9 of the Best Mid-Sized Cities in Texas

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Some people want big city living: epic nightlife, tons of amenities, and a never-ending source of entertainment. Other prefer a gentler more rural lifestyle: lazy days, sunny ways, and an appreciation for sweet tea that is unmatched. Still, others prefer the best of both worlds: a little charm and a little class with a whole lot of convenience.

Where to find that elusive blend of charm and choice, then? Here are nine of the best mid-sized cities in Texas that offer just that.

1. Colleyville

Colleyville, Texas, mid-sized cities

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This beautiful and underrated town has something for everyone. It was voted the safest city in Texas by and boasts 11 parks and plenty of hiking areas. To top it off Colleyville is just minutes away from the DFW Airport.

2. The Woodlands

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The Woodlands offers big city vibes without the drive. There is no shortage of entertainment here. From fine dining at a multitude of unique restaurants to concerts at the acclaimed Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Nature buffs should be sure to visit the George Mitchell Nature Preserve.

3. McKinney

McKinney, Texas, Dallas, best mid-sized cities


“Unique by Nature” McKinney has a small town feel while still boasting all the big city amenities. Its quaint historic district, low cost of living, and ample supply of parks make it the perfect balance of charm and choice.

4. Marble Falls

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This Austin suburb is as “mid-sized” as they come — small in numbers but huge in culture and entertainment. Between the lake, wineries, berry farms, restaurants, and the spectacular rolling hills in every direction, it is hard to beat.

5. Richardson

richardson, texas, best mid-sized cities

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Rated in the top 100 places to live in America by, Richardson is big on charm as well as amenities. It offers modern family living at its best.

6. Granbury

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If asked to choose just one word to describe this cozy little city it would be “welcoming.” Between the local people and the beautiful historic town square, guests and newcomers are made to feel right at home. Complete with a lake, an opera house, a brewery, outdoor hiking trails, and more, there is no end of fun in this perfect mid-sized city.

7. Amarillo

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