NerdWallet released a new study in early October that lists
the Best Places for Young Families in Texas. NerdWallet used the following
factors for this study: public school excellence, home affordability (Includes apartment
rent affordability) , growth and prosperity.Data was reviewed for 111 places
in Texas; only cities with a population over 25,000 residents were analyzed. Three
Bay Area cities were listed in the Top 15, showing that younger families are
settling in smaller cities. Friendswood rated as #2;
Houston, long touted for its cheap cost of living, has crossed the threshold of housing unaffordability, according to a new Rice University report. Rice’s Shell Center for Sustainability released its fifth sustainability report, which looked at housing affordability, among other issues like quality of life in Houston. Lester King, a research fellow at the Shell Center, authored the report, which was released Sept. 30. The report found that Houston ranks at No. 26 among major cities nationally for affordable housing and transportation costs.