DALLAS® Newcomer + Relocation Guide - Summer 2022

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NEWCOMER + RELOCATION GUIDE

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FIND YOUR FUTURE

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COMMUNITIES, CULTURE, JOBS, SCHOOLS, OUTDOORS, AND MORE

SUMMER 2022



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Carpenter Park in Downtown Dallas PHOTO: MICHAEL SAMPLES

CON T EN T S 28

Edgewood Place

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The Bottoms

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Park Cities

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Northwest Dallas

COMMUNITIES

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Northeast Dallas

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Far Northeast Dallas

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DALLAS NEIGHBORHOODS

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Far North Dallas

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Urban Living

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North Dallas

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Dallas Arts District

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Oak Cliff

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Main Street District

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East Kessler

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West End

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Lake Cliff

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Reunion District

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Oak Lawn

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Dallas Farmers Market

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Love Field

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Civic Center

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Stemmons / Market Center

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Uptown

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Medical District

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Harwood

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Old East Dallas

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Victory Park

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Cityplace

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Turtle Creek

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Bryan Place

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State Thomas

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White Rock

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West Village

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Lake Highlands

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BEYOND DALLAS

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Deep Ellum

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Lakewood

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West Collin County

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Baylor

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Far East Dallas

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East Collin County

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Exposition Park

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Southeast Dallas

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Northwest Dallas County

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Design District

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Fair Park

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Denton County

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Riverfront District

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South Dallas

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Northeast Dallas County

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West Dallas

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Grand Park South

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East Dallas Area

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Trinity Groves

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Park Row South Blvd

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Southwest Dallas County Area

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La Bajada

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Pleasant Grove

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Arlington & Grand Prairie Area

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The Cedars

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Mountain Creek

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Northeast Tarrant County

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South Side

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Red Bird

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Fort Worth Area

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Customer loyalty and trust go hand-in-hand. People shop with who they know. That’s why we have made it our responsibility to foster a sense of community among our small businesses. So many of them find success here.

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LIVING

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Hospitals

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GE T T ING A ROUND

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Highway Map Tollways Construction Map Drive Time Maps Public Transit Airports Nonstop Destinations Flight Times

School Districts Map School District Profiles Choosing a District Charter Schools Navigating the System The Best High Schools Pick Your Path Private Schools Alternative Schooling Higher Education

How Much House Can I Buy? Housing Costs Map Utility and Insurance Rates Custom Building Home Lots Senior Living Apartment Life Live-Work-Play

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JOBS

CULTURE

Dallas & Fort Worth Arts Districts Entertainment Districts Mall and Boutique Districts Map Family-Centric Activities Sports Esports Religion International Studies and Diversity LGBTQ Demographics Population Market Tapestry

PARKS & OUTDOORS Parks and Trails Dog Parks Map Hike and Bike Trails Map Lakes Golf Courses Map Hidden Gems

JOBS

Major Employers What People Earn Industry Clusters Map Fortune 1000 Companies Map The Innovation Ecosystem

ESSENTIALS

Moving Checklist Your First 30 Days Taxes Essential Phone Numbers and Websites Regional Map Laws

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The Urban core of one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse economies. Home to the 5th largest Tech Workforce in the U.S. & the largest in Texas! CONNECT WITH US!

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WELCOME

A LETTER FROM THE DALLAS REGIONAL CHAMBER

2022 CHAIR OF THE BOARD Bob Pragada President and Chief Operating Officer Jacobs

I was 18 when my family

and I said ‘yes’ to Dallas. Our story isn’t much different from many—we moved here for jobs. After finishing high school in upstate New York, my JESSICA HEER father’s company made Regional Marketing the decision to relocate to & Talent Attraction, Senior Vice President Alliance Airport in Fort Dallas Regional Chamber Worth, and I decided to tag along for the ride. After I received my undergrad degree at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, I moved back to the Dallas Region because it held the most promise. My family was still here, and I enrolled in the University of North Texas’ master of public administration program, specializing in economic development. Two decades, a husband and two children later, I’m still in the Dallas Region, working as the Dallas Regional Chamber’s senior vice president of regional marketing and talent. But this isn’t the same place we moved to. In 20 years, this region has increased in population by 50 percent, and, in the process it’s grown into a magnet for culture, good jobs, entertainment, and diversity. Seems there’s something for everyone here, and options continue to expand. Shortly after moving here, we realized we can experience the great outdoors nearly nine

months a year. Today my family enjoys biking on Campion Trail in Las Colinas and visiting the soon-to-be-expanded Klyde Warren Park. Klyde Warren has become a prototype for urban planners seeking ways to inject greenspace into dense urban areas. We’re also big fans of the museums, parks, and natural history museums that seem to be constantly increasing and expanding, from the Nasher Sculpture Center, to Perot Museum of Nature & Science, to the Dallas Museum of Art. We never seem to be short of dining options. The Dallas Region has always had its share of Michelin-star-rated restaurants, but our increasingly diverse population (nearly one in five residents are foreign-born) has made dining out a culinary adventure. Our go-to restaurants include Eno’s Pizza, Ascension Coffee, and Kent Rathbun’s Curbside BBQ. As much as Dallas has grown and changed, it’s still held on to its small-town friendliness. We’ve gained lifelong friends and shared experiences that will last our lifetimes. Looking back at the decision to move here, there’s no way we could have known the Dallas Region would become what it is. Looking forward, we can’t wait to see what’s next. Jessica Heer Regional Marketing & Talent Attraction, Senior Vice President Dallas Regional Chamber

2023 CHAIR OF THE BOARD Rafael R. Lizardi Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Finance and Operations Texas Instruments Inc. President & CEO Dale Petroskey Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer Angela Farley Economic Development, Senior Vice President Mike Rosa Education & Workforce, Senior Vice President Jarrad Toussant Research and Innovation, Senior Vice President Duane Dankesreiter Regional Marketing & Talent Attraction, Senior Vice President Jessica Heer Membership And Revenue Growth, Senior Vice President Meghan Kelley Wehner Member Engagement, Senior Vice President Sharon Carson

The Dallas Regional Chamber is one of the most established business organizations in the nation and serves as the voice

Public Policy, Senior Vice President Matt Garcia

of business and the champion of economic development and growth in the Dallas Region. We work with our member companies and regional partners to strengthen our business community by advocating for pro-growth public policies, improving our educational system,

Vice President Research And Innovation Eric Griffin

attracting talented workers from around the world, promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, and enhancing the quality of life for all. Our goal is to make the Dallas Region the best place in the United States for all people to live, work, and do business. For more information, please contact the

Project Editor Dave Moore

Dallas Regional Chamber at 214.746.6000 or visit www.dallaschamber.org.

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WHEN YOU SAY YES TO DALLAS, YOU’RE SAYING YES TO MORE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK. The Dallas Region is a modern metro area with more than 200 cities, each unique in personality. Explore stories from locals—who have moved from all over the world—who chose Dallas to start or continue a career, to raise a family, and to experience one of the most vibrant and affordable places in the nation. Say Yes to Dallas. It’s more than you might think.

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3 COMMUNITIES

3 LIVING IN THE DALLAS REGION This chapter is divided into three main sections: n The HOUSING section provides information to those looking for a home. Here, you’ll learn which neighborhoods are the most and least expensive, and how much you can expect to pay for utilities.

n GETTING AROUND covers airports, freeways and tollways, public transit, and more—providing everything you need to get around like a local. n The EDUCATION section helps families determine where to learn in the Dallas-Fort Worth area through a comprehensive look at public school districts in the region, including maps, statistics, and school district profiles direct from the ISDs. We also cover private school options in the area, as well as options for alternative education.

3 CULTURE The Dallas Region is a modern urban oasis that serves as home to people from around the country and world, creating a diverse culture and a global region. Whether you’re looking for fine arts, entertainment, professional sports, or giving back, you’ll never run out of activities in Dallas—fun here knows no bounds.

3 PARKS & OUTDOORS Dallas has over 230 sunny days a year—and lots of sunshine means lots of time to be outside. Dallasites have access to countless outdoor activities with sprawling parks, green spaces, and several lakes featuring boating, water sports, and trails for mountain biking, road biking, and hiking. You won’t have to go far to find your favorite spot.

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From Uptown to Frisco, and Denton to Red Bird, we break down Dallas neighborhoods as well as communities in Dallas, Collin, Denton, and Tarrant Counties, giving you the lay of the land and helping you determine the right community for your lifestyle, family, and more.

3 JOBS Our Jobs section provides a snapshot of our diverse economy, showcasing major employers, top employers, and industry clusters, as well as what you might expect to earn in various sectors of the job market in the Dallas Region.

3 ESSENTIALS Ready to move? Use the moving checklist—an overview of important Texas laws, a discussion of property and sales taxes, and must-have phone numbers and websites.

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WHAT LOCALS. KNOW AND LOVE. ABOUT DALLAS.

FORT WORTH

CEDAR HILL

MCKINNEY

NORTH DALLAS

ARLINGTON

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS

FRISCO

IRVING-LAS COLINAS

PLANO

MESQUITE

THE COLONY

Live in the Dallas Region? That could be one of more than 200 cities.

RICHARDSON

The region, including Fort Worth, spreads out farther each day. Only 1.3 million of a total population of 7.8 million lives in Dallas proper. Each surrounding city is unique in personality, but we’re all Texas proud. Explore and discover.

ALLEN

DALLAS - OAK CLIFF

DALLAS FORT WORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

WESTLAKE

DENTON

UPTOWN DALLAS

CARROLLTON

FLOWER MOUND

WAXAHACHIE

LEWISVILLE

LANCASTER

KELLER

DALLAS/FORT WORTH ACCOLADES

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No.

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Among the

Top 10

No.

1

DFW Led Nation 3-Year Job Growth

Metro for Net Tech Job Gains: Dallas-Fort Worth

Best Cities for Remote Workers: Frisco, Dallas, Arlington, Plano

County for Small Business in U.S.: Dallas County

(2018-2021) Bureau of Labor Statistics

(2022) CompTIA State of the Tech Workforce study

(2021) Lawnstarter.com

(2022) SmartAsset

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We are among the fastestgrowing regions in the country.

UNT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

PHOTO: CITY OF MESQUITE

But don’t worry, we have plenty of room. Our area is the size of New Jersey and Delaware combined, and we add about 267 people to our population every day. You know what that means? Big opportunities for all.

We certainly do big business—in everything from finance to high tech. As of 2021, 45 Fortune 1000 companies were headquartered in the Dallas Region with more announcing moves every day. Our Arts District is the largest in the nation, accompanied by Fort Worth’s own world-renowned artistic meccas, including the Kimbell Art Museum and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. As for fashion, iconic Neiman Marcus’ home base is downtown. Folks here know how to shop and fine-dine—and we’ve got plenty of places to do both.

PHOTO: PROSTOCK-STUDIO/ISTOCK

We’re quite cosmopolitan.

Interesting people live here. Every world culture is represented. Dallas is diverse in every aspect of its population—culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, level of education, age, background, hometown, and home country. We welcome all y’all. (Yes, we do say “y’all.” You’ll love it, too.)

PHOTO: DART

Get here, and you can get anywhere.

In town or out-of-country, our transportation rules. The Dallas Region’s modern highway system is constantly undergoing improvements to keep pace with our growth. Our light-rail system? At 93 miles in length—and expanding—it’s the longest in the United States. Plus, we’re home to the world’s largest global airline, American Airlines, and the country’s largest domestic carrier, Southwest Airlines—each with its own airport. Hop on a plane to the world via 56 nonstop international flight routes and 181 nonstop domestic routes.

MOCKINGBIRD STATION

No.

1

for home construction in 2021: Dallas-Fort Worth (2022) Zonda

2022

Among the

Top 20

Hardest Working U.S. Cities: Arlington, Irving, Dallas, Plano, Fort Worth, and Garland (2021) WalletHub

No.

2

No.

