Dallas Suburbs That Offer Country Living

Some of the most quickly growing communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex are the outlying small towns that are hanging onto their individuality and values. Here are some of the rural Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs.

Dallas suburbs now extend farther from city limits than ever before. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is home to perhaps 100 suburbs. As the cities grew, small towns within a half-hour driving distance found themselves exploding with population growth. People began migrating farther away from the cities—up to a 90-minute drive in some places—to find a small-town or country atmosphere. After a day of traffic jams and high-pressure meetings, people looked forward to decompressing on the drive home and enjoying the quiet of rural living.

Some of the most quickly growing communities in the Metroplex are the small towns that are hanging onto their individuality and values. They are known for their great school districts, golf courses, wide-open spaces, and slower-paced lifestyles.

According to statistics from the Texas A&M Real Estate Center, here are some of the most quickly growing small towns and rural areas that are currently Dallas suburbs.


These two towns are located east of Dallas but are both within a 30-45-minute drive from downtown. Rowlett, a 130-year-old town that straddles Dallas and Rockwall counties had 56,000 residents at the time of the 2010 census. In recent years, it has become an upscale community that offers residents water sports on the lake and several popular golf courses.

Just northeast of Garland, Sasche is a small town that was settled in the 1860s. It had a population of 20,000 in 2010. This laid-back town began to grow after the completion of the President George Bush Turnpike, which gives residents quicker access to downtown Dallas. It is known for its shopping, particularly the Firewheel Town Center.

Denton County

North of the Metroplex is Denton County, home of the University of North Texas and Texas Women’s University. It includes the towns of Argyle, Aubrey, Little Elm, Lewisville, Ponder, and Sanger. Each of these cities has its own school district and small-town appeal, but Lewisville is being quickly absorbed by the upscale Southlake community and Flower Mound. The City of Denton strives to keep its culture and distinctive charm. Residents enjoy its blend of university culture and small-town values.

Kaufman County

South and east of Dallas, in the beginnings of East Texas, is Kaufman County. The county seat is Kaufman, which maintains the look and feel of a small Texas town. The county is also home to the towns of Terrell, Mabank, Forney, and Scurry.

Forney is closest to Dallas and is one of the most quickly growing. Nonetheless, the residents of Forney strive to keep their town distinct from the Metroplex. It was designated by the state legislature as “The Antique Capital of Texas” because of its quaint antique stores.

Terrell is located 32 miles from Dallas. It is well known for being the home of the number one British Flying Training School for Royal Air Force airmen. The city is proud of its aviation ties.

Scurry is a small town of only 700 and was incorporated a mere 10 years ago. The community nearly died out after the Great Depression. The expanding Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex has put Scurry back on the map.

Mabank straddles Kaufman and Henderson counties. It is located on Cedar Creek Reservoir and has homes near and bordering the lake where one can enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, and water-skiing.

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  1. Julio Ramos
    September 17, 2016

    Hello my name is Julio and I’m looking for a nice home with about an acre and a half out in the country side of the Dallas Fort Worth area

    • Victoria Keichinger
      September 19, 2016

      Hi Julio, Have you done a search on coldwellbanker.com? You can search for homes or real estate agents in your area.

    • Emily Copple
      November 17, 2016

      Hello Julio,

      I am just seeing your note now up above and may have found a Realtor but if you haven’t.
      I’m a realtor with Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors in a Dallas Ft Worth area and would love to help you find that 1-acre lot.

  2. Maria
    February 4, 2017

    We are considering the thought of moving from the busy hustle and bustle metropolitan area of DC to a nice rural area near but not so close to Fort Worth /Dallas area. Looking for anywhere from 45min to 1hr15min distance to the city. But do not know the areas at all. We are no familiar at all with Texas. One major important concern is an area with low crime rate.
    Please advise.
    Thank you,

    • Lindsay Listanski
      February 7, 2017

      Hi Maria! We’d be happy to assist you! OK to contact you via email?

  3. kimberly morales
    March 30, 2017

    we are looking to move.to texas would like around dallas. fort worth in country setting 1 acre or less no more than 65,000.00

    • Lindsay Listanski
      April 4, 2017

      Hi Kim,

      Would it be OK for us to have an agent reach out to you?

  4. Vicki Muldrow
    April 1, 2017

    Hi, I was interested in Mabank. How far is that from Irving, TX? Do y’all handle rental property? I would like to live near the water as this is the first time I have not and find myself bored and in need of a real tree to look at.
    Ok so I might hug a tree at this point!

    • Lindsay Listanski
      April 4, 2017

      Hi Vicki,

      We would love to put you in touch with your local Coldwell banker office!

  5. Kim A
    April 6, 2017

    My husband and I are actively looking to move to the Fort Worth area for his job. We want to rent at least the first year there. What areas are within an hour’s drive that have homes available for renting and are pet friendly? No apartments. We currently live in the country.

  6. Charlotte F.
    May 29, 2017

    Seeking a home in DFW area that qualifies as a rural area under the USDA guidelines for a USDA loan. With cities growing at such a rapid pace, I’m afraid this may be hard to find!

  7. Leah
    July 25, 2017

    My family is looking for a house Between the irving and lewisville texas area . we are from Oklahoma and know nothing about Texas and I am having trouble getting things set up from so far away.


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