There are many considerations that go into making a move to Dallas, whether you’re relocating the family, starting fresh, or converting your office location there. Not only is this area great for adults and kids alike, it’s got great weather, strong jobs and a ton of things to do. As the largest city and seat of Dallas County, Dallas’ population is 1.3 million and it’s located just a half hour from Fort Worth.
Here’s what you need to know about moving to Dallas:
Dallas is a huge city, and you would think it would be insanely expensive to live here. Not so. Its cost of living is actually two percent lower than the national average. When you take New York City, for example, this metropolis is more than 60 percent more expensive than Dallas is. It’s got a median home value of $130,000, which is lower than most cities of comparable size.
Dallas boasts an average summer temperature of 84 and an average winter temp of 52. You won’t be subjected to unbearably cold, wintry days here, which is why it’s ideal for anyone who loves the outdoors, such as athletes, parents, kids and teens. It’s hard not to lead an active and healthy lifestyle here, as you have quick access to 400 city parks, including the 260-acre Fair Park. You also have about 17 lakes, 200 playgrounds and 60 miles of trails to choose from.
You won’t be at a loss as to what to do with yourself or your kids. From museums to galleries to zoos, it’s super easy to keep the family engaged in the world around you. Don’t miss the Dallas Museum of Art with its many programs geared toward toddlers on up to teens. Regular events such as art classes, summer art camps, and interactive art-making activities make staying busy a breeze.
The Dallas Zoo is a must-see, with 2,000 animals and 400 species on display. One million people visit annually, which tells you something about how awesome it is.
There’s plenty of outdoor things to partake in here in Dallas. Of note is the Dallas Farmers’ Market, where it’s easier than ever to adopt a health, sustainable lifestyle. Do your weekly grocery shopping while strolling around, meeting new people, trying new things and listening to live music. Pick up fresh produce and homemade baked goods while you’re at it, participate in some crafts, or visit one of the many unique pop-up stands.
Who doesn’t like to spend a nice day by taking in a ball game? There’s no shortage of professional sports on display here, such as the Dallas Stars, Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Texas Rangers and FC Dallas.
If you wish to work in Dallas, open a business here, or try your hand at entrepreneurship, this is your chance. At last count, 21 Fortune 500 businesses called DFW home, an area that continues to rank #2 for the most Fortune 500 companies headquartered in any city in the nation. If that weren’t enough, it has been rated America’s friendliest city for business, 10th by Forbes Magazine for “Best Places for Business and Careers.”
When moving here, choose your neighborhood carefully. Different Dallas neighborhoods have very distinct characters. While you could say this of any major city, it’s especially true here due to the widespread sprawl of the city and how heavy the traffic is on any given day. So if you choose a neighborhood that’s less than a great fit, it can leave you feeling a bit trapped. Read up on all the different neighborhoods of Dallas before making a decision.
For example, you’ve got Preston Hollow, one of the city’s most elite neighborhoods. It sits inside the LBJ/I-635 loop with quick access from LBJ/I-635 and the Dallas North Tollway. You’ll find large estates with tall oak trees, one- or two-story style homes built in the 1930s, and newer homes spanning 6,000 square feet or more. It will cost you $2 million to live here!
Or you could head over to Richardson, situated between Dallas and Plano, which is more affordable. Many major employers have headquarters here, with this area known as “Telecom Corridor.”
For all these reasons and more, Dallas is a great place to live and work.
If a Dallas move is in your future, call us now for a free moving quote at 214-433-6762. We serve the entire Dallas/Fort Worth metro area, and have offices in Dallas and Richardson.