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Best Place to Invest in Real Estate in the U.S.—Dallas-Fort Worth

Best State for Business (17 consecutive years )

(2021) Norada Real Estate Investments

Chief Executive Magazine

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OUTDOOR CONCERT AT THE NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

We’re pretty. Oh, so pretty. There’s some stunning scenery to behold in the Dallas Region. For starters, we have a sky so big it can take your breath away. Look around the next time you’re road-tripping. South of Dallas, you’ll find rolling hills and the Great Trinity Forest, the largest urban hardwood forest in the United States (yes, we have a lot of “largests” here). East Dallas has White Rock Lake, Cedar Hill has Joe Pool Lake, and north of the city are Grapevine and Lewisville lakes, to name a few of our watering holes. In fact, within 100 miles of the region, there are more than 400 public parks and more than 60 lakes.

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PHOTO: MICHAEL SAMPLES

DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT

We’ve got tons of stuff to do. There is a thriving cultural scene in the Dallas Region, and there is always something to do. We take our food seriously. We also take our sports seriously. And our arts. And our fun. Dallas is the only metro area in the country that was built around nothing—no major river, no port—so we built exactly what we wanted from the ground up. And we’ve got it all.

A Dallas-Fort Worth education will get your kids to college— or wherever their hearts desire.

UTD’S SCHOOL OF ARTS, TECHNOLOGY, AND EMERGING COMMUNICATION PHOTO: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS

We are focused on great education. Variety and options are what we do best. We’ve got excellent public and private schools. We’ve got schools that focus on the arts and schools that focus on science. We’ve got schools rooted in religious tradition and myriad resources for kids with special needs. Plus, you and your kids will feel safe and nurtured here. And if college is in your child’s future, Texas has six major university systems where you can pay in-state tuition.

DALLAS/FORT WORTH ACCOLADES

Dallas Region claims

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Nos.

1&2

No.

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Best Cities in Texas

Global Startup Ecosystem Rankings

Safest Cities in Texas: Frisco and McKinney

Busiest Airport in the World: DFW Airport

(2021) ChamberOfCommerce.org

(2021) Startup Genome

(2022) SmartAsset

Airports Council International

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You might feel like you get a raise when you move to Dallas. SAY YES

With no state income tax and no payroll tax in Texas, you may feel like your wallet is a little fatter when you relocate here. Plus, you’ll definitely get more house for your money here than in any other major metro in the country. And that’s a great thing.

HUFFHINES PARK, RICHARDSON

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We really have not four but five seasons. Local blogger Dallas Whisperer says it goes like this: “Rainy Spring” starts in February and continues until the beginning of May. “Pleasant Summer” picks up with clear skies and temps in the 80s or 90s until mid-July. That’s when “Sol” season kicks in through August, with enough sun glare and heat to make that pool heaven. “Glorious Fall,” a.k.a. porch weather, hits in September until December, when the “Northers” appear. It’s our version of winter. Out of nowhere, temps instantly drop with howls of wind and ice, and sometimes snow (in which case, the city shuts down). The Northers disappear as quickly as they come, but pop in sporadically well into February. So keep your parkas. You’ll need them now and again.

We have new condos. We have historic homes. Take your pick. The Dallas Region offers vast housing choices. Mid-century moderns, 1920s bungalows, contemporary high-rises, walkable community apartments, cutting-edge architectural splendors, yards with acres, even those fabled ranches—we’ve got that. And if we don’t, there’s plenty of land to build on.

No.

2022

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No.

10

No.

3

3 Top Esports Orgs in the World

Market for Single-Family Home Rentals — Dallas

Best-Performing Cities: Dallas

in World for Water Optimization: Dallas

Dwellsy.com

[2022] Milken Institute

The Economist/Dupont Water Solutions

Complexity Gaming, Envy Gaming, OpTic Gaming

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INSIGHT INTO DALLAS NEIGHBORHOODS AND SURROUNDING CITIES

THE TEXAS POOL, PLANO

COMMUNITIES

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CITY OF DALLAS NEIGHBORHOODS About 1.3 million people with all kinds of characteristics and perspectives live in Dallas proper. And new people are moving here every day. Our residents live in houses big and small, multifamily developments, high-rise luxury buildings, new construction, and lovingly restored properties from generations past. They cherish nature and culture, shop at small boutiques and massive malls. They send their kids to private school or public school, or they school them at home. They go to church, they volunteer, they find like-minded groups, and they make friends. And the basis of it all is their community. Dallas communities are as diverse as our population. Downtown and Uptown attract those focused on urban living, while neighborhoods like Preston Hollow and Lakewood are right for people who want to be in town with a little more space. Areas in southern Dallas are replete with nature; areas to the north are boomtowns with every modern convenience there is. And the city of Dallas is a more exciting place to live than ever before.

FAR NORTH DALLAS

FAR NORTHEAST DALLAS NORTH DALLAS

NORTHWEST DALLAS

LAKE HIGHLANDS

NORTHEAST DALLAS

LOVE FIELD

PARK CITIES

MEDICAL DISTRICT STEMMONS/ MARKET CENTER

LAKEWOOD OLD EAST DALLAS

OAK LAWN

WEST DALLAS

WHITE ROCK

DOWNTOWN

FAR EAST DALLAS

FAIR PARK SOUTH DALLAS

NORTH OAK CLIFF

PLEASANT GROVE

WEST OAK CLIFF CENTRAL OAK CLIFF

DATA SOURCE FOR THIS CHAPTER:

EAST OAK CLIFF

MOUNTAIN CREEK

FOR BY THE NUMBERS / RACE AND ETHNICITY ESRI forecasts based on 2010 US Census Demographic and Income Profile Report, ESRI Business Analyst FOR EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT ESRI forecasts based on 2010 US Census Community Profile Report, ESRI Business Analyst

SOUTHEAST DALLAS SOUTHEAST OAK CLIFF

RED BIRD

FOR HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURES ESRI forecasts based on 2015 and 2016 Consumer Expenditure Surveys, BLS Household Budget Expenditures Report, ESRI Business Analyst

DALLAS BY THE NUMBERS 2020

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT (Population 25+)

2025

TOTAL Less than 9th Grade

Population

9th - 12th Grade, No Diploma

1,379,343

1,468,129

524,899

557,578

Average Household Size

2.59

2.60

GED/Alternative Credential

Median Age

33.4

33.8

Some College, No Degree

Households

High School Graduate

2020

893,094 12.1% 9.8% 18.5% 3.0% 17.3%

Median Household Income

$53,921

$56,804

Associate Degree

4.6%

Average Household Income

$87,397

$94,864

Bachelor's Degree

21.5%

Per Capita Income

$33,314

$36,080

Graduate/Professional Degree

13.2%

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HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURES (Average annual amount spent)

TOTAL EXPENDITURES Food Housing Apparel and Services Transportation Travel Health Care Entertainment and Recreation Personal Care Products & Services Education

2020

$75,856 $9,224 $24,602 $2,228 $9,057 $2,213 $5,304 $3,049 $922 $1,733

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URBAN LIVING

W E ST V I L L AG E

OAK LAWN

C I T Y P L AC E

TURTLE CREEK

OLD EAST DALLAS

UPTOWN S TAT E T H O M AS H A RWO O D

DESIGN DISTRICT

B RYA N P L AC E B AY LO R DA L L AS A R T S DISTRICT

V I C TO RY PA R K

DEEP ELLUM

L A B A JA D A

WEST END

TRINITY G R OV E S

RIVERFRONT D I ST R I C T

EXPOSITION PA R K

MAIN STREET DISTRICT DA L L AS FA R M E R S MARKET

DOWNTOWN

SOUTH DALLAS FAIR PARK

CIVIC CENTER REUNION

WEST DALLAS

G R A N D PA R K SOUTH

THE CEDARS PA R K R O W S O U T H B LV D

E AST KESSLER SOUTH SIDE

OAK CLIFF

E D G E WO O D P L AC E LAKE CLIFF

THE B O T TO M S

RACE AND ETHNICITY

2020

PERCENT

2025

PERCENT

White Alone

663,636

48.1%

689,286

47.0%

Black Alone

344,914

25.0%

367,975

25.1%

American Indian Alone Asian Alone Pacific Islander Alone Some Other Race Alone Two or More Races Hispanic Origin (Any Race)

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8,358

0.6%

8,799

0.6%

57,120

4.1%

69,422

4.7%

677

0.0%

769

0.1%

262,823

19.1%

285,206

19.4%

41,816

3.0%

46,670

3.2%

613,393

44.5%

674,825

46.0%

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MAIN STREET DISTRICT

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DALLAS FARMERS MARKET

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Dallas’ urban core is an exciting and diverse collection of environments, experiences, and neighborhoods— each with its own character, personality, and purpose. From historic buildings and museums to first-rate art facilities and an endless selection of amazing restaurants, Dallas’ urban core provides a place for almost any taste.

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The largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation, the Dallas Arts District includes the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Museum of Asian Art, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas City Performance Hall, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Belo Mansion. Here, you’ll also find Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and One Arts Plaza, as well as a myriad of historic churches, delicious restaurants, and eclectic food trucks. And, of course, you can’t forget Klyde Warren Park, a 5.2-acre deck park built over a stretch of Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Klyde Warren is currently expanding another 1.2 acres at the time of this writing.

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The Neiman Marcus flagship store, Comerica Bank Tower, Bank of America Plaza, The Joule, Magnolia Hotel, The Adolphus, and numerous restaurants all combine to form the central space known as the Main Street District. With landmarks such as the AT&T Discovery District, Main Street Garden, Belo Garden, Stone Street Gardens, and Pegasus Plaza, as well as historic buildings that have been converted to residential buildings, the Main Street District is a great place to live, work, and play.

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The West End Historic Disrict is one of downtown Dallas’ famous sites, as well as one of its most-visited destinations. Complete with The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, Dallas World Aquarium, and recently expanded Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, and surrounded by a cluster of fun restaurants and entertainment venues, this district provides a valuable experience for visitors and locals alike. For decades, the West End served as a manufacturing hub for hats, crackers, candy, apparel, farm equipment, and saddles. Today, a cavalry of well-established developers and downtown stakeholders are driving the creation of an innovation district and smart city pilot project— a rebirth of the West End.

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URBAN LIVING CIVIC CENTER Civic Center is the regional hub of many landmark destinations and home to the Omni Dallas Hotel and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, one of the largest convention centers in the country. Here, you’ll find Dallas City Hall, Earle Cabell Federal Building and Courthouse, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, George L. Allen Sr. Courts Building, Pioneer Plaza, and Pioneer Park Cemetery. 75

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Anchored by the Dallas Farmers Market, which has been providing the people of Dallas with fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats for more than six decades, the Dallas Farmers Market District encompasses a large area bounded by Jackson Street, North Central Expressway, R.L. Thornton Freeway, and St. Paul Street. Not only does the Dallas Farmers Market District offer unique food and specialty vendors, including the renovated Shed 2, but it is also home to a collection of historic buildings, contemporary townhomes, and apartments. 30

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UPTOWN The last 20 years have seen massive construction projects transform this area into a dense mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly place to live and work. Just north of downtown Dallas, Uptown is popular with young professionals. Although it is one of Dallas’ earliest settlements, redevelopment has fostered a lively mix of new and old. The Historic State Thomas neighborhood includes wood-frame houses restored to their early-20th-century grandeur. New high-rise residences offer ownership and rental opportunities and typically include fitness centers and shopping. The area is also home to hundreds of fine dining and nightlife venues, as well as galleries, boutiques, and an art house movie theater. Uptown attracts young professionals who want a walkable neighborhood with plenty of action. 75

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HARWOOD The Harwood District, under the direction of developer Harwood International, launched in 1984 with the Rolex Building at downtown Dallas’ north side. Today, the 18-block, 30-acre district has 3.5 million square feet of Class A office, residential, and retail space, along with 8 acres of green space, with more to come. 75

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VICTORY PARK Victory Park is home to one of downtown’s most recognizable sporting venues, the American Airlines Center, where you can see the world-champion Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars. This 75-acre district offers luxurious urban living, dining, sophisticated nightlife, and office space. Also located here is the beginning of the Katy Trail and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Other landmarks include the W Dallas Victory Hotel and the House of Blues. 75

