If you are thinking about moving to a locale filled with diversity, a robust economy and a plethora of family-friendly cultural and recreational options, then Dallas could, very well, be exactly what you are looking for. According to The Dallas Morning News, Dallas ranked #1 out of the top-ten cities in the US, in 2016, as the hottest city for relocation for professional reasons and employment opportunities. Along with that impressive statistic, Dallas attracts nearly 80,000 people every year for a myriad of reasons and, according to D Magazine, Dallas positioned itself as #1 in the nation for population growth, in 2016.
Want to know more? – Here are five reasons why you just might want to consider this powerhouse of a city as your next home.
Dallas residents enjoy a robust real-estate market, reflective of an economy that is thriving. With jobs and population that are continually expanding, home-owners relish the economic strength Dallas offers where the stability of homes’ market values remain very strong. New-home construction is potent; and one of D Magazine‘s headlines in 2016 was: “The Hottest Dallas Real Estate Market, Ever! (Still!)”. Zillow tells us that the double-digit appreciation of home values positions Dallas as one of the fastest-growing real-estate markets, anywhere.
Workers, companies and investors continue to flock into this thriving metro region; and Dallas can boast of being home to 18 of the Fortune 500 companies and 18 of the top wealth holders on Forbes Magazine’s list of richest billionaires. According to the North Texas Commission, DFW has the 4th highest GDP in the country.
For the past several years, Dallas has been embedded in the Forbes’ list of America’s fastest-growing cities. Due to this area of Texas being an economic powerhouse, new residents continue to flock into the DFW metro area. New college grads are drawn to companies such as Toyota, Southwest Airlines, AT&T, Exxon, Texas Instrument, Dr. Pepper/Snapple, and more.
Dallas is a hotbed for commerce; and with population increases, relocations and overall increases in productivity, Dallas is, according to the North Texas Commission: “The best place for anyone to be”. Due to Texas’ business-friendly environment, major companies are leaving states, such as California and others, and many are setting up shop in Dallas; and those companies are creating thousands of jobs. Bloomberg – a major global provider of financial news which operates 24/7 – tell us that as of 2015, Dallas has added jobs at a faster pace than any of the nation’s other 15-largest metro areas. Bloomberg continues, by saying: “Metro Dallas has been, by just about every metric, the nation’s job-creation leader, with pay being above the national average.”
The types of amenities residents enjoy, here, is a huge part of what makes the Dallas area so coveted. A mere sliver of amenities that stand out, include the following:
*** DFW International Airport is the 2nd-largest, in acreage, of US airports and is the only airport in the world with 7 operational runways – O’Hare has 7, but only 6 are operational. Dallas Love Field Airport is located only 7 miles from Dallas’ downtown central business district. A bit of trivia: DFW Airport covers a land mass almost larger than Manhattan and hosts the largest parking lot in the world, with 40,000 spaces. Whether one wishes to travel nationally or internationally, the close proximity of both airports is a huge convenience for those, especially, who travel on a regular basis.
*** Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail line provides efficiency and ease of commuting to work, entertainment venues, sports activities, shopping districts, educational facilities and more. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail line moves 220,000 passengers, every day!
*** Four Major Sports Leagues offer exciting family entertainment throughout the year: The Dallas Cowboys (football), the Texas Rangers (baseball), the Dallas Mavericks (basketball), and the Dallas Stars (hockey).
*** Six Flags Over Texas is a world-class theme park that covers 212 acres with more than 100 rides.
*** White Rock Lake spans 1,000 acres where seagulls, herons, and pelicans congregate while fun-lovers enjoy sailing, paddle boats, fishing, hiking and more.
If seeking a higher-education is on your agenda, Dallas has no shortage of colleges and specialty schools in or around the metro. In fact, there are 45 colleges within 40 miles of Dallas with well over a dozen educational institutions within Dallas, itself. For beginners, there is El Centro College which is a small, 2-year community facility. It offers undergraduate programs for any high-school graduate or GED-holding student. KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts is a personalized 2-year, private college where undergraduate programs are available. Are you wishing to attend a religiously-affiliated university? If so, Southern Methodist University is a mid-size, 4-year private college where under-grad and graduate programs are offered that are affiliated with the United Methodist faith. Also, the Dallas Christian College is a 4-year, private college connected with the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ faith. Perhaps Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Dallas or the University of Phoenix Dallas Campus might trip your academic trigger – regardless of your interest, there is no shortage of choices when it comes to broadening one’s educational horizons!
The Shopping and Eateries
Though shopping would, indeed, fall under the category of “amenities”, in this case, it deserves it’s own attention since one of the best things to do in downtown Dallas is shop. Take, for example, the city’s West End Historic District – it’s a hot-spot for locals as well as tourists. Here, one will experience an ambiance of charm and delight coupled with an eclectic atmosphere. With more than 675 acres, this prized destination is embedded with diverse restaurants, museums, shops, horse-drawn carriage rides, and entertainment. Kiss Bartique is a stunning boutique for fashion lovers; Kokopelli Candy is filled with chocolates, nostalgic candy & hand-made cookies; and Wild Bill’s Western Store is an 1800’s redbrick building where one will find leather boots, hats, belts/buckles and handmade jewelry – these delicious options are only the tip of the shopping iceberg!
The Uptown area features a multitude of trendy, international chains; and nearby Highland Park offers upscale boutiques. Then, there is the huge Galleria in north Dallas which features a gigantic ice-skating rink with a delightful kids’ play area. The trendy Knox-Henderson area provides a plethora of home goods and furnishing outlets. One can immerse oneself in over-the-top luxury boutiques where Gucci, Prada and Chanel strut their stuff as well as venues with less-exclusive options. Perhaps, Dallas’ most-famous shopping destination would be the renowned Neiman Marcus which is headquartered in the Big D. The old Main Street store remains Neiman Marcus’ flagship location.
After it’s all said and done, it cannot be argued that Dallas is alive with excitement, on so many levels! One has access to a lifetime of arts and entertainment opportunities, a myriad of educational options, never-ending sporting events, and a growing economy. Dallas is a wonderfully exciting place to call home!