Moving to Dallas (Part 2)

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June 23, 2022

Moving to Dallas (Part 2)

Are you on your way to the great city of Dallas but don't know what to expect? Well, good news for you, we're here to give you a helping hand. 

This is the second part of our Dallas, TX City Guide. In Part 1, we gave a city overview. We also spoke about the city's cost of living, rental market, and its best neighborhoods. 

Check the list down below to see what topics are included in Part 2 of this guide.

Chapter 1: Job Market in Dallas, TX

Chapter 2: Dallas Culture

Chapter 3: Transportation in Dallas

Chapter 4: Pros & Cons of Living in Dallas

Let's complete this Dallas City Guide! 

Chapter 1: Job Market in Dallas, TX

You can find tons of job opportunities in Dallas in a variety of different fields. This area has been steadily growing, so as a result, its employment rate has been increasing every year too. 

The Census Bureau recorded in 2019 that yearly employment grew at a rate of 0.0597%. The best part is that Dallas employed almost 700k people that year. 

Additionally, from August 2020 to August 2021, the Dallas area gained a total of 152,500 jobs. Talk about some major growth!

Out of all their jobs, the following job groups were the most popular. 

  • Sales or Related Occupations
  • Office or Administrative Support Occupations 
  • Construction or Extraction Occupations
  • Management Occupations 
  • Business or Financial Operations Occupations 

Dallas is also home to quite a few headquarters. 

AT&T, Tenet Healthcare, and Southwest Airlines are all massive companies stationed in Dallas. They employ hundreds of thousands of people, forever supporting Dallas’ job market! 

So, regardless of your situation, the city has lots of job opportunities to offer! 

Chapter 2: Dallas Culture 

Dallas, TX is a melting pot of different religions, cultures, and lifestyles. It exudes southern hospitality and diversity. 

Its modern, postmodern, and art deco architecture gives the city a sense of spunk and vitality. 

Let's go in depth on what makes Dallas so rich in culture and diversity

Hidden Gems & Famous Attractions in Dallas

  1. Bishop Arts District. Welcome to the largest urban arts district in the US! This artsy area is the trendiest place in town to go shopping or catch a show. This neighborhood has vibrant street art, unique boutiques, museums, and performing arts centers. 
  1. Trinity Forest Adventure Park. This aerial adventure park is perfect for families, thrill-seekers, and novice climbers. The high-rope courses consist of wobble bridges, zip lines, ladders, cargo nets, and tight ropes. Get ready to explore your courageous and adventurous side with this attraction! 
  1. Deep Ellum Entertainment District. Deep Ellum is the perfect place to dance your heart away. This entertainment district is full of restaurants, bustling bars, and great live music. You can find over 30 live music spots, art galleries, speakeasies, bars, and dancing clubs here.
  1. ArtPark Trinity Groves. Looking for a hangout spot that radiates community spirit? Look no further. ArtPark Trinity Groves has converted a shipping container into a drink bar. It also has large fun games to play like Jenga or Connect 4. This attraction offers open-air seating and is decorated with graffiti by local artists. It's hard to beat this spot with its breathtaking views of the city and refreshing drinks. 
  1. The Truckyard. This neat location is an adult playground and beer garden, but don’t be mistaken. People of all ages can come to this compound. The Truckyard houses several food trucks and offers live music events. The coolest part is that food trucks are always changing, so you can try something new every time you go! 
  1. Downtown West End Historic District. This area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Dallas. The West End Historic District is rich in history. You can see old brick buildings and warehouses still standing today. You can find memorial buildings, the Old Red Museum, the West End Market Place, or the West End Station here. 
  1. Galleria Dallas. If you’re looking for a unique activity, head on over to Galleria Dallas. You can skate in their indoor ice rink that has been open since 1982. It's also home to the tallest American indoor Christmas tree during the holidays.   
  1. The Six Floor Museum. This prominent museum is located at Dealey Plaza. Head inside to learn about the legacy, life, and assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 
  1. Texas Live!. This unique entertainment complex is located near three sports arenas (AT&T Stadium, Globe Life Park, Globe Life Field). Texas Live! offers over 10 restaurants, bars, and entertainment centers in one location. Whether you’re big on sports, nightlife, live music, or dining, they have a venue for everyone.  
  1. Fair Park. This park is filled with Art Deco buildings and Instagram-worthy spots. During the annual State Fair of Texas, you can say hello to the 52 foot ‘Big Tex’ statue. He’s the tallest cowboy in Texas and always ready to greet visitors! 

Green Spaces in Dallas, TX

Living in Dallas is the perfect alternative for outdoor lovers who still prefer to live in the city. 

The Dallas Park System is extensive and one of the largest across the US. It includes 397 parks that spread across 20,118 acres. 