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URBAN LIVING TURTLE CREEK The elegant Turtle Creek corridor, north of downtown Dallas in the Oak Lawn area, makes up 80 city blocks containing approximately 90 acres of green space, as well as luxury townhomes and modern high-rises. The area has spectacular natural beauty with the Katy Trail running throughout the neighborhood. Turtle Creek is also home to the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kalita Humphreys Theater. 75

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The State Thomas area of Uptown Dallas offers easy access to freeways, the M Line Trolley, and close proximity to the central business district. Settled as a Freedman’s Town, State Thomas is one of Dallas’ oldest neighborhoods, with the largest collection of intact Victorian residential structures. It also has a modern touch, including mixed-use commercial and residential projects with restaurants, boutiques, art shops, and hotels. 30

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WEST VILLAGE West Village is known as Dallas “Uptown’s Downtown,” containing 275,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, and more than 5,000 residential units. This walkable shopping and dining district offers a variety of one-of-a-kind retail shops and boutiques, along with plenty of restaurants and entertainment options. Developed by Phoenix Property Co. and Urban Partners, West Village has direct access to the Katy Trail, McKinney Avenue Trolley, and DART rail and bus stations. 75

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BAYLOR Baylor University Medical Center anchors this district, which is comprised of pedestrian-friendly streets, historic homes, condos, and apartments. The Baylor District is home to several nonprofit organizations located along Swiss Avenue, as well as the Latino Cultural Center, Bryan Place neighborhood, and Exall Park. 75

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DEEP ELLUM Nestled east of downtown Dallas, Deep Ellum was established as Freedman’s Town by former slaves after the Civil War. In the 1880s, the area was considered too far from downtown Dallas to be a reputable address. Today, Deep Ellum is an eclectic entertainment district with a funky style consisting of avant-garde shops, nightclubs, art galleries, restaurants, and loft and apartment developments. People who live here tend to eschew traditional styles and embrace the unique. 75

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Exposition Park’s focus is Fair Park, home to the State Fair of Texas in the fall. Exposition Park experiences hundreds of thousands of visitors, especially during the annual Oklahoma-Texas football game at the Cotton Bowl, known as the “Red River Showdown.” This area includes boutique shops and eclectic bars and restaurants. 30

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As one of Dallas’ most successfully branded destinations, the Design District consists of more than 300 specialty merchants offering a unique selection of art, furnishings, antiques, and designer goods. More than an attraction for interior designers, the Design District consists of numerous restaurants, residential, and other commercial projects that add to the district’s vitality, making it a blossoming community as well as a creative epicenter.

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As the front door to the Trinity River (downtown Dallas’ greatest natural feature), the Riverfront District has created the most significant change to the city’s skyline with the construction of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, designed by internationally renowned architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava. From an array of unique antique shops to the famous tacos and longhorns of Fuel City, the Riverfront District is home to some of Dallas’ mostloved stops.

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URBAN LIVING This area has long been home to La Bajada, a largely Hispanic working-class neighborhood. When the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opened in 2012, it transformed the Dallas skyline, while bringing new interest and energy into the area. Trinity Groves, a 15-acre restaurant incubator at the foot of the bridge, was the first true sign of innovation and the harbinger to the future of West Dallas (in other words: build a microbrewery, and they will come). Developers have made significant investments in the area and have a number of new communities in the works. There is a surge in apartment construction, and plans are underway for offices, shops, an urban farm, and more. It’s not a stretch to say that West Dallas is poised to be the next big thing.

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LA BAJADA The West Dallas neighborhood of La Bajada is north of the mixed-use Trinity Groves with views of downtown Dallas. The area is home to Hispanic families, many of whom have owned their homes for generations. With the opening of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in 2012, this area is revitalizing with small apartment buildings and retail under construction. The area is also home to Urban Youth Farm Park, a community garden in West Dallas that provides youth hands-on outdoor education. 75

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THE CEDARS Home to a range of industries, creative office and living space, and affordablehousing options, The Cedars neighborhood is where you’ll find Dallas Heritage Village (a living history museum), American Beauty Mill lofts, and the popular annual Cedars Open Studios art tour. You’ll also find a growing base of urban dwellers throughout the area, making The Cedars a diverse, eclectic neighborhood. 75

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“South Side” is named after South Side on Lamar, an adaptive reuse of the former Sears Catalog Merchandise Center. South Side consists of many prime landmarks, including Gilley’s Dallas, Poor David’s Pub, and the Canvas Hotel, which features a hard-to-beat view of downtown. Other landmarks in South Side include Jack Evans Police Headquarters and the administrative offices of the Dallas County Community College system. 75

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EDGEWOOD PLACE South Dallas Edgewood Place was once home to a predominantly Jewish community, and later on, AfricanAmerican residents; many of today’s Edgewood inhabitants are from families who owned their houses for decades. Edgewood today is attracting the attention of young professionals and urban pioneers who are quietly buying houses in need of renovation. Developers are interested as well because of Edgewood’s proximity to Downtown, Deep Ellum, Farmers Market, and Baylor University Medical Center. 75

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THE BOTTOMS The 126-acre Bottoms is bounded on the north by the Trinity River, and on the west by Interstate 35, with Corinth and Eighth streets to the east and south, respectively. Best known for the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center School for the Talented and Gifted, one of the nation’s best high schools, as well as the Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church, the area is coming alive because of community stakeholders working with the City of Dallas.

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millions. Boutique shopping is luxe, providing high levels of personal service at places like Highland Park Village, the oldest shopping center in the United States. While the houses are grand, the streets are lined with majestic oak trees. Lush green spaces are meticulously manicured. The presence of the private Southern Methodist University campus lends a quaint Ivy-League air to these smallbut-wealthy towns. At Christmas, horse-drawn carriages carry crowds to view the awe-inspiring light shows of the decorated mansions. The Park Cities are also home to the Dallas Country Club, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and Snider Plaza.

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Even though it’s situated in the heart of Dallas, this enclave is actually composed of two independent entities: the Town of Highland Park and the City of University Park. Each maintains its own tax structures, police departments, school districts, and municipal operations. The well-to-do and influential live here, including Jerry Jones (Dallas Cowboys’ owner). In fact, some of the highest per-capita incomes in all of Texas reside within these ZIP codes. Home prices easily reach the

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This pocket of Dallas has two distinct sections: residential and commercial. Neighborhoods developed in the late 1950s contain mid-century and ranch-style houses on midsize lots. Public schools are highly rated and private schools are abundant. Park Forest is known for its community pool. Midway Hills is popular for the Disney Streets whose character-named streets attract high demand. Koreatown to the west, while mostly commercial, serves the largest Korean community in Texas. If you are looking for wholesale-only fabric and gift stores, head down to Harry Hines Boulevard.

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Apartment complexes and retail dominate Northeast Dallas. The Village, made up of 17 complexes served by central services and a community country club, draws young professionals. Nearby are newly built and renovated ’50s complexes off University Drive which are popular with SMU students. North of Park Lane is a cluster of apartments called Vickery Meadows. It’s home to ethnically diverse families, including immigrants from all over the world. A pocket of midpriced ’50s-era housing communities are found east of Skillman Street. Housing is close to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, shopping centers, and DART stations that line upper Greenville Avenue.

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Here’s a slice of Dallas north of Interstate 635 and east of U.S. Highway 75, just south of Richardson. Right at the corner of those intersecting freeways lies the sprawling headquarters of Texas Instruments, a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company. Close by, you’ll also find Dallas College’s Richland campus, with both accredited and youth or enrichment classes. For housing, expect a mix of lowerrent apartments alongside homes built in the ’70s.

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FAR NORTH DALLAS Far North Dallas is sandwiched between suburban Addison and Richardson and bounded by Interstate 635 and Belt Line Road. Even residents have trouble distinguishing the lines between Dallas proper and their suburban neighbors— especially as the schools belong mostly to the Richardson ISD. The schools, plus proximity to shopping centers and equidistance between downtown and Frisco, attract many young families with children. The area was first developed in the ’70s and ’80s. Many homes date back to that era, but the home values vary. While made up of many neighborhoods, the North Dallas Neighborhood Alliance creates some cohesion. Of note are the 6.3-mile Preston Ridge Trail and the Galleria, a multistory mall featuring lots of shopping and an ice-skating rink.

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North Dallas is the site of some of Dallas’ wealthiest neighborhoods, including Preston Hollow, which consists of Old Preston Hollow and 12 small neighborhoods. Strait Lane in particular is a multimillion-dollar address of influencers. These estate-filled neighborhoods with shade-covered hills, private lakes, streams, and expansive grounds house notables such as George W. Bush, Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki, and Roger Staubach. Famous architects like Frank Lloyd Wright designed a majority of the older mansions. But new, custom estates are the current trend. Predominately a family-centric community, many children get their education at the prestigious private school corridor within the area. As you travel north, the Preston Forest neighborhoods scale into ranch homes and prices drop slightly. Quick entry onto both the Dallas North Tollway and U.S. Highway 75 gives easy access to the rest of the city. High-end shopping and dining is found at Preston Center and the popular NorthPark Center.

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OAK CLIFF 1. North Oak Cliff People here are proud to represent a convergence of artists, musicians, and culture-rich Hispanic communities. While it’s one of the older neighborhoods, it has seen quite the resurgence in recent years. Renovations to the Bishop Arts District and several historic districts like Kessler Park, with its hills and Tudor-style homes, and Winnetka Heights, with Prairie and Craftsman-style houses, spurred the launch of independent restaurants and shops around family-owned Mexican restaurants and mercados. It strives to retain its open-minded, diverse character

BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT in the midst of its growing popularity. Stevens Park Golf Course saw a complete redesign by architect John Colligan and is open for public golfing. Kidd Springs Park offers walking trails and lots of outdoor opportunities.

3. Southeast Oak Cliff This is a haven of education with the campuses of both recently expanded University of North Texas at Dallas and Paul Quinn College. Big plans are in the works for the areas surrounding these schools.

2. East Oak Cliff East Oak Cliff is home to the Dallas Zoo, plus two top 10 schools in the nation— the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School (20) and the School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center (13).

4. Central Oak Cliff Wynnewood North is prized for its midcentury houses on gently sloping hills. The 263-acre Kiest Park is full of sports options. Oak Cliff Nature Preserve offers eight miles of trails.

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When mentioning Oak Cliff, most are referring to North Oak Cliff, but the district actually encompasses four unique sections—and a huge amount of real estate.

EAST KESSLER Established in the late 1930s by developer Roy Eastus and the Stemmons family, East Kessler’s chalk hills, combined with many doctors living there, once earned it the designation of “Pill Hill.” These days, East Kessler Park is home to Methodist Dallas Medical Center and is the furthest east of the Kessler Park neighborhoods in Oak Cliff. Crisscrossed by many creeks, this quiet residential area takes its street names from the many real estate figures who developed it, as well as the chalk hills embellishing it. 75

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LAKE CLIFF Lake Cliff takes its name from Cliff Park, which was constructed in the late 19th century. Many of the houses in this northern Oak Cliff neighborhood were built between 1890 and 1930; during this time, John Zang and Charles Mangoled built the Crystal Hill entertainment complex. Lake Cliff includes the historic 12-story Lake Cliff Towers, once a hotel and now condominiums. 75

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Nestled between Highland Park and Interstate 35, which separates it from the Design District, Oak Lawn has a distinct culture. It’s affectionately called the “gayborhood” by locals for its high population of LGBTQ-friendly clubs, restaurants, shops, and events like the annual Halloween parade. But the mix of posh, high-rise apartments among renovated post-war homes draws kidless urban professionals of all ages and types who have fine tastes in decor and dining. Retail and restaurant options tend to be unique, ranging drastically from the highest-end to the character-filled and budget-friendly. A block away, Turtle Creek, a winding boulevard of shady green space and Reverchon Park, embodies high-culture attitude as exemplified by the Kalita Humphreys Theater and the five-star Mansion at Turtle Creek.

