For the second year in a row, two Dallas suburbs have captured top-15 spots on a prestigious list of the Best Cities to Live in America. Drumroll, please ... they are Plano, at No. 9, and Richardson, at No. 12.
Both cities are repeat entrants in Niche.com’s ranking of the best cities to live in the U.S. Richardson also came in at No. 12 in the 2021 list, while Plano was No. 7 last year.
Niche specializes in supplying data, reviews, and ratings of schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S. This year, researchers combed through data for 228 cities, as well as 18,515 towns and neighborhoods, to develop its annual rankings. Niche relies on data from sources like the U.S. Census Bureau and FBI, along with residents’ ratings.
“Whether our users are young professionals, parents with young kids, or retirees, Niche’s … rankings serve as an excellent starting point for considering a move,” says Luke Skurman, founder and CEO of Niche.
“The pandemic triggered a new set of possibilities — suddenly, many individuals and families found themselves more mobile than ever before, and in the past two years they have continued to think hard about where they really want to live,” Skurman adds. “Families wondering about an area’s school district, a major part of many relocation decisions, can also use our comprehensive school profiles and rankings to get a sense of what their child’s future school might be like.”
Other notable local rankings:
Houston suburb The Woodlands earned the No. 1 overall ranking for the second year in a row. Aside from being named the best city to live, The Woodlands ranks second on Niche’s list of the best cities to buy a house, and sixth on its lists of the cities with the best public schools and the best cities for retirees.
Nationally, the top five cities to live (after The Woodlands) are:
What follows is a breakdown of other communities in Texas that earned places in Niche’s ranking of the best cities to live.
Houston metro area:
Austin metro area:
San Antonio metro area:
San Antonio, No. 101
Elsewhere in Texas:
A special event to save dogs' lives is returning to Dallas: Dallas Animal Services, the city's animal shelter, is reviving a program to get dogs out of the shelter with a financial reward for those who participate.
From Friday January 6-Sunday January 8, anyone who comes in to foster or adopt a dog gets $150.
DAS, along with many shelters and boarding facilities, has seen an increase in canine upper respiratory infections (URI), including the canine influenza virus (CIV), which began surfacing in the fall.
Getting dogs out of the shelter helps prevent them from getting sick.
In November, DAS began working with the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine on a plan to create a clean break in its building and stop the spread of illness.
They launched two sweeps in December with Friends of DAS, a volunteer group who awarded gift cards to those who fostered or adopted a dog, and to rescue groups.
DAS Director MeLissa Webber says the turnout was amazing, especially given the time of the year, with hundreds of dogs being rescued.
"We are so grateful that despite the busy holiday season, residents showed up in large numbers to foster or adopt dogs," Webber says. "While we have certainly been celebrating this community response, traffic is now slowing down and the hard work isn’t over yet.”
“DAS is now halfway through the clean break process and 53% of our dog rooms are housing unexposed animals,” she says. “Now we need your help to continue this momentum and get us across the finish line.”
Their goal this weekend is to find adopters, fosters, or rescues for 188 dogs. Anyone who fosters an exposed large dog gets a $150 gift card, in addition to supplies and medical care.
DAS also provides fosters with training, supplies including crates, bowls, and food, and covers 100 percent of the foster dog’s veterinary care, including 24/7 online chat with medical personnel.
Not all dogs within the population are sick; many have fully recovered from URI or have never shown symptoms but were housed near a sick dog. DAS is encouraging fosters and adopters to practice #DoggyDistancing for all dogs adopted from DAS, regardless of status.
Anyone interested in adopting, fostering, or rescuing dogs from DAS should come to 1818 North Westmoreland Rd. during the following hours:
Though URI is rarely life-threatening in dogs, it spreads quickly and is challenging to contain in a shelter or boarding kennel environment. URI in dogs is like the human flu. Most experience mild to moderate symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, lethargy, and congestion that resolve with rest and hydration within 1-2 weeks. In rare cases, dogs can develop secondary infections such as pneumonia that require additional treatment.
Cases of URI and CIV are spreading throughout the Dallas area, with many boarding facilities and private veterinary clinics reporting an increase of illness in the community. DAS has created #DoggyDistancing to encourage owners to isolate their dogs. Until cases in the area decrease, owners should avoid taking pets to doggy daycare, dog parks, pet stores, and boarding facilities.
“If you could not participate in December, this is your chance to be part of the solution and get involved with the Dallas90 family,” Webber says.
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