A thriving Metroplex, Dallas is a hub for trains, tech, cattle, oil and telecom. Several Fortune 500 Companies, including AT&T, TI and Exxon Mobil, are located here. Some even say the modern era was invented in Dallas, as the first microchip was invented here at Texas Instruments. Here are a few friendly tips to keep you sane while moving to Dallas.
Moving to Dallas
Timing a Move: Try to avoid the summer when moving to Dallas. It’s no fun pushing around boxes in 100-degree heat. Spring, autumn and winter are relatively mild and pleasant. If a summer move is unavoidable, hire movers to help and start early to beat the midday heat.
Planning for Tolls: There are several Tollways that intersect Dallas, and depending on your commute, it can get pricey traveling to work each day—upwards of $40 a week. Keep cash on hand and be aware of the tolls when you plan your move. Check out the North Texas Tollway Authority for more information.
Parking Your Moving Truck: Moving permits are not required in Dallas, however you should find out in advance if there is metered or resident parking by your new home, as this can affect where you unload your moving truck.
Changing Your Address: Don’t forget to change your address with USPS so that your mail is forwarded to your new home on time.
Check out our downloadable planners and checklists.
Wondering where to live when moving to Dallas? Your decision will depend on budget, how far you’re willing to drive, and if you want to own or rent.
In general terms, here are your options:
Downtown and its surroundings: Great neighborhoods, amazing views of downtown and a higher-than-average (Dallas) cost of living. Your rent or mortgage is going to be higher in these areas, but you’re getting the ambiance and all the perks of in-city living.
North Dallas: Outside the center of Dallas, you’ll find North Dallas. Some consider this anything north of North West Highway. The cost of renting or buying goes down in this area, and you’ll still enjoy living close to all the city action.
Suburbs: In every direction outward of Dallas, you’ll find suburban areas filled with all types of folks. Build your dream house, live on a lake or buy a mid-century modern.
Cost of Living
Because of low taxes, reasonable housing costs and low cost of living, Dallas residents enjoy a strong and competitive economic environment. According to the Dallas Economic Development Board, the cost of living in Dallas is 8.1% lower than the US average. In addition to this, there is no personal or corporate income tax in Texas, and the state is ranked forty-third among states in total state and local tax burden in 2008 (as reported by The Tax Foundation).
News junkies moving to Dallas will not be disappointed. There are so many newspapers and print publications available to readers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that it just might make your head spin. To prevent that, we’ve come up with a short list of the best newspapers, plus a round-up of local TV stations.
The Dallas Morning News
Published seven days a week, The Dallas Morning News reaches over 400,000 daily readers. On Sundays, that number is nearly doubled when readership reaches a respectable 700,000 on average. Throughout an extensive history that dates back to 1885, The Dallas Morning News has received nine Pulitzer Prizes, two George Polk Awards, and one Overseas Press Club Award. A highly respected and credible paper, it’s earned the reputation of having little to no political bias. The paper covers standard major publication fare, from local and international news to sports, business, job listings and community events.
Originally started in 1980 with the intent of being an advocate of local arts, the Dallas Observer has grown over the years into one of the most widely circulated free weekly papers in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. These days, in addition to its support of the arts, the paper also focuses on investigative journalism and is a primary source for news stories not generally covered by the mainstream media. Its circulation reaches an average 80,000 readers weekly.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
With a daily circulation of over 150,000 and a Sunday audience of more than 230,000 readers, the Forth Worth Star-Telegram is the principal rival of the Dallas Morning News. Dating back to 1906, the newspaper has been the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes. It’s considered to be a left-leaning publication with regard to news bias. Its website is known for being one of the longest-running Internet news sources, having originally been launched by the newspaper in 1982 as an ASCII-based service named StarText, and eventually merging with the paper’s current website.
Fort Worth Weekly
With a circulation close to 50,000, Fort Worth Weekly is one of the main local sources for information on local arts, music, dining, nightlife and film. The paper also covers local news stories most often overlooked by mainstream media, offering an alternative (and some say left-leaning) take on life in and around the Dallas metro area. The Fort Worth Weekly is published once per week, each Wednesday.
El Heraldo News
Published weekly and distributed free of charge, El Heraldo News has a circulation of over 30,000 and serves the Spanish-speaking residents of Dallas with local news, sports coverage, technology, arts and entertainment reviews, and opinion columns.
Local TV News Channels
Tune into these local TV stations.
- KDFW TV 4 (Fox affiliate)
- KERA TV 13 (PBS affiliate)
- KTVT TV 11 (CBS affiliate)
- KXAS TV 5 (NBC affiliate)
- WFAA TV 8 (ABC affiliate)
You’ll hear a lot of talk about the weather in North Texas. Overall, it’s a decent climate—except in the summer.
The only thing you can count on when moving to Dallas is that the weather is constantly changing. From day to day you can have a 20-degree change in temperature. Summers are hot (100 degrees plus), but you’ll get mild temperatures all other times of the year. January and February are the coldest winter months. A twister will hit once in a blue moon.
- Average minimum temperature: 55 degrees Fahrenheit
- Average maximum temperature: 76 degrees Fahrenheit
- Average annual rain: 33.3 inches
Public, private, magnate, international, religious, special needs or charter. Moving to Dallas means you’ll have your pick of every type of education you could possibly want for your children.
Visit Dallas Independent School District‘s website for more information on the public schools in your new neighborhood. And if you’d like to start your search with the cream of the crop, here are the top Dallas elementary schools and high schools according to SchoolDigger.com:
Elementary Schools: H.S. Thompson Learning Center, Hyer Elementary, Armstrong Elementary
High Schools: School for the Talented and Gifted, School of Science and Engineering, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
The city government’s online services are fairly easy-to-navigate and response time is reliable, especially considering Dallas’ size and service area.