Best Places To Live 2013

32. Coppell, TX

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Coppell, TX City of Coppell

Top 50 rank: 32

Population: 39,787

This modern southern town, home to big employers like Amazon, The Container Store, and Clear C2, is less than a half-hour from Dallas. Still, Coppell has stayed true to its small-town roots, nurturing neighborly activities like block parties, a local choir, and two impressive community gardens.

Coppell has over 500 acres of park land and an aquatic center, and plans to make the town more walkable with a new outdoor shopping area. –S.M.

Coppell, TX

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $116,722
Job growth % (2010-2012) 6.59%
Median home price (2012) $275,693
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 9.8%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 14.0%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 16

Financials

Median family income (per year) $116,722
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $121,207
Sales tax 8.25%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 0.00%
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 0.00%
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,800
Job growth % (2010-2012) 6.59%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $275,693
Average property taxes (2012) $7,789

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 27
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 9.8%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 14.0%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 97.6/2.4

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 68.3%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 16
Median commute time (in minutes) 21.9
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 8.4%
% population walk or bike to work 2.2%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 60
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 4,683
Bars (within 15 miles) 298
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 200
Libraries (within 15 miles) 63
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 8
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.3

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches) 34.73
% clear days in the area 64%
High temp in July ° F 95.5°
Low temp in Jan ° F 30.8°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 36.3
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 83.4%
Married % 63.7%
Divorced % 6.8%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 131.1

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