Why we chose Fort Worth
I relocated my family and company to Fort Worth, TX, but didn’t realize that it is the best city in Texas to live in until we got here. I also found that it was the best city in Texas to relocate my business to. I say that an excellent business is made up of a thousand excellent details. That goes for where you live and work too, and we feel Fort Worth is an excellent place for Saddleback Leather’s headquarters to be.
Based on the government data I found, along with the extensive study that WalletHub released, it is clear that Fort Worth is the best place to raise a family in Texas and the easiest place to do business by attracting and retaining employees. If the employee’s family is happy, then they are happy. I’m only ranking the five largest cities in Texas here
We both agree that the city with the best weather in Texas is Fort Worth. The overall safest city in Texas is Fort Worth. The best city for family life and fun in Texas is Fort Worth. The best city in Texas for allergies and asthma is Fort Worth. The most affordable city in Texas is Fort Worth and the best socioeconomic environment is in Fort Worth. I’ve lived in Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso and near Corpus Christi for years and had always wondered where I’d move to next until I moved here.
1. Fort Worth has the Best Weather in Texas
Wallethub ranked 600 US cities based on 9 key weather metrics like how cloudy, sunny, temperature and days of ideal temperature, humidity, rainfall, wind, fog, and the chance of extreme weather like hail and tornadoes. Their sources were the U.S. Census Bureau, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center and Weather Underground. They ranked each city based on percentile compared to others. The best all-year-round mild weather for a city was in the 1 percentile and the worst weather was in the 100 percentile. They also rated each city’s Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall by percentile. Here’s what they found and here is what I found.
Mildest year-round weather of the 600 largest cities in the USA by percentile
Fort Worth 34th Percentile, Dallas 82, San Antonio 83, Austin 86, Houston 89
The best Individual seasons of all 600 largest cities by percentile
Fort Worth 11, Dallas 41, San Antonio 57, Austin 67, Houston 82
Fort Worth 42, Dallas 81, San Antonio 86, Austin 89, Houston 91
Fort Worth 29, Austin 78, Dallas 79, Houston 87, San Antonio 88
Fort Worth 13, Dallas 71, San Antonio 74, Austin 74, Houston 91
A HUGE, often overlooked, factor for how enjoyable the weather is, is how thick and sticky the air feels. This is determined by the dew point, regardless of the humidity level. The air doesn’t feel muggy until the dew point reaches 65°. If it’s sweaty thick outside, people feel trapped inside. The dew point is measured in degrees and feels like this:
65°- 68° dew point = Sort of Thick and Muggy
69°- 71° dew point = Sticky Sweaty
Fort Worth has the fewest muggy days in Texas. The Texas summer is just plain hot, period. But in Fort Worth, everyone enjoys being outside most of the year. There are about 120 days with a 65°- 68° dew point (mid-May thru mid-September) with a few of those days at a 70° - 72° dew point. Dallas has just a few more muggy days because it is 200 ft. lower than Fort Worth. San Antonio and Austin both average a 68° to 73° dew point for at least 170 days (mid-April thru September). Houston averages around 200 muggy days a year. About 120 of them are with extreme 72°- 78° dew point days and about 80 days are at 65°- 71°.
Fort Worth has the Coolest Temperatures in Texas on the Heat Index. When the thermometer says 93° and the weatherman says, “It feels like 104° outside,'' he's talking Heat Index, which is how hot our nerves tell our brain that it is. It’s a calculation of the dew point and temperature together. Fort Worth is the coolest. Dallas is 2nd coolest. Then San Antonio, Houston and Austin... because of its elevation, dew point, latitude, etc. For example, in the month of August, Austin averages a 98° temperature but with a 69° dew point. The Heat Index says that it feels like 106°. It’s not uncommon for a Christmas day in Houston, Austin or San Antonio to feel like a muggy 85° even though the temperature is only 77°.
Fort Worth is the 2nd Rainiest City in Texas. Houston can get more rain in a week than most other cities get all year. But of the normal cities, Fort Worth gets the most rain and has the greenest lawns in Texas. Dallas gets the next most rain. Austin is 4th and San Antonio is the driest and most likely to be in drought with watering restrictions on the lawns. Believe me, I lived there.
Fort Worth gets the most snow in Texas because it has the highest elevation (653 ft.) in Texas and the high latitude North, some years there’ll be 7” of snow on the ground and some years we don’t get any. But Fort Worth averages 2.1” of snow per year. Dallas (at 430 ft.) is in 2nd place with 1.5”. San Antonio (650 ft.) is 3rd with 0.7.'' Austin (483 ft.) gets 0.6”. It’s a cold day in Hell when Houston gets snow, but apparently, Hell gets cold once every 10 years or so. We lived in San Antonio for 9 years and it only snowed once and iced once. For those who hate snow, you’d love Austin, San Antonio or Houston.
2. Fort Worth is the Best City for Family Life and Fun in Texas
WalletHub ranks the cities in this order: Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and calculates commute time into their formula (time away from family). Here’s what I found and why I generally agree.
Fort Worth’s Tarrant County is home of the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, The Texas Motor Speedway and Six Flags Amusement Park. And the Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars hockey and FC Dallas pro soccer play in Dallas next door.
