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32. Coppell, TX
Coppell, TX
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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.

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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
Town stats
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
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
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
From the September 2013 issue

Source: Onboard Informatics. Details

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