While I’m currently living in between two cities – Pittsburgh and Dallas – the latter will always have my heart. Yes, the Steel City looks magnificent with its picturesque landscape. There’s the thriving food and art scene, Three Rivers meeting at the Golden Triangle, outdoor trails, amazing sports teams, and 300+ bridges. But Dallas still has everything that I need – perfect for our (my husband and I) lifestyles and careers.
10 Reasons Why I Love Living in Dallas, Texas
Let me share with you why I love living in Dallas, Texas below. While some are more of a personal choice, you can definitely relate to the other reasons.
- Obviously, number one reason is that our friends are here. We have family in Texas too. So in terms of knowing more people, Dallas takes the cake.
- Second, the blogging/fashion scene here is huge. Every week, there are several events happening here and there, and brands/companies know how to throw a party. It’s true when they say everything is bigger in Texas – from designers or celebrities that brands invite over, to elaborate parties, activities, and overflowing food and refreshments, even the generous goodies they give – we really go all out! And in terms of shopping, you can find almost any brand here. Plus, there are so many outlets with the best stores in them. It’s one of the things I miss when I’m in Pittsburgh.
- Third, if you’re in the Information Technology field (like my husband), you will have plenty of opportunities here in Dallas, as well as in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex in general. Aside from I.T., there are also a lot of companies in the electronics and telecommunications industries that have set up here. Some of those companies include Texas Instruments, HP Enterprise Services, Nokia, Google, and Verizon. Defense manufacturers also feature heavily in the area, where you’ll find Lockheed Martin and Bell Helicopter Textron. And don’t forget about oil and gas companies like ExxonMobil, whose headquarters are also in the metro area. There are also a lot of big hospital groups in the metroplex for those in the medical field.
- You got the career down, now it’s time to talk cost of living. It’s pretty amazing that this big city has a low cost of living compared to most major cities. When we first moved to DFW from the East Coast, everyday items we use cost so much less. Gas prices were low, like we would reach below $2 from time to time. Grocery was cheap. We bought our first home for a little under $90K (3 BR, 2 B, 2-car garage, yard, 1912 sqft). Okay, it was a foreclosure, but still, right? And I could go on and on, but you get the point.
- Did I mention there’s no Income Tax? My husband used to work from home when we were in Maryland. So when we moved to Texas, we enjoyed the extra hundred dollars each pay period.
- Texas is huge and you have so much to explore without leaving the state. While it is no California or Florida where you can go to the beach within minutes, Texas has so much to offer. DFW is home to several top attractions like Six Flags, Hurricane Harbor, Fort Worth Zoo, Dallas Zoo, several lakes and rivers, and so much more. Waco is just a 2-3 hour drive where you can visit Jo and Chip at the Silos at Magnolia Market – made popular by their HGTV show, Fixer Upper. Austin is just a 3 hour drive where you can go to the gorgeous Hamilton Pool, bat caves, stroll South Congress, partake in SXSW, watch ACL, or get an adrenaline rush from the Formula 1 Grand Prix! There’s also the Hill Country, San Antonio, Houston, South Padre and Rockport beaches, Fredericksburg National parks, and Marfa (hello Prada in the middle of the desert), among many other beautiful places to visit in Texas. I’m sure I’ve missed several other beautiful must-see spots. I myself haven’t seen everything Texas has to offer.
- When it comes to the restaurant scene, you won’t be disappointed. The city is brimming with Tex-Mex, but so many other cuisines are also available. There’s Korea town with so many choices for the best Korean BBQ. Japanese and sushi? You’ll find a ton! Craving dimsum? Especially the ones on cart? Yes, we have them. Whatever cuisine you’re craving for – Indian, Irish, Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Thai, Italian, French, American, Spanish, etc. – you’ll find something in the DFW metro. Even Filipino food is getting attention in the city! Oh, and of course, food trucks and hip cafes are also scattered throughout. If there’s a new food trend, Dallas is sure to pick it up!
- Love sports? Dallas is home to amazing sports teams such as the Dallas Cowboys (often dubbed America’s Team), Dallas Mavericks, and the Texas Rangers. But if we’re talking Texas, let’s not forget the Spurs too!
- The State Fair of Texas is not your average state fair. Like I mentioned earlier, everything is big in Texas and this applies to the annual State Fair. You just have to see it to believe it. And make sure to come hungry because the Texas State Fair is known for their fried food!
- Southern Hospitality. I can come up with so many other reasons why I love living in Dallas. But I’ll end it with this – we’re known for our Southern Hospitality. People are nice and friendly, and we love to invite friends and neighbors over for BBQ and cold beers.
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