullough Jr High

Top High Schools
Woodlands High

The Woodlands Amenities

The Woodlands features excellent amenities for indoor and outdoor activities.

Numerous dining, retail centers, and other commercial establishments are located in the area.

Golf Courses In/Nearby
- Canongate Woodlands
- The Trails (North & West Courses) at the Woodlands Country Club
- The Tournament at The Woodlands Country Club

Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- The Woodlands Waterway
- Clark’s Linear Park
- Town Green Park
- Northshore Park
- Tamarac Park of The Woodlands
- Southshore Park
- Waterway Square Park
- Evergreen Park
- Bear Branch Park
- Ridgewood Park

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2. Katy

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HP Team Ranking: A+

The overall quality of schools from the Katy Independent School District and the city’s local amenities have elevated Katy to near the top of this list.

Convenient accessibility to the Energy Corridor and major freeways also contributed to the city’s overall score. Key Houston business and employment centers are minutes away.

Katy features several master-planned communities and subdivisions: Cinco Ranch, Cane Island, Firethorne, Pine Mill Ranch, Seven Meadows, Grand Lakes, Elyson, and Young Ranch.

Katy Notable Masterplanned Communities

Cinco Ranch, Cane Island, Firethorne, and Pine Mill Ranch

Katy Accessibility

Most errands in and around the neighborhood are just a few minutes away.

Katy Commute Times

Katy's location is accessible to the Energy Corridor, taking only 15 minutes to get there. The Galleria will take twice as long. Downtown and the Medical Center will take around 40 minutes.

Katy Employment

The Energy Corridor is located just a few miles east of Katy. Major employers in the Energy Corridor include McDermott International, Shell Oil Company, Dow Chemical Company, and Gulf States Toyota. The suburb itself hosts numerous business and employment centers.

Katy Public Schools

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Katy Amenities

Katy is one of the highly desirable communities in Texas. It has shopping and entertainment venues like Katy Mills Mall, LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, and Typhoon Texas Water Park.

Katy serves its communities with amenities such as pools, tennis courts, and hike and bike trails. Multi-use sports fields, fitness and recreation centers, and water parks dotted the area.

Golf Courses In/Nearby
- The Golf Club at Cinco Ranch
- Meadowbrook Farms Golf Club
- The Club at Falcon Point

Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- Thomas Park
- VFW Park
- Malcolm E. Beckendorff Family Park
- Mason Creek South Hike & Bike Trail
- Firethorne Main Park
- Willow Fork Park
- Katy Park
- Rick Rice Park
- Mason Road Park
- River Green Park

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3. Sugar Land

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HP Team Ranking: A

Sugar Land is Fort Bend County’s largest suburban city. The city's rapid growth, outstanding schools, great accessibility, and numerous establishments make it a top choice, earning it a place on this list.

Located about 23 miles southwest of Downtown, Sugar Land features several master-planned communities and subdivisions, including Aliana, Greatwood, Riverstone, and New Territory.

Sugar Land Accessibility

Like Katy, Sugar Land is quite accessible. Residents can easily get around most of the time without needing a car.

Sugar Land Commute Times

Sugar Land has excellent accessibility to all four major hubs. The Energy Corridor and the Galleria are accessible within a 25-minute drive, while Downtown and the Medical Center are approximately 30 minutes away by car.

Sugar Land Employment

The Sugar Land Business Park is a 1,000-acre development northeast of the city. It is home to several companies, including Tramontina, Schlumberger, Amerisource Bergen, and Accredo Packaging, Inc. among others.

Nearby companies include Houston Dow Center, BP America, and ConocoPhillips in the Energy Corridor. Enbridge, Landry's Inc, and Woodside Energy in the Galleria are also within an easy drive.

Sugar Land Public Schools

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Sugar Land Amenities

Sugar Land is located within the Fort Bend County. It ranks among the most rapidly expanding cities in Texas.

Dining, shopping, and amusement spots are available in and around the area.

Golf Courses In/Nearby
- Sweetwater Country Club
- Sugar Creek Country Club
- Riverbend Country Club

Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- RiverPark Nature Trails
- Sugar Land Memorial Park
- Crescent Lakes Park
- Lost Creek Park
- Oyster Creek Park
- Brooks Lake Trails
- Lonnie Green Park
- Weldon Park
- S Meadows Trails
- Meadow Lake Park

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4. Pearland

Pearland Map

HP Team Ranking: A

Houston has many good neighborhoods, and Pearland is one of them. This suburb made it into this list due to the number of highly-rated schools zoned to its homes. The city also offers a relatively shorter commute (compared to the other Houston suburbs on this list) to Houston’s key districts.

