Living in Dallas

The city of Dallas, Texas, including the greater metropolitan area, is the fourth largest in the nation. Situated in northern Texas at an elevation of less than 1,000 feet above sea level, Dallas seldom is affected by cold winters or large accumulations of snow. Occasionally, summer daytime temperatures exceed 100 degrees. However, nights are cooler.

With approximately 36 inches per year as the average amount of precipitation, many areas of Dallas often stay green long after other parts of Texas are dry. Because temperatures usually do not go below freezing from early April until mid-November,homeowners who like to garden often harvest crops from two plantings per year. Growing vegetables in raised planters has become quite popular, and children who attend certain elementary schools in the Dallas area now are able to try their hand at gardening through school programs.

Dallas Real Estate

Home prices in Texas continue to rise, and prices in and around Dallas have gone up faster than the average for the state. If you are looking for a professional representation from a Dallas Realtor please make sure to visit my summary page for additional information on some of the unique services I offer to sell your house. The Dallas real estate market continues to thrive with many areas of Dallas having less than 2 months supply of inventory. This is no exaggeration or hype, but there will likely not be a better time to sell your home for many years to come. Housing in Dallas’s Preston Hollow neighborhood is in strong demand, and the average listing price for a home in Preston Hollow is more than $1,500,000. The neighborhoods of North Dallas, Oak Lawn, and Lakewood also offer high-end housing. In many Dallas neighborhoods, however, homes are available for far less. The median home value in the greater Dallas area is about $190,000.

In January 2015, prices in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area were 9.1 percent higher than they were in January 2014. More than 180 neighborhoods now exist. The home building industry is thriving, and new neighborhoods continue to spring up in this fast-growing region.

Overview of Dallas Schools

In the 2014-2015 school year, more than 160,000 students attended public schools provided by the Dallas Independent School District. This school district provides services across twelve counties to educate students from prekindergarten through grade 12. Employment at its 224 schools totals almost 20,000 workers.

Residents who prefer to send their children to private schools find offerings plentiful. More than 186 non-public elementary schools and 64 high schools operate in Dallas County alone. Added to that are 111 preschools. Most of the schools have religious affiliations, and there is an average of one teacher for every 10 students.

In the Dallas area, opportunities for education do not stop with graduation from high school. Within the city limits of Dallas itself is a theological seminary, a medical school and several colleges and universities, both public and private. More than ten additional colleges and universities have campuses located less than 35 miles away. Continuing education program offerings are plentiful, both non-credit and for credit. Dallas residents who want to take classes to gain a bit more knowledge in some specialized field of interest can choose from a wide array, such as the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s classes in gardening and photography or classes in ceramics offered by the Creative Arts Center and the Craft Guild of Dallas.

Family Fun in Dallas

The statements, “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do!” ought never to be heard if you and your family live in or near Dallas. There are so many fun things to do that your family is sure to find activities that family members enjoy. Dallas is home to a variety of cultural centers and performance halls, where family members can learn something new or attend concerts and other performances. Here are a few more ideas:

Attend sports competitions. The Dallas Cowboys play football at the Cowboys Stadium in nearby Arlington. Baseball fans enjoy watching the Texas Rangers compete at the Rangers Ballpark, also in Arlington. Two more professional teams, the Dallas Mavericks, who have won National Basketball Association championships, and the Dallas Stars, a well-known team that was awarded the Stanley Cup as the National Hockey League playoff winner in 1999 offer additional opportunities to attend exciting games. Many other sporting events take place in the Dallas area, so many that there always is something going on.

Go for a family outing at one of the city parks. More than 380 parks provide recreational opportunities to suit anyone’s tastes. There even are four off-leash dog parks that provide space where family dogs can run freely and play with their canine friends while their owners simply enjoy being outdoors or get together with friends and family. Fair Park features a children’s aquarium, and parks located at either of two lakes allow families to picnic, hike, go boating or just rest and relax while enjoying the natural beauty of their surroundings. More than one park houses a museum, and several host summer camps and youth sports programs.

Stroll through the Dallas Farmers Market, located in downtown Dallas. Let each family member choose foods to prepare a variety of new dishes, and allow them to try samples that are provided at the various booths.

Enjoying the sights and sounds of nature at one of several preserves, touring historical sites, visiting museums that have interactive displays, going horseback riding, visiting a farm or petting zoo, ice skating, riding a tour train, enjoying water sports or the thrills provided by amusement park rides or rock climbing — all are activities that Dallas families can enjoy.


Evening Entertainment in Dallas

Dallas nightlife is lively or relaxing, whichever you prefer. Live plays and musical performances of all genres, patio bars and rooftop bars, formal attire and funky attire, fancy restaurants that serve exotic foods and diners offering burgers and chips illustrate a small part of what is available.


Dallas Transportation

Those who have “a little too much fun” on a night out and need a ride home can call a taxi or make use of one of several other resources. Dallas has an extensive transportation system to meet the needs of its residents, no matter where they need to go. An organized shared-ride system, bus, rail and air transportation all operate in the area. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport provides services that connect Dallas to all parts of the world.

Employment Opportunities in Dallas

Jobs are plentiful in the Dallas area, and unemployment rates are low. Average hourly wages are slightly higher than the national average. In 2014, dentists in Dallas were earning more than $90 per hour, while accountants averaged a little more than $36. Employment opportunities in the construction trades, transportation, manufacturing, education, healthcare and information services continue to outpace job opportunities elsewhere. In April 2015, the Dallas-Fort Worth area ranked first among the twelve largest metropolitan areas in the nation for job growth.

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