Houston's suburbs may not have the same fast-paced feel as downtown, but they are increasingly catching the eye of young professionals looking for the next best place to settle down.
Suburban living comes with many perks for younger potential homeowners; suburbs tend to have less crime, more housing and good school systems compared to inner-city neighborhoods. Suburbs such as Sugar Land and Stafford offer mixed-use developments and town centers packed with dining, entertainment and employment options. Some of the city's top master planned communities are located in the suburbs and offer residents amenities such as resort-style community pools and water parks, hundreds of acres of walking and biking trails, fitness centers and more.
A new report from data education website Niche ranks the best Houston-area suburbs for young professionals in 2019. Niche compared key factors relative to the needs of young professionals and analyzed the most recently available U.S. Census data to compile its list of the 25 best suburbs for young people in Houston.
Millennial resident populations, higher education rate, access to bars, restaurants and coffee shops, diversity, crime and safety and walkability were all factors used to calculate the ranking. Niche considers "young professionals" young working residents between the ages of 25 and 34, according to the report.