Over 80% of Pearland consists of residential areas and hosts several master-planned communities. The city has seen plenty of development over the past few years, though some areas remain practically untouched.

Pearland Notable Masterplanned Communities

Shadow Creek Ranch and Silverlake

Pearland Accessibility

Pearland rated well on our accessibility ranking, as most errands in and around the neighborhood are a short distance away.

Pearland Commute Times

Since Pearland is just south of Beltway 8 and is along the South Freeway, residents enjoy a quick commute to key areas in Houston. It's conveniently located 25 minutes from Downtown and the Medical Center, while the Galleria is 30 minutes away. On the other hand, the Energy Corridor is located a bit farther — approximately 40 minutes away.

Pearland Employment

Its great location makes Pearland accessible to major job centers like the Texas Medical Center and Downtown. This makes the area within an easy commute to more than 3,000 businesses.

Pearland Public Schools

Top Elementary Schools
Barbara Cockrell Elem, Challenger Elem, E A Lawhon El, Magnolia Elem (Pearland), Massey Ranch Elem, Red Duke Elem, Shadycrest Elem, Silvercrest Elem, Silverlake Elem, South Belt Elem, Weber Elem, York Elem

Top Middle Schools
Alexander/Pearland J H East, Rogers/Berry Miller Jr High, Sablatura/Pearland J H West, Westbrook Intermediate

Top High Schools
Glenda Dawson High

Pearland Amenities

Pearland is home to some of the best master-planned communities. It offers plenty of dining, retail, and entertainment options within its borders.

The city has several parks, trails, and malls. Residents can also enjoy some of Houston's best golf course communities in the area.

Golf Courses In/Nearby
- Pearland Golf Club
- Clear Creek Golf Club
- Southwyck Golf Club
- Golfcrest Country Club

Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- Trail at John Hargrove Environmental Complex
- Mary's Creek Trail
- Southbelt Hike & Bike Trail
- Green Tee Trail Head
- Delores Fenwick Nature Center
- Hyde Park
- Independence Park
- Clear Brook City Park
- Clear Creek Trailhead
- Zychlinski Park

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5. Richmond

Richmond Map

HP Team Ranking: A

Richmond is one of Houston’s most affordable suburbs. It lies west of Sugar Land, Missouri City, and Stafford.

It is a small city with several master-planned communities within its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ). Aliana, Long Meadow Farms, Lakes of Bella Terra, Pecan Grove, Harvest Green, and Verdana all have Richmond addresses.

Richmond Notable Masterplanned Communities

Aliana, Long Meadow Farms, and Lakes of Bella Terra

Richmond Accessibility

Like the previous neighborhoods, Richmond is somewhat accessible. Some errands are just a couple of minutes away.

Richmond Commute Times

Residents will require a car to reach the Galleria and the Medical Center (approximately 35 minutes). Traveling to Downtown will take a bit longer (around 40 minutes), while reaching the Energy Corridor should only take about 30 minutes.

Richmond Employment

Richmond residents have easy access to employment opportunities in the Energy Corridor. Major employers include Shell Oil Company and Gulf States Toyota.

Richmond Public Schools

Top Elementary Schools
Frost Elem (Lamar), Hubenak Elem, Hutchison Elem, Judge James C Adolphus Elem, Manford Williams Elem, Mcneill Elem, Oakland Elem

Top Middle Schools
Bowie Middle (Fort Bend), Reading Jr High

Top High Schools
Foster High, George Ranch High

Richmond Amenities

Richmond is located about 30 miles southwest of Downtown Houston. It is home to master-planned communities like Katy.

Richmond features amenities like a sports facility, golf park, playground, and a trail system.

Residents of Richmond have a lot of retail and dining options. There are also commercial establishments nearby.

Golf Courses In/Nearby
Limited Options

Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- Westendorff Park
- George Park
- Riverbend Park
- Mirabeau B. Lamar Homestead Park and Archeological Reserve
- Travis Park
- Sunset Park

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6. Cypress

Cypress North Map

HP Team Ranking: A

Cypress is a growing unincorporated community located about 29 miles northwest of Downtown Houston.

