Texas

McKinney, Plano, and Denton residents have a new reason to brag after ranking in Livability.com's Top 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2022.

The website, which focuses on ranking the most livable small and mid-sized cities in America, focused this year's list on mid-sized cities with a population of 500,000 or less that are attracting big waves of young people.

It also took into account the affordability, diversity, inclusivity, and remote-readiness of a city.

The study examined more than 2,300 cities in America based on more than 50 data points that are grouped into eight categories: measuring a city’s economic stability, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital and health care.

Find out where each DFW-area city ranked below:

No. 83 - Denton 

Population: 139,734

Why?: "Denton residents have easy access to the major population centers while enjoying the perks of a more laid-back lifestyle, making it one of the best places to live in the U.S."

Best category: Economy

"The strong economy, affordable housing and a highly rated school system make Denton attractive to young professionals and families."

Remote-readiness: "The cost of living in Denton is right at the national average, with about half of the population owning their homes while the other half rents. With accessible fast internet and plenty of third spaces for working out of the office, Texas is a friendly and affordable place to relocate for remote work."

No. 29 - Plano

Population: 302,806

Why?: "Affordable homes, top-notch schools, and super safe neighborhoods make Plano, TX, one of the best places to live in the U.S. Plano has everything anyone could need in one city."

Best category: Economy

Remote-readiness: No information available

No. 18 - McKinney

Population: 202,690

Why: "Just about 30 miles outside of Dallas, this fast-growing suburb makes the list as one of the best places to live in the U.S. because of its great schools and strong economic backbone. In addition, McKinney has an exceptionally low crime rate, making it a great place to raise a family and sleep well at night."

Best category: Economy

"McKinney has a strong economy and has experienced an influx of development over the last few years."

Remote-readiness: "The city has accessibility to lightning-fast internet speeds, ample opportunities for remote workers and a low cost of living."

To see the rest of the Top 100 cities and read more about the study, click here.

Samara is a bilingual multimedia journalist with over six years of experience in radio, TV, digital, soccer media/event operations, and social media content creation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and a Spanish minor from Texas Southern.