Moving to Dallas, TX

Thinking about moving to Dallas?

Join the club. The Dallas area, including Fort Worth and the surrounding suburbs, gain nearly 300 new residents every day. Dallas is home to the annual State Fair of Texas, the birthplace of the frozen margarita, and is one of the top three cities in the U.S. for job growth.

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Living in Dallas

Many if not most of the people who live in Dallas actually live in one of its dozens of suburbs. But that’s changing as young people and empty nesters return to the core. Dallas proper is in the early days of a promising renaissance as old neighborhoods become new again. Read our guide to top Dallas neighborhoods, then consult our list of best Dallas realtors to help make your search easy.

Weather

One of the best things about Dallas is its moderate weather. Autumn is pleasant, with cool-not-cold temperatures prevailing until the end of the year. Winter spawns a cold snap or two, a dusting of snow and freezing rain. This inevitably paralyzes a city unaccustomed to extreme weather, shutting down roads and sometimes electric power, too.

Spring can be crazy since North Texas is on the tornado circuit; massive rainstorms are not uncommon. But for the most part, April through June is bliss. Then comes summer. If you like it hot, you’re in luck: Through most of July and August, temperatures loiter around 100 or higher.

Summer average (June – Aug): 96°F high, 77°F low
Winter average (Dec – Feb): 55°F high, 36°F low

Economy

Things are going swell in Dallas, with high-profile corporate relocations such as Toyota adding a layer of icing onto what is already a very sweet cake. In the second quarter of 2015, Dallas had the biggest increase in employment in the country at 4.2 percent; it’s at an all-time high. Dallas is headquarters for 300 companies that employ more than 1,000 people globally, and is home to 21 Fortune 500 countries, including seven of Forbes’ largest privately held companies.

Major employers include Exxon Mobil, American Airlines, JCPenney, D.R. Horton, Texas Instruments and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. A technology cluster north of Dallas in Richardson comprises the “Telecom Corridor,” home not only to tech companies such as AT&T, Fujitsu and Samsung Mobile but also headquarters for Fossil, Blue Cross Blue Shield and more.

Unemployment rate: 4.0% (as of November 2015)
Average weekly wages for all industries: $1,154 (second quarter 2015)

Quality of Life

One of Dallas’ best traits is the ease of living, including a traffic situation that’s far less punishing than other major cities. Dallas has a budding public transit system, with 62 rail systems and two more planned. Ridership on the network, which includes buses, DART light rail, and Trinity Railway Express commuter rail to Fort Worth, clocks in at more than 220,000 passengers per day. Recent bright spots include the opening of a station at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, allowing travelers to take a train from downtown to the airport in about 50 minutes.

Speaking of the airport, it’s one of the area’s big perks, putting major cities such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles within easy reach via nonstop flights.

The cost of living is at 95.8 percent of the national average and housing remains cheaper than cities on either coast. Add the fact that there’s no personal income tax and Dallas feels eminently more affordable than many other cities.

Dallas, TX Arts and Entertainment

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art, North Harwood Street, Dallas, TX, United States

Crow Collection of Asian Art

Crow Collection of Asian Art, Flora Street, Dallas, TX, United States

Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Sculpture Center, Flora Street, Dallas, TX, United States

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Perot Museum of Nature and Science, North Field Street, Dallas, TX, United States

Sixth Floor Museum

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Elm Street, Dallas, TX, United States

Kimbell Art Museum

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, United States

Modern Art Museum

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Darnell Street, Fort Worth, TX, United States

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX, United States

Fort Worth Museum of Science & History

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX, United States

Museums

The Dallas Arts District is happy to make the claim that it’s become the largest arts district in the nation, with an area spanning 68 acres and 19 blocks.