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Located five minutes from downtown Dallas, this area is an extension of the Design District and is starting to attract the attention of indie, artist-based businesses and a few trendy restaurants. Home to the prestigious, landmark Hilton Anatole hotel, this area is a short drive to the Medical District and the Oak Cliff neighborhood. The area is still warehouseheavy with commercial properties, and developers have been eyeing properties for redevelopment.

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Does it surprise you that large, expanding hospitals congregate here? Parkland Hospital (made famous for treating President John F. Kennedy), Children’s Medical Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and Zale Lipshy Pavilion – William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital all stand shoulder to shoulder, peppered with specialized care centers offering topnotch services. Apartments are springing up to accommodate the growth. Next door, Dallas Market Center, The Apparel Mart, and the World Trade Center keep shops across the country stocked with wholesale goods. The Infomart houses Wade College and tech-centric offices.

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People of Dallas love their heart-of-the-city airport, Love Field. When the Wright Amendment expired in 2014, that made Love busier than ever—and the nearby neighborhoods more popular than ever. Bluffview is an affluent area tucked around Inwood Village. Cliffs overlooking Bachman Branch, sometimes 50 feet high, give the neighborhood natural charm. Close by is Greenway Parks, a conservation district designed in 1927 in the English commons tradition of clustering houses around private parkways. Perry Heights, south of the landing strip, is a collection of prewar homes and condominiums. Expect big changes in the Maple corridor as major development progresses.

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Sought out for a mix of casual, foodie-centric restaurants and bars alongside older houses, this area rallies around its fun, all-inclusive spirit. You’ll hear it referred to as Lower Greenville, the M Streets, and Knox-Henderson, but it’s actually made up of lots of neighborhoods— many designated as conservation districts of Tudor homes and cottages. Historic mansions on Swiss Avenue neighbor two-story Prairie houses of Munger Place Historic District. Renovated ’60s apartment buildings line Gaston Avenue. Most everything off of Ross Avenue is being rehabilitated. Families blend with young singles. Schools are community supported. It’s known for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Granada Theater, and joyous eating and drinking.

CITYPLACE The Cityplace District is best known for its 1.4-million-squarefoot 42-story office Cityplace Tower (served by a DART station), as well as the 275,000-squarefoot residential-and-retail West Village. Yet this 160-acre master-planned, mixed-use community, bounded by Haskell and Lemmon Avenues and the Katy Trail, also offers the tree-lined Haskell Boulevard, along with its more than 3 million square feet of residential property, 500,000 square feet of retail, and 1.6 million square feet of office space. 75

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BRYAN PLACE Originally named after Dallas founder John Neely Bryan, Bryan Place of East Dallas contains older houses and structures from the early 20th century, as well as 1980s houses developed by Fox & Jacobs. The primarily residential neighborhood offers townhomes, zero-lot garden homes, and close-by entertainment and restaurants; a 10-minute walk brings residents to the Dallas Arts District. Exall Park, complete with playgrounds, hiking trails, and sports fields, also defines Bryan Place. 75

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East of White Rock Lake is a host of diverse neighborhoods, plus the beloved Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden with the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. Forest Hills rises up from the lake with larger homes and lots. Little Forest Hills is a funky, artistically minded bungalow community that loves to throw vivacious parades. Casa Linda, anchored by Casa Linda Plaza, uses the Spanish language as an influence for its street names. Mature trees fill the ’50s-developed neighborhood and the surrounding mid-priced housing areas of Eastwood, Lake Park Estates, and Lochwood. Bath House Cultural Center, just off the lake, features local art exhibits and plays. Public Tenison Golf Course and Samuell Grand Park with its summer Shakespeare Festivals are close by as well.

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It’s all about family in Lake Highlands. Maintained as a huge farm until 1940, the community is large— composed of more than 40 neighborhoods—but flush with green space, parks, and a creek trail that leads to White Rock Lake. Officially established in 1946, the area was heavily developed throughout the ’60s. There are many homes of varying values to be found here. While part of Dallas, most of the public schools actually fall into the Richardson ISD. That includes Lake Highlands High School. Morgan Fairchild went there, as did recent Grammy winner Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent.

LAKEWOOD Tight-knit, eclectic in nature, and situated alongside White Rock Lake, Lakewood is adored for character close to downtown. In 2018, CultureMap listed Lakewood among its “5 Neighborhoods to Buy a Forever Home in Dallas Right Now.” Prized architects Charles Dilbeck and Clifford Hutsell designed many houses with modern or Spanish styles. Craftsman or Prairie styles fill Junius Heights Historic District. While houses are updated and urban sensibilities integrated, lifestyle here is not unlike the idyllic way it began. Folks still go to the Lakewood Shopping Center landmarked with the Lakewood Theater; walk, run, bike, row, and sail around the lake; or play golf at Lakewood Country Club. And kids still go to Woodrow Wilson High School, one of many International Baccalaureate high schools in Texas. PHOTO: PAUL MANAK

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DALLAS ATHLETIC CLUB

A section of neighborhoods closest to the southern tip of White Rock Lake features tree-filled yards and one-story ranch houses from the ’60s that make great starter homes. Grouped together as White Rock Hills, this area includes Claremont, Casa Linda Forest, and Hillridge. Casa View, built in the post-war building boom, has gained attention as a bargain opportunity. The Creative Arts Center, a neighborhood gem, teaches visual arts classes. Dallas College’s Eastfield campus offers two-year degrees and continuing education. Private Dallas Athletic Club offers golf and tennis.

With roots tracing back to the early 1800s, much of Southeast Dallas is encompassed by the Trinity River green space. It includes the Trinity River Audubon Center—a nature preserve with hiking and biking trails and a bird sanctuary. Across Elam Creek is McCommas Bluff Preserve—a 111-acre wooded preserve. It’s also home to the Trinity Forest Aerial Adventure Park and Texas Horse Park. Because of the scenery, this area is slated for future development.

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SOUTHEAST DALLAS

TRINITY RIVER AUDUBON CENTER

FAIR PARK Built to host the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936, Fair Park is a historically protected collection of Art Deco buildings housing museums and exhibits. But everybody knows it as the grounds for the State Fair of Texas. The annual spectacular is a sight like no other. Year-round, people visit the Texas Discovery Gardens, the Music Hall at Fair Park, Dos Equis Pavillion, The African American Museum, the Children’s Aquarium, and games at the Cotton Bowl. A new initiative by the city just launched to revitalize both the park and the surrounding neighborhoods. Stay tuned. 75

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SOUTH DALLAS

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South of downtown and surrounding Fair Park, these predominantly AfricanAmerican and Hispanicinhabited neighborhoods are pushing to rise again. Initiatives are underway to invigorate capital improvements and incentivize development. The Dolphin Heights area is a close-knit, family-friendly neighborhood. The South Boulevard/Park Row Historic District is undergoing a revival. Parkdale/Urbandale near the Keeton Park Golf Course is striving for the same. Proximity to the city offers great growth promise.

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Named for a grove of cottonwood trees, Pleasant Grove was once its own town until annexed in 1954 and combined with other small communities. It’s home to Skyline High—the nation’s first magnet school and fourth largest high school in Texas. And it is also home to The Trinity Forest Golf Course, which hosted the most successful professional charity golf event on the PGA for the first time in 2018. SMU’s golf program and First Tee of Greater Dallas are also housed there.

Mountain Creek Lake, the namesake, is actually a reservoir designed to cool the Mountain Creek Power Plant. Today, Dallas Baptist University resides in the hills overlooking the water. Not far away is Potter’s House, led by Oprah-favorite Bishop T.D. Jakes, which gathers large worshipping crowds. The Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery rests near the lake. Not only is there access to the park and soccer fields in Mountain Creek Lake Park, but Joe Pool Lake is mere minutes away. Though in Dallas, residents here are educated through Duncanville ISD.

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MOUNTAIN CREEK

DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY

RED BIRD

THE GOLF CLUB OF DALLAS

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DALLAS EXECUTIVE AIRPORT

Hard-working families that are generally Texasborn-and-bred live in the section between Oak Cliff and Duncanville. One nice perk: Housing costs are about half of the Dallas average. The Dallas Executive Airport flies out of Red Bird, maintaining aircraft and making sure those doing business in downtown can fly out at a moment’s notice. For hikers looking for a challenge, head to moderate-rated Bounder Park Trail. Golf enthusiasts will want to experience the last Perry Maxwell-designed course at The Golf Club of Dallas.

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Lake Bridgeport

Kruge Krum Decatur

Bridgeport

Quality of life starts with finding Bay the Runaway right community. The Dallas Region is surrounded by Paradise dozens of distinctive suburban communities that offer their own unique charms. Looking for a community with a historic downtown, eclectic shops, and restaurants? We’ve got that. What about a master-planned community with a golf course and access to great schools? We’ve got that, too. Whether you prefer to live on a lake, in wide-Springtown open spaces, or near a rodeo, great mall, or nature preserve, there’s a community that’s right Sanctuary for you. In a region that’s so richly diverse, it won’t be easy deciding where to hang your hat.

Corinth New Fairview

DENTON COUNTY

Aurora

Briar CDP

Argyle Northlake

Lewi

Flower Mound

WISE COUNTY

Roanoke Trophy Club

Newark

Westlake

TARRANT COUNTY

Haslet

Grapevine Lake Southlake

Pelican Bay

Azle

Hickory Creek

Double Oak

Rhome

Pecan Acres

Reno

Copper Canyon Highland Village Bartonville

Justin

Boyd

Coppe

Grapevine

Keller

Eagle Mountain CDP

NORTHEAST TARRANT COUNTY Blue Mound Haltom City

Lake Worth

Colleyville

North Richland Hills

Watauga

Saginaw

Bedford

Euless

Irving

Hurst

Richland Hills

River Oaks

White SettlementWestover Hills

Willow Park

Annetta North Weatherford

Oak Point

DISH

Cool Hudson Oaks

Cross Ro

Ponder

Lakeside

Millsap

Denton

DENTON COUNTY

FORT WORTH AREA Aledo

Annetta

Pantego

Fort Worth

Benbrook

Annetta South

Grand Prairie

Dalworthington Gardens Forest Hill

Edgecliff Village

Kennedale

Arlington

Everman

PARKER COUNTY HOOD COUNTY

Crowley

Rendon

Burleson

Cresson

Briaroaks

Oak Trail Shores CDP Granbury

Godley

Joshua

Mansfield

ARLINGTON / JOHNSON GRAND PRAIRIE AREA COUNTY

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Cross Timber

De Cordova Bend

Alvarado

Venus

Keene Tolar Pecan Plantation CDP

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Celeste

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WEST COLLIN COUNTY Prosper

oads

New Hope

Neylandville

McKinney

Princeton

Lowry Crossing

Little Elm

Farmersville

Campb

Frisco

Shady Shores

Fairview

y

Allen Parker

Hebron

Greenville

Lucas

The Colony

isville

EAST COLLIN COUNTY Josephine

St. Paul

Plano Murphy

Caddo Mills

Nevada

Lavon

Wylie

COLLIN COUNTY

Lon

Royse City

Sachse

Richardson

Carrollton

ell

Addison

Union Valley

Fate

Garland

Rockwall

Farmers Branch

Quinlan

Rowlett

NORTHEAST DALLAS COUNTY

NORTHWEST DALLAS COUNTY

University Park Highland Park

McLendonChisholm

ROCKWALL COUNTY

Heath Sunnyvale

West Tawakoni

KAUFMAN COUNTY

Mesquite Cockrell Hill

HUNT COUNTY

Hawk Cove

Forney

Terrell

Balch Springs

EAST DALLAS AREA Talty Seagoville Duncanville

Hutchins DeSoto

Lancaster

Wilmer

Cedar Hill

Ovilla

Glenn Heights Red Oak

thian

Post Oak Bend City

Crandall

DALLAS COUNTY

Combine

Kaufman

Oak Grove

ELLIS COUNTY

Ferris

Pecan Hill SOUTHERN DALLAS AREA

Oak Ridge

Scurry

Rosser

Cottonwood Grays Prairie

Kemp

Palmer Waxahachie Mabank

Garrett Ennis

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DR PEPPER BALLPARK

Collin County is one of the fastest-growing counties in Texas and the nation. More than 1 million people, a rapidly growing list of corporate headquarters, and two professional sports teams have chosen this part of the region to call home. Two large communities—Plano and Frisco—make up West Collin County.

