The 2016 Houston Neighborhood Guide

How To Know Which Houston Area Neighborhood Fits You The Best?

There are plenty of neighborhoods in Houston to choose from when it comes to housing options.

Whether you are looking for trendy space that’s in the city, or prefer to be away from people and have access to green spaces and trails, chances are that you can find the perfect location in the Houston area.

Houston has some of the most affordable houses in the nation when compared to other popular metro areas, making it the perfect place for people of all ages at any stage of life.

There are 88 neighborhoods that house a population of just over two million people in the Houston area, that are just as diverse as their residents are.

This list of ten popular Houston-area neighborhoods will help you select the one that’s right for you.

  1. Stafford

Stafford is a small community that offers some unique benefits in the Houston area.

Located 20 miles southwest of Houston, Stafford is known for its low cost of living and affordable real estate. It’s also one of the best places to launch or own a business, since there are no property taxes here and a very low sales tax.

Job growth and unemployment rates in the area are favorable, and many people commute to Stafford to work at one of the business parks, shopping centers, or corporations that are located in the area.

It has a fairly young median population age with the standard resident being about 31 years of age.

It’s also a great place for families, with nearly half of the residents being married couples living together and one-third living with their children.

  1. Tomball

Tomball is one of the most diverse places to live near Houston, with many of the residents being bilingual.

It’s also one of the most expensive areas, with a mix of both white- and blue-collar workers.

There is a slight increase in the average commute time in Tomball than other places near Houston, so if you don’t mind the commute into the city and prefer somewhere that you can raise a family away from it all then you’ll enjoy Tomball.

There are plenty of attractions, amenities, and schools in the area, making it an attractive place to raise a family. If you enjoy golfing, parkways, and historical attractions then this is an area you won’t want to miss out on.

  1. Pearland

Pearland is one of the largest cities in the Houston area, and went through substantial residential growth from 2000 – 2010.

It’s rated as one of the safest neighborhoods to live in near Houston and offers its residents plenty of employment opportunities and community amenities.

The neighborhood is filled with retail, office, and residential construction, making it a great employment center in the Houston surrounding areas.

Pearland residents also enjoy nature and natural scenery enough to land them recognition as a Tree City USA, for their efforts to preserve and enhance the urban forest.

  1. The Heights

Some people who establish themselves in the The Heights never want to leave, and nowhere else near Houston will do.

The Heights mixes unique architecture with a fun subculture that feels secluded when compared to other areas in Houston.

There’s a ton of things to do, whether it’s enjoying the fantastic shopping, dining, and galleries, going for a walk or bike ride, or visiting one of the many coffee shops located in the area.

The Heights is one of the first master-planned communities and historic neighborhoods in Texas, and a haven for musicians, artists, and craftsmen.

  1. Bellaire

Bellaire is a great community for families, with some of the best schools in the Houston area, bike lanes on major streets, lower than average crime and some of the most unique new home constructions in Texas.

This all comes at a cost however, since the average home price in the Bellaire area is nearly $600,000.

There are tons of restaurants, local mom and pop stores, major retail chains, and single-family properties in the area, making it great for residential living.

One unique fact about Bellaire is that the parks here have a rule against smoking and dogs (except at the many designated dog parks in the area,) meaning that you and your children will never suffer from second-hand smoke while taking a stroll through the area.

  1. River Oaks

River Oaks is the most expensive communities in Texas, and one of the nation’s top ten most expensive areas.

It was popularized by its superior community planning and high design standards that were publicized at the communities’ beginning in the 1920s and 1930s.

Today, River Oaks is a great community where residents help maintain their parks, there is additional private security in the area, and there are plenty of social events for residents in the neighborhood.

River Oaks is located right by one of the oldest shopping centers in Houston. It provides residents with a unique mix of shopping and dining options with local flair.

  1. West University Place

West University Place is a popular community that is surrounded by Houston, Bellaire, and Southside Place.

Most of its residents are upper-class families, with a high level of education who are involved in the happenings of their local government.

Public transportation is also a major draw to the city, as it’s an area serviced by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County.

The parks in the area have been recently upgraded and offer picnic areas, community centers, and large playgrounds for local children to play at.

The schools in the area are highly rated, making this a great place to raise children.

  1. Sugar Land

Sugar Land is a very popular area near Houston that is always finding some sort of national recognition for being one of the best places to live in the nation.

There’s an abundance of new homes being developed, affordable housing, superior medical care, and top schools.

Commute time to the Houston area is lower than the national average, so if you are looking for a space away from the city but yet still close enough for work or to enjoy entertainment, then Sugar Land is a great option for you.

The cost of living is also lower than average, giving you a little more bang for your buck than in some of the top neighborhoods in the Houston surrounding areas that made this list.

  1. Katy

Katy and its surrounding areas are some of the most popular places in Texas to move into.

Katy has some wonderful master-planned and gated communities with both thriving residential and commercial space.

Katy is also known for its retail mix, entertainment centers, and affordable homes.

Many communities here are still being developed and will bring even more housing options and jobs to the thriving community.

Corporations have been bringing jobs to the Katy area, and that growth is expected to continue in the future.

There’s plenty to do for leisure activities as well, since there are lots of parks and recreational facilities in the area.

  1. The Woodlands

30 minutes to Downtown Houston, low crime, affordable housing, and some of the best education in Texas are just a few of the reasons why The Woodlands is one of the greatest places to live in the Houston surrounding area.

The Woodlands was one of the first master-planned communities ever established, the most successful master-planned community to ever receive government funding, and a place with tons of new development that has residents steadily moving to the area.

People aren’t the only ones who want a piece of The Woodland’s action either, there have been plenty of corporations making this neighborhood their headquarters, bringing lots of economic growth and new jobs into the area.

This is one of the top places in the nation to raise a family because it’s great for the youth and senior populations alike.

This list was compiled based on a few key metrics, which include:

Population – Overall populations is a big factor when determining a neighborhood in the Houston area. Because of the amount of amenities, proximity to the city, and new housing developments, there are lots of great places to purchase a home in Houston. The number of new residents in an area carries just as much weight as the overall population you’ll find in each area.

Economic Conditions – In order to select the best neighborhoods, we looked for neighborhoods that have a healthy economic environment. The amount of new jobs over the past few years, new companies expanding their business to the area, and a low unemployment rate are the considerations that helped us determine the best areas in the Houston area.

Singles or Families In The Neighborhood – Certain neighborhoods are great for families, while others are great for younger residents who are looking to mingle. Both are important factors and they helped us determine what neighborhoods to suggest based on where you currently are in life.

Stable Neighbors – Stability is important in family neighborhoods, so we also looked at places where residents were most likely to continue living after they’ve moved to the community. If you’re looking to start a family, then you’ll enjoy a housing market with long-term residents that build a solid community.