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Living in Dallas: A Pros and Cons List June 11, 2007

Filed under: Travel — Emily @ 3:16 pm

I am a resident of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and after living here for nearly four years, I consider this parking lot “paradise” home. I know, many people cringe when they think of Texas, and Dallas in particular, picturing pouffy-haired rich folk, modern day cowboys, Texas-sized egos, extended cab pick-up trucks, and more barbecue and steak restaurants than should be legal. Now, there may be a little truth in every stereotype, but it’s never the whole story. So, I’ve compiled a little list of some of the best and worst Dallas has to offer. Have a look-see, and decide for yourself whether or not bigger really is better in Texas.

PROS

  1. There’s always somewhere to eat – Dallas has more restaurants per square mile than any other place on Earth, or something like that…
  2. There’s no winter to worry about (And on the off chance that we get a few snowflakes, there’s the entertainment factor of watching crazies fight over milk and bread at the grocery store.)
  3. Home prices are reasonable – You can buy a nice 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house for $150,000. That amount won’t buy you anything in some parts of the U.S.
  4. All roads lead to I-635, resulting in a harmonious circle of life. 🙂
  5. The multiculturalism – I am constantly amazed by the ethnic diversity here in DFW. Just going to the store, you might hear five different languages walking from the produce area to the meat aisle. This cultural variety leads to meeting new people, hearing interesting stories, and discovering many different festivals to explore.
  6. The Mavericks! (Well, at least during the season. We like to block out that part of the year called “the playoffs,” when the team crashes and burns.)
  7. The Farmer’s Market – I don’t know where these farmers come from, since the soil in the DFW area is perpetually hard and dry, but somehow they are here, carrying an abundance of fresh produce.
  8. Jazz under the Stars – During the summer you can pack a picnic and lounge outdoors at the Dallas Museum of Art, enjoying wine, cheese, or whatever suits your taste, while listening to live jazz music.
  9. The State Fair – The State Fair of Texas is many people’s annual excuse to go off of their diet for a day. Normally this would be a bad thing, but hello? Funnel cakes? Corny dogs? Frito pie? Fried twinkies? Fried Snickers? These are masterful works of art!
  10. Half Price Books – This chain of bookstores is one of my favorite places! Sure, there are books in every city in the U.S., (and Half Price Books in other cities), but this is DFW’s version of a mecca for bookworms. Each visit is like a treasure hunt, and you never know what you’ll discover!

CONS

  1. During the summer, it’s so hot that in only 30 minutes, the sun can completely drain you of energy, leaving a worthless, soggy shell of a human behind.
  2. During the summer, the ground is so cracked and parched, it’s a miracle that the earth doesn’t just open up and swallow your house whole.
  3. Because of the oversaturating pestilence that is shopping mall after shopping mall, you forget that there are places in the world that are green, beautiful, and natural. (But, in DFW’s defense, there are a few places where you can find a tree or a lake – you just have to know where to look).
  4. The Cowboys (meaning the football team, not the boot and hat wearing ones) – Everyone in America hates the Cowboys, right? And even a large percentage of Dallasites hate them. Why are they still called “America’s Team”?
  5. The traffic – There are too many commuters in DFW, which is somewhat understandable since everything is too far apart to walk or bike to, but this overabundance of traffic causes many headaches and temper tantrums.
  6. Big trucks – It seems to become more and more true with each passing day that if you don’t drive a monstrous truck or SUV, you are in the minority. So it’s a mystery to me why so many shopping centers still have row after row designated as being for “compact cars only.”
  7. Obesity – The numbers don’t lie. There are lots of fat people here. But we’re not all overweight! The plethora of fast food establishments, the long distances between point A and point B, and the extreme heat are big factors in the high percentage of obese Texans. We just have to be more pro-active in our healthy dieting and exercising since the environment is working against us.
  8. The Dallas Ego – Yes, there are some not so nice people in Big D, who are completely self-absorbed, think the world revolves around them, and expect you to pull over on the side of the road so that they can get where they are going more quickly. But, you learn where these people are and avoid those places, or, you simply smile, breathe deeply, and go to your happy place until they are no longer in your general vicinity.
  9. The modern day cowboys – Before I moved here, I must admit I was concerned about encountering these boot struttin’, hat wearin’ hooligans everywhere I went, whether it be church, the grocery store, a restaurant, etc. However, these cowboys are actually a rare occurrence. True, I spot one occasionally out on the town, but they aren’t so scary. And just as people in Louisiana don’t ride alligators through the swamps, Dallasites aren’t all riding around town on horses shouting “Yee haw!” I suppose there will always be some element of cowboy culture here, but honestly I haven’t come across it in any obvious ways yet.
  10. Steakhouses – Steak restaurants are not a bad thing. Texas-style steakhouses, however, do cause me some concern. I’m talking about the places that have a “Wall of Fame,” where photos of customers with frighteningly large appetites are displayed to “honor” them for having accomplished the superhuman feat of consuming an entire 72 oz. steak in one sitting. As a bonus, they get the steak for free! If you are unfamiliar with this strange cultural ritual, check out Big Texan Steak Ranch. This celebratory attitude toward gluttony is, in my opinion, the biggest negative about Texas. Many people here do love the all-you-can-eat buffets, the “free food” promotions, and other types of culinary catastrophes. I allow for one day a year of enjoying some good fried food (see State Fair above), but a year-round reverence for fat, sodium, and cholesterol is truly a scary thing. But, if this is the worst Dallas has to offer (aside from a little thing called the oppressive summer heat), then why not pack your bags and mosey on over to our corner of the world today?
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36 Responses to “Living in Dallas: A Pros and Cons List”

