Town Yearly Awards - 2019
No. 1 'Most Livable Small City in the U.S.'
For the second year in a row, Flower Mound has been named the No. 1 “Most Livable Small City in the U.S.,” according to a study by SmartAsset, an online personal finance company. Researchers examined cities with populations between 65,000 and 100,000, comparing 11 key factors including: median home value to median income ratio, concentration of entertainment, restaurants, and health care establishments, and unemployment rate. Flower Mound is the only Texas community in the top 10. View the full study here.
No. 1 ‘Best City to Live in Texas’
Flower Mound is the No. 1 “Best City to Live in Texas,” according to ChamberofCommerce.org, a digital resource for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Researchers ranked over 2,500 cities in Texas by five factors to calculate the scores: housing, employment, quality of life, education, and health. The article states Flower Mound “boasts a strong economy drive by its retail sector and introduction of light industry in recent years. The advantages to moving to Flower Mound are high.” The full study can be found here.
No. 1 'Safest City in Texas'
Flower Mound is the No. 1 safest city in Texas, according to a study by SafeHome, a research organization which studies home security equipment and monitoring plans. Researchers calculated safety scores by ranking 65 Texas communities with populations of at least 50,000 using the latest FBI crime data, population, and citizen-to-officer ratio. Flower Mound scored an impressive 90.42 and was recognized as one of the safest cities in the U.S. and the only Texas city in the top fifth percentile. Check out the full study here.
No. 1 ‘Safest Texas City with a Population over 50,000’
According to The Home Security Advisor, a home security system ranking website, Flower Mound is the No. 1 “Safest City in Texas” with a population over 50,000. To complete the rankings, Home Security Advisor staff reviewed the latest FBI crime stats and compared both violent (aggravated assault, robbery, etc.) and property crimes (burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson). Flower Mound ranked No. 14 overall for cities with populations of 10,000 residents or more, and is the largest community in the top 20. The full study can be found here.
No. 2 'Happiest Small Town in America'
Flower Mound is the No. 2 “Happiest Small Town in America,” according to a recent report by Top Counseling Schools, a website dedicated to providing information for counseling professionals and students. To complete their rankings, researchers used population, safety, education, median household income and property value, poverty rate, and employment rate statistics. Flower Mound is the highest ranked of three Texas cities to make the list. View the entire report here.
Platinum Level Scenic City Certification
Flower Mound earned its second consecutive platinum-level Scenic City certification from the Scenic City Program. Only 17 Texas municipalities have earned the platinum level certification, which helps improve property values, attract new businesses, and enhances economic development efforts. Scenic Texas, which coordinates the certification program, identified a direct correlation between the success of a community’s economic development efforts and the visual appearance of its public spaces. The certification program was developed to recognize municipalities that implement high-quality scenic standards for public roadways and public spaces.
The Scenic City application contains 73 possible criteria that earn points, including a high percentage of park and open space, implementation of multi-use trails and recreation areas, strong litter enforcement laws, street lighting standards, parking lot landscaping, utility line management, a budget that supports these programs and their ongoing maintenance, and more. Flower Mound was previously recognized with its first platinum Scenic City certification in 2014, which remained in effect for five years.
No. 4 'Best Cities for Families'
Flower Mound is the No. 4 “Best Cities for Families,” according to a recent study by ApartmentList, a real estate website. The study ranked 552 U.S. cities on four key factors: safety, housing affordability, education quality, and child friendliness. Flower Mound received an overall score of 92.785 and is the top Texas city on the list. View the full study here.
No. 5 'Safest City to Raise a Child'
Flower Mound is the No. 5 “Safest City to Raise a Child” in the country, according to a study by SafeWise, a community-focused security organization. To compile the list, researchers examined the most recent FBI violent and property crimes data. In addition, Flower Mound is the only Texas community in the top 10. View the full study online.
No. 16 ‘Safest Cities in Texas’
According to SafeWise, a community-focused security organization, Flower Mound is ranked No. 16 on its “Texas’s 50 Safest Cities of 2019” list. To compile the list, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2017 and population data to analyze and rank each city. For more information, visit the full report.
Communications Department Wins Top State Awards
The Flower Mound Communications Department took home five trophies, including four first place awards, at the 2019 Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) Conference.
The Town was honored in the following categories:
- First Place – Regular or Recurring Program – Around Town
- First Place – Special or One-Time Program – PD Lip Sync
- First Place – Best Use of Humor (Video) – Call it, Log it, Track it, and Resolve it
- First Place – Print Report – 2017 Annual Report
- Second Place – Public Service Announcement (Educational) Video – Call it, Log it, Track it, and Resolve it
The awards recognize outstanding communication by Texas communities in a variety of categories. Judging is conducted by non-TAMIO members with expertise in communications and municipal government. To view all of Flower Mound’s award-winning programming, visit the Town’s YouTube channel.