To break it down, the green spaces in Dallas include: 

  • 18,994 acres of parkland 
  • 1,124 acres of bodies of water
  • 33 ponds and 7 lakes
  • 158 miles of hiking trails 
  • 4 dog parks 
  • Recreation centers, playgrounds, golf courses, trails, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, picnic shelters, and spraygrounds

If parks aren't your thing, you can also visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Check out White Rock Lake if you're looking for a scenic and open destination. Dallas also has 21 preserves on the outskirts of town as conservation efforts. 

Dallas, TX Weather

If you're not a fan of the snow, you'll enjoy the Dallas climate. 

The city does have four distinct seasons, but residents experience it in a more subdued way. 

For example, the winters rarely get heavy snow, unlike the northern states. The average snowfall is only 0.1 inches in Texas. 

The average high is around 96F in August and drops to an average low of 57F in January. 

You may not have beach weather all year round, but at least the weather is mild! 

Chapter 3: Transportation in Dallas

The transportation system in Dallas is known to be lacking in some areas. Despite this, you’ll be happy to know that Dallas has the fastest-growing mass transit system in the U.S.

The transportation network in Dallas can be divided into the following systems. 

Dallas DART Light Rail (Rapid Transit Light Rail)

It’s a 93-mile long rapid light rail system that comprises 4 subway lines- Red, Blue, Orange, and Green. The lines travel to as far as Plano, Rowlett, DFW Airport, and Lewisville, respectively. 

Dallas FWTA TEXRail (Suburban Rail)

TEXRail is a commuter train rail service. It connects the DFW International Airport to downtown Fort Worth. 

Dallas DCTA A-Train (Suburban Rail)

The Denton County Transportation Authority offers this A-train commuter rail service. This railway functions under the partnership of DART, DCTA, and TRE. The train runs between Trinity Mills station and Downtown Denton. At Trinity Mills, you’re able to transfer to the DART’s Green Line. 

McKinney Avenue Transit Authority 

Also known as the M-Line Trolley, this is a unique transit system. It operates using heritage trolley streetcars. The main segment of the line runs on McKinney Avenue in Uptown. 

Dallas Streetcar

This is a fairly new streetcar! It runs from Union Station in Downtown Dallas to the Methodist Dallas Medical Center in Oak Cliff. Its line expanded in 2016 to now run to 6th Street and the Bishop Arts District. 

Trinity Railway Express (Intercity Rail)

The Trinity Railway Express (TRE) operates under the partnership of the FWTA and DART. It’s a commuter rail service that travels from Downtown Dallas to Downtown Fort Worth via DFW. 

Amtrak Texas Eagle

The Texas Eagle is an American passenger train. It travels between central and western U.S. This intercity rail service runs daily between Texas and Illinois.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

The DFW Airport is the primary international airport servicing the Dallas-Fort Worth area. You can catch a ride to the airport using the DART, TEXRail, or Trinity Railway Express. DFW has quickly become one of the busiest airports in the world. Its flight routes go to 273 destinations in 44 different countries. 

Dallas Love Field Airport

Located northwest of downtown Dallas, this is a city-owned public airport. Only domestic routes are offered, most being flown by Southwest Airlines.

Dallas Expressways

Dallas has many major interstate highways and freeways that run through the city. Their freeway system is set up in a spoke-hub system. This means that all freeways meet in the center of Downtown Dallas. The I-30 runs in the south, the I-35E on the west, I-45 in the east, and Spur 366 in the north. 

Chapter 4: Pros & Cons of Living in Dallas 

To summarize this guide, let's go over some of the pros and cons of living in Dallas. 

A list can help clear things up and tell you what you’re really dealing with.

Pros 

Here’s a list of the advantages of living in Dallas. 

  • Low tax rates
  • Very diverse city  
  • Many job opportunities
  • Safe city
  • Offers great schooling
  • Hospitable & friendly people
  • Many green spaces for an urban region
  • Lots of arts, entertainment, and sports events

Cons

Let’s go over the disadvantages of living in Dallas. 

  • Higher cost of living
  • Heavy traffic 
  • Lack of public transportation in certain parts of the city
  • It’s a more spread out city 

TL;DR- Conclusion

There you have it folks! This completes our City Guide of Dallas, TX. 

Let’s do a TL;DR to highlight the important bits we discussed.

The Dallas job market is very vast and offers positions in all sorts of different sectors. The city is home to many headquarters like AT&T and Southwest Airlines. Dallas is extremely diverse and spunky. It has a boatload of different attractions. Some include the indoor skating rink at Galleria Dallas or Texas Live! that has over 10 entertainment spots in one. Dallas has one of the largest park systems in the U.S. The climate is pretty mild and enjoyable. The transportation system is also pretty awesome. You can get all around town with the DART, TEXRail, DCTA, or streetcars. 

Since Dallas is such a big city, you might find yourself overwhelmed when trying to find a rental home. If this speaks to you, take a look at our service. Lighthouse offers a rental cashback program and we help with your search process. 

What hidden gem or attraction would you check out in Dallas? Let us know!

 

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