  1. Beth Ivy Says:

    You know…I was ready to get out of Texas when we left a couple years ago, but now I am itching to get back (just 2 more years). The things I disliked about Texas, I have come to miss.
    The traffic was horrible, until I made it to Japan. I would much rather sit in traffic than get shoved onto a train like a sardine for a 1+ hour train ride, only to switch trains, and do it again. I miss the convenience of driving somewhere on my own terms, and parking (which makes me sort of miss the parking lot paradise of Dallas).
    Also, I would take the 100 dry summers any day over the 80 humidity here in Japan. Yuck. I can’t walk out of my house without being sticky and sweaty, and always with a bad hair day.
    Also, as horrible as the Dallas obesity is, I miss being able to go to the store and buy an outfit. Japanese people tend to be much smaller, and the clothes here are much smaller. I’m not sure where bigger people shop here.

  2. Emily Says:

    Beth, thanks for sharing your view of Dallas, from a different perspective. The sardine train rides do make Dallas’s driving derby sound like a wonderful thing.

  3. Mandy Says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this list!

  4. James McD Says:

    In the last couple of years every single visit to Dallas has been magical. A strong word, but quite accurate. Fantastic experiences, amazing people. I have never been to Half Price books but will have to add it to my to-do list.

  5. Emily Says:

    James, you definitely should check out Half Price Books next time you’re in Dallas. In addition to every type of book imaginable, the store carries used CDs, records, DVDs, and TV on DVD. Make sure you go to the main location, which is huge and has a coffee shop. It’s east of Hwy 75 on Northwest Highway.

  6. Karri Says:

    I found myself laughing at your article. I came to Wichita KS, from born and raised in Southern CA, wondering where KS is on the map. I really thought it would be farms, cowboys, and everything so country. I’ve been here now almost 20 years. My fam still lives in CA, I go every year. But as our kids raced BMX we traveled all over the US, and TX many times. Always thought it would be a neat and afforable place to live. TX has much more to offer than boring KS. I’m now searching for houses and info on TX, really considering moving somewhere around the Dallas area. I’m just scared to relocate, but what do I have to lose only senority. My husband has 17 yrs senority drives 2 miles to work and I’m self employeed 16 yrs.
    Yes we are very fortunate to have the lifestyle we live.
    Kansas has just grown on me, but we love the water (love to boat) and we are so sick of the cold here. Hope my dream comes true!

    • Emily Says:

      Glad you enjoyed my article – and hope you found something useful in it! I’ve now been living in Dallas nearly 7 years, and the heat is really the only thing I have to complain about. It’s a nice city – it really is – and generally is filled with friendly people. Good luck with your relocation decision making!

