Dallas or Bust: 6 Tips for Your Move to the Big D

So you're ready to hop on the Texas train and become a Dallasite, huh? Thanks to our booming IT and health care industries (and over a dozen Fortune 500 companies), Dallas receives a constant influx of new residents, relocated by their jobs from all over the nation. If you're one of those, you join the likes of Glenn Beck and Khloe Kardashian, both of whom moved here in 2011. Whether or not you love or hate that pair of media characters, hopefully your presence here won't be nearly as polarizing.

Even if you've never been to Dallas, chances are you've got a few preconceived notions. These might include belt buckles, steers, and all things LARGE -- and you might be correct on all three accounts. But before you host your garage sale, pack the boxes, and load up the moving van, here are a few things you may not have considered to help prepare you for your move to the finest city in the world.

  1. Bring Your Outdoor Gear - Did you think Dallas was nothing but cow fields and prairie? We might be lacking in mountains and ocean, but the DFW region is rich in parks, open land, and waterways. The Dallas Park and Recreation Department boasts 21,000 acres of parks, including 17 lakes and 61 miles of trails. Bring those kayaks with you -- there are literally 4,400 acres of water in our park system to explore. This ain't no desert, darlin'.
  2. Your Money Goes Far - If you're moving to Dallas but keeping your New York or L.A. salary, lucky, lucky you. The median household income here in the nation's 9th largest city hovers around $40,000. Among the top 20 metropolitan areas in the U.S., Dallas ranks fifth from the bottom in cost of living. If you want to live in a cheaper city, you've only got Houston, St. Louis, Tampa, and Detroit to choose from. And it's a fair claim to say that Dallas has the best cultural scene among those. Which leads us to the next point...
  3. We're Cultured. Really. - There's a lot more things to to do in Dallas than boot-scoot and line dance. The Dallas Museum of Art brings consistent shows to town that rival the exhibitions of the big boys in New York and D.C. The private benefactors of Dallas' arts scene take serious pride in their city, and it pays off for the public. Raising over $37 million in private funds to build the museum in the mid-'80s, some proponents claim that its prominent presence helped draw AT&T to the city from San Antonio in 2008.
  4. You'll Want to Be in Shape - It's true. People look good here. Yes, we've got our share of buffet-line addicts just like the rest of the South (I'm one myself), but Dallas is an active city. We've got 22 community swimming pools and over 250 public tennis courts. The opportunities to take off on bike trails are almost endless, as are the chances to find like-minded riders. Here's a list of area bike circuits and trails to give an idea of how much is out there (trail list).
  5. Don't Get Overwhelmed - We get it. This is Texas. Dallas is a big city. The toughest decision you'll make is where to live, and there's no simple way to break it down. If you like the suburbs, have kids in tow, and want to hang out at the neighborhood pool, try West Plano or Coppell.Don't need a house that was built in the last decade? For a taste of classic prairie architecture and character (and bikable to public transport) check out the quickly up and coming neighborhood of North Oak Cliff. But seriously, that's just three options of many. Talk to fellow employees, talk to the bartender, talk to the lady in line at the grocery store on your scouting visit, and make the decision that's best for you and your family (and your commute!).
  6. Leave the Attitude in New York - Around here, we smile and hold the door. We say 'Yes ma'am' when you ask if we'd like another helping of barbeque. Don't be rude, and you'll get along just fine. Dallas may be a city, but it's still the South. We're glad you're here.

13 Responses to “Dallas or Bust: 6 Tips for Your Move to the Big D”

  1. Great points Tim!

  2. Nice article Tim! Point #1 was a surprise me after moving here...something else that is special to me here is the fact that it is a great place to raise children! Have a great weekend!

  3. Hmmm. Cultured? Dallas only has the DMA? We have MUCH more: Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Museum of Asian Art, Meyerson where not only the DSO performs, but others such as the Dallas Wind Orchestra, even Willie Nelson has performed there. The Winspear Opera House hosts the Dallas Opera, The Lexus Broadway series, the Brinker series, TITAS presents dance and music. The Wyly theater host the Dallas Theater Center, and other groups such as Dallas Black Dance Theater. For theater there is also Undermain, Kitchen Dog, Theater Three, Second Thought Players, Dallas Children's Theater, Dallas Summer Musicals. This is just a small list of some of the many things available.

  4. I will be moving from Houston to Dallas next year. These tips will be of strong consideration as I have already contracted office removals perth for my hauling.

  5. I'm making a big move myself this year, with the help of a great removal company perth. I never thought of Dallas beyond the usual associations with it, but now I see it has a lot more to offer than I thought.

  6. Great tips! It is difficult to make a move, especially for an office that is dedicated for government service. There should be a coordinated plan that should be strictly implemented so as to save time and still continue the public service aspect of the department. Back home, we mobilize staff but leave the moving of things to a perth relocation services. If only we could hire people to pack the office equipment, we would. But unfortunately, there's no such thing.

  7. I agree with the "leave the attitude" thing. I met a colleague and she was very nice from the start. I even assisted her in getting a removal company perth to move her things. But then, when all the help had been squeezed out of everyone and no one's offering her any help, attitude showed up!

  8. Just a quick update about this - I'm working with ILiveInDallas to complete the remaining neighborhood guides. Deep Ellum was published last week (link above) and the others are in the works.

  9. Moving to any new country will always be exciting, even more so if it's entirely different form where you originated from. Some other major things that might worry a person is whether they'll be able to handle any cultural and weather differences. Talk about a whole new chapter of life! Conservatively, a person should still be able to bring with him a fair amount of the items (clothes, books, gear, etc) from their "old" life and professional moving/storage services would at least be able to take a bit of the stress away from the move by making sure what you're bringing gets to where it's supposed to go.

  10. Professional services can definitely take a load of your hands and minds, even if it's just into our storage units for a week or two. My staff are also well trained to give advice wherever they can to make your transition as smooth as possible.

  11. The commercial moving and storage services at Florida can help carrying out commercial relocation in a stress-free and affordable manner.

  12. I'm making a big move myself this year, with the help of a great removal company perth. I never thought of Dallas beyond the usual associations with it, but now I see it has a lot more to offer than I thought.

  13. Thanks for the advice I'm moving to Dallas for the reason you suggest its a hell of a lot cheaper can't wait to arrive and sample the night life I'm using http://ultimamovers.com for my move I hope Everything goes ok.

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