NerdWallet recently released a study weighing the pros and cons of various communities in Texas, including crime, housing, demographics, education, and walking amenities. NerdWallet says:
“The Woodlands, a census-designated place, is an across-the-board great place to live, with top marks for education and lower crime and unemployment rates. The community is about 30 miles from the 163,037-acre Sam Houston National Forest, which is a bonus for nature enthusiasts. There’s only one area where The Woodlands scores poorly: transportation. The community had one of the worst walking accessibility scores on our list, as well as a longer commute time of 31 minutes.”
However, considering the new Grand Parkway currently under construction, many commutes will be shortened at its completion (and extended during its construction). As for the walking issue, well, this is Texas y’all. Why would you walk to the mall in 101°F when you can stay cool in the AC and drive???
Houston area runners up included Sugarland, Pearland, League City, and Missouri City. Houston itself scored low at #47 and is described as “least safe.”