  7. Kip Madden Says:

    As someone who is about to sell our house in Los Altos California to relocate to Southlake Texas, I really enjoyed your article.
    I’ve been told by many that most Texans vacation from July 4th to August 15th to avoid the heat. But having gone to High School in Las Vegas (120F+) and College in Wisconsin (-50F) I think I can handle the Texas idea of hot.
    We visited Southlake before we decided to relocate there and I think our decision boiled down to these main points:
    1) The people all seemed genuinely friendly and sincere. Cars on the freeway slowed down to let me in (instead of speeding up to cut me off as I’m used to). I met new acquaintances in hotel hallways, grocery stores, book stores and just about anywhere I ran into people. Everyone was not in a “hurry” and had time to not only ask how I was doing that day but had time to listen to the response.
    2) The schools in Texas are not only highly rated, but are VERY clean and seem (from our visits) to be filled with polite children who are courteous and mature.
    3) The value of the dollar – Homes here are an unbelievable value compared to the Bay Area – three times the house for one-fourth the price!
    4) No State taxes, No corporate taxes.
    5) A well run legislature that does not have enough time to engage in social engineering at the taxpayers expense
    6) Everywhere we went we saw hardly any trash – Texans must be proud of their state because litter is practically non-existent
    7)Patriotism – We played a game with our children one day – count American flags. They counted 103 in a one hour stretch – about the same number of Texas state flags they saw.
    Upon our return to California we have only counted 4 flags in two months.
    I think Texans are not ashamed of being an American and that is what I want to teach my children.

    • Emily Says:

      Your list of positives about Texas sounds accurate to me. I’ve lived here for almost 7 years now, and I’d definitely say that the friendly people make up for the hot summers and shortage of greenery.

    • Maria Says:

      Kim,

      I am wondering, how after three years in Southlake, you like it? We are considering a move to Southlake and thought you’d be a great person to contact since you are living in the area we are considering. We have two boys currently in second and fifth grade. Is the neighborhood friendly? Do people go into their homes and stay there or do neighbors get to know one another. Have you been happy with the school? We’ve seen nothing but positivies online regarding the Carroll school district. What is your average utility bill during the hottest part of summer?

  8. Cory Says:

    I’m not sure if this post is still active but I thought I’d leave my take of Dallas.

    I was born and raised here and although my family and friends all live here, I have some complaints that have compelled me to change my location. I don’t mean to sound arrogant or above Dallas because I don’t think I am, but there is absolutely zero culture here. That is one thing I didn’t see in this article – the lack of culture in Dallas. I don’t mean diversity of people (which we have plenty of), I mean art and shops that promote individually and creative expression which should be, I think, crucial to any city one chooses to live. There are a couple of museums here, but after visiting them once, you’re kind of over it.

    It’s soooo hot. You can have the air conditioner running at 65 in the middle of the summer and somehow the heat still penetrates your every pore. I feel bad for people that have to dress nice or have to work in this heat on a daily basis. It can’t be healthy, needless to say.

    You mentioned the ego problem in Dallas, and as an addition to this mentality, everyone says Dallas is great for business. Everyone is busy and always has their mind on business. I know Texas is for the most part very friendly and family oriented, but I see that as a comfort element, not a way of life. It seems people are very self absorbed and to be honest, I think any person who says Dallas is a great place to live is kind of projecting a delusion of their own. This clearly is not a great place to live. It’s affordable and the people are polite, but that’s about it.

    • caz gordon Says:

      Thank you for the honesty – it is sadly a rare thing to find in this plethora of materialistic egocentric superficiality. Everything is “Nice” down here. To find a genuine person who you know is being honest is nearly impossible to find.
      I cant wait to move out of here. I have given it 5 years and I have never been so unhappy

  9. Sydney Says:

    Just wanted to say thanks for posting this article and all of the responses! This was genuinely helpful.

    • Emily Says:

      Glad it was helpful! Things have changed for me since I wrote this post. I live in California now! Time for a new pros and cons list, I guess.

      • Randall Says:

        Can you please tell us why you left TX for CA? I’d be very curious. My wife and I currently live in Brooklyn and are trying to decide between Dallas and Minneapolis as our next place to live (her fam is in Dallas, mine in Minneapolis). Personally, I want to move the San Francisco…but from what I hear the cost of living is the same as Brooklyn…any thoughts?

      • Emily Says:

        Hi Randall,
        We moved to the L.A. area because my husband’s biomedical company is based here. (He was working from home in Dallas, but received a promotion that required him to work in the main CA office.) We love living in Southern California – and I’m sure San Francisco would be a wonderful place to live, too. Sure, the cost of living is high, so we just try to live on more of a budget, down-sized to a smaller house, etc. It stinks to be far away from family (they are all still in the south), but there are plenty of perks to make up for that. The weather is beautiful; we are close to beach, mountains, Disneyland; the schools are great; and the people are friendly. We have been here almost a year and have been very happy. For us, it came down to choosing between staying close to family but with my husband in a dead end job, or moving far away from family so my husband could have an exciting, challenging job. We picked option #2 and have had a fun adventure because of it. Oh, and all our family and friends come visit us since we are in L.A., so we don’t have to miss them too much. Good luck with your decision!

