Moving to Dallas
The city motto of Dallas is "Live large. Think big." The city often finds itself in the top ten most populated cities in the USA, living up to the Texan stereotype of bigger is better.
That said, Dallas is not a typical Southern city. It is less Western and less laid-back than other cities in the state and is more business-oriented. That is not to say it reaches New York City’s levels of unfriendliness, but expats will experience something in between warm Southern hospitality and a steely business mentality.
Dallas is an American economic powerhouse and its main industries are banking, commerce, IT, energy, telecommunications and transportation.
Those who are less business-minded will be pleased to hear that there has been a cultural renaissance of sorts in Dallas in recent years. This has resulted in the development of the Arts District. There are numerous museums throughout the city as well as great restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.
Another drawcard for expats relocating to Dallas is its abundance of beautiful, family-friendly neighbourhoods with good schools and historic 1920s houses. Expats who move to the city's suburbs can expect leafy, green avenues, spacious parks and interesting architecture.
Dallas is a great place for those who like warm, dry weather and lots of sunshine. The good weather in the city allows for outdoor sports to be played year round and expats will soon notice Dallasites’ enthusiastic support of their city’s American Football team, the Dallas Cowboys.
Most people living in Dallas use a car as their primary means of transport. However, public transport is available and there are buses, light rail and trams to help commuters get around. Dallas also has a network of bike paths and wide sidewalks for expats who enjoy their daily exercise.
Expats moving to Dallas with children will find an abundance of schools and universities to choose from. There are more than 300 public schools and 80 private schools in the Dallas area, as well as prestigious universities such as The University of Texas at Dallas, UT Southwestern Medical School and the University of Dallas.