The neighborhood underwent commercial and residential developments during the 1980s. Cypress is now a bustling Houston suburb comprising several master-planned communities and smaller neighborhoods.

Cypress Notable Masterplanned Communities

Towne Lake and Bridgeland

Cypress Accessibility

Cypress ranks pretty well on the accessibility scale. Residents can accomplish errands without driving around.

Cypress Commute Times

If you’re looking to commute from Cypress to Downtown or the Medical Center, you’d have to set aside 35 minutes for the one-way drive. Going to the Galleria takes about 30 minutes. The Energy Corridor is the nearest to Cypress, at a 25-minute drive.

Cypress Employment

Cypress's proximity to the Energy Corridor makes it a great area for those looking to work. Major employers include Gulf States Toyota, Dow Chemical Company, and Shell Oil Company.

Cypress Public Schools

Top Elementary Schools
Ault Elem, Farney Elem, Hamilton Elem, Keith Elem, Pope Elem, Postma Elem, Rennell Elem, Sampson Elem, Swenke Elem, Warner Elem

Top Middle Schools
Anthony Middle (Cy-Fair), Arnold Middle, Goodson Middle, Hamilton Middle (Cy-Fair), Salyards Middle, Smith Middle (Cy-Fair), Spillane Middle

Top High Schools
Cypress Ranch High, Cypress Woods High

Cypress Amenities

One of Harris County's unincorporated communities, Cypress was formerly a rural area and is now recognized as one of the largest suburbs in the Houston area.

Cypress has master-planned communities such as Towne Lake, which boasts a water park, a sandy beach, a lazy river, and a lake boardwalk. Another master-planned community is Bridgeland, with amenities like activity centers, parks, and trails. Other than these two, Coles Crossing and Cypress Creek Lakes are also master-planned communities within the neighborhood.

Known for its proximity to freeways, Cypress homes are accessible to other Houston neighborhoods and key areas.

Golf Courses In/Nearby
- BlackHorse Golf Club
- Cypress Lakes Golf Course
- Longwood Golf Club
- Houston National Golf Club

Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- Little Cypress Creek Preserve
- Oak Meadow Park
- Telge Park
- Bud Hadfield Park
- 10 Acre Park
- Coles Park
- Forest Creek Farms Walking Trails
- Longwood Bend Park
- Appian Oak Park
- Cypress Top Historic Park

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7. Friendswood

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HP Team Ranking: A-

Friendswood made it to our Houston suburbs list due to high livability and great schools. The city also features a good number of green spaces and parks. It’s also considered one of the best Houston suburbs to retire in.

Around 22 miles southeast of Downtown Houston, Friendswood is nestled in the area south of Beltway 8, west of Gulf Freeway, and east of Texas Highway 35. Highly accessible and centrally located, homes in the area are minutes away from key Houston retail, business, employment, and entertainment centers.

Friendswood Accessibility

It's fairly easy to get around Friendswood, as some errands don't require a car.

Friendswood Commute Times

Friendswood to Downtown and the Medical Center will take only 30 minutes each way. Commuting to the Galleria and the Energy Corridor will take a bit longer, at 35-45 minutes.

Friendswood Employment

Its proximity to Downtown makes Friendswood easily accessible to major employers. United Airlines, Wells Fargo, KPMG, and Deloitte are just some employers.

Friendswood Public Schools

Top Elementary Schools
Landolt Elem

Top Middle Schools
Friendswood Jr High, Westbrook Intermediate

Top High Schools
Friendswood High

Friendswood Amenities

Friendswood is touted several times by CNN as one of the 100 Best Places to Live. With its proximity to retail, dining, entertainment, and employment options, it is a popular residential preference.

Aside from the many establishments in the area, Friendswood offers a good variety of housing options and highly-rated schools.

Golf Courses In/Nearby
- Timber Creek Golf Club
- Magnolia Creek Golf Club
- Championship Golf Center
- Golfcrest Country Club

Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- 1776 Park
- Frankie Carter Randolph Park
- Friendswood Fairy Trail
- Lynn Gripon Park at Countryside
- Dixie Farm Road Park
- Lake Friendswood Park
- Heritage Park
- Centennial Park
- Rustic Oaks Park
- Oxnard Park

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8. Clear Lake City

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HP Team Ranking: A-

Clear Lake City is a master-planned community located about 21 miles southeast of Downtown Houston and is adjacent to the NASA Johnson Space Center. It is subdivided into smaller neighborhoods, including the golf course community, Bay Oaks.

