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Best Neighborhoods & Suburbs in Dallas for Families

With warm weather, affordable real estate, and more than 10,000 corporate headquarters, Dallas is a city of opportunity and can be a great place to raise a family. Whether you’re relocating to Dallas or simply moving across town, you’ll be looking for a neighborhood or suburb that best fits your needs. But with so many communities to choose from, how do you decide which is best?

Here’s our list of the best Dallas neighborhoods and suburbs for raising a family:

  • Bluffview
  • Coppell
  • Highland Park
  • M Streets/Vickery Place
  • Murphy
  • North Dallas
  • Oak Lawn
  • Preston Hollow
  • Richardson
  • University Park

Bluffview

Home Price: $1,242 median monthly rent; $397,060 median purchase
Crime Rate: 42% lower than national average

Bluffview is located about 20 minutes north of Downtown Dallas between Preston Hollow and Park Cities near Dallas Love Field Airport. Known for its beautiful trees, creeks, and its namesake bluff, Bluffview is a great place to raise a family in Dallas. Bluffview has excellent private schools like K.B. Polk Center for Academically Talented and Gifted and Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy.

Coppell

Home Price: $1,183 median monthly rent; $291,700 median purchase
Crime Rate: 56% lower than national average

Coppell is a family-friendly suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth located near DFW International Airport about 30 minutes from the heart of Downtown Dallas. Active families will love exploring the beautiful 66-acre Coppell Nature Park or nearby LEGOLAND Discovery Center. The neighborhood is also home to a great school system that includes Lakeside Elementary, Coppell Middle East, and Coppell High School.

Highland Park

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Home Price: $2,001 median monthly rent; $1,605,500 median purchase
Crime Rate: 30% lower than national average

One of the more elite areas in the Dallas metro, Highland Park is full of highly sought-after homes that have a price to match. Those who live here boast about the tight community and excellent shopping at Highland Park Village. Highland Park has some of the best performing schools in all of Texas. A few of the options include Armstrong Elementary School, Bradfield Elementary School, Highland Park Middle School, and Highland Park High School.

M Streets/Vickery Place

Home Price: $1,086 median monthly rent; $233,388 median purchase
Crime Rate: 42% lower than national average

M Streets/Vickery Place is an excellent neighborhood for families who want to be close to downtown and White Rock Lake. A mere five miles northeast of Downtown Dallas, you can’t beat the commute if you work in the city. The neighborhood also has access to great schools like Sam Houston Elementary School, Robert E. Lee Elementary School, William B. Travis Academy for the Academically Talented and Gifted, and Booker T. Washington High School.

Murphy

Home Price: $1,783 median monthly rent; $273,900 median purchase
Crime Rate: 76% lower than national average

A smaller suburb located northeast of Dallas just outside of Plano and Garland, Murphy has affordable homes and a close-knit community that’s a good fit for families. Residents often spend time at Murphy Central Park in the neighborhood or make weekend trips to boat, fish, or camp at Lake Ray Hubbard or Lavon Lake nearby. Parents are sure to love the great schools in Murphy as well, like Boggess Elementary School, Murphy Middle School, and McMillen High School.

North Dallas

Home Price: $991 median monthly rent; $401,650 median purchase
Crime Rate: 42% lower than national average

North Dallas is a large neighborhood bordered by Northwest Highway, Dallas North Tollway, Highway 75, and I-635. The area features a wide selection of homes with both sprawling estates and ranch-style homes. It’s also home to NorthPark Center, the largest luxury shopping mall in Dallas. North Dallas has several prestigious private schools and many other highly-rated schools, including Arthur Kramer Elementary, George Bannerman Dealey Montessori Academy, and Ewell D. Walker Middle School.

Oak Lawn

Home Price: $1,157 median monthly rent; $248,449 median purchase
Crime Rate: 42% lower than national average

Oak Lawn is located directly north of Uptown, just minutes from the heart of Downtown Dallas. Despite being an eclectic neighborhood full of restaurants, bars, boutiques, and community events, it has plenty of quiet residential areas. Oak Lawn is considered one of the most LGBTQ-friendly neighborhoods in the city as well, making it a great place for families of all types. Schools in Oak Lawn include Sam Houston Elementary and the highly-regarded William B. Travis Academy.

Preston Hollow

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Home Price: $893 median monthly rent; $233,488 median purchase
Crime Rate: 42% lower than national average

About 15 to 20 minutes away from Dallas Love Field Airport and Downtown Dallas is Preston Hollow. Though it has its fair share of elite homes, Preston Hollow is one of the more affordable neighborhoods in Dallas with relatively low monthly rent and home purchase prices, especially compared to nearby neighborhoods like University Park. Preston Hollow is also home to some of the most exclusive private schools in Dallas, such as St. Mark’s School of Texas and Ursuline Academy of Dallas.

Richardson

Home Price: $1,081 median monthly rent; $190,400 median purchase
Crime Rate: 25% lower than national average

Richardson is an older first-ring suburb in the Dallas metro and has developed into an affordable place that’s perfect for families of varying socioeconomic statuses. Known by some as the “Telecom Corridor,” this suburb hosts major offices for technology companies like Nortel and Verizon Business, which bring excellent job opportunities to the area. Richardson is also home to University of Texas at Dallas and within 20 minutes of Downtown Dallas via the DART light rail system! Students in Richardson attend to Prairie Creek Elementary, Richardson West Junior High, and Richardson High School.

University Park

Home Price: $1,791 median monthly rent; $983,800 median purchase
Crime Rate: 59% lower than national average

Like its Park Cities neighbor Highland Park, University Park is one of the wealthier areas of the Dallas metro. Located north of Downtown Dallas, it’s a great neighborhood for people who work in the heart of the city but want to raise their families away from the hustle and bustle. Southern Methodist University is also part of this neighborhood (hence the name “University Park”), which is convenient for those who work or attend the university. Sharing schools with nearby Highland Park, children in University Park have access to the highly-rated Hyer Elementary, Highland Park Middle School, and Highland Park High School.

For an easier way to compare neighborhoods and suburbs in Dallas, here’s a table showcasing the cost of housing and crime rates of each one we covered, as well as the rates for Dallas as a whole.

Neighborhood/Suburb Median Purchase Median Rent Crime Rate
City of Dallas $130,900 $852 45% higher than national average
Bluffview $397,060 $1,242 42% lower than national average
Coppell $291,700 $1,183 56% lower than national average
Highland Park $1,605,500 $2,001 30% lower than national average
M Streets/Vickery Place $233,388 $1,086 42% lower than national average
Murphy $273,900 $1,783 76% lower than national average
North Dallas $401,650 $991 42% lower than national average
Oak Lawn $248,449 $1,157 42% lower than national average
Preston Hollow $233,488 $893 42% lower than national average
Richardson $190,400 $1,081 25% lower than national average
University Park $983,800 $1,791 59% lower than national average

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