  10. Antonio Valentin Says:

    I must say, all of you who’ve made some comments about Texas have just helped me make a wiser decision. I live in Miami where the heat is also strong but the humidity is terrible. I recently was laid off from my work as a teacher or more precise was downgraded from a full time to part time. I have a three year old son and a baby girl on the way and I must do something to have some job security I can provide to my family. Been thinking a lot about Dallas, even though I’ve never been there. I’ve read wonderful things about it plus teachers get paid much better and the cost of living is 6.84% lower than Miami. Have two cousins in Kileen and a friend of my wife in Dallas, so I have someone to count on. I’m already making plans, hopefuly I’ll find a job as a teacher so I can make the move. Looking forward to a great time over there and why not, raise my kids in a nice place.
    Thank you all for your comments

    • ben Says:

      The teaching jobs have gone to hell here, probably not the best decision, look up the amount of teacher layoffs here. You will be surprised

  11. Dique Cannon Says:

    Just wanted to add to the list. Dallas is a nice place to raise a family. There are a lot of things that will occupy your young kids minds like year round sports, sleepovers, parties, open gym, lots of community parks and theme parks, but it is going to cost you a mint to keep up with the demands for these outings. However, do not be dismayed, even though there are no state taxes, the property taxes & insurance are almost 3 times as much as California. You will pay $7,000 a year for a $300K home in Frisco, TX, and in Lantana, TX pays $10,000 a year for a $400K house, and more in Dallas proper, (as opposed to $4,200-$5,600 in CA). There are toll fees on just about every freeway that you travel. So you can end up paying $12 a day in toll fees if you work downtown Texas, and don’t forget the parking downtown, you will pay a premium for that. Public transportation in the suburbs is nonexistent. If you have visitors they can’t go to the mall or shopping without a car, so they’ll have to wait for you all day long to come home from work to take them. There are wet and dry counties, which means, you will not find a place to purchase hard liquor if you live in a dry county. Only beer and wine at the supermarkets. There are snow days and ice days. The ice on the ground is the worst to drive in you can get stuck trying to get in your driveway because there is no traction. The other pros are the child care is cheaper, the cleaners is cheaper, but the food at the supermarket is not, the restaurants are the same as where you might live. McDonalds, Burger King etc… is all the same price as in your town. The gas is cheaper, but the cars costs more. All in all, it’s like moving into a new house, you gain some and you lose some. So if you’re looking for better, it may not be better, it just may be a wash!!!

  12. Carolyn Says:

    I lived in TX 20 years, 17 in Dallas.

    I left because of the brutal hot and humid summers and I got tired of the ‘keeping up with the Jones’s’ mentality (in Dallas). Homes are huge, luxurious and affordable. You get alot for what you pay for. The culture is about showing off your gorgeous home, fancy cars, nice clothes, etc. Image is very important and how you ‘look’ determines who wants to be your friend . Women wear lots of makeup and don’t dare go out of the house without their makeup. I found it all very superficial after so many years of it. I found the people were ‘picky’ about who they wanted to be their friends. Wealth tends to breed ‘clickishness’. There is a superficial friendliness, but people are more cautious as far getting to know you. It is a traditional, conservative state, so if you do not fit in with ‘normal’ , you are snubbed. After visiting San Francisco, I came back to Dallas seeing how most people there are all the ‘same’.

    It is an affordable state to live in and tends to have good jobs. The main entertainment is shoppping, shopping, and more shopping, movies, and eating out. I used to enjoy shopping, but now find it boring.

    I moved to Denver 15 years ago and love it! The housing is very different here and more expensive, but living close to the mountains, low humidty , and lots of sunshine was more important to me than having a fancy house to show off.

    I make friends here so much easier. Denver has lots of newcomers, so people are open and looking for friendships. The people are more outdoors focused and less concerned with how they ‘look’.