Fort Worth has the most water parks within 25 miles than any city in Texas. Fort Worth has 14, Houston has 11, Dallas 9, Austin 6 and San Antonio 5.
Fort Worth’s Tarrant County has the 2nd most fishing and watersports in Texas. There are 39 sq. miles of rivers and lakes here. Houston’s Harris County is in 1st place with 74 sq. miles because it’s so flat and it rains so much. Dallas County is 3rd with 36 sq. miles. Austin’s Travis County is 4th with 33 sq. miles and San Antonio’s Bexar County has 16 sq. miles.
Fort Worth has the most playgrounds in Texas per capita.
Fort Worth is the closest city in Texas to the ski slopes of New Mexico and Colorado. You can leave Fort Worth early in the morning and have a late lunch at most ski resorts. Add one extra full day of vacation time driving to and from the slopes if you live in Houston, Austin or San Antonio.
Fort Worth has the Best Zoo in Texas according to Trip Advisor. 2nd place goes to Houston. 3rd is Dallas. 4th is San Antonio and 5th Austin.
3. Fort Worth is the Safest City in Texas
WalletHub says that 17 of the top 25 safest and healthiest suburban cities are in the DFW area, but I include drunk driving deaths, car accidents, and drugs into my calculation too.
Fort Worth has the fewest drunk driving deaths of any big city in Texas (565). Each year, San Antonio has the most drunk driver deaths in Texas (1805). Austin has the most drunk driver deaths per sq. mile. It’s a strange coincidence that Austin also has the most bars and liquor stores of any city in Texas Fort Worth has the fewest. Dallas, then Houston are pretty average for drunk driving deaths. By living in Fort Worth, my wife and kids are half or a third as likely to die at the hands of a drunk driver than in any other city in Texas.
Fort Worth has the fewest number of regular car crashes in Texas. But per capita, Austin has the fewest and Fort Worth is second. Dallas is just average. Houston has the second most car accidents per capita and San Antonio has the most.
Fort Worth has the 2nd lowest crime rate per 100,000 people of any big city in Texas. Austin has the lowest. Dallas is in the middle. San Antonio has a lot and Houston has the most crime in Texas per 100,000 people.
Fort Worth has the 2nd fewest drug overdoses in Texas. Austin has the fewest per 100,000 people. San Antonio is right in the middle and Dallas is second to last. But Houston has by far the highest rate of drug overdoses. This seems to correlate with the crime statistics as there are more people out looking for drug money.
4. Fort Worth has the 2nd Best Socioeconomic Environment in Texas
In order: Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas. WalletHub based this off of divorce rates, two-parent homes, foreclosures, wealth gap, food stamps, and a few other factors.
5. Fort Worth is the Least Crowded City in Texas
Some people love living in crowded cities for anonymity, but our family and commuting employees love open spaces and less crowded roads. There are 2572 people/sq. mile in Fort Worth. Austin is the 2nd least crowded. San Antonio is average. Houston is almost the most crowded, but Dallas is the most at 3938 people/sq. Mile.
6. Fort Worth has the 2nd Highest Level of Education in Texas
37.9% have a Post Secondary Degree. Austin is in 1st place. Houston is in 3rd place. Dallas is in 4th and San Antonio is 5th.
7. Fort Worth is the Best City to Live in with Allergies and Asthma
No Texas city is a cakewalk with allergies, but because of its elevation, latitude and air quality, Fort Worth has a different soil type and is classified in a different ecological region of Texas called Grand Prairie. Different things grow here. And because of the lower humidity, there is less mold. 2nd best is Dallas, 3rd is Houston. 4th is Austin and 5th is San Antonio. We lived in San Antonio for 9 years and my wife, son, and dad all had ferocious allergies there. In Fort Worth, they have them now and then, but they’re a lot lighter. Employee wellbeing means employee retention.
8. Fort Worth is the Most Convenient City in Texas for Travel
Because of its US location, the Fort Worth and Dallas metroplex is a convenient hub for businesses and visiting family since it is a maximum 3 hour direct flight from DFW to anywhere and from anywhere back home. It doesn’t matter if your flight is delayed because you don’t have connecting flights to miss. We lived in San Antonio and there was rarely had a direct flight to where we wanted to go, so we had to transfer through either Houston or Dallas/Fort Worth. With the weather, sometimes it was a full day or two of extra travel to get to work and back to my family. And for almost any family road trip outside of Texas, Fort Worth and Dallas are the closest by far. Those living in the cities further south have to drive an extra 3.5 to 5 hours coming and going.
9. Fort Worth has Dallas as a Neighbor
It’s like living next door to your brother on a lake and he has a boat and jet skis and tons of toys that he maintains. Fort Worth has a lot to offer to those in Dallas too. Since they’re right next door, both Dallas and Fort Worth get the benefit of each other’s great attractions.
Read the WalletHub report, 2018’s Best & Worst Cities For Texas Families here. They explain their methodologies in depth. Their data sources to create the rankings were from: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, SchoolDigger.com, the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Yelp, Renwood RealtyTrac, Areavibes, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, County Health Rankings, TripAdvisor and WalletHub research.