Texas has a ton of great things to offer its residents, however, as in everything the good comes with the bad. We have all the details on 10 of the worst cities to call home in the Lone Star State.

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A website called RoadSnacks analyzed 342 of the most populous cities in Texas, and they came up with a list of the absolute worst 10 places in the state of Texas.

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They took several different metrics into account when figuring out the list:

  • Good education
  • Lots of jobs
  • Low crime
  • Low poverty
  • Nice homes
  • High incomes
  • High population density (Lots of things to do)
  • Short work commutes
  • Health insurance

The data comes from the Census’s most recent American Community Survey and the FBI Uniform Crime Report.


The 10 Worst Places To Live In Texas For 2024

10. Liberty, Texas

Population: 8,348
Average Home Price: $202,095
Median Income: $57,962
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0273

9. Mercedes, Texas

Population: 16,361
Average Home Price: $125,973
Median Income: $43,243
Unemployment Rate: 8.3%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0370

8. Balch Springs, Texas

Population: 27,322
Average Home Price: $231,297
Median Income: $58,680
Unemployment Rate: 8.6%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0344

7. Navasota, Texas

Population: 7,843
Average Home Price: $240,954
Median Income: $47,793
Unemployment Rate: 8.5%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0333

6. Port Arthur, Texas

Population: 55,897
Average Home Price: $95,526
Median Income: $45,357
Unemployment Rate: 8.0%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0255

5. Jacksonville, Texas

Population: 14,104
Average Home Price: $140,129
Median Income: $49,750
Unemployment Rate: 7.9%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0311

4. South Houston, Texas

Population: 16,169
Average Home Price: $190,485
Median Income: $51,006
Unemployment Rate: 9.2%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0369

3. Livingston, Texas

Population: 5,672
Average Home Price: $173,482
Median Income: $47,952
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0693

2. Robstown, Texas

Population: 10,246
Average Home Price: $85,886
Median Income: $35,417
Unemployment Rate: 10.3%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0346

1. Hutchins

Population: 5,633
Average Home Price: $242,690
Median Income: $39,929
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Crime Per Capita: 0.0650

Hutchins is located around twenty minutes from the heart of Dallas, on the periphery of the surrounding suburbs. In theory, this ought to offer commuters a great basis. Not exactly. In actuality, the town is stuck in an economic wasteland, with almost one-third of its citizens surviving in conditions that are below the poverty line.

Hutchins is plagued by issues in addition to the economy. For example, the crime rate is consistently over 60% higher than the national average. Also, the majority of residents also put up with inadequate housing and schooling.

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