Clear Lake City Accessibility

Clear Lake is a city that's quite dependent on cars. Most residents would need a car to accomplish most errands.

Clear Lake City Commute Times

Clear Lake residents have great access to Downtown, the Medical Center, and the Museum District (around 30 minutes). Commuting from Clear Lake to the Galleria and the Energy Corridor will take a bit longer, at around 40 and 45 minutes, respectively.

Clear Lake City Employment

Clear Lake has major aerospace companies headquartered nearby, including Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Its proximity to Downtown makes it easily accessible for those looking to work in major companies like Ernst & Young, JP Morgan, Bank of America, and Deloitte.

Clear Lake City Public Schools

Top Elementary Schools
Clear Lake City Elem, Ed H White Elem

Top Middle Schools

Top High Schools

Clear Lake City Amenities

Clear Lake is among the Best Houston Suburbs in the South and Southeast. It is accessible to major employment hubs, golf courses, waterfront attractions, and green spaces.

Clear Lake City ranks as the second-largest master-planned community in Houston.

Golf Courses In/Nearby
- Bay Oaks Country Club

Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- Exploration Green
- Sylvan Rodriguez Park
- Charles Seaman Park
- Brook Forest/Middlebrook Walking Trail
- Bay Knoll Greenbelt Walking Trail
- Northfork Walking Trail
- Holly Bay Park
- Oakbrook West Park
- Rocket Park
- Krueger Park - Meadowgreen

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9. Stafford

Stafford Area Map

HP Team Ranking: A-

Stafford’s motto says it all: “City with no property taxes!” Dubbed an “Island of Business Opportunity,” the city is known for its business parks with several companies in various industries.

Additionally, consumer finance website NerdWallet ranked Stafford third in its list of "Best Places to Start a Business in Texas."

Stafford Accessibility

Aside from having no property taxes, Stafford City has great accessibility. Residents would not need a car for most errands.

Stafford Commute Times

Stafford is located near employment centers, with a one-way commute to the Galleria, the Energy Corridor, the Medical Center, and Downtown Houston, taking only 20-25 minutes. Apart from employment and business centers, Stafford homes are minutes from main roads, including Beltway 8, U.S. 90, and Highway 6.

Stafford Employment

The city features several business parks nearby, with companies like UPS, Tyco, and General Technologies, Inc. Other nearby employers are MedCare Pediatric Therapy and Nursing, Air Liquide America, and Microvast Holdings, Inc. among others.

Stafford Public Schools

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Top High Schools

Stafford Amenities

Stafford is a 7-square-mile area. Its community features nearby entertainment centers, retail stores, business centers, and dining areas.

Stafford has more than 30 acres of green space. Popular outdoor entertainment destinations are parks and trails.

Golf Courses In/Nearby
- Riverbend Country Club
- Sugar Creek Country Club
- Quail Valley Golf Courses and City Centre

Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- Buffalo Run Park
- Glenshire Park
- Fountain Lake Park
- Bicentennial Park
- Hunters Trail Park
- Independence Park
- American Legion Park
- Lost Creek Park
- Oyster Creek Park
- Meadows Place Jogging Trail

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10. Missouri City

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HP Team Ranking: A-

Missouri City is located about 17 miles southwest of the heart of Houston, featuring some of Houston's best golf course communities.

Much of Missouri City’s growth can be attributed to its master-planned communities. Lake Olympia and parts of Riverstone and Sienna are within the city.

Missouri City Notable Masterplanned Communities

Sienna and Lake Olympia

Missouri City Accessibility

Residents of Missouri City would mostly require a car to get around the area.

Missouri City Commute Times

Missouri City is easily accessible from all four major business and employment centers — it takes only 20 minutes each way from Missouri City to Downtown Houston and Energy Corridor, making it one of the best Houston suburbs for a Downtown commute. Going to the Medical Center and the Galleria takes only 20 minutes as well.

Missouri City Employment

Missouri City is a great place to live for those looking to work in cities near Missouri. Residents are minutes away from key employment centers in Houston, Stafford, and Sugar Land.

