Eanes Schools - Rollingwood AustinAccording to a new list from school and neighborhood ranking site Niche, Texas’ capital city has some of the best suburbs in the state, with one landing in the top 20 in the U.S. 

Rollingwood, the city west of MoPac Boulevard and south of Lake Austin, topped a list of Texas’ best suburbs and ranked No. 19 on a national list. The Niche rundown puts the median home value in Rollingwood at a whopping $757,100. The suburb west of downtown Austin received “A+” grades for its public schools, family-friendly neighborhoods, jobs and healthy lifestyle. 

Other suburban areas making the list: 

·      West Lake Hills (10)

·      Brushy Creek (11)

·      Cedar Park (21)

·      Shady Hollow (26)

·      Bee Cave (30)

·      Hudson Bend (37)

·      Round Rock (39)

·      Lakeway (41)

·      Manchaca (50)

·      The Hills (57)

·      Georgetown (58)

·      Pflugerville (60)

·      Wells Branch (64)

·      Serenada (71)

·      Leander (75)

·      Barton Creek (87)

Niche calculates its ranking using reviews and grades on its site, as well as public data, such as the U.S. Census. For the 2017 Best Surburbs to Live in America list, the density of college graduates factored into 15 percent of a suburb’s score. This was the largest value in the ranking. 

How was each suburb scored?

Cost of living, home values and public schools each made up 10 percent of a suburb’s score. Diversity and commuting time each accounted for 7.5 percent.  All other factors like nightlife or jobs made up 5 percent of a suburb’s grade. 

The list of top suburbs noticeably skews to more affluent areas, since higher education, property values and public school grades comprise 45 percent of the score. Pflugerville and Wells Branch are the only Austin-area suburbs on the list in which white residents make up less than 50 percent of the population. 

As home prices within Austin city limits rise, locals and transplants are increasingly looking to the suburbs to offer bigger spaces or more affordable housing. In July 2016, the Austin-Round Rock metro area finally surpassed the two-million resident mark. 

By Maribel Molina, Statesman.com