We're not the best, but considering there are more than three thousand cities in Texas and 28 million people, being a Top 100 city might be alright.  Oh, and who ranks higher, Tyler or Longview?

Wallethub ranked our Texas cities on how well they cater to families and used criteria like the number of playgrounds per capita, the violent crime rate and the divorce rate.

With that in mind, they said Frisco (just north of Dallas) is the best place in the state for families.  And actually, all of the cities that made the Top 10 are in the Dallas-Fort Worth footprint.  They got lotsa playgrounds over there.

And now, the drumroll.  Who gets the bragging rights between Tyler and Longview?

Tyler ranks #87 and Longview came in at #97.  WalletHub said it only compared the 117 of the largest cities in Texas on 21 metrics, so we don't know where Kilgore ended up.  Or Palestine or Jacksonville, or any of our other friends around Tyler and Longview.  Would Whitehouse have kicked both Tyler and Longview's butts?  We don't know!  But we love you all equally.

Tyler and Longview both had average scores in the categories of "Family life and fun," "Education and health," and "Affordability."  We did a little better in the "Socioeconomic environment" where they considered the jobless rate, foreclosures, and poverty levels.  But overall we need more jobs, theme parks, and an improvement in the divorce rate if we're to compete with the eighty-six towns that ranked higher.

I always say this, but I just hope you love where you are and can make the most of it no matter what you're workin' with.  Maybe we'll let the Tyler and Longview football teams settle who's better this fall?   Until then, we'll just have to celebrate the fun factor in both places, with water slides, lakes, festivals, and sunburns this summer.

East Texas is a pretty great place for families overall if you ask us.