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24. Mansfield, TX
Mansfield
WINNER
Top 100 rank: 24
Population: 44,100
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This little town near Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is the definition of family-friendly. It hosts an annual art fair, music festival, and holiday parade; it's also the home of the Hawaiian Falls water park and Big League Dreams ballpark.

Most homes here are in new subdivisions, but several horse properties with white fences still exist on the outskirts of town.

Because the city code demands a certain amount of masonry, most houses are traditional brick single-family dwellings. --N.A.

Is Mansfield a great town, or what?
Mansfield stats
Median family income
(per year)
$98,128 $97,441
Job growth %
(2000-2008)*
87.72% 19.58%
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Median home price $162,375 $262,148
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Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
7.5% 25.6%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
11.2% 28.2%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 2 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 24 19
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
2,466 1,923
High temp in July ° F* 95.8° 85.5°
Low temp in Jan ° F* 33.6° 21.0°
Median age 32.9 36.6
Median family income
(per year)
$98,128 $97,441
Family purchasing power
(annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$109,031 $95,041
State sales tax 6.25% 5.63%
State income tax rate
(highest bracket)
N.A. 6.06%
State income tax rate
(lowest bracket)
N.A. 3.07%
Auto insurance premiums
(Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,867 $1,744
Job growth %
(2000-2008)*
87.72% 19.58%
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Median home price $162,375 $262,148
Average property taxes
(2008)
$3,340 $3,853
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Colleges, universities and
professional schools (within 30 miles)
17 20
Test scores reading
(% above/below state average)
7.5% 25.6%
Test scores math
(% above/below average)
11.2% 28.2%
% students attending public/private
schools (located within town limits)
99.8/0.2 90.1/9.9
Air quality index*
(% of days AQI ranked as good)
75.0% 78.6%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 2 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 24 19
Median commute time (in minutes) 25.0 22.5
% population with commute
45 mins. or longer
16.2% 13.8%
% population walk or bike to work 1.1% 2.3%
Movie theaters
(within 15 miles)
28 24
Restaurants
(within 15 miles)
2,466 1,923
Bars
(within 15 miles)
195 174
Public golf courses
(within 30 miles)
167 148
Libraries
(within 15 miles)
52 53
Museums (accredited by AAM;
within 30 miles)
7 7
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A. 17
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 0.2 1.2
Annual rainfall
(inches)
38.31 39.77
% clear days in the area 37 27
High temp in July ° F* 95.8° 85.5°
Low temp in Jan ° F* 33.6° 21.0°
Median age 32.9 36.6
Completed at least some college
(% of residents)
66.0% 71.9%
Married % 70.2% 62.9%
Divorced % 6.2% 7.7%
Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
78.8 58.9
From the August 2009 issue
Notes:
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