Town Yearly Awards - 2021
Town of Flower Mound Named One of ‘The 50 Best Places to Live in the U.S.’ by Money
Independent economics website, Money, named Flower Mound the 4th Best Place to Live in the U.S. in 2021-2022. Money created its list by finding places that combine affordability, economic growth, and quality of life. The website attributed Flower Mound’s high standing to the Town’s impressive job growth, excellent high school graduation rate, the flourishing Lakeside Business District, abundant recreational activities, and overall quality of life, including community events like the Town’s annual Independence Fest, which drew a crowd of about 30,000 people in 2021. Flower Mound was the only Texas city to place in the top 15 on the list. To read more about the Town’s ranking and to see the whole list, please visit https://bit.ly/3nwbz4o.
No. 4 'Most Livable Small City'
Flower Mound is the No. 4 “Most Livable Small City in the U.S.,” according to a study by Smart Asset, an online personal finance company. Researchers examined cities with populations between 65,000 and 100,000 comparing 11 key factors, including home affordability, income equality, entertainment options, and commute times. Flower Mound rose five spots from its No. 9 ranking in 2020, and is also the only Texas community in the top 25. The full study can be read online.
No. 3 'Best Suburb to Buy a House in the DFW Area'
Flower Mound is the No. 3 “Best Suburb to Buy a House in the DFW Area,” according to Niche, an online resource with comprehensive report cards and rankings on U.S. neighborhoods, schools, and more. Researchers based the findings off of key factors, including home values, taxes, crime rates, and quality of local schools, and real estate trends from the U.S. Census and other data sources. Read the full report online. In addition, Flower Mound was named the No. 9 "Best Suburb to Buy a House in Texas."
No. 7 'Best Suburb to Raise a Family in Texas'
Flower Mound is the No. 7 “Best Suburb to Raise a Family in Texas,” according to Niche, an online research tool with comprehensive report cards, rankings, and reviews on U.S. neighborhoods, schools, and more. Researchers ranked cities by many key factors, including quality of local schools, safety, affordability, and access to family amenities. In 2020, Flower Mound was ranked No. 11, moving up four rankings in 2021. Read the full report online. In addition, Flower Mound was recognized as the No. 1 "Best Place to Live in Denton County" and No. 11 "Best Place to Raise a Family in Texas."
No. 8 'Place with the Best Public Schools in Texas'
Flower Mound is the No. 8 "Place with the Best Public Schools in Texas," according to Niche, an online research tool with comprehensive report cards, rankings, and reviews on U.S. neighborhoods, schools, and more. Researchers based their 2021 findings on state test scores, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and reviews from students and parents. Read the full report online.
No. 61 ‘Safest Small City in America’
Flower Mound is the No. 61 “Safest Small City in America,’ according to MoneyGeek, a personal finance website. To compile the list, MoneyGeek evaluated data on violent and property crimes across the country in cities with 30,000 to 100,000 residents. Flower Mound is one of five Texas cities in the top 150. Read the full report.
No. 25 'Safest City in Texas'
Flower Mound is the No. 25 "Safest City in Texas," according to SafeWise, an online resource for all things safety and security. Researchers based the findings off of FBI crime report statistics and population data. Flower Mound is the only locality in the top 25 with a population over 55,000. Read the full report online.
Heritage Park Named Living Magazine’s ‘Best City Park’
The readers have spoken, and Flower Mound’s Heritage Park was recently named “Best City Park” in the 2021 Living Magazine’s Best of Flower Mound Readers' Choice publication.
The ninth annual “Best Of” edition asked Living Magazine readers to cast votes in 150 categories to help determine the best in dining, entertainment, healthcare, retail, and more in our area.
The Flower Mound Public Library Earns Sensory Certification
The Flower Mound Public Library is now sensory certified. This innovative designation from the nonprofit KultureCity promotes a positive experience for all Library visitors, especially anyone with sensory needs or processing issues.
To earn this certification, Library staff underwent training to recognize visitors with sensory needs and help them during a sensory overload situation. In addition, the Library now offers new sensory bags equipped with noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards, and weighted lap pads for use in the Library. You'll also notice new signs designating quiet areas, as well as areas that aren't typically quiet where guests with sensory issues might prefer to use headphones. These are just some of the many ways the Flower Mound Public Library promotes inclusivity for all. Learn more here.
'Best of Denton County' Winners
Flower Mound Police Department Officer Justin Buck and the Flower Mound Fire Department have been named “Best Police Officer” and “Best Fire Station” in the 2021 "Best Of Denton County" publication!