Dallas Museum of Art
Crow Collection of Asian Art
Nasher Sculpture Center
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Sixth Floor Museum
Kimbell Art Museum
Modern Art Museum
Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Fort Worth Museum of Science & History

The Dallas Theater Center

Dallas Theater Center, Flora Street, Dallas, TX, United States

Wyly Theatre

Wyly Theatre, Flora Street, Dallas, TX, United States

Kalita Humphreys Theater

Kalita Humphreys Theatre, Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas, TX, United States

Kitchen Dog Theater

Kitchen Dog Theater, Riveredge Drive, Dallas, TX, United States

Pocket Sandwich Theatre

Pocket Sandwich Theatre, East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX, United States

Theatre Three

Theatre Three, Routh Street, Dallas, TX, United States

Undermain Theatre

Undermain Theatre, Main Street, Dallas, TX, United States

Contemporary Theatre of Dallas

Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Sears Street, Dallas, TX, United States

Theater

Dallas’ theater scene has something for every taste. It includes Kalita Humphreys, the only freestanding theater designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Dallas Theater Center
Wyly Theatre
Kalita Humphreys Theater
Kitchen Dog Theater
Pocket Sandwich Theatre
Theatre Three
Undermain Theatre
Contemporary Theatre of Dallas

White Rock Lake Park

White Rock Lake Park, Garland Road, Dallas, TX, United States

Fair Park

Fair Park, Dallas, TX, United States

The Trinity River Audubon Center

Trinity River Audubon Center, South Great Trinity Forest Way, Dallas, TX, United States

Klyde Warren Park

Klyde Warren Park, Dallas, TX, United States

Katy Trail

Katy Trail (Dallas), Dallas, TX, United States

Parks

Dallas has a number of nature spots, some man-made, some still untouched. They include Klyde Warren––the city's unique showpiece park suspended over a freeway.

White Rock Lake Park
Fair Park
The Trinity River Audubon Center
Klyde Warren Park
Katy Trail
Nightlife

Once centered in Deep Ellum, Dallas’ entertainment scene has expanded to neighborhoods such as Lower Greenville, Uptown and Oak Cliff. Live music can be found in intimate brewpubs, at grand old theaters like the Majestic, the Granada and the Kessler, and at serious venues such as the Verizon in Grand Prairie and our outdoor arena, Gexa Pavilion.

While craft beer is still a big deal, a wave of new drinkeries have splashed across DFW, armed with unique personalities and sophisticated drinks: from the barbershop bar of High and Tight in Deep Ellum to the subterranean salon Midnight Rambler in the Joule Dallas hotel to Parker Barrow, the Oak Cliff bar named for Dallas’ most famous criminal couple, Bonnie and Clyde.

Food

Restaurant chains were once the trademark of Dallas dining. The city birthed such concepts as Steak & Ale, Chili’s, Black Eyed Pea, T.G.I.Friday’s and Twin Peaks. Dallas is also the place where other chains try out their stuff. We’ve welcomed a parade of new concepts such as Modern Market, LYFE Kitchen and Seasons 52. So yeah, Dallas does chains.

But it also does barbecue, Southern/home-cooking, Tex-Mex, burgers, tacos and steak – steakhouses are a Dallas thing. The area boasts a dedicated vegan community, with two branches of the trail-blazing vegan Spiral Diner, which debuted in Fort Worth in 2002. And it serves some of the best authentic Neapolitan-style pizza in the country from the pizzeria Cane Rosso, featured on Diners Drive-ins and Dives.

Sports and Events

The Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks both play in American Airlines Center arena in Victory Park, easily accessed via the DART Rail green line train. FC Dallas is the soccer team, but they play in Frisco. The Texas Rangers baseball team and the Dallas Cowboys reside in “Jerry World––AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

Festival season seems to run all year long, beginning with the annual Dallas Film Festival in the early spring. March brings the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Greenville Avenue, and then it’s on to the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival to Earth Day Texas in April, the Wildflower Arts & Music Festival in Richardson in May and the Texas Veggie Fair, an all-vegan festival in October at Dallas’ Reverchon Park.

Culture

First things first: Nobody wears cowboy hats in Dallas. For that, you go to Fort Worth. As for the eponymous show starring the fabled J.R., locals have mixed feelings. On the one hand, we are nothing like that; on the other hand, at least we’re famous.

Dallas is a conflicted place: sleek and pretty, yet secretly insecure. Proud and provincial, yet desperate to fit in. But with a population whose average age is 32, a third with a college degree, and a renewal in the city’s core, the culture is starting to shift.

Here are some nifty trivia points about Dallas:

  • Dallas has given the world Edie Brickell, Annie “St. Vincent” Clark, Meat Loaf and Vanilla Ice.
    The ultra-luxe Highland Park Shopping Center, which opened in 1913, was the first shopping center in America.
  • A number of scenes from Robocop were shot in Dallas.
  • The original flagship Neiman Marcus has remained in downtown Dallas since it was built in 1914.

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