    • hey yo! Says:

      Dallas metroplex….been here a few years. some love “it” and thats cool however..once you look beyond the initial affordability factor, fancy homes, cars, and materialistic “look what i’ve bought” mentality, life here seems to mirror a gold-plated empty shell. looks can be very deceiving…

  13. Pat Says:

    Texas is still better than Seattle. I’m considering moving to Dallas and most of what I’ve red so far sounds good enough for me. I like the friendliness of the people. Unlike Seattle where your neighbors consider you to be a stranger even after years of seeing you. When you start a new job, you’re not going to be getting that wellcome to the new job greeting which you get from every employee who knows you are new to the job. Bottom line, Texas is a paradise compared to Seattle. A 350K house here will get you 2 of the same home anywhere in Texas. I just need to secure a job in Texas and I’ll be joining you Texans soon. People are so self centered here that they are really not interested in getting to know you except you work really, really close to them like in working in the same department.

  14. Jungleé Says:

    Been living in this urban village for a year now.. Maybe my story can give you the other side of rosy-Dallas. Came down from Denver and prior to that Seattle.. It’s so boring here that I picked up drinking coffee twice a day religiously(pun intended) and smoking in the last year. I also think that there is evidence to support the fact that other people are suffering from boredom as well – here’s why.. People tailgate you like crazy because they find entertainment in trying to kill you.. Cut you off on the roads for no reason except to pick a fight, drink and drive regularly(like its their duty and yes because nobody tells a Texan what to do–really!!). People cant find a place to sit down at bars for happy hour on a Monday at 5pm. I don’t even feel like I could look forward to anything in this damn city.. I go to Walmart everyday just because.. I have not walked to anywhere in the last year.. But why should I!!.. It’s a Texas than-g to drive to a place even if you’re going only 200 feet. People talk and then if they’re lucky think about it. There’s a lack of things to stimulate your senses except of course there’s tons for the penile sense. But seriously a lack of visual or architectural stimulus drives down the combined creativity of the entire city.. Every day the city in my opinion dumbs down just a little.. Minuscule maybe but if this was to be looked at like an evolutionary experiment(god forbid!!) then in about a few generations Dallas would go back to the dark Middle Ages.. Racism is prevalent.. I’m not black or white.. I’m just providing my opinion that both races have something messed up going on against each other in this city.. Theres a love hate thing.. although there r a lot of inter-racial couples there’s also tension. I dont come across it much maybe because im not poor (i say that because poverty breeds ignorance not because im a big shot) but this one time this one redneck pulls up in his truck(of course!!.. What else) and says something racist that I shouldn’t be driving the car I was and something about indian ppl.. I looked at him like waat… But I could tell he was poor and stuff.. Thankfully the only time I feel scared is when going to Walmart(everyday.. haha) but I do that just for an adrenaline rush.. Did I mention that the city is so cookie cutter you would think Walmart was into building homes and malls and roads these days.. In short there’s nothing to do and i think the city officials in short promote the idea of eating industrially farmed food and get lazy and fat all the while destroying and hurting our Mother Earth .. I’m not against anything what people eat or do .. its their choice..but there’s not even stores which are mom and pop here.. There are only walmarts.. There are no pedestrian or bike friendly roads.. Only roads..

  15. I been here for two years ,its ok…..I moved here from las vegas…I miss vegas but jobs were slow out there….there are jobs here….im still getting used to it…im not sold on dallas yet,but its ok for now….

    • Randy Says:

      Marcus… would love to hear more about life in Dallas vs. LV. We moved to Omaha, Nebraska almost two years ago for a work transfer (company relocated me to open a new sales center) & have pretty much hated it from day one. We’re settled in & would hate to move my high schooler, again, but have an opportunity in Dallas (Plano) that I’m considering. Lived in Henderson (Green Valley) & am looking for more GV or Summerlin communities in our next move. Cost of living? Weather? Family environment? Arts? Rec centers/community pools? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

