Town Yearly Awards - 2018
No. 1 'Most Livable Small City in the U.S.'According to a study by SmartAsset, an online personal finance company, Flower Mound is the No. 1 “Most Livable Small City in the U.S.” Researchers examined cities with populations between 65,000 and 99,000, comparing 11 key factors including: median home value to median income ratio, concentration of entertainment, restaurants, and health care establishments, and unemployment rate, among others. The article praises Flower Mound for its positive economic climate, low unemployment rate, and affordable housing relative to the average income. Flower Mound is the only Texas community in the top 10, with Mansfield, Texas coming in at No. 12. The full study can be found here.
No. 1 'Lowest Drunk Driving Fatality Rate in TX'
According to a study by Sutliff & Stout, an injury and accident law firm, Flower Mound ranks No. 1 on the “Lowest Drunk Driving Fatality Rate” in Texas. Researchers used Texas Department of Transportation data to determine the number of alcohol related crashes from 2013 to 2017 for cities with a population of 50,000 or more. Once they were able to determine the average number of drunk driving fatalities each year for a given city, they divided that by the total population, then by 100,000 to determine drunk driving fatalities per 100,000 residents. Flower Mound ranks 0.28 drunk driving deaths per 100,000 residents each year, followed by North Richland Hills at No. 2 with 0.29, and Frisco at No. 3 with a score of 0.51. The Texas City with the highest drunk driving fatality rate is Odessa with 6.26 annual drunk driving deaths per 100,000 residents. The full study can be found here.
No. 6 'Best Place to Visit in U.S.'
Travel website Livability.com, ranked Flower Mound No. 6 on its national list of “Best Places to Visit” after examining 2,000 small and mid-sized cities. Criteria examined by analysts included the community’s entertainment industry, cultural offerings, golf courses and parks, ease of transportation, crime rate, and climate. Flower Mound is the only Texas community to make the top 10, praised for outdoor recreation opportunities provided by the many parks and trails, Bridlewood Golf Club, Tour 18 Dallas, and the Community Activity Center just to name a few. The article also noted the River Walk development as an amenity to look forward to when construction is complete. Newport Beach, CA took the No. 1 spot on this list. The full study can be found here.
No. 10 Safest City in Texas
According to HomeSnacks.net, a website that combines data about U.S. cities into bite-sized articles, Flower Mound is the No. 10 safest city in Texas. With the largest population of any city ranking in the top 30, Flower Mound had low scores in both violent crimes per capita and property crimes per capita.To complete the study, HomeSnacks analyzed 331 cities in Texas with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data. To learn more, please visit https://www.homesnacks.net/cities/safest-places-in-texas/.
Communications Department Earns State Accolades
The Flower Mound Communications Department took home six trophies, including four first place awards, at the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) conference. Flower Mound was the second most-awarded municipality for number of first place accolades.
The Town was honored in the following categories:
- First Place – Public Service Announcement (Educational) Video – Turkey Fryer Fail
- First Place – Regular or Recurring Program – Meet the Team
- First Place – Special or One-Time Program – Turkey Fryer Fail
- First Place – Best Use of Humor (Video) – Turkey Fryer Fail
- Third Place – Public Service Announcement (Marketing) Video – Twin Coves Park
- Third Place – Print Report – 2016 Annual Report
TAMIO is a network of communications professionals dedicated to informing Texas citizens of important issues in municipal government. Flower Mound Director of Communications Molly Fox serves as the Region 2 Director on the TAMIO Board, representing all of North Texas. To view all of Flower Mound’s award-winning programming, visit the Town’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/TownOfFlowerMound.