Friendly, family-oriented communities are happy to welcome new neighbors and tend to smile and wave at everyone that passes by. The city council makes sure residents have access to everything they need, from activities and services for seniors to athletic teams and sports for youth. There is also a host of things to do within the city limits. The hot summers are best spent at the Hawaiian Falls Waterpark, while lazy spring days can be enjoyed observing the wildlife at the Oliver Nature Park. Farr Best Theater has been delighting audiences with musicals and plays for the past century, while the Mansfield Historical Museum shows visitors the transformation the town has taken since its beginning as a prairie outpost.

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Ranked #17 on CNN/Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" list for 2014, Mansfield Texas is one of the most desirable places to live in the Lone Star state, as well as the rest of the country. With low real estate prices and plenty of large homes and lots on the market, it's the perfect location for those with growing families, whether they are your children or grandchildren. If you're looking for a small-town feel with all the big city amenities, Mansfield may be the perfect spot for you.

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