While school districts continue to build educational options across the country, the environment and surroundings of each school remain closely linked to the quality of education offered. Suburban communities maintain lower crime rates than urban areas, creating a safer and more tranquil atmosphere with better social systems and engagement. School systems built in suburban areas typically spend more money per student than urban districts, leading to better facilities, resources, and teachers. The ensures optimal learning environments for students and increases their overall education experience – both having a greater and far-reaching effect on their lives. Marcus Hiles recognizes the quality of life that a suburban community can provide, which is why he prefers to build and develop rental complexes in the established and forthcoming suburbs that are situated near the state’s largest cities. With the state’s top-rated school districts in the area, accessibility is easily found in these suburban developments.
Trends in recent years show growing interest in the Texas suburbs. Towns including New Braunfels (located between San Antonio and Austin), Frisco (in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area), Georgetown (a 45 minute drive north of Austin) and Pearland (near Houston) have leapt into last year’s top ten list of the fastest-growing American cities with a population larger than 50,000. Census figures show that despite the state gaining nearly half a million new citizens in one year, with 1,200 new residents on average daily, suburban counties are seeing the biggest growth. North of Dallas, Collin Country is projected to grow by an astonishing 386 percent over the next 35 years, which will bring its population to approximately 3.8 million. Marcus Hiles has noted that many counties are growing at twice the rate of their adjacent urban cities, with Hays, Fort Bend and Kendall counties seeing a 20-23 percent increase over the last sixty months. “Expansion into these areas is a logical progression,” Hiles, of Dallas, noted. “As the total number of people looking for a place to call home increases, economists and developers expect to see the percentage of renters continue to rise as well.”
“It’s really an ideal combination of factors behind the tech boom,” noted Western Rim’s Marcus Hiles. “Texas, of course, is a very business friendly state with zero personal income and corporate taxes. Besides economic incentives, Austin is also renowned for its culture and art, relaxed healthy lifestyle and great weather. Additionally, the University of Texas at Austin brings in many talented young people from all over the world who make the city their home.” Austin takes these elements and adds a low cost of living, much more affordable than its coastal tech counterparts such as Silicon Valley or New York.