Missouri City Public Schools

Top Elementary Schools
Sienna Crossing Elem

Top Middle Schools
First Colony Middle, Quail Valley Middle

Top High Schools
Clements High

Missouri City Amenities

Missouri City features a wide variety of outdoor recreation within its borders. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department received the Texas Recreation & Parks Society Gold Medal Award and operates around 21 parks covering over 500 acres.

Sienna is one of Missouri City's golf course communities that offer amenities like championship golf courses, swimming pools, waterparks, trail networks, and a sports complex.

Golf Courses In/Nearby
- Riverbend Country Club
- Sugar Creek Country Club
- Quail Valley Golf Courses & City Centre

Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- Hunters Trail Park
- Buffalo Run Park
- Independence Park
- Bicentennial Park
- Oyster Creek Trail
- Quail Green West Park
- Hunters Glen Park
- Roanne Park
- Glenshire Park
- Blue Ridge Park

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11. Kingwood

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HP Team Ranking: B+

Known as “The Livable Forest" and considered one of the safest neighborhoods in Houston, Kingwood is a 14,000-acre master-planned community nestled northeast of downtown Houston.

Kingwood is made up of several neighborhoods and offers a good number of community amenities like pools and parks.

Kingwood Accessibility

In Kingwood, some errands can be accomplished with a car, while others can be done without.

Kingwood Commute Times

Employment centers in The Woodlands and Houston are minutes away, same with key areas like the George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Kingwood to Downtown will take an average of 35 minutes. Commuting to the Medical Center, the Galleria, and the Energy Corridor will take 40 to 45 minutes.

Kingwood Employment

Kingwood residents can enjoy easy access to employers located Downtown. Some of the major employers in the area are Bank of America, Ernst & Young, Wells Fargo, United Airlines, and KPMG.

Kingwood Public Schools

Top Elementary Schools
Willow Creek Elem (Humble)

Top Middle Schools
Riverwood Middle

Top High Schools

Kingwood Amenities

Kingwood has plenty of amenities and entertainment options within its borders.

The community has abundant outdoor entertainment areas like parks and greenbelts. Kingwood homes have easy access to more than 75 miles of hike and bike trails, over 500 acres of parks and nature preserves, and 2 golf courses.

Many of the community’s events are held at Town Center Park. Deerbrook Mall, located in Humble, is just a short drive from Kingwood and spans over 1 million square feet.

Golf Courses In/Nearby
- The Clubs of Kingwood
- Atascocita Golf Club

Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- East End Park
- River Grove Park
- Bear Branch Gazebo Park
- Town Center Park
- Dylan Duncan Skatepark
- Rustling Elms Park
- Brookshadow Park
- King's Park
- Kingwood Greenbelts
- LakeView Park

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12. Jersey Village

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HP Team Ranking: B+

Approximately 19 miles northwest of Downtown Houston, Jersey Village has evolved from a former cattle ranch into a rapidly growing city.

Once dubbed a “small town with big plans," Jersey Village is renowned for its tranquil atmosphere and the rapid growth of its real estate and commercial sectors.

Jersey Village Accessibility

Jersey Village is a very busy city, as residents would mostly need a car to get around and accomplish errands.

Jersey Village Commute Times

Downtown, Energy Corridor, the Galleria, and the Medical Center are all less than 30 minutes away from Jersey Village.

Jersey Village Employment

The neighborhood provides direct access to Houston's four most important business hubs, like Downtown, the Energy Corridor, the Galleria, and the Medical Center.

Jersey Village Public Schools

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Jersey Village Amenities

Jersey Village offers excellent recreational facilities like a golf course, parks, and pools.

Residents can enjoy water activities at Clark Henry Pool and Jersey Lake.

Golf Courses In/Nearby
- Jersey Meadow Golf Course

Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- Jersey Meadow Park
- HC Mud 11 Hike & Bike Trail
- Jersey Village Walking & Jogging Trail
- Carol Fox Park
- Wortham Park & Trail
- Bane Park
- Westwillow Dog Park
- Waller Park
- Wheatland Park
- Ranchstone Basin Bike Trail

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13. Manvel

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HP Team Ranking: B+

Manvel is a small city located in Brazoria County that is a very popular choice for those looking for an exceptionally livable suburb outside the city center. It's home to several master-planned communities that offer incredible amenities including tennis courts, lakes, swimming pools, and hike-and-bike trails.

