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Best Suburbs of Houston in 2024

Thinking of moving to the Houston metro? Space City has many great suburbs that offer fantastic outdoor recreation, affordable housing, and top-notch amenities. Consider living in one of these five Houston suburbs!


Contemporary home in Fulshear suburb of Houston, TX. Photo by Instagram user @newmark_homes.

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  • Home Price: $409,500 median purchase price; $938 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 96% of Texas cities
  • Perfect For: Families, retirees

Once a farming community, Fulshear is now one of the fastest-growing cities in the Houston area. A little less than an hour outside of Houston, this small suburb is great for those looking for a calm, friendly environment to raise a family or enjoy their golden years. Residents can find a variety of housing options from contemporary apartments to new construction on spacious lots. Many families choose to live in Fulshear because it’s close to great schools in Katy ISD and Lamar CISD, and because it’s also one of the safest suburbs in Texas. And thanks to a wide selection of community events, including the 4th of July Freedom Fest and Festival of Lights, it’s easy to keep busy in this Houston suburb!

Things to Do in Fulshear

Take the kids to the splash pad, go down the 140-foot water slide, or swim laps at Adventure Island Waterpark. Check out the latest books at the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library. Spend your Saturday picking up fresh produce, veggies, and meats from local farmers and vendors at Fulshear Farmers’ Market. Explore Fulshear by renting an electric bike or go on a Foodie Tour of the suburb with Pedego Electric Bikes. Dine on all-day breakfast with dishes such as French Toast or a Croissant Sandwich at Essence House Cafe. Chow down on classic BBQ favorites like Brisket Sandwich or Chopped Beef Sandwich paired with Baked Potato Salad at Dozier’s Barbeque. Get your Tex-Mex fix by ordering Chalupas or a Chicken Mole Enchilada while sipping on Molina’s Famous Margarita at Molina’s Cantina. Or go out for an elegant meal at LaBalance Cafe, where you can dine on French foods like Beef Bourguignon or Seafood Risotto.

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League City

Two-story Craftsman home in League City suburb of Houston, TX

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  • Home Price: $202,000 median purchase price; $1,222 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 70% of Texas cities
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Looking to live close to both the Houston metro and the water? Consider living in League City! Both Clear Creek and Clear Lake act as a border for this Houston suburb and allow for plenty of trail walking or biking, as well as water activities like canoeing and fishing. Not to mention, League City’s convenient location between Houston and Galveston means that residents can take advantage of both big city amenities and beach access! On top of that, residents of this Houston suburb can find a large selection of affordable homes, ranging from updated ranch-style homes to large brick estate houses. And if the commute into Houston doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry—there are several major employers in League City, including MD Anderson Cancer Center and University of Houston.

Things to Do in League City

Tour Independence Plaza, look at suits once worn in space, or learn about what it takes to get to Mars at Space Center Houston. Learn about Milby Butler and how he helped save the Longhorn steer from extinction at the Butler Longhorn Museum. Spend the day in the League City Historic District, where you can visit the one-room schoolhouse, attend events like the Punkin’ Parade, or explore the shops in Founder’s Square. Enjoy scenic and wildlife views while riding your canoe or paddleboard down the Clear Creek Paddle Trail. Visit the bird sanctuary, or go fishing while enjoying views of Clear Creek at Challenger 7 Memorial Park. Fill up on Biscuits & Gravy Breakfast or a Veggie Breakfast Panini at Red Oak Cafe. Head over to Pierogi Queen for authentic Polish dishes like Cabbage Soup, Pierogi, or Kielbasa. Or try different types of shaved ice like the Black Cherry Swell, Mango Hula Breeze, or Bahama Mama at Kahuna Joe’s.


  • Home Price: $194,200 median purchase price; $1,218 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 68% of Texas cities
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

Located on the southern end of the Greater Houston Metro, Pearland is a quaint community with a small-town vibe. This Houston suburb is known for its budget-friendly homes and highly-rated schools in the Pearland ISD, but it’s not all quiet suburban life here! Residents can meet neighbors and find entertainment with community events like Pearland Crawfish Festival and Pearland Independence Day 5K Fun Run & Veterans Walk, as well as at a variety of restaurants, golf courses, and over 175 acres of parks! Need to commute into Houston? Not a problem! Pearland is a quick 30-minute drive into Downtown Houston.