  16. Alex Says:

    Hi all!
    I`m living in the UK at the moment and looking for some changes. This country is so expensive to live I`m thinking about America\TX. So I have started to browse for jobs. I am into IT the most, but at the moment I`m working for Supermarket company (one of the leading in the UK) as a logistics “Transport” planner. I have found the that there are a lot of job advertisements in Dallas TX for IT based jobs. I have been working in the UK for about 8 years now and since then this is the first time I am considering leaving it. Purely because I have a family wife and kid (2 years old boy) and have been saving for all these years to be able to buy my first house. House prices are extreme here. For a 3 bedroom house (made of shyte materials) would have to pay about £215000 meaning mortgage for about 30 to 35 years. I ask myself every day now do I want to be a slave for that period of time?
    My questions are:
    1 – if I would take my money with me to the US and find a decent job (for the start thinking about 50 to 60 thousand dollars per year) would I be able to buy a house for my family and keep the household running with that sort of income?
    2 – If I’m looking to buy a house in the 175000 dollars range how much deposit are the banks asking for? Here is about 10-20% which is a butt load of money for a start.
    3 – Is the healthcare affordable over there from that kind of income? Not that anyone is ill in my family but you never know.
    4 – As a foreigner (with white background) would I have difficulties? I mean, are native Americans hard headed with people coming from abroad? Over here in England sometimes there are small problems.

    I would have more questions but not sure that anyone will read my comment here. If you are I would appreciate any kind of help. Not asking for a lot just some ideas about living in Texas. Thank you very much for your help in advance.

    Regards,
    Alex

    • Britt Says:

      Alex-

      Dallas has a great economy. I grew up here. People here have no problem with europeans. You may get a job just because you are english. 50 to 60,000 dollars here will let you live comfortably. You will see mostly people who make ALOT of money and sometimes you will go home feeling like crap and feeling like your home is a sardine can. Make the move. If you don’t like it here there are plenty of places in the US. I hate Dallas, as it is too snooty. They will like you with your british accent 🙂

      • Alex Szlati Says:

        Hi Britt!
        First of all thank you for your time. I take it that you are from the UK. Sorry but I don’t really get this sardine can thing. I feel like living in a sardine can here in North London. The money I’m looking to spend on a house here (with 3 beds – the size of a large shed) would buy me a 6+ bed massive beautiful house down town Dallas. I have a family of 3 (wife and son) and to be honest I wouldn’t mind the hot and being a hard worker I think I would be fine. Its all about my family, how difficult would it be to move my whole life across. How long would it take to get to a point where I can buy a house? Can you take mortgages? Would you know how much percentage would I need to put on the table to buy my first house? Over here is about 15-20% and it is a butt load of money.
        Have you ever been thinking moving back to the UK? If you have just forget about it quickly 🙂 this country is going down the hill fast. Anyway, thank you for you answer once again. If you don’t mind to give me some more info would help a lot.

        All the best,

        Alex

  17. Britt Says:

    Alex, im not British but I think you all have great accents. I am a Texan going back at least 4 generations. I personally do not like it here because of the amount of development. I need to feel close to nature. I would contact a realtor in Dallas and see what you need to do. You may just need to make the move and rent a house until you find the right place. I would live in Frisco, McKinney, or Plano if I were you. Go on craigslist.com and search rental homes in Dallas. There will be plenty of Realtors willing to assist you. Good luck.

  18. Debbie Hautzinger Says:

    Has anyone moved to the DFW area from the Midwest(Nebr., Iowa, Kansas, Missouri).

    • hey now Says:

      Dallas is a great place for business. It has all the great things every big city has, but as far as living here, there’s nothing truly amazing about it. Culturally, the area excels at nothing. C’mon, how many times can you visit the museums, six flags, aquarium, book depository, etc…? It has a little of this, little of that, but nothing noteworthy. I guess the best thing about it is the fact that housing is cheaper than most markets (actually once you add in property tax, insurance, utilities, its not “cheap”) but you’ll end up spending a lot of money on entertainment: eating out & shopping because there’s not a plethora of great weather here, so you do nearly everything indoors. Imho, 3-4 months of 12, the weather is decent. The best thing to do is to find some good, genuine people to hang around, but even that can be a challenge. I also think that Fort Worth has a bit more character to it.

      Just remember, its cheaper for good reason, and you get what you pay for. (actually once you add in property tax, insurance, its not “cheap”) I love working here but do not like living here. I’m going on 4.5 years in the area and have combed through more activities in the entire DFW than most natives have experienced in their entire lives here. But, overall, i’ve acquired to good stuff that beef’s up my resume. Will be leaving soon for a more desirable lifestyle besides acquiring “stuff”, i.e., Dallas is conspicuous consumption at its best, no lie.

