Here are the 10 best Houston-area suburbs to live in and why, according to one website

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HOUSTONHouston Properties, an online source for local home sales, has released its list of the best Houston-area suburbs based on factors including commute times, employment, public schools and other amenities.

Here’s how they ranked:

1. The Woodlands (A+)

The Woodlands tops the list, according to Houston Properties, due to its exceptional amenities, schools and high quality of life.

The suburb is zoned to the Conroe, Tomball and Magnolia ISDs.

Located 30 miles north of downtown, commute times to the four major hubs of Houston are long. Residents can expect to drive 35 minutes to downtown, 40 minutes to the medical center, 50 minutes to the Galleria and 40 minutes to the Energy Corridor, without traffic.

Nearby amenities include over 200 restaurants and stores at The Woodlands Town Center, many golf courses, parks and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

2. Katy (A+)

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