If a move to Dallas or Fort Worth is in your future, you may be wondering: what’s so great about this area? What can I look forward to? Why is the metroplex the best option for me? Both areas are great for adults and kids alike. Dallas, the largest city and seat of Dallas County, is home to 1.3 million people and is just a half hour from Fort Worth.
Fort Worth has a population of 895,000 and is located in North Central Texas. Both areas together are collectively known as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, home to 7.6 million people altogether. It serves as the economic and cultural hub of North Texas, known simply as the DFW to locals.
Here are some reasons why people are moving to this area.
1. Great Weather
In Dallas, the average summer temperature is 84 and the average winter temp is 52. With no unbearably cold, wintry, snowy days to contend with, it’s no wonder so many people move here from all over the country. It’s ideal for families with kids and teens who like to be active outside. In fact, it’s pretty tough not to lead a healthy and active lifestyle while living here. With more than 400 city parks, including Fair Park at 260 acres, 17 lakes, 60 miles of trails and 200 playgrounds, you can’t go wrong with Dallas.
2. Fun Activities
There are so many things to do here to keep the kids occupied, from educational museums to cultural art galleries. With access to stuff like this, it’s easy to learn about the world around us. For instance, the Dallas Museum of Art features special programs for anyone from toddlers to teens, enticing them with annual events such as art classes, summer art camps, and interactive art-making activities monthly.
Dallas plays host to the state’s first and largest zoo, the Dallas Zoo. Here, you’ll find more than 2,000 animals and 400 species, with a state of the art facility that attracts about one million people every year.
In Fort Worth, check out more than 7,000 animals at the fort Worth Zoo, a top-ranked zoo that scores high throughout the nation. View priceless masterpieces in the Cultural District, grab a bite to eat at Sundance Square which spans 35 blocks, or catch a performance at Bass Performance Hall. See what life in the fast lane is all about at the Texas Motor Speedway.
Dallas is a large city but boasts a cost of living that’s two percent lower than the national average. Compare this with New York City, which is about 60 percent more expensive than Dallas. The median home value is about $130,000, lower than most other cities of comparable size. The cost of living in Fort Worth is 99.8, based on the U.S. average of 100. An amount below that means it’s cheaper to live there than elsewhere in the country. In Fort Worth, the median home price is $197,700.
4. Healthy Options
Lots of attractions take place outside thanks to the beautiful year round weather, such as the Dallas Farmers Market. Want to take on a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle? Get your weekly grocery shopping done while you stroll casually around, shop and meet new people. Fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade healthy baked goods and artisanal crafts can be found here, as well as entertainment every week, crafts, live music, and eclectic pop-up stands.
Who doesn’t like to take in a ball game on a nice day? This area is home to a variety of pro sports teams, such as the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Mavericks, the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Stars and FC Dallas. There’s never a shortage of games to view no matter what the season is. Take the family out for the day or catch a game with the boys. Bonus: outdoor games are especially fun since the weather is so nice.
Twenty-one Fortune 500 businesses call DFW home, and it ranks #2 for the most Fortune 500 companies headquartered in any U.S. city. It has also been voted America’s friendliest city for business, and was ranked 10th by Forbes Magazine for “Best Places for Business and Careers.”
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