As one of the fastest growing US cities for job growth, Dallas, Texas is considered by many to be a great place to hang one’s hat. The city has lived up to its slogan “Big Things Happen Here” throughout its rich history and present success, and it’s reasonable to expect that it will continue doing so into the future. The city doesn’t reveal its best features right away, though—sometimes it takes a good guide and some exploration to truly understand what living in Dallas is all about.
Arts and Culture
Dallas has become known for a vibrant arts and culture scene, particularly with recent additions and investment in the city’s entertainment districts. As the largest urban arts district in the United States, the Dallas Arts District is a great example of this growth. The district uses every part of its 19-acres to house museums, concert halls, churches, and restaurants. In the middle of it all visitors will find Klyde Warren Park, a new urban green space built over a major freeway that allows people living in Dallas apartments to enjoy everything from food trucks to outdoor concerts.
Another new attraction is the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, a hands-on learning museum nestled between the Downtown and Victory Park districts. Other districts like Deep Ellum, Highland Park Village, Bishop Arts District, and Victory Park boast everything from booming jazz scenes to high-end and boutique shopping. Once you run out of attractions and areas to visit, the frequent food, art, and music festivals hosted throughout Dallas will keep you coming back for more.
They say everything is bigger in Texas, and between their performance and stadiums, Dallas sports teams have set out to prove that this is true. Dallas is home to five professional sports teams—the Cowboys (NFL), Stars (NHL), Mavericks (NBA), FC Dallas (MLS), and the Rangers (MLB). The AT&T Stadium is home to the Cowboys and has been in the headlines since before it was completed in 2009. With the world’s largest column-free interior, retractable roof, and fourth-largest high definition video screen, AT&T stadium is worth a visit to see a game, concert, or just tour the inside. The Rangers Ballpark in Arlington is right around the corner and seeing the Texas Rangers in action is a Dallas tradition.
Dallas has a thriving job market that draws people in with its business-friendly climate. Hosting the headquarters of 18 Fortune 500 companies, the city remained relatively unscathed during the recession and continues to boast low unemployment rates across all industries. A manufacturing and energy powerhouse, prospects are best for individuals in the mechanical, chemical, and petroleum engineering fields.
The Dallas Metroplex covers an enormous area. Fortunately, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system is up to the task of servicing this region. DART has recently expanded to include a route to DFW airport, which connects visitors to the heart of the city and makes public transportation more viable for residents. The DART system also offers bus options and joins Dallas with neighboring Fort Worth through the TRE.