Discover the vacation you’ve dreamed of, where adults and kids alike have endless opportunities for fun, adventure, and relaxation. With extraordinary special events, our beautiful 10-acre outdoor Paradise Springs water park, and our stunning garden atriums, you will find what you’re looking for at Gaylord Texan Resort during our 19th annual SummerFest of More, featuring Pirates & Princesses.

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Population Chico

552,544

630,446

Households

198,361

225,359

Celina Krum

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2.79

36.7

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Frisco

Average Household Size Median Age Lake Bridgeport

Decatur

Bridgeport

Median Household Income Runaway Bay

Average Household Income

$107,972

$112,768

$140,413

$152,121

$50,430

$54,408

Paradise

Per Capita Income

2020

White Alone

336,501

Black Alone

PERCENT

53,399

9.7%

American Indian Alone

2,349

Asian Alone

0.4%

Reno

113,996Sanctuary 20.6%

WISE

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0.1%

26,136

4.7%

31,008

19,816

3.6%

23,597

Hispanic Origin (Any Race)

81,078

14.7%

98,842

High School Graduate Blue

Haltom

Associate City Degree

3.7%

River 15.7% Oaks White SettlementWestover Hills

1.5%

Bedford

16.8%

Hurst

Highland Park

6.5%

Mesqu

Grand Prairie

PROSPER

Forest Hill Kennedale

Rendon

Arlington

Joshua

Cross Timber

Sea

Duncanville

Hutchins Wilmer

Lancaster

Cedar Hill

Mansfield

Ovilla

De Cordova Bend

JOHNSON COUNTY

Glenn Heights Red Oak

Midlothian

Ferris

DALLAS COUNT

ELLIS COUN

Pecan Hill

PR0SPER HIGH SCHOOL Alvarado

Venus

Keene Tolar Pecan Plantation CDP

Balch Springs

Pantego Dalworthington Gardens

Burleson

Godley

Sunnyv

Cockrell Hill

Briaroaks

Granbury

University Park

DeSoto

Oak Trail Shores CDP

Garland

Rowlet

Irving

Euless

23.5%

Crowley

Cresson

Sachse

Richardson Addison

Farmers Branch

Everman

HOOD COUNTY

Wylie

9.6%

Graduate/Professional Degree

Edgecliff Village

PARKER COUNTY

St. P

Plano

Carrollton

2.3%

37.0%

Benbrook

Annetta South

Lucas Parker

Hebron

Grapevine

Bachelor’s Degree Richland Hills

Fort Worth

Annetta

Allen The Colony

Coppell

2.8%

Colleyville

Richland Hills

Mound College, No Degree Some

4.9%

Aledo

Fairview

Murphy

Grapevine 363,859 Lake Southlake

North Watauga GED/Alternative Credential

Saginaw

Lake Worth

Annetta North Weatherford

Shady Shores

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KellerNo Diploma 9th-12th Grade,

CDP

Two or More Races

Hudson Oaks

Less Than 9th Grade

Eagle 140,653 Mountain 22.3%

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Frisco

Flower Mound

Westlake

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Haslet

Pelican Bay

Lakeside

Willow Park

Northlake

Lo Cros

Little Elm

Club

TARRANT 2,596 0.4% COUNTY

407

New Ho

Oak Point

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT (PopulationRoanoke 25+) Trophy

Pecan Acres 69,701 11.1%

Azle

Pacific Islander Alone

Prosper

Cross Roads

Hickory Argyle Creek Copper Canyon Highland Village Bartonville Double Oak Lewisville

PERCENT Rhome

COUNTY 60.9% 57.5% Briar CDP 362,481 Newark

Springtown

Denton

Prosper

DISH

DENTON COUNTY

Aurora 2025

Melissa

Krugerville

McKinney

Justin

Boyd

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Celina

Corinth

New Fairview

Weston

Aubrey

Plano Ponder

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Alvord

Cleburne Maypearl

Grandview Glen Rose Rio Vista

Palmer It was among the fastest growing Waxahachie communities in North Texas in 2018, according to the Census Garrett Bureau. Houses are going up on old farmland to fill the Frisco Ennis overflow, including the 2,000acre Windsong Ranch planned community. The new builds won’t Bardwell come cheap, as the median home price is around $400,000.

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Emho

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TOWN LAKE PARK

Milford Barry

Blooming Grove Frost

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You might not believe that a mere 30 years ago Frisco was farmland. Now, it is a bustling microcosm of its own and simply exploding with growth. Even the Dallas Cowboys have moved their training facilities to Frisco, joining a host of sports activity already in play. The Dr Pepper Ballpark featuring the Frisco RoughRiders baseball team and Toyota Stadium with MLS soccer team FC Dallas are just two of many examples. And shopping? It is plentiful, including Stonebriar Centre Mall and Ikea. The area thrives with activities for families, such as the Frisco Athletic Center with its indoor water park, which opened in 2015, Frisco Commons with the town’s largest playground system, and Frisco Discovery Center for science. Something new and exciting opens almost daily, which means we’re just seeing the beginning of all Frisco is to become.

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FRISCO

NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME

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WEST COLLIN COUNTY

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Best Real Estate Market in U.S. — WalletHub, 2020

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Most Recession-Proof City — Smartasset, 2020

COMMUNITIES

City to Do Business in Texas — homecity / Better Homes & Gardens, 2020

MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS

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HALL OFFICE PARK

TRICK-A-TROUT KID FISH Every February, the Frisco Commons pond is stocked with 3,000 rainbow trout, and kids under 16 are invited to try the sport of fishing. MOTHER-SON / DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCES Two citywide dances are held in the winter and fall of each year.

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EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA More than 80,000 Easter eggs for children ages 12 and under are hidden at Toyota Soccer Center, along with bounce houses, face painting, and photos with the Easter bunny. Special-needs children get their own field. It’s all free.

QUICK FACTS RECENT DEVELOPMENT: The North Platinum Corridor is a stretch of the Dallas North Tollway in Frisco, from Sam Rayburn Tollway/ SH 121 to US Highway 380.

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FRISCO SQUARE

TOYOTA STADIUM

SURPRISING FACT: Art abounds in Frisco with more than 100 pieces in Hall Office Park, including the Texas Sculpture Garden, and more than 50 publicly owned sculptures throughout Frisco. PHOTO: ANDREW SMITH

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OUTDOOR GEMS: Hope Park is an all-accessible park meant for children with special needs and their friends to enjoy together. GET INVOLVED: Frisco’s volunteer program enhances city services while offering residents an opportunity to gain skills and positively impact their community.

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“The neighborhoods are beautiful. There are so many parks and exciting places to discover. Most importantly, Plano has exceptional schools and a great reputation. I love having the perfect blend of suburban life and all the perks, not too far from the city!”

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WEST COLLIN COUNTY

— SARAH CRILLEY, WEST PLANO

PLANO

WEST PLANO

Constantly appearing on Best City lists, Plano is a darling of suburbs. Families fill acres of affordableplanned neighborhoods and shopping centers. Corporate headquarters are flocking to new developments like Legacy West. While Plano is a commutable distance to just about anywhere, jobs increasingly will be within miles, as is every other modern amenity you might want: parks and trails, diverse restaurants, entertainment one-stops, churches of all denominations, major hospitals, and family-friendly events. Though active for decades, Plano really started making a name for itself 20 years ago. The city concentrated its efforts on building a strong public school system. Combine that with being able to get a bigger, newer house for less than in the city, and families moved there. The spread continues west even today. While it grows older in some parts, Plano works to keep vibrancy and progress up to date, which may be why so many corporate headquarters have chosen to build national campuses in the city.

EAST PLANO’S HISTORIC DOWNTOWN AREA

REGIONS/NEIGHBORHOODS EAST PLANO This includes the oldest communities of Plano, like Historic Downtown, Old Towne, Douglass Community, and Haggard Park. You’ll find it diverse in culture, housing types, and styles. For example, a strong Asian community thrives in the Woodlands/Fairfield, while Ranch Estates is known for large lots, ranch homes, and animals. CENTRAL PLANO You’ll find single-family, ranch-style homes mostly from the 1970s and 1980s with mature trees. This neighborhood is conveniently located near North Central Expressway.

NORTH PLANO North Plano has a more diverse population, including a large Asian population. Homes in this area were built in the 2000s. Residents stay active at Russell Creek Park.

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WEST PLANO The area is well known for two-story homes that are three or four times larger than homes in Central Plano. Granite has an urban appearance and high-rises. It’s home to the mixed-use destination Shops at Legacy and West Legacy.

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PLANO BALLOON FESTIVAL In September, the night and morning skies are illuminated with hot air balloons for three days, while the ground is filled with music, food, and family-centric fun. planoballoonfest.org

COMMUNITIES

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MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Fall Zero Waste festival celebrates more than 100 cultures in the city through fashion, food, performances, free children’s activities, booths, and a fitness/wellness fair. planointernationalfestival.org

ASIAFEST A family-friendly day in May exhibits all the different cultures of Asia with traditional costumes, food, and exhibitions. asianamericanheritage.org

QUICK FACTS

ARBOR HILLS NATURE PRESERVE

BIG RECENT NEWS/ NEW DEVELOPMENT: Samsung has announced a 60,000 square-foot expansion, and CarMax boosted its DFW footprint by opening a new technology innovation center in Plano. PROUDEST OF: Public school performance, libraries, and number of corporate headquarters based in Plano. GET INVOLVED: Find volunteer opportunities: plano.gov/213/VolunteersIn-Plano. OUTDOOR GEMS: Arbor Hills Nature Preserve is a 200-acre park with 56 miles of trails crisscrossing the city. SURPRISING FACT: Plano is home to the largest collection of cricket fields in the Southwest. DART RAIL ACCESS: Lines: Red Line (full) , Orange Line (peak hours; weekdays only) PHOTO: ANDREW SMITH

No.

1

Best City for a Staycation — WalletHub, 2020

2022

No.

2

Happiest City in America — Patch.com, 2020

No.

7

No.

8

Number of stations: Two Approximate time to Downtown Dallas: 37 minutes

No.

5

Best City to Buy an Affordable Family Home

Best City to be Stuck at Home

Best City to Live

— SmartAsset.com, 2020

— Lawnstarter.com, 2020

— Niche.com, 2020

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Bridgeport

Two large communities –Allen and McKinney– make up most of East Collin County. This area is home to Allen Premium Outlets, Watters Creek, the Heard Museum, and historic downtown McKinney.

