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Surprising Fort Worth suburb named No. 5 most family-friendly U.S. city
If Fort Worth-area residents are looking for the perfect new place to buy a home and raise a family, they should steer their interest toward Watauga. The northeast Fort Worth suburb, impressively, has been named the fifth most family-friendly city in the U.S. by real estate marketplace Opendoor.
Opendoor's second annual "Family-Friendly Cities" list focuses on local communities that offer plenty of recreational outdoor activities that are suitable for families of any age. Watauga was the only city in Dallas-Fort Worth to make the new list and the only Texas city to make the top 10. (Bellaire, near Houston, ranks No. 12.)
Cities were identified using the average number of family-friendly activity tags found on OpenStreetMap that are used for addresses in a city where the marketplace operates. Factors that were considered include cities with community centers, gardens, museums, parks, playgrounds, swimming pools, and more.
Watauga - which is bordered by Fort Worth to the west, Keller to the north, Haltom City to the southwest, and North Richland Hills to the south and east - has plenty of family-friendly attractions. Yet it often gets overshadowed by bigger, busier, more affluent Northeast Tarrant cities like Grapevine and Southlake.
There are seven different parks around Watauga, including the popular 37-acre Capp Smith Park, with its four pavilions, two playgrounds, amphitheater, and several acres dedicated to open space and stunning views.
The City of Watauga calls the park the heart of the city's recreational activities.
"[Capp Smith Park] features a lighted one mile walking trail that surrounds a spring fed one acre pond fully stocked with several species of aquatic wildlife," the city's website says. "In addition, the park is home to several other forms of wildlife which have also taken up residence in the park."
The park is also the host of Watauga Fest, an annual family-friendly festival that brings in carnival rides, food trucks, vendors, and much more for all residents to enjoy.
In addition, Watauga residents can make use of a thriving public library, visit the city's 9/11 Memorial and Veterans Memorial, Foster Village Park, a splash pad, and more. The city is also adjacent to the expansive Arcadia Park, with its many trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, and disc golf course.
According to recent reports, the average home price in Watauga is $283,845 - significantly less than the average home value in Fort Worth proper, $307,939. It's become an attractive place for new restaurants and retailers in recent years.
Opendoor's 15 best family friendly cities in 2023 are:
- No. 1 – Somerville, Massachusetts
- No. 2 – Berkeley, California
- No. 3 – Cliffside Park, New Jersey
- No. 4 – Arlington, Virginia
- No. 5 – Watauga, Texas
- No. 6 – Chandler, Arizona
- No. 7 – Denver, Colorado
- No. 8 – Portland, Oregon
- No. 9 – Valley Stream, New York
- No. 10 – Garden Grove, California
- No. 11 – Coral Gables, Florida
- No. 12 – Bellaire, Texas
- No. 13 – Ann Arbor, Michigan
- No. 14 – Mission, Kansas
- No. 15 – Avondale Estates, Georgia