It’s no secret why people tend to pick up and leave the downtown areas of their cities. Most of the time it’s because growing families need more space and you can get way more bang for your buck if you head out to the suburbs. If you work in the city you could find yourself in a headache of a commute every day but what you save on a mortgage could well be worth it. So, if you want to venture in to the suburbs of Houston, what’s your best bet for affordability? We found a few different neighborhoods that fit the bill for an affordable Houston suburb and that’s not all they have to offer. Read on to see where we think you should call home.
Pearland. Pearland, Texas is the first place that we suggest when looking for suburbs that won’t break the bank. The median home price here is $168,100 and you can’t beat the location. Located southeast of Houston you can be in the heart of downtown in 30 to 40 minutes depending on traffic. The charm of Pearland is quickly spreading, as this is one of the fastest growing suburbs of Houston. Pearland is also known for its safety. Chances of becoming a victim of a violent crime are 1 in 770 while they are 1 in 245 for the state of Texas. If you have had your eye on a house here, act quickly before somebody else snags it up.
League City. League City caught our eye as an affordable suburb because they have the lowest median home price that we found at $140,000. The cost of living also stood out to us because living here will cost you 5.4% less than the national average. This suburb has also reported having a healthy job market. The current unemployment rate here is 8.9% while the national rate is 8.6%. League City is also the place to go if a good education system is important to you. There are 16.7 students for every teacher meaning that your child can count on personal attention. Safety rates are even better in League City with your chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime 1 in 1090.
The Woodlands. The Woodlands is at the top of our list when it comes to affordable suburbs. Homes in this area average a bit higher than the other areas we’ve mentioned at $277,000. However, there are other great factors of this suburb, including a great school system that we think make up for it. Not only are exceptional public schools located in this suburb but so are your pick of various private schools. Located 30 to 40 minutes north of Houston we think this is a great suburb for you and your family. Personal crime rates here are about half the national average and we think that’s pretty darn good.
No matter which of these three suburbs you choose, you really can’t go wrong. It might be hard to leave the conveniences of living near the heart of the city but with the average price of Houston homes sitting right around $500,000 it’s hard to justify not moving.