What Does Google Think of Dallas’ Best Suburbs?

Take a look at North Texas towns according to Street View.

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By now you’ve surely been up and down and up again our ranking of the Best Dallas Suburbs. Our sortable chart allows you to reorder the 64 North Texas towns (Dallas is included for comparison’s sake) on the list by factors such as population, crime, education, or just the overall ambiance of the place.

So you know what our numbers say. But what does the all-knowing, all-seeing Google machine think of our cities? How does Google Maps present us to the world? To find out, I asked for directions from Dallas, Texas (unspecified address) to each of the suburbs (unspecified address). Wherever Google dropped its pin representing each, I took a look around via the magic of Street View.

That gives us the spot to which Google will direct travelers who don’t know exactly where they want to go in these towns, just that they want to get there. To my mind, that makes these locations the virtual entryway to each, the online face of these cities. I leave it to you to interpret whether there’s any deeper significance to where Google’s directions would take you and what it says about our suburbs.  (By the way, in Dallas, the location is Main Street downtown, right next to Plush nightclub)


Highland Park: Armstrong Elementary (see above)

Parker: Corinth Presbyterian Church

Colleyville: Red Barn Bar-B-Que

University Park: A leafy residential block on Rankin Street

Murphy: A patch of road under construction back behind the Walmart

Southlake: The next block over from Southlake Town Square

Trophy Club: Inside a gated community that Google Street View dared not enter

Flower Mound: A residential block on Wanda Lane

Highland Village: Greenbriar Lane

Allen: Rodenbaugh’s Flooring America and Appliances

Sunnyvale: Sunnyvale High School

Keller: Keller Town Center

Coppell: A warehouse on Bethel Road

Heath: Towne Center Park

Frisco: Randy’s Steak House

Rockwall: The Old Town Rockwall Courthouse Square

McKinney: State Highway 121 under construction

Fairview: The Collin Baptist Association

Plano: Back side of a Verizon building downtown

Oak Point: Empty field on Yacht Club Road

Prosper: A house on Broadway

The Colony: McDonald’s

Grapevine: Vetro Glassblowing

Little Elm: Delilah C. King Early Learning Academy

Corinth: A house on Church Drive

Sachse: Allsup’s gas station

Ovilla: Next to First Baptist Church of Ovilla

Wylie: Wylie Eye Center downtown

Lake Dallas: Lake Dallas Elementary

Rowlett: The Rowlett Municipal Center

Forney: A jackrabbit statue

Red Oak: Walmart

Mansfield: Downtown

Roanoke: Roanoke Quik Stop

Lewisville: K&W Auto Supply downtown

Midlothian: Downtown

Richardson: Intersection of Greenville and Main

Cedar Hill: Babe’s Chicken Dinner House

Hurst: MC Snow Cones

Waxahachie: An empty building downtown

North Richland Hills: A residential block of Blaney Avenue

Bedford: Family Video

Carrollton: City Hall

Hickory Creek: Empty fields on Ellard Drive

Farmers Branch: House on Bee Street

Richland Hills: Residential stretch of Dover Lane

Euless: Taco Bell

Lancaster: Historic Town Square

Garland: Vetoni Italian Restaurant

Mesquite: Intersection of Main and Galloway

Grand Prairie: Snodgrass Discount Furniture

Irving: DART’s Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station

Ennis: Avenue Automotive Repair

DeSoto: Exxon station

Glenn Heights: A residential cul-de-sac, Mesa Wood Circle

Arlington: City Hall

Duncanville: A retail row along Center Street

Seagoville: First United Methodist Church

Wilmer: First Baptist Church

Cockrell Hill: A residential stretch of Phinney Avenue

Addison: Addison Circle Park

Hutchins: WW Grocery (Home of the King Burger and Salad)

Balch Springs: Floyd Elementary


  • Dan Koller

    That warehouse on Bethel Road is exactly why I moved my family to Coppell. Well, that and the great schools.

  • Jerome Weeks

    Fascinating exercise, and considering it’s a blog post, a lot of work went into nailing down the 60+ locations. Hat tip. The number of times you find yourself dropped in some utterly anonymous interchange, parking lot or chain retail outlet (Walmart, Taco Bell) makes the funkier sites, older gas stations and empty fields stand out. Although it’s true the Addison location is at Circle Park, it’s probably worth noting that’s the Addison Convention Center across the street — with the Water Tower Theatre right under the very sizable water tower. If I’m not mistaken, that is absolutely the only arts-related entity visible in any of these shots. Unless you count Vetro Glassblowing in Grapevine.

  • kYle

    Google recognizes the almighty greatness of the Allsup’s deep fried burrito.