The Woodlands is Niche.com's 2021 Best City to Live in America. 

It’s been a big year already for Houston’s northern suburbs.

In January, we reported that Conroe was a top moving destination on U-haul’s annual migration trends report. And now in March, The Woodlands was named the top city to live in the country by the experts at schools, companies, and neighborhoods ranker Niche.com.

The annual report looks at crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunities, and local amenities in an "urbanized area with a population of 100,000 or more" across the country.

To no surprise, the posh community that's home to more than its fair share of oil and gas professionals earned A-plus scores in the categories of public schools, family life, and jobs.

Nightlife in The Woodlands mustered up a B-plus score. And housing, outdoor activities, and even diversity (though about 70 percent of residents are white) came in with A-minus grades.

The area's community vibe is one of its strongest assets, according to Niche survey respondents. Over half described the people who live in The Woodlands as "friendly, happy people," and about 43 percent of respondents said the area is "expensive but friendly."

And they're on to something: You'll need to bring in roughly $123,000 a year per household just to fall in the median level here, and real estate is about 58 percent higher than the national average.

Texas cities Plano, Richardson, and College Station also cracked the top 25 on Niche's list.

Houston proper was way down on the list, coming in at 71st overall. Schools (B), housing (B-minus), and crime and safety (C-minus) are where the metro falls behind its northern suburb. Still, the Bayou City earned strong marks in diversity: an A-plus score to be exact.

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