Considering a Move to Dallas? 5 Things You Need to Know


Aerial photo of Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas, TexasAre you considering a move to Dallas? Or, are you new to the area? If so, HOWDY!

When I moved last year, I had no idea what to expect. In my mind, Dallas was going to feel like either the wild west full of cowboys, saloons, and cacti, or the fast-paced urban life of New York City.

Now that I have a year of living in Dallas under my belt, here are five things to know when planning a move to Dallas.

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Big City?

Yes, Dallas is a big city, but it also isn’t. When my husband started talking about the possibility of a move to Dallas, I was a panicked about raising my kids in a big city. With a population of roughly 1.3 million, Dallas is big! But, the thing I love about this city (well, one of the many) is that it isn’t as “people dense” as other large cities like Philadelphia and New York City. You can live and work in Dallas and not feel that you’re in a “big city” at all (if that’s what you want). 

Unique Neighborhoods

There are many unique neighborhoods in Dallas to meet your family’s needs. Whether you desire to live in a mid-century, artsy neighborhood like Oak Cliff (home of the Bishop Arts District), a charming centrally-located neighborhood like Preston Hollow, the tucked away close-knit community of Lake Highlands, or a more suburban-feel like Richardson or Carrolton, you can find the perfect match for your family’s vibe. Dallas has so much to offer!

Best Schools

You can find the best schools. Both Dallas ISD and Richardson ISD (which serves parts of Dallas) have traditional neighborhood school options, as well as many wonderful charter and magnet schools. There are a host of award-winning private schools that seek to serve different religious faiths, learning styles, educational models such as hybrid learning, and subjects like fine arts, STEAM, and even medicine. Dallas is an amazing city to find the perfect educational fit for your family.

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Down-to-Earth Dallasites

Dallasites are welcoming! On one hand, Dallasites who were born and raised in Dallas are eager to share their favorites — places to eat, things to do, and sites to see. On the other hand, there are many transplants, like you and me. They know what it feels like to be new, and they’re quick to help you get your footing in a new place.

Get Social

Social networking groups are the perfect place to ask questions, get recommendations, and make friends. Being in a new place can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. In addition to finding new doctors, dentists, sports teams, gyms, grocery stores, etc., you also need to make new friends and find your people. Joining one of the Dallas Moms community groups is a great place to start!

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Don’t mark Dallas off your list just because you’re worried about raising your family in the city. You can drive pretty much anywhere in 20 minutes. And of course, there are plenty of big-city experiences to be had, but they don’t encompass all of the city of Dallas.

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Nicole Tharp
Nicole is not a stranger to new places and people. She was born and raised in South Carolina, went to college (where she got her BA in music) near Chattanooga, Tennessee, spent 14 years in Colorado Springs, Colorado, followed by six years in northeast Pennsylvania, and landed in Dallas in 2023. She and her husband, Doug, have three wildly amazing, outgoing, and energetic boys. In addition to exploring new places, getting outside, hanging with friends, chauffeuring her boys to soccer and other activities, and drinking lots of coffee, Nicole enjoys singing in a local community choir, volunteering in her local church (where her husband is the pastor), and just meeting and talking to other people. Nicole is passionate about being involved in her neighborhood community and loves intergenerational relationships with the people around her. Nicole is a firm believer that heartfelt kindness and a genuine listening ear can make all the difference for someone. She believes that relationships are hard work (and sometimes require appropriate boundaries), but are always worth it.


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