Gainesville

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN MCKINNEY

EAST COLLIN COUNTY BY THE NUMBERS Pilot Point

2020

2025

Population

418,909

474,986

Households

139,020

157,316

Sanger

Alvord

Average Household Size

2.99

Median Age

Allen

34.8

34.6

$103,294

$107,953

Average Household Income

$129,573

$141,493

Denton

Lucas Oak Point

DISH

2020

Boyd

PERCENT 2025 DENTON

COUNTY

Aurora

White Alone

Rhome 269,048

WISE 51,670 COUNTY

Black Alone Briar CDP

Newark

American Indian Alone

Argyle

2,381

Northlake

287,344

60.5%

TOTAL

12.3%

66,132

13.9%

Less Than 9th Grade

0.6%

2,649

0.6%

Westlake

Pecan Acres

Springtown Asian Alone Reno Pacific Islander Alone

57,741 TARRANT COUNTY Pelican Bay353

Sanctuary Some Other Race Alone

Azle

Eagle Mountain 22,025 CDP

Two or More Races

15,692

Hispanic Origin (Any Race)

64,637

Lakeside

Lake Worth

13.8%Haslet73,295 0.1%

Flower Mound

15.4%

428

Southlake

GED/Alternative Grapevine Credential Some College, No Degree

5.3%

26,371

3.7% Saginaw

North Watauga 4.0% 18,768

15.4%

5.6%

Haltom City

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Hurst

Irving

Graduate/Professional Degree

Lavon

Wylie

C C

2.7%

1.9%

Farmers Branch

Garland

Rockwall Rowlett

19.8%

17.5%

Sachse

Richardson

Addison

8.6%

Euless

Murphy

Carrollton 13.2%

33.1%

Bedford

St. Paul

Plano

263,212

Bachelor’s Degree

16.5%

Lucas Parker

Hebron

Associate Degree Colleyville

Richland Hills

Blue Mound

78,512

Grapevine

Lake Graduate High School Coppell

0.1% Keller

The 2020 Colony

3.1%

9th-12th Grade, No Diploma

Princeton

Fairview Allen

Lewisville

64.2%

Lowry Crossing

Frisco

Shady Shores

Double Oak

Roanoke Trophy Club

McKinney

Little Elm

EDUCATIONAL Canyon Highland ATTAINMENT Village25+) Bartonville(Population

PERCENT

Prosper New Hope

Hickory Creek

Copper

Blue R

Melissa

Wylie

Corinth Justin

Weston

Celina

McKinney

Ponder $46,916 $43,057

New Fairview

Parker

Cross Roads

Paradise

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Aubrey

Anna

FairviewKrugervilleMurphy

3.00

Krum

Decatur Income Median Household

Per Capita Income

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University Park Highland Park

Heath Sunnyvale

KA CO

Richland Hills

2022 Mesquite

RO CO

Forney


EAST COLLIN COUNTY

EAGLE STADIUM

COMMUNITIES

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ALLEN This wholesome community was newly built for families. Allen ISD has the largest high school in Texas with an enrollment of nearly 5,000 students. Its football stadium rivals professional operations with seating capacity for 18,000. The Eagles were football state champions in 2014 and 2017. But the entertainment isn’t all about Friday night lights. Allen Event Center puts on major concerts and national shows. Hydrous Wake Park keeps the kids cool, as does KidMania, one of the largest handicap-accessible playgrounds and spray grounds in Texas. Watters Creek offers fun times and shopping all in one.

PHOTO: CITY OF ALLEN

ALLEN PUBLIC LIBRARY

REGIONS/NEIGHBORHOODS EAST ALLEN Everything east of U.S. 75 is the original downtown plus a mix of newer and older homes nestled among mature trees and parks. WEST ALLEN Most homes west of U.S. 75 were built in the last 15 years. This area has upscale housing, much of which sits along creekside trails. Twin Creeks is a masterplanned golf course community, and Watters Creek is a mixed‑use center with shopping, dining, and midrise apartments.

QUICK FACTS PROUDEST OF: High school sports, especially football. OUTDOOR GEMS: Allen boasts 800 acres of developed park land and nearly 50 miles of hiking and nature trails, including Connemara Conservancy, a 70-acre nature preserve. PHOTO: ANDREW SMITH

No.

2

Safest City in Texas — Safehome, 2019

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SURPRISING FACTS: Its railroad water reservoir stone dam is thought to be the only one left in the United States. Allen’s Collin College campus is located inside Allen High School. BIG RECENT NEWS: The city will join the big leagues with a new $85 million convention center at Watters Creek.

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Best Place to Launch a Career — Money, 2018

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McKINNEY What once was a pioneer town has evolved into a growing, sophisticated city. McKinney pays homage to its roots through the Chestnut Square Historic Village, which is operated by the Heritage Guild of Collin County, and the historic Collin County Courthouse now serves as the McKinney Performing Arts Center, the cultural hub of downtown McKinney. A network of trails connects residents to dozens of parks, fitness centers, and sports complexes.

PHOTO: CITY OF MCKINNEY

COMMUNITIES

MAIN STREET

EASTSIDE This includes well-established communities like Eldorado (one of the first master-planned communities with more than 700 homes and mature trees surrounding a country club) and the 30-block historic district, which dates from the 1890s and is the second-largest historic district in Texas. WESTSIDE The newer side of McKinney is made up of many unique planned neighborhoods, including: Craig Ranch – A 2,500-acre community anchored by the Tournament Players Club, which was named one of the 10 Best Courses in Texas by Golf Digest.

PHOTO: CITY OF MCKINNEY

REGIONS/NEIGHBORHOODS

STONEBRIDGE RANCH

Stonebridge Ranch – The largest planned community in the city, made up of 68 distinctive villages ranging from houses in the $160s to more than $2 million. It’s integrated with hills, lakes, and miles of hike-and-bike trails. Tucker Hill – Neighborhoods that recreate an Americana feel, incorporating aspects of historic communities in architecture, horticulture, sidewalks, parks, and open spaces into a newly built community.

Westridge – Seven neighborhoods positioned around a golf course and woven with hike-andbike trails and a community park.

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Adriatica – New homes inspired by the ancient beauty of a Croatian village in the Adriatic Sea. A future development will include a replica of St. Mark’s Square in Venice.

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— JASON CLAYTON, McKINNEY RESIDENT

MCKINNEY ROOFTOPS

No.

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Best Place for First-Time Home Buyers — WalletHub.com, 2019

MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS OKTOBERFEST Find authentic German music, traditional costumes, dancing, and a beer garden that covers a total of 14 blocks throughout McKinney’s Historic Downtown square. mckinneyoktoberfest.com HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS Enjoy horse-drawn carriages, traveling carolers, visits with Santa Claus, a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and activities for all ages. downtownmckinney.com ARTS IN BLOOM See more than 150 local and regional artists showcase their talents throughout the 12-block area of downtown. RED WHITE & BOOM!: Celebrate Independence Day with a free parade and classic car, truck, and cycle show that starts in downtown and ends with music and fireworks at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch.

QUICK FACTS

HEARD MUSEUM

BIG RECENT NEWS/ NEW DEVELOPMENT: McKinney Village at the Medical District is a $30 million mixed use and health science district to up the medical offerings in McKinney. PROUDEST OF: Downtown Square and accompanying events, and its many top city rankings. SURPRISING FACT: Home to Franconia Brewing Company, a local brewery with German beer-making methods.

PHOTOS: CITY OF MCKINNEY

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OUTDOOR GEMS: Heard Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary is a 289-acre habitat for native and endemic wildlife species, winding with trails from diverse ecosystems, for the primary purpose of educating children about nature. GET INVOLVED: Volunteer McKinney helps residents find volunteer opportunities and support local nonprofits and community groups. volunteermckinney.org

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“The school district is wonderful, and our children love their schools and teachers. My wife and I have been so impressed with the curriculum, administration, and staff. They all have such a strong interest in our children having a safe, strong environment to learn and get the most of their education. ”


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COMMUNITIES

IRVING/LAS COLINAS Irving/Las Colinas calls itself the “Headquarters of Headquarters” for good reason. Eight Fortune 500 companies call the city their global headquarters. What’s to love? Convenience, for one. The central location makes it an easy commute to almost anywhere in the area, especially Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport— which is one reason so many companies have opted to relocate here. Within Irving lies Las Colinas, a mixed-use, master-planned community (one of the first in the United States), developed in 1972 by a wealthy cattle rancher. With luxury hotels, pretty houses, private clubs, urban lofts, and good restaurants, it is the epitome of modern American life.

PHOTOS: IRVING CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU

MUSTANGS OF LAS COLINAS

NORTHWEST DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITIES

Addison Carrollton Coppell Farmers Branch Irving Las Colinas

IRVING CONVENTION CENTER

LAS COLINAS

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“It’s a great place to live! We have a community of people that cares about the city and is passionate about its future. We also love the many trails in Addison.”

WATERTOWER THEATER, ADDISON

COMMUNITIES

ADDISON

The town is dedicated to its residents, charging city staff to find a way to say yes to service requests. You’ll find evidence of this in details like the Addison Athletic Club, a 52,000-squarefoot, residents-only facility, and the Treehouse, an incubator for small businesses. Addison Circle, with the landmark BluePrint sculpture, is event-centric, known regionwide for Kaboom Town fireworks on the Fourth of July and Oktoberfest in the fall. Also popular are the holiday lights at the 12-acre Vitruvian Park. The smallish town just north of Dallas has more than 175 restaurants, and the Belt Line strip within is often called Restaurant Row. Other places of interest include the WaterTower Theatre and the Addison Airport. ADDISON CIRCLE

PHOTO: TOWN OF ADDISON

— CJ COMU, ADDISON RESIDENT

CARROLLTON

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PHOTOS: CITY OF CARROLLTON

The city boasts that it is 20 minutes from everything. It is slated to be a rail transit hub, with travel going in six directions over the next two decades. Downtown Carrollton’s charming 100-year-old buildings contain small jewelers, boutiques, and restaurants. The center gazebo stands watch while railroad tracks weave among pedestrians. Public school children, for the most part, attend the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD.

CARROLLTON MUNICIPAL CENTER

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Bay

Sanger

Alvord

NORTHWEST DALLAS COUNTY BY THE NUMBERS 2020

An

HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURES (Average annual amount spent)

Chico

COMMUNITIES

ort

Pilot Point

2025

TOTAL

Food

$10,309

Less Than 9th Grade

Housing

$27,599

9th-12th Grade, No Diploma

184,361

198,862

Transportation

Average Household Size

2.63

2.62

Median Age

34.5

34.9

$72,601

$77,531

New $99,713 Fairview

$109,793

Paradise

Median Household Income Average Household Income Per Capita Income

Boyd Aurora

Briar CDP

RACE AND ETHNICITY

$41,743 DENTON COUNTY

2020

Newark PERCENT

Black Alone

2025

Associate Degree Frisco

Personal Care Products/Services

$1,042

Bachelor’s Degree

26.5%

Graduate/Professional Degree

Allen 15.8%

Northlake

Double Oak

Westlake

49.4%

11.7%

Eagle 0.6% Mountain CDP

3,270

0.6%

18.0%

104,834

20.1%

489

0.1%

547

Some Other Race Alone

67,265

13.8%

73,850

Two or More Races

18,430

3.8%

179,347

36.9%

3,136 Azle

Asian Alone

87,242

Pacific Islander Alone

Hispanic Origin (Any Race) Willow Park

Lakeside

Saginaw

Weatherford DOWNTOWN CARROLLTON Aledo Annetta Annetta South

The Colony

Lewisville

Fairview

Luca

Parker

Hebron

S

Plano Murphy

W

Sach

Richardson

Carrollton

Coppell

Addison

Grapevine

Garland

Farmers Branch

Keller

Ro

Colleyville North Richland Hills

Watauga

Blue

14.1% Haltom City

20,761

Grapevine Lake Southlake

0.1% Mound

Lake Worth

4.0%

Bedford

University Park

Irving

Euless

Highland Park

Hurst

Sun

Richland Hills

River 198,917 Oaks 38.1% White SettlementWestover Hills

Annetta North

6.5%

Roanoke Trophy Club

Haslet

61,072

American IndianSanctuary Alone

Hickory $2,003 Creek Copper Canyon Highland Village Bartonville

Education Argyle

PERCENT

53,853 Pelican 11.1% Bay

Hudson Oaks

$3,474Shady

Pecan Acres

White Alone

17.2%

Entertainment and Recreation

Shores

New

McKinney 2.5%

Flower Mound

255,344TARRANT 52.6% 258,110 COUNTY Reno

Springtown

6.7% 16.6%

LittleSome Elm College, No Degree

$5,959

Corinth

Justin

8.3%

GED/Alternative Credential

$2,597

Me

325,800

Prosper

Oak Point

Health Care

2020 Weston

High School Graduate

$10,021

Rhome

WISE COUNTY

$2,494 Cross Roads

Travel Ponder

DISH

$37,819

Krugerville

Krum

Denton Apparel and Services

Households Bridgeport

Aubrey

$85,645

522,445

Decatur

2020

TOTAL EXPENDITURES

485,760

Population

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT (Population 25+) Celina

M Cockrell Hill

PHOTO: IMANI LYTLE Balch Springs

Pantego

Fort Worth

Grand Prairie

Dalworthington Gardens

Benbrook

Forest Hill

Edgecliff Village

Kennedale

Arlington

Duncanville

Hutchins

Everman DeSoto

PARKER COUNTY HOOD COUNTY

Crowley

Rendon

Ovilla Burleson

Cresson

Briaroaks

Oak Trail hores CDP Granbury

Mansfield

Godley

Joshua

JOHNSON COUNTY

Glenn Heights Red Oak

Midlothian

DALL COUN

ELL COU

Ferris

Pecan Hill

Cross Timber

De Cordova Bend

Alvarado

Palmer

Venus Waxahachie

Keene Pecan Plantation CDP

Wilmer

Lancaster

Cedar Hill

Garrett Cleburne Ennis Maypearl

Bardwell

Grandview Glen Rose Rio Vista

Italy

Em

Milford Barry

Blooming Grove Frost

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PHOTO: MIKE MEZEUL II

COMMUNITIES

DENTON DENTON’S HISTORIC TOWN SQUARE

The city of Denton is home to the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University, which provide an infusion of youthful energy and a lively music scene. A charming historic town square is still the center of much activity. Housing is very affordable, and the neighbors are the kind you can share a cup of coffee with. Go north of Denton, and you’ll realize what “big sky country” is all about—and if you want land, we’ve got plenty of it. You can have a ranch. And some animals. And never see your next-door neighbor, if that’s what you want.

