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From Texas towns to Southern suburbs, these top 10 cities offer families outperforming public schools and median home prices under $100K.

By GreatSchools Staff

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Richmond, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Education quality score: 78.62
Median home price: $91,540
Population: 13,404

Tradition is important in this friendly Houston suburb that touts one of our list's most diverse populations: 51.2% white, 10.55% African American, 3.53% Asian, and 58.71% Hispanic (of all races). Richmond — founded in 1822 — has a graveyard chock-full of Lone Star characters: Jane Long (aka "the mother of Texas"), Deaf Smith (spy, scout, and Texas Ranger), and Mirabeau Lamar (second president of the Texas Republic). Beyond its 14 baseball fields and fire department parade with a 1925 Model T pumper truck and Dalmatian mascot, Richmond’s most amazing attraction has to be Hilmar G. Moore, who, as the nation's longest-termed mayor, has held office since 1949.

Guided by this bluntly honest and fiscally frugal octogenarian, the students of Richmond have thrived. Five of its elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school all have robust GreatSchools 9 ratings, with highly praised teachers, impressive sports and science programs, and enthusiastic parental involvement. The mayor's longevity and expertise are duplicated in the faculty: 49.2% have been there for 10 or more years, with 27.9% wielding advanced degrees. In Richmond experience creates excellence.

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Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

02/14/2011:
"Yeah... If you're white and straight, Harrison, AR could be the perfect place for you! If you're not, you'd be lucky to survive the schools there. "
02/14/2011:
"This article should be deleted. Half the cities on this list are in a state that is re-writing U.S. history. I don't consider that 'rock-solid' education."
01/25/2011:
"Great... but, but, but, but, Anything in places where one would actually want to live?"
05/6/2010:
"This is a stretch to say the least."
05/4/2010:
"Thanks for the wonderful article. Harrison is great place to live and visit. Just would like to add a correction. Dr. Jerry Moody is the Harrison School Districts superintendent. Our teachers and staff are number one! Not sure whom the Brian Smith you speak is though. "
04/28/2010:
"I am very proud to say I live in Webb City, MO. my son has achieved many honors because of the team work at the Webb City School District!!! GO CARDS!!!"
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