The “Best Of” edition asked residents to cast votes in more than 450 categories to help determine the best in everything from education, to beauty and wellness, to dining, entertainment, retail, and more. Officer Buck and the Flower Mound Fire Department were nominated and collected the most resident votes in the Community and Non-Profit category. To see the full list, visit https://bestofdentoncounty.com/winner/.
Communications Department Wins Top State Awards
The Flower Mound Communications Department took home three trophies, including one first place awards, at the 2021 Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) Conference.
The Town was honored in the following categories:
- First Place - Print Report - 2019 Annual Report
- Second Place - Best Innovation - Development Map
- Third Place - PSA or Educational Video - Bicycle Safety 2019
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.
Communications Department Receives Top National Awards
The Town of Flower Mound Communications Department received one national award and two third-place awards for its video programming and annual report from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) in September. The Savvy Awards, held in conjunction with 3CMA’s annual conference, recognize outstanding local government achievements in communications, public-sector marketing, and citizen-government relationships.
Communications Department Wins 13 Top State Awards
The Town of Flower Mound’s Communications Department won 13 awards for Town-produced videos at the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (TATOA) conference in Houston. The Town won a total of 13 awards, including Overall Excellence for an operating budget under $250,000, four 1st place awards, four 2nd place awards, and four 3rd place awards.
The awards include:
- Overall Excellence – Operating Budget Below $250k
- 1st Place (Public Health/Safety, Budget Below $250k) – Bicycle Safety
- 1st Place (Special Audience, Budget Below $250k) – FMFD S.A.F.E. Team 2020
- 1st Place (Use of Humor) – Porch Pirates
- 1st Place (Intern Production) – Around Town: Lakewood Park
- 2nd Place (Parks and Recreation) – Around Town: Heritage Park Disc Golf Course
- 2nd Place (Event/Program Promotion, Budget Below $250k) – Dorothy’s Dash 2020
- 2nd Place (Special Audience, Budget Below $250k) – Summer Reading Program
- 2nd Place (Intern Production) – Around Town: Heritage Park Disc Golf
- 3rd Place (Parks and Recreation) – Around Town: Lakewood Park
- 3rd Place (Event/Program Promotion, Budget Below $250k) – 2020 Summer Reading Program: Dracula
- 3rd Place (Public Health/Safety, Budget Below $250k) – FMPD SRO’s: Anti-Vaping
- 3rd Place (Profile of an Organization, Budget Below $250k) – FMTV Cribs
Flower Mound Parks and Recreation Earns Top Regional Awards
The Flower Mound Parks and Recreation Department recently took home two awards from the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS).
The Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) named the Young Men's Service League (YMSL) Pacesetter Chapter the "Advocate of the Year" for their work with the Flower Mound Seniors In Motion program. The YMSL is a nonprofit organization that allows moms and their high school aged sons to serve and volunteer together in their communities. The Pacesetter Chapter has partnered with the Town of Flower Mound for many years.
In March 2020, everything stopped, including many services that local senior centers provided to their older residents. The Flower Mound Senior Center took quick action to serve its members and never missed a meal. This could not have happened without the mothers and sons from the Young Men's Service League. For the last year and a half, a handful of moms and their sons have come to the Flower Mound Senior Center every Tuesday and Thursday to prepare, package, and hand out meals to over 200 seniors each day. As the mothers most often assisted packaging up to-go boxes of food, their sons braved the cold, rainy winters, and the heat waves of summer ensuring that every member got their meal for the day.
Additionally, Heritage Park won the "Park Design Excellence Award" for being a family-friendly hot spot for picnics, birthday parties, play groups, family reunions, and special events. The Park's design - including a community-built playground, splash pad, dog park, 18-hole disc golf course, boardwalk, pond, nature observation platform, wildlife encounter trails, pavilion, and more - could not have been a reality without the support and input from the residents and various stakeholders around the community.
Planning Division Receives State Recognition
The Town’s Planning Division was awarded the Texas Planning Association’s 2021 Certificate of Achievement for the Planning Excellence Program. This is the second year in a row the Town has received this honor. Flower Mound is also one of only 34 Texas cities to receive this recognition in 2021.
The certificate recognizes the professional planning standards demonstrated by the Town's planning staff and the support provided by the Town Council and Planning and Zoning Commission. Specifically, the Town of Flower Mound met the Chapter's goals for increasing awareness of professional planning by meeting a variety of professional requirements.
Flower Mound Public Library Earns Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award
For the 18th consecutive year, the Flower Mound Public Library received the ‘Achievement of Excellence in Libraries’ award from the Texas Municipal Library Director’s Association. The award is given to libraries that demonstrate consistent excellence and outstanding contributions to public library services in their communities.
In 2021, only 59 of the 565 public library systems in Texas earned the award. Thank you to our amazing Library staff for all they do!