PHOTO: UNT

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS

THE COLONY

THE COLONY’S GRANDSCAPE DEVELOPMENT

DENTON COUNTY COMMUNITIES PHOTO: MICHAEL SAMPLES

Affectionately known as “the city by the lake,” The Colony features 23 miles of shoreline along Lake Lewisville and two lake parks. But the big news is the new construction occurring. Two nature-centric, master-planned communities, Austin Ranch and The Tribute, just arrived. The state’s only Nebraska Furniture Mart, a Topgolf venue, and an 80-acre sports facility called The Colony Five Star also call The Colony “home.”

Argyle Bartonville The Colony Copper Canyon Corinth Cross Roads Denton Double Oak Flower Mound Hebron

LITTLE ELM

Hickory Creek Highland Village PHOTOS: CITY OF LITTLE ELM

A beach in North Texas? Yep. Along Lake Lewisville are miles of sand, fire pits, a pavilion and snack bar, 10 regulation volleyball courts, an amphitheater, and a playground. Little Elm has 66 miles of shoreline within its city limits and a lake attitude to go along with it. As you can imagine, community events throughout the year center around the waterfront, including Christmas on the Beach.

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Lewisville Little Elm Northlake Oak Point Ponder Sanger Shady Shores

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BRIDLEWOOD GOLF COURSE, FLOWER MOUND

HIGHLAND VILLAGE | FLOWER MOUND | LEWISVILLE Gainesville South of Denton are Highland Village and Flower Mound, among others. The former sits on Lewisville Lake and is popular with people who like trails and good schools. Flower Mound ranked 16th on Money Magazine’s 2018 Best Places to Live list for its pedestrianfriendly Riverwalk development, stellar schools, and its small-town feel. Settled shortly after Texas received its statehood in the early 1840s, Lewisville grew rapidly after the completion of an enormous reservoir in 1954, now known as the aforementioned Lewisville Lake. Further growth occurred due to its convenient location at the crossroads of Interstate 35E and the recently completed Sam Rayburn Tollway. Lewisville takes arts, leisure, and recreation seriously with venues such as the Lewisville Grand Theater and Lewisville Railroad Park, 14 miles of trails, and all the outdoor amenities of the lake.

Pilot Point

DENTON COUNTY BY THE NUMBERS

HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURES (Average annual amount spent)

2025

Chico

TOTAL EXPENDITURES

$92,868

Food

$11,004

Housing

513,583

583,009

Apparel and Services

Households

185,042

210,274

Decatur Transportation

Lake 2.72Bridgeport

2.72Bridgeport

Travel

33.8

34.5

Health Care

Median Household Income

$81,276

$85,386

Average Household Income

$108,552

$117,439

$39,263

$42,499

Runaway Bay

Per Capita Income

DENTON COUNTY Krum

$2,673 Denton

$10,910 $6,687

Entertainment and Recreation Paradise

DISH

Education

$2,207

Justin

New Fairview

352,151

68.6%

380,759

65.3%

TOTAL

Black Alone

55,948

10.9%

74,096

12.7%

Springtown

American Indian Alone

3,294

0.6%

3,626

0.6%

43,758

8.5%

54,565

9.4%

455

0.1%

519

0.1%

Some Other Race Alone

39,813

7.8%

47,770

8.2%

Two or More Races

18,162

3.5%

21,673

3.7%

Mineral 111,456 Wells

21.7%

132,832

22.8%

Graford

Asian Alone

Pacific Islander Alone

Hispanic Origin (Any Race)

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Hudson Oaks

Hickory Creek Copper Canyon Highland Village Bartonville

Argyle Northlake

Double Oak

Aurora EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT Rhome 2020 (Population 25+) WISE

White Alone

Briar CDP

COUNTY

Newark

Pecan Acres

Less Than 9th Grade

TARRANT 9th-12th Grade, No Diploma COUNTY Reno High School Graduate

Pelican Bay

Eagle Mountain GED/Alternative Credential CDP Azle

Some College, No Degree

7.8% Lakeside

Willow Park

Annetta North

Lake Worth

15.1%

River Oaks White SettlementWestover Hills

Coppell

Grapevine

Hebron

Carrol

Farmers Branch

Keller

3.0%

29.9%

Grapevine Lake Southlake

14.8%

Bachelor’s Degree

Graduate/Professional Degree

Westlake

3.9%

Associate Degree

Lewisville

Roanoke Trophy Club

3.6% Haslet

21.9% Saginaw

The Colo

Flower Mound

327,888

Sanctuary

Little Elm Shady Shores

Corinth

$1,146

2020

PERCENT

Oak Point

Ponder

$3,847

Personal Care Products/Services

RACE AND ETHNICITY

2025

Cross Roads

$2,877

Boyd

PERCENT

Aubrey Krugerville

$29,178

Population

Median Age

Sanger

Alvord

2020

Average Household Size

2020

Colleyville Watauga Blue Mound Haltom City

North Richland Hills

Bedford

Irving

Euless

Hurst

Richland Hills

2022 Pantego Grand

Cockre


Two big communities— Richardson and Garland —make up Northeast Dallas County, which includes the Telecom Corridor, named for its concentration of high-tech firms such as Texas Instruments and Ericsson. Rowlett takes its name from a nearby creek, but Lake Ray Hubbard is the main reason people choose this upscale suburb. Rowlett has more than 30 miles of shoreline and has benefited from recent extensions of the President George Bush Turnpike and DART.

The city of Garland has something for everyone. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy miles of biking and hiking trails, while foodies and treasure hunters will lose themselves in unique dining and shopping. Garland’s eclectic arts scene can be found at entertainment venues such as the Granville Arts Center. Residents have a wide variety of neighborhood and education options to choose from.

COMMUNITIES

GARLAND

NORTHEAST DALLAS COUNTY

FIREWHEEL TOWN CENTER, GARLAND

Sherman Gainesville

NORTHEAST DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITIES PHOTO: CITY OF GARLAND

Garland Richardson Rowlett Sachse

Pilot Point Sanger

Anna

NORTHEAST DALLAS COUNTY BY THE NUMBERS

Aubrey

Krugerville Krum

2020

2025

Denton

460,950

491,855

Apparel and Services

157,077

167,179

2.92

Oak Point 2.93

Transportation

DISH

New Average Household Income Fairview Justin

Per Capita Income

DENTON COUNTY

Aurora

Rhome RACE AND

Newark

White Alone

Pecan Acres

Black Alone

Haslet TARRANT COUNTYAmerican Indian Alone Pelican Bay

Azle

akeside

Northlake

Asian Alone

Eagle MountainPacific Islander Alone CDP

36.7

$76,321

Little Travel Elm Shady Shores

Hickory $93,966 $103,187 Argyle Creek Copper Canyon Highland $32,040 $35,092 Village Bartonville Double Oak

2020

WISE ETHNICITY COUNTY

36.1 $71,603

Corinth

Median Household Income

PERCENT

Roanoke Trophy Club

256,180

55.6%

64,837

14.1%

Westlake

Lewisville 2025 Flower Mound PERCENT

258,331

Grapevine 72,250 Lake

Southlake 3,040 0.6%

2,923

Grapevine

Keller 66,533

247

City

White

River Oaks

High School Graduate

$9,405

Frisco

Crossing

$5,855Fairview $3,317

Personal Care Products/Services Allen$979 The

Education Colony

14.7%

Some College, No Degree

Coppell

80,300

16.3%

0.1%

281

0.1%

31.0%

Richland Hills

159,565

Farmersville

Associate Degree

7.5%

Bachelor’s Degree

22.9%

Graduate/Professional Degree

Parker

Murphy

32.4%

12.0% Josephine

St. Paul

Plano

3.0%

21.6%

Lucas

$1,853

Hebron

Caddo Mills

Nevada

Lavon

Wylie

COLLIN COUNTY

Royse City

Sachse

Richardson

Carrollton Addison

0.6%

14.4%

Hurst

17.7%

Princeton GED/Alternative Credential Lowry

$2,511

Entertainment and Recreation

7.5%

Farmers Branch

Fate

Garland

Union Valley

Rockwall Rowlett

Colleyville

Hispanic Origin (Any Race) Haltom 143,033

2022

Health Care

7.7%

9th-12th Grade, No Diploma New Hope

$2,287

McKinney

Celes

306,188

Less Than 9th Grade

52.5%

Some Other Race Alone Watauga 52,814 North 11.5% 57,887 11.8% Saginaw Richland Blue Euless Two or More Races Mound 17,414 Hills 3.8%Bedford 19,769 4.0%Irving

Lake Worth

TOTAL

$25,435

Prosper

Households Median Age

$80,480 $9,522

Housing

2020

Melissa

Food

Cross Roads

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT Blue Ridge (Population 25+)

2020

TOTAL EXPENDITURES

Population Average Household Size Ponder

Weston

HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURES Celina (Average annual amount spent)

McLendonChisholm

University Park Highland Park

Heath Sunnyvale

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Whether you’re getting inspired on a public art walking tour or taking in a live performance at the Granville Arts Center, our art scene just has to be seen. Creativity abounds in Garland.



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RICHARDSON UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS

PHOTOS: ANDREW SMITH

As a first‑ring suburb of Dallas, residents of Richardson love the close proximity to the urban experience of the inner city. But make no mistake, the town has a culture and community feel of its very own. Families clamor to enroll in RISD schools, known for teachers who go above and beyond to see students succeed, and a progressive set of magnet programs. People who want a taste of international flavor visit for Bollywood films, true dim sum, ethnic grocery stores, Persian delicacies, temples, mosques, and worldly excursions of all kinds. In fact, almost 40 percent of Richardson residents identify as an ethnicity other than Caucasian. The Telecom Corridor’s massive presence is filled with work opportunities. New live-work-play areas like CityLine were built around several DART stations. Houses are a mix of ages and sought after by era along with a recent trend of new builds. Acclaimed festivals and the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts up the culture and music quotient while the University of Texas at Dallas promotes science and innovation.

REGIONS/ NEIGHBORHOODS

TELECOM CORRIDOR

WEST RICHARDSON The area west of U.S. 75 contains sought-after neighborhoods Canyon Creek, with ranch and mid-century modern homes, and Richardson Heights, filled with its ranch homes being redeveloped by young professionals and families. It’s known for its tree-lined streets.

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EAST RICHARDSON The area east of U.S. 75 with neighborhoods from a range of different eras is filled with diversity in culture, food, and shops. It’s where you’ll find the Telecom Corridor and the new Cityline Development. East Richardson is also home to DFW Chinatown, a strip of Chinese restaurants and businesses on Greenville Avenue. THE PANHANDLE The northeast part of the city is filled with new, larger homes and the 416acre Breckinridge Park.

