Hurst may rhyme with “worst,” but according to D Magazine, this Dallas Fort Worth area town is actually the 48th best suburb to call home in the metroplex. The unusual name comes from William Letchworth Hurst (friends called him Uncle Billy), who rose to fame in 1903 for convincing railroad builders to add a stop in his town along a route from Dallas to Fort Worth. Since then, Hurst has maintained its reputation as a convenient location on the way to and from major urban areas. Sometimes referred to as HEB—which refers to the towns of Hurst, Euless and Bedford and is not meant to be confused with the iconic Texas grocery chain—Hurst is a great place to call home.
Considering a move? Here are 8 things you should know:
The Cost of Living is Reasonable
In Hurst, the median household income is $52,913 and the cost of living is reasonable. About 60 percent of residents are homeowners. Locals enjoy a wealth of options when it comes to shopping, dining and entertainment, including affordable options, making it easy to stay on budget.
The Location is Convenient
Don’t want to deal with the hustle and bustle of the big city? Hurst may be exactly what you need. Here, you don’t have to sacrifice easy access to Dallas and Fort Worth in an effort to live in a smaller community. Hurst is just 10 miles from Fort Worth and just 13 miles from the airport.
Hurst Residents Have Short Commutes
If you’re relocating from a city that’s jammed with traffic, you’ll be happy to learn that the average commute time in Hurst is just 24 minutes. That’s not bad! It makes sense, considering that there are a diverse range of local job opportunities. Many residents find employment at Bell Helicopter. How cool would it be to tell people that you make helicopters for a living? Other major employers include Tarrant County College and the local mall. More on those in just a moment.
Advance Your Education
The northeast campus of Tarrant County College has been in Hurst since it opened in 1968. This two-year, accredited school offers a diverse array of programs that can set you up for advancement to a four-year school or help you figure out your career path. Programs include business, advertising, journalism, engineering, social work and a great nursing school.
It’s Home to a Super Big Mall
Yes, it’s true that everything is bigger in Texas—but did you know that that statement is specifically referring to the mall in Hurst?
Okay, that may be a lie, but the mall in Hurst is seriously big. In fact, it’s the third largest in the state. The North East Mall opened in 1972 and offers a large number of shops including Sephora, Nordstrom, Build a Bear, Dick’s Sporting Goods and more. There are also restaurants and a movie theater.
Consider Hurst if You’re a Parent
Parents love the acclaimed school district in Hurst, which also serves Bedford and Euless (Remember the HEB nickname?). This highly-rated school district has a student/teacher ratio of 17-1 and is one of the most diverse school districts in Texas. It boasts special programs that allow students to pursue unique fields such as aerospace engineering, and it has been rated as one of the best school districts for athletes in the state. Additionally, 80 percent of students here are proficient in reading and math.
Live It Up or Cool It Down
Did we mention that Hurst is just 10 miles from Six Flags? That alone is proof that Hurst is worth considering when choosing which suburb to move to in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. The iconic theme park is home to the world’s largest loop coaster, plus a slew of other thrill rides, children’s attractions and family-friendly events. If you’d prefer to stay closer to home, the Chisholm Aquatic Center right in Hurst offers a lazy river, slides, a tot pool and a snack bar.
Hot Summers, Cool Winters
You can expect crazy Texas weather if you move to Hurst. That means hot and humid summers (Remember that aquatic center we just mentioned?) with temperatures in the mid-90’s. In the winter months, temperatures dip into the 30’s but rarely get below freezing. You can expect 38 inches of rain per year, occasional snow flurries and a whole lot of sun the rest of the time.