Manvel Accessibility

Residents of Manvel City would mostly need a car to accomplish errands in and around the neighborhood.

Manvel Commute Times

The Texas State Highway 288 and Highway 6 run through the community. Residents have an easy commute and direct access to key Houston areas. The Texas Medical Center takes about a 30-minute ride, while Downtown Houston takes about 25 minutes. It's also fairly near the Galleria (30 minutes) but a bit far from the Energy Corridor (40 minutes).

Manvel Employment

Manvel residents have easy access to major employers Downtown. KPMG, JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte are some of the main businesses.

Manvel Public Schools

Top Elementary Schools
Red Duke Elem, Silvercrest Elem

Top Middle Schools
Rogers/Berry Miller Jr High

Top High Schools
Glenda Dawson High

Manvel Amenities

Manvel has plenty of residential homes, and dining, shopping, and entertainment areas are within easy reach.

Pomona, Sedona Lakes, Meridiana, and Rodeo Palms are among Manvel’s master-planned communities.

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Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- Meridiana - Challenger Park
- Iowa Colony City Park at Meridiana
- Del Bello Lakes Recreation Center
- Lions Ball Park
- Meridiana - Observation Park

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14. Fulshear

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HP Team Ranking: B+

Fulshear is an incorporated city in Fort Bend County and is one of the richest Houston suburbs. It earned the distinction as one of “Houston’s Most Affluent Communities” according to the American City Business Journal (ACBJ). It features several multi-awarded master-planned communities and boasts easy access to great retail, dining, entertainment, and outdoor recreation options.

Fulshear Notable Masterplanned Communities

Cross Creek Ranch and Weston Lakes

Fulshear Accessibility

Residents in Fulshear need their cars to move around the area.

Fulshear Commute Times

Residents will need to set aside a good chunk of time when commuting from Fulshear to key Houston areas. Energy Corridor takes about 30 minutes, the Galleria 35 minutes, Downtown 40 minutes, and the Medical Center 45 minutes.

Fulshear Employment

Fulshear is nearest to the Energy Corridor. Residents can easily access employers such as Shell Oil Company and Gulf States Toyota.

Fulshear Public Schools

Top Elementary Schools
Huggins Elem

Top Middle Schools
Woodcreek Jr High

Top High Schools

Fulshear Amenities

Fulshear homes are minutes from great retail, dining, entertainment, and outdoor recreation.

The city’s small downtown area offers a few options along Main Street, including groceries, bars, and stores.

One of Fulshear’s master-planned communities, Weston Lakes features the Weston Lake Country Club, an 18-hole championship golf course.

Golf Courses In/Nearby
- Weston Lake Country Club

Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- Primrose Park
- Flewellen Creek Park
- Polishing Pond at Cross Creek Ranch
- Cross Creek Park
- Arbor Park
- Jade Springs Park
- Greenthread Park

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15. Spring

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HP Team Ranking: B

Spring is a census-designated place (CDP) about 25 miles north of Downtown Houston. It made it to our list of best Houston suburbs due to its good standard of life. Its proximity to job centers and several schools also contributed to its inclusion.

Spring Accessibility

Spring is an accessible suburb. Residents occasionally need to use cars for most of their errands.

Spring Commute Times

Homes in Spring are 30 minutes from Downtown, 35 minutes from the Medical Center and the Galleria, and a 40-minute drive from the Energy Corridor.

Spring Employment

Employment centers in The Woodlands and Houston are highly accessible from Spring.

Spring Public Schools

Top Elementary Schools
French El, Kreinhop Elem

Top Middle Schools
Knox Jr High

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Spring Amenities

Spring is home to several restaurants, retail, and entertainment hubs. It is also close to major business and employment hubs in The Woodlands and Downtown Houston.

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Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- Spring Creek Greenway Nature Center
- Cypress Creek Park At Timberlane
- Dennis Johnston Park
- Pundt Park
- Northwood Pines Park
- Liberty Park
- Timber Lane Hike & Bike Trail
- Neighborhood Park

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16. Humble

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HP Team Ranking: B

Humble is an independent city spanning over 9 square miles, situated just outside Beltway 8. The Humble ISD rating, number of local amenities, and high accessibility made Humble in the top suburbs. The strong appreciation rate of the homes also makes it one of the best neighborhoods to invest in Houston.

