Moving to the DFW Metroplex area of Northern Texas might sound intimidating. Despite being the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, you might be surprised to know that relocating there can feel as comfortable as moving to any small town across the country. The area boasts great schools, star-studded entertainment, and plenty of parks and recreational opportunities.
DFW boasts a low cost of living, so if your family is looking to stretch their budget, then the city and its suburbs are ideal. Despite its large size, the metropolitan area is not as densely populated as other cities which allows 43 different recreation centers throughout the city of Dallas alone. Some of the parks offer WiFi, allowing you to stay connected while soaking up some Vitamin D.
Here are some other things that you may be interested to know if you plan on relocating to the greater DFW metropolitan area:
- Instead of personal income tax, you can expect to pay a type of locally assessed property tax called ad valorem taxes, which fund local services like schools and roads.
- There are six toll-based roadways which require a fee for access. Locally you can obtain a TollTag which is electronically scanned at booths and saves time.
- Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) offers public transportation in the form of bus, rail cars, and the trinity railway express. Using public transit is eco-friendly.
- DFW is significant to media, being the fifth largest media market within the United States, and especially significant to Hispanic channels.
- When it comes to professional sports you can enjoy NFL (Dallas Cowboys), MLB (Texas Rangers), NBA (Dallas Mavericks), NHL (Dallas Stars), MLS (FC Dallas), and NASCAR (the Texas Motor Speedway).
The DFW Metroplex is one of the biggest melting pots in the Lone Star State. The area boasts a plethora of worship centers for a wide range of religious faiths, and has the largest Jewish community in the state, with more than 45k residents. About one-quarter of the community is of African-American origin, and nearly half the population claims Hispanic or Latino heritage.
When relocating to DFW, time is of the essence. This does not necessarily refer to the length of time it takes your move from start to finish, but the season during the year. For example, if you move during the fall or winter, then temperatures should be moderate without much of the precipitation that plagues New England and the Pacific Northwest. If you plan to move in July, however, then the heat will require you and your movers to take extra hydration breaks.