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68. The Colony, TX
The Colony
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Top 100 rank: 68
Population: 46,100
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Like to golf? Youíll like The Colony, which was created by a developer in the 1970s: One of the top-ranked courses in the state is located right here. Another big amenity: Lewisville Lake, with 23 scenic miles of shoreline. Add in safe streets (the crime rate is at a 20-year low), a long but doable commute to Dallas (itís 30 miles away), and very good schools, and you understand why this town is one of the fastest growing in the area. --D.B.
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The Colony stats
  City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$79,982 $99,975
Job growth %
(2000-2010)*
68.76% 24.63%
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Median home price $132,913 $265,929
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
3.0% 25.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
5.5% 24.7%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 15 16
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
4,528 2,758
High temp in July ° F 95.5° 84.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 30.8° 20.9°
Median age 30.9 36.35
Financial City stats Best places avg.
Median family income
(per year)
$79,982 $99,975
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
N.A. $95,706
State sales tax 6.25% 5.75%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
N.A. 7.37%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
N.A. 3.13%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,748 $1,687
Job growth %
(2000-2010)*
68.76% 24.63%
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Housing
Median home price $132,913 $265,929
Average property taxes
(2010)
$6,391 $4,083
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Education
Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
15 28
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
3.0% 25.1%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
5.5% 24.7%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
100.0/0.0 92.1/7.9
Quality of life
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
71.0% 78.5%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 15 16
Median commute time (in minutes) 31.0 23.3
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
24.1% 15.4%
% population walk or bike to work 0.9% 2.6%
Leisure and culture
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
54 30
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
4,528 2,758
Bars
(within 15 miles)
139 208
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
168 165
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
60 74
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
0 10
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) 0 16
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.3 1.2
Weather
Annual rainfall
(inches)
34.66 39.07
% clear days in the area 37 27
High temp in July ° F 95.5° 84.1°
Low temp in Jan ° F 30.8° 20.9°
Median age 30.9 36.35
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
67.8% 74.5%
Married % 64.7% 61.5%
Divorced % 9.6% 7.6%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
122.4 71.0
From the September 2011 issue
Notes: *County data

(II) Sales tax notes:
Texas has a gross receipts tax that is levied in addition to its 6.25% sales tax. It is called the franchise tax and the rate is 1% (.5% for retailers).
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