Dallas, Texas

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“Great as long as you don't mind the heat”

Pros:

Dallas has best in class school districts, museums, and professional sports. You also can't get much more affordable housing than the metroplex.

Cons:

Lots of driving if you live in the suburbs and want to get into the city. I really can't stress this enough...Dallas Texas is very hot! Expect very high 100 degree plus summers!

Best Neighborhoods

If you are a single person then Deep Ellum is one place you might like to go to on a Friday night for live music and a variety of night clubs. There are many different lofts and other buildings in this area where single people choose to live. Victory Park is another area where you can find a mix of singles, students, families and working professionals because there are many neighborhoods and condos in this area and it is close to the city.

Popular Activities

The Bishop Arts district is a strip of restaurants and art galleries that is nestled into a neighborhood that you would not expect to find it in the Oak Cliff area. It is almost like finding a buried treasure when you happen upon these places and more often than not local Oak Clffian's can point an array of places out.

If you enjoy food, Dallas offers an extensive collection of cuisine to try out. You can find authentic Mexican food, Chinese food and even a restaurant by the name of Gloria's that offers Salvadorian food with delicious fried plantain.

Besides the food there are many different museums like the Dallas Museum of Art which offers jazz night and other activities that you could enjoy with a date, a group of friends or on a family outing. The Dallas Zoo and Dallas Aquarium are also large and affordable. You can also visit landmarks in Dallas for free. There are many shopping malls where you can spend your Saturday afternoon shopping or taking in a movie. Dallas has all of the major professional sport teams such as the Dallas Mavericks where you can attend a game when the team is having a home game.

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“The biggest suburban city”

Pros:

Dallas is a mixed bag I guess like all big cities; you'll find it be lively and very suburban at the same time. There's six million people in the DFW area so there isn't a shortage of things to do or try but it's not on the same level as an LA or Chicago. Surprisingly you'll find the arts community to be well supported and developed. The city is very clean and easy to get around.

Cons:

Lots of spread out sprawl, poor public transportation, sitting in traffic commuting to work.

Best Neighborhoods

Uptown for those who want an urban experience and the suburbs for those wanting that lifestyle.

Popular Activities

The art scene is amazing and you access to many outdoor activities and you're just a short drive from great lakes and the middle of nowhere. Good sports teams.

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“An easy place to live and be comfortable ”

Pros:

The Dallas metroplex is a huge area with a myriad amount of housing and career opportunities. There's traffic but for a city this size it's not that bad, the highway systems is well developed. Jobs are plentiful throughout the metroplex with the are being home to many large company headquarters such Exxon, at&t, Kimberly-Clark, Texas Instruments, Southwest Airlines, Fluor, and Gamestop to name just a few. The cost of living is very low.

Cons:

You Drive in Dallas. You don't walk. Having and showing off money seems to be the scene in some parts. Dallas and Fort Worth ISD aren't very good..go to suburbs like Plano for highly rated schools.

Best Neighborhoods

Young people should check out Addison or maybe Richardson and if they can afford it some central Dallas neighborhoods just north of downtown which are cool and urban. Popular suburbs for families include Plano, Carrollton, and the little further McKinney and Allen. Southlake is also a popular upper middle class suburb.

Popular Activities

Shopping seems to be a favorite activity. There are many good hiking/biking, and walking trails in many well-kept parks.

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“Sprawling Metropolis”

Pros:

Lots of job opportunities and night life within the mid town areas. Very affordable housing throughout the metroplex and overall good school systems. Lots of Fortune 500 companies have located to Dallas. Lots of airport accessiblity.

Cons:

People seem to be commuting through life as Dallas has miles of freeways and endless non-descript suburbs. There doesn't seem to be any sense of community or character to Dallas.

Best Neighborhoods

Young professionals living in mid town area. Upscale suburbs abound and are generally very affordable.

Popular Activities

Dallas is known for the shopping, great museums, theatres and new restaurants.
The most popular place to go is out of town for the weekend.

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“Where to live in Dallas-Lincoln Park gets my vote”

Pros:

I moved to Dallas several years ago and after living in a couple of different areas, decided to move to the Uptown area. It seems that a lot of younger single professionals live here too and families of course. Uptown has streets that are easy to walk on to stores and restaurants and if you work downtown but don't want to live there, Uptown is the place to be; the resident areas and business kind of all mix together which is special for Dallas since other areas are not like that.

Cons:

Dallas can get seriously obsessed with sports and cowboys and if you're not into those two, it can be frustrating, if you are, you'll find welcome company. Some sections of the city are seriously overpriced to live in too.

Best Neighborhoods

The Knox-Henderson neighborhood has a good entertainment scene. Oaklawn has great apartments and condos, with good restaurants/clubs and an artsy feel to it. Lake Highland is a little farther out, north of White Rock Lake and more family-centered but great schools with the Richardson ISD.

Popular Activities

I love to run on the Katy Trail; Dallas has tons of live music bars-check out the Greenville Ave District. There's the West End Historic District, the zoo, and Dallas sports teams to follow year round.

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“Affordable with a strong economy but sterile”

Pros:

Dallas and its suburbs are filled with affordable housing and the metroplex has a plethora of jobs. Like other big cities you get shopping, nightlife, and restaurants. Strong sports culture with the Cowboys and Mavericks among others. There is a well developed highway system so getting around is easy. Traffic isn't that bad compared to other large cities. The city is clean. The Dallas area has some of the best public schools in the country. In Dallas you'll find plenty of southern hospitality.

Cons:

Dallas has a sterile and cold feel to it. It's hard to explain but it just does. There are many upper middle class communities in and around Dallas which led to a very snobby and flashy culture. I'd say there are as many plastic women as Los Angeles. Dallas proper is actually pretty moderate and open-minded but the burbs are extremely conservative.

Best Neighborhoods

For young professionals I recommend downtown, uptown, North Oak Cliff, Addison or Greenville.

Popular Activities

Dallas probably has the largest arts district in the country if not the world. There are museums and attractions galore.

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