Humble Notable Masterplanned Communities

Fall Creek

Humble Accessibility

One of Humble's selling points is its accessibility. Residents of this suburb can go around and accomplish errands without needing a car.

Humble Commute Times

Residents have fairly easy commutes going to Downtown (25 minutes), the Medical Center, and the Galleria (35 minutes each). The same can be said for a commute to The Woodlands, and going to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport takes only 20 minutes. The Energy Corridor (40 minutes) can take a bit more time.

Humble Employment

The easy commute to Downtown makes Humble a perfect place for those looking to work. Major employers Downtown include Chevron, JP Morgan, Deloitte, Bank of America, Ernst & Young, Wells Fargo, United Airlines, and KPMG.

Humble Public Schools

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Humble Amenities

Humble was once a crossroads community and an oil boomtown. It now features plenty of retail, dining, and outdoor entertainment options.

Humble also maintains several parks, including Hirsch Memorial Park, Schott Park, Timberwood Park, and Uptown Park. Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center is also a popular destination in the area.

Golf Courses In/Nearby:
- Tour 18 Golf Course

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- Hirsch Memorial Park
- Schott Park
- Timberwood Park
- Uptown Park
- Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center

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17. Tomball

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HP Team Ranking: B

Tomball is a popular incorporated city that boasts top-ranked schools, luxury gated communities, and large wooded lots. Tomball homes are located near many outdoor and entertainment centers. Residents enjoy a host of options in terms of recreation.

Tomball Accessibility

Like Humble, Tomball has the distinction of being one of the few suburbs in this list that has a high level of accessibility. Residents enjoy meandering around Tomball and accomplishing errands without driving around.

Tomball Commute Times

Commuting from Tomball to the four major business hubs will take a bit more time. Commuting to Downtown and the Medical Center will take a fair bit of time (45 minutes each), and going to the Galleria (40 minutes) and the Energy Corridor (35 minutes) will take faster. Still, residents must set aside a chunk of time for the commute.

Tomball Employment

Energy Corridor is the nearest employment center to Tomball. The list of employers Tomball residents can access includes McDermott International, Shell Oil Company, Dow Chemical Company, and the Gulf States Toyota.

Tomball Public Schools

Top Elementary Schools
Canyon Pointe Elem, Creekview El, Lakewood Elem (Tomball), Timber Creek Elem, Wildwood El, Willow Creek Elem (Tomball)

Top Middle Schools
Willow Wood Jr High

Top High Schools
Tomball Memorial H S

Tomball Amenities

Tomball homes are minutes away from outdoor and entertainment recreation areas.

It is home to the Tomball Country Club, a premier private club with an 18-hole golf course.

Tomball is also near businesses and shopping centers.

Golf Courses In/Nearby
- Tomball Country Club

Run/Bike/Hike Trails In/Nearby
- Burroughs Park
- Polly Carter Community Garden and Trail
- Broussard Community Park
- Spring Creek Park
- Juergens Park
- Jerry Matheson Park

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Sources & Methodology

Sources & Methodology

With all the available information out there about all the suburbs in Houston, it can be confusing when finally making a decision on which suburb to choose. Get the advice of the best realtor in Houston and remove the guesswork when shopping for the best suburb to live in.

We created this list of the best Houston suburbs to live in by looking at population centers above 10,000, both independent cities and suburban regions, that are within the city of Houston. Then we evaluated each location and gave it a letter grade (the HP Team Ranking) based on the following quantitative criteria:

Each of these best Houston suburbs was graded on these items. The Houston suburbs list was then ranked from top to bottom based on their combined score. We included the 17 with the best score in our Top Houston Suburbs List.

Median home sale prices are based on single-family home sales from this year.

Median land value prices are based on both homes sold at lot value and lot sales.

5-year appreciation rates compare 2018 to 2022 year-to-date and are based on median sales price per square foot.

10-year appreciation rates compare 2013 to 2022 year-to-date and are based on median sales price per square foot.

Data is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. All source material from HAR MLS sold information.

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- 2016: Top 25 Residential Realtors in Houston, HBJ
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- 2016: America’s Best Real Estate Agents, RealTrends.com
- 2015: #9 Individual Agent, Keller Williams, United States
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- 2014: #1 Individual Agent, Keller Williams Memorial

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