Things to Do in Pearland

Shop at stores like H&M, Dillards, or Francesca’s at Pearland Town Center. Spend the day bird-watching at John Hargrove Environmental Complex & Wetlands. Throw around a disc at the disc golf course or let your dog run off-leash at Centennial Park. Join the Golfcrest Country Club, where you can play a round of golf, take tennis lessons, or go swimming at the pool. Sign the kids up for acting camp or attend plays and musicals at the Pearl Theater. Grab a kolache, Sugar Powdered Donut Holes, and fresh-brewed coffee from Golden Donuts. Savor Mediterranean favorites like Stuffed Grape Leaves, a Falafel Wrap, or Lamb Gyro at Arabella Mediterranean Cuisine. Head to Grazia for hearty Italian dishes like Margherita Pizza, Chicken Parmigiana, and Fettuccine Alfredo. Order a Shroom Burger or Jax Grilled Chicken Sandwich with a Chocolate Shake at Jax Burger.

Sugar Land

Brick ranch-style home in Sugar Land suburb of Houston, TX. Photo by Instagram user @karlaarjona.

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  • Home Price: $283,400 median purchase price; $1,617 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 66% of Texas cities
  • Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees

About half an hour southwest of Space City, you’ll find one of the most popular Houston suburbs: Sugar Land! There’s plenty to like about Sugar Land, including its safe neighborhoods, parks and trails, and strong sense of community—and that’s just the start! This Texas city is home to some of the biggest companies in the area, including Imperial Sugar, Tramontina, Schlumberger Employees Credit Union, and CVR Energy. Sugar Land also offers a wide range of housing options, from modern apartments to spacious estates, and access to great schools in Fort Bend ISD and Lamar CISD. And it’s not hard to find things to do in this Houston suburb, with trendy restaurants and fantastic shopping at Sugar Land Town Square, Market at Town Center, and First Colony Mall.

Things to Do in Sugar Land

Marvel at dinosaur fossils, experience augmented reality, or learn how energy is transmitted at The Houston Museum of Natural Science. Find out how a city runs at the Kidtropolis exhibit at the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center. Go on a picnic or test your nature photography skills at 754-acre Cullinan Park. Watch some of the biggest names in music like Alicia Keys, TLC, or the Goo Goo Dolls perform at Smart Financial Centre. Watch the Sugar Land Skeeters (MiLB) hit a home run at Constellation Field. Sign up for hockey lessons, or go ice skating with the whole family at Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center. Order Japanese and Latin-infused dishes like the Hippie Dragon Roll or the Chicken Sarten at Japaneiro’s. Stop by Jupiter Pizza & Waffles Co. for Wild Mushroom Stone Baked Pizza or Southern Belle Belgian Waffles. Visit Alings Chinese Bistro for sautéed Chinese dishes like Beef with Broccoli or Manchurian Fish. Or try the Ultimate Beef Tacos and a side of Tsunami Fries at Pacific Coast Tacos.

The Woodlands

Brick two-story home in The Woodlands suburb of Houston, TX. Photo by Instagram user @goldynbrown.

Photo via @goldynbrown

  • Home Price: $329,800 median purchase price; $1,423 median monthly rent
  • Crime Rate: Safer than 65% of Texas cities
  • Perfect For: Families, retirees

Want to live in a larger Houston suburb? Check out The Woodlands about 30 minutes north of Houston! This planned community was founded in 1974 and has homes ranging from Craftsmans to large brick houses. Beyond that, The Woodlands was built around thousands of tree-filled acres, so it’s no surprise that it offers more than 200 miles of trails and green pathways. Residents in this Texas suburb can enjoy its 148 parks, shopping areas, and access to highly-rated school districts like Conroe ISD, Magnolia ISD, or Tomball ISD. Plus, those looking for healthcare job opportunities have access to major hospitals in the area, including Houston Methodist, Texas Children’s Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, and Memorial Hermann Medical Center.

Things to Do in The Woodlands

Get tickets to see musicians like Lindsey Stirling, Pitbull, and Brad Paisley perform at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Watch fairytales come to life on Storybook Stage at The Woodlands Children’s Museum. Find the latest fashion trends at stores like Anthropologie, Nordstrom, or Urban Outfitters at The Woodlands Mall. Have a day of fun at The Woodlands Resort, where you can relax down the lazy river, play a game of tennis, or hit the golf course. Spend the afternoon biking the trails at George Mitchell Nature Preserve. Go to brunch at The Kitchen, where you can get Avocado Toast or a Classic Ham & Cheese Benedict. Order the Off the Charts Charcuterie Board and a glass of Rose at Local Pour. Or enjoy classic New Orleans cuisine with dishes like Jambalaya, a Fried Catfish Platter, or Fried Shrimp Po-Boy at Schilleci’s New Orleans Kitchen.


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About Mike Beutler

Mike Beutler is a writer and digital content specialist who transitioned to self storage in 2020 after several years in the airline industry. His travels cultivated a passion for exploring cities across the U.S. and abroad and inspired him to learn more about practical insights for urban living. With 14 moves under his belt, both locally and cross-country, he also has a passion for minimalism and organization, and sharing tips to help others make any space feel like home while staying organized.