  19. Sandra Derry Says:

    I moved to Dallas from the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area two years ago to be near my grandchildren. BAD MISTAKE. I live in the White Rock Lake area now and have all the natural beauty that N. Texas has to offer just outside my door. I can’t get back to SoCal fast enough. Don’t believe there is no winter in Texas. The leaves come down in Oct. and it is horriblly brown and gray for six months. The landscape is bare dirt, dry leaves and gray concrete everywhere. The temperature hovers in the 30s and 40s and lots of layers of winter clothes are necessary. It’s windy and biting, alternating with a semi-sunny day every week or two. It’s very cloudy and dark. It remains humid in the winter, so the cold is a British-sort of wet misery. I lived in Calgary, Alberta for 12 years and found the -30 dry cold much easier to handle. The people are like people everywhere: they are involved with their own lives and don’t expect more or less. This is just another location in which to pass your life with nothing great about at all about it unless one is bound and determined to mention things like “lots of restaurants” and “a nice place to raise kids”. The public schools are horrendous and necessitate an expensive private school for the sake of a good education and safety. Since I am on a fixed income, I can reliably report that it costs just as much to live here in Dallas as it did in the Southern Calif. area.
    Everything — from the bad country-music played in the grocery stores, to the surfeit of fast-food fried-everything places, to the YeeHaa commercials on tv, to the “We’re Texans and we think THIS way so you have to, too” screams backwardness and insularity to me.

    I came to Dallas expecting wonderful people and super weather from past vacation trips with family, and I have been freakishly disappointed. I think the people that rave so about living here perhaps have not lived in other, better places.

    Did I mention the super-conservative religious nature that a majority of people maintain and want to shove down your throat at every opportunity? There are twelve — seriously, TWELVE — churches within a few blocks of my house.

  20. Eduardo Says:

    I wonder how does Dallas compare to other cities of Texas like Austin and Houston. Is there any major difference among them? As far as I know Austin would be the more liberal of the state, but besides that what else?

  21. johnnitha Says:

    Hello i am a 28 year old single mom of 2 daughters wanting to relocate from jackson ms. I am stuck on deciding between dallas and Georgia. I looking to attend art Institute for fashion. Yoour help will be greatly appreciated! ! Im just looking to better my life!

    • Tina Tola Says:

      I’m a designer that currently lives on Georgia. Moved from NYC 7years ago.
      Trust me!! Don’t come to Georgia. All the hype about Atlanta being the new Hollywood is B.S. People are super cheap with no style.
      I’m about to get out of Atlanta.

  22. Mindi Says:

    Whatever you do, DO NOT move to Dallas! I was forced into a move here from fabulous Chicago 2 years ago because of Hubby’s job and HATE IT. I can’t get out of this cesspool fast enough. I dream everyday of moving back to Chicago where people are educated, open-minded, interesting, cultured and less judgmental. The lifestyle here is so boring – nothing to do except shop and eat. And man do people eat!! They are HUGE here! This state is the ugliest I’ve ever seen – brown, dead and flat with endless miles of sprawl – and I’ve visited 45. There is zero culture here and no urban vibe. It’s just mile after mile of strip malls and cookie cutter suburbs with everyone trying to outdo the other by having the biggest house. People are friendly, but it’s completely fake. And do they ever hate people from the North!! I’ve been called a Yankee, told to go back to Yankee-land and my personal fav – when I tried to transfer my IL License told by the cop at the DMV that they reached their quota for IL license transfers and I had to come back next month! This jerk of a cop was totally serious!! I had to practically force them to give me a license. And what is with all the pick-ups? Do you really need a Super Duty Twin Diesel to commute to your desk job? This state is super conservative and ultra-religious!! Do not come here unless you want a bible shoved down your throat. And if you don’t go to church, be prepared to explain why. The thinking here is archaic. Apparently all women are expected to be barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen by age 22. All the men talk about is sports and all the women care about is marriage. Funny since every native Texan I’ve met who got married in their 20s is also divorced. Good luck if you are in your 30s and don’t have kids. People here have the nerve to ask you why!! Oh yes, I’ve actually had co-workers ask me why I don’t have kids. Like that’s anyone’s business!!! If you want to see some fireworks – tell a Texan you don’t like Texas, then wait for the meltdown. When a Texas asks if you like Texas, the only acceptable answer is “Yes” otherwise an argument or stonewall ensues. Sadly, the only reason they think it’s so great is because they’ve never been anywhere! Great for those who get out of this state because there’s little chance you’ll ever have run into a Texas again!!


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