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COMMUNITIES

PHOTO: MICHAEL SAMPLES

WILDFLOWER! MUSIC FESTIVAL

MAJOR ANNUAL EVENTS

“The school’s communication is tremendous. We are in constant communication with teachers about where our kids are. They teach the kids at their level so they have groups within classes. ”

WILDFLOWER! ARTS & MUSIC FESTIVAL This three-day, outdoor family event in May is one of the best deals going. Catch more than 80 musical acts on five stages, including well-known rock, indie, and country groups for a relatively low ticket price. An art guitar auction, live butterfly habitat, an activity-filled kids’ area, song and art competitions, and other extras are just icing on the cake. wildflowerfestival.com

— JEFF COUSENS, RICHARDSON RESIDENT

COTTONWOOD ARTS FESTIVAL This semiannual event features juried, museum-quality works from the nation’s top visual artists in 14 categories. Located in Cottonwood Park, this prestigious art show has been a part of Richardson life for more than 40 years. It includes an ArtStop kids’ area and local bands performing throughout. Admission in both May and October is free. cottonwoodartfestival.com

SANTA’S VILLAGE This tiny Christmas kids’ town is open during the entire month of December with activities at each dwelling. Hometown Thursdays are reserved for Richardson residents only.

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PROUDEST OF: Proximity to Dallas, RISD public schools, and diverse cultures and ethnic food offerings for its residents.

HEIGHTS FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER

PHOTOS: MICHAEL SAMPLES

PHOTO: MICHAEL SAMPLES

HUFFHINES ART TRAILS Every year during the fourth weekend in October, the tree-lined trails of Huffhines Park come alive with close to 200 exhibiting artists and craftsmen to choose from. It includes a kids’ scavenger hunt, activity area, and local entertainment — and it’s free. huffhinesarttrails.com

QUICK FACTS

ROADSIDE WILDFLOWERS

NEW DEVELOPMENT: CityLine, a $1.5 billion development, supports a daytime population of 16,000 people and includes two major parks, State Farm and Raytheon offices, a DART station, two hotels, entertainment options, apartments, and stores galore. SURPRISING FACT: Between 69 and 110 acres of mixed wildflowers are seeded in three seasons every year in public areas and the roadsides in an annual citywide planting program. OUTDOOR GEMS: The Heights Family Aquatic Center is a city-run water park complete with water slides, a current channel, and beachfront entry. GET INVOLVED: Richardson volunteers take on community projects throughtout the city.

No.

41

Best Places to Live in America — Livability.com, 2020

Nos.

1, 2, 3, 6 and 8 of 10 Best Neighborhoods for Home Buying in Texas — Niche.com, 2022

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EAST DALLAS AREA

ROCKWALL | MESQUITE Not to be confused with the East Dallas neighborhood of Dallas, the East Dallas region of DFW is about 14 miles east of Dallas and includes more than half a dozen communities. In the heart of the region lies Lake Ray Hubbard, one of the larger lakes in Texas. Seen together, the area is a mix of city conveniences and room to breathe. Rockwall sprawls along the east side of the lake, and people who live here appreciate the swimming, boating, water skiing, and more that comes with living close to the water. The fastgrowing community claims a hometown feel with all of the advantages of a major city, and it draws people from all over to its summer evening concerts by the lake. Mesquite is called the Rodeo Capital of Texas, but it’s also home to the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, one of the nation’s healthiest housing markets, and the $69.5 million, 250,000-squarefoot Vanguard High School educates students in construction science, technology, engineering, and health science.

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Balch Springs Fate Forney Heath Mesquite Rockwall Seagoville Sunnyvale

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COMMUNITIES

Sherman Gainesville

GOLF IN ROCKWALL PHOTO: KEVIN BROWN /CITY OF MESQUITE

PHOTO: ROCKWALL EDC

Pilot Point

Sanger

Anna Weston

Celina Aubrey

Blue Ridge

Melissa

Krugerville Krum

New Fairview

DENTON COUNTY

Aurora

CDP

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Northlake

Double Oak

Rhome

Flower Mound

WISE COUNTY

2020

Population Pecan Acres

98,171

Southlake

Pelican Bay

Median Age

Eagle Mountain Median Household Income CDP Saginaw

Per Capita Income

Watauga

Blue Mound Haltom City

RACE AND Lake Worth ETHNICITY

2020

River Oaks White Black Alone Settlement Westover Hills

White Alone

American Indian Alone

Hebron

Lake

106,728 Grapevine 3.02

34.2

34.4

$66,909

$72,847

Hurst

2025

PERCENT

TOTAL EXPENDITURES Food

$76,596 $9,115

Parker

Josephine

St. Paul Murphy

Nevada

Lavon

Wylie

Apparel and Services Carrollton

Coppell

Transportation

Royse City

$2,194 Richardson Addison

Travel

$9,144

Farmers Health Care Branch

$2,344

Entertainment and Recreation

$3,162

Sachse Fate

Garland

Rockwall Rowlett

$5,647

Personal Care Products/Services IrvingEducation

McLendonChisholm

$941 $1,667 University

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT (Population 25+)

60.4%

190,746

58.5%

TOTAL

18.5%

62,242

19.1%

Less Than 9th Grade

2,516

0.8%

2,802

0.9%

Forest Hill12.5% 37,334

Two or More Races

10,748

Hispanic Origin (Any Race)

98,436

Everman

Pantego

4.1% Dalworthington 14,732 Gardens 0.1% 267 42,851

4.5% 0.1% 13.1%

Arlington Kennedale 3.6% 12,565 3.9%

33.0%

114,303

35.0%

ROCKWALL COUNTY

Heath

Park Highland Park

Sunnyvale

2020

KAUFMAN COUNTY

893,094 12.1%

Cockrell Hill

9th-12th Grade, No Diploma

Mansfield

9.8%

High School Graduate

18.5%

Some College, No Degree

17.3%

Grand Prairie GED/Alternative Credential

Associate Degree

Cedar Hill

2022 Ovilla

Glenn Heights

T

Balch Springs Talty

3.0%

21.5%

Graduate/Professional Degree

Forney

Mesquite

Seagoville

4.6%

Duncanville Bachelor’s Degree DeSoto

Rendon

COLLIN COUNTY

$23,993

55,243

Some Other Race Alone

Crowley

2020 Plano

179,974

Fort 12,145 Worth Pacific Islander Alone 228 Edgecliff Village

Grapevine 326,204

$88,880 Colleyville$98,101 North $29,298 $32,146 Richland Euless Hills Bedford

PERCENT

(Average annual amount spent)

Lucas

Richland Hills

Asian Alone Benbrook

3.00

Keller

Average Household Income

Allen

Housing

Westlake 298,187

Haslet Households TARRANT COUNTY Average Household Size

Lakeside

2025

Roanoke Trophy Club

Newark

Azle

Fairview

The Colony HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURES

Lewisville

Farmersville

Frisco

Shady Shores

Hickory Creek Copper Canyon Highland Village Bartonville

Princeton

Lowry Crossing

MESQUITE Little Elm AIRPORT

Argyle

Justin

EAST DALLAS REGION BY THE NUMBERS

Boyd

New Hope McKinney

Oak Point

Corinth DISH

Prosper

Cross Roads

HISTORIC HOUSE IN ROCKWALL

Ponder

PHOTO: ROCKWALL EDC

Denton

ur

13.2% Lancaster

Hutchins Wilmer

Post Oak Bend City

Crandall

DALLAS COUNTY

Combine

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Mesquite offers a variety of housing options for potential homeowners, ranging from modest mid-century, single-family-home neighborhoods to luxury executive estates, as well as spacious acreages for those who prefer their home on the range. Accessible, with quality of life second to none for the price.

• 10,000 new homes in Mesquite — adding at least 30,000 to our residential population.

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• Rolling hills, ponds, trails, amenity centers, neighborhood schools. Every style from urban to suburban.

• Neighborhoods surrounded by retail and amenities: Mesquite Arts Center, 70+ parks, Mesquite Golf Club, Mesquite ISD’s award-winning schools and the new Vanguard, a career and technical education high school.

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COMMUNITIES

IN 2019, GOOGLE BROKE GROUND ON A NEW DATA CENTER IN MIDLOTHIAN.

PHOTO: QUINCY PRESTON

SOUTHWEST DALLAS COUNTY

CEDAR HILL | DESOTO | LANCASTER | WAXAHACHIE Southern Dallas County, often called “the Best Southwest,” is about 15 miles south of the city of Dallas. It encompasses a handful of down-to-earth communities situated among what the partnership of cities there calls “a topographical paradise of beautiful hillsides, lush natural landscapes, and Joe Pool Lake.” The area goes a long way toward proving that DFW is not all concrete and cowboys— that we enjoy an abundance of nature right out our back door. And you have to see it to believe it. The largest of the towns here is DeSoto, which attracts families with affordable houses and civic-minded neighbors. In fact, the

town has been named an All-America City, an award that nods to the community’s ability to tackle problems with uncommon results. Broadcast and communications towers make Cedar Hill visible from a distance, but don’t let those harbingers of technology fool you—this is a pretty, lake-adjacent community that prioritizes the natural environment. Lancaster is only 15 minutes from downtown and all Dallas offers yet retains quiet suburban charm, award-winning schools, and robust economic growth. Surrounded by freeways—it’s easy to venture out or enjoy home town life from your front porch.

DOWNTOWN WAXAHACHIE

PHOTO: REBECA POSADAS-NAVA

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Sherman Gainesville

Pilot Point Sanger

Alvord

Anna Weston

Celina Aubrey Chico

Blue Ridge

Melissa

Krugerville

Denton

Decatur Lake Bridgeport

New Hope McKinney

Oak Point

Ponder Paradise DISH

SOUTHWEST DALLAS COUNTY BY THE NUMBERS WISE Aurora

Briar CDP

DENTON COUNTY

Reno

Population

Sanctuary

Households

Double Oak

COUNTY

Median Age

2.91

2.93

35.5

35.8 Lake Worth

Lakeside

Median Household Income

$69,864

Average Household Income Hudson Oaks

Willow Park

Millsap

Per Capita Income

Weatherford

RACE AND ETHNICITY

Haltom City

PERCENT

Addison $8,792

Bedford

$8,807 $2,299

Hurst

Health Care

$5,571

Pantego Education

Fort Worth

Dalworthington Gardens

Highland Park

Heath

27.6%

KAUFMAN 8.3% COUNTY

Associate Degree Bachelor’s Degree

$908

Mesquite

Forney

Kennedale

White Alone

133,004

Talty

Arlington

Duncanville

Hutchins

Black Alone Lipan

132,436

42.7%

144,354

DeSoto

41.7% Crowley

Rendon

Ovilla

HOOD Cresson 1,583 0.5% COUNTY

1,748

0.5%Burleson

Asian Alone

3,959

4,809

1.4%

Pacific Islander Alone Granbury Some Other Race Alone Two or More TolarRaces Hispanic Origin (Any Race)

216

1.3% 0.1%

De Cordova Bend 29,820 9.6%

8,796

2.8%

Pecan Plantation CDP

73,426

23.7%

270

Joshua 0.1%

33,960

10.1%

10,128

3.0%

Godley

84,776

Briaroaks

JOHNSON COUNTY

Wilmer

Lancaster

Cedar Hill

43.1%

American Indian Alone Oak Trail Shores CDP

Mansfield

Glenn Heights Red Oak

Midlothian

DALLAS COUNTY

Combine

Kaufman

Oak Grove

ELLIS COUNTY

Ferris

Oa Rid

Post Oak Bend City

Crandall

Scurry

Pecan Hill

Cross Timber

Rosser

Alvarado

Terrell

9.1%

Seagoville

Everman

PARKER 42.9% 139,892 COUNTY

17.3%

Balch Graduate/Professional Degree Springs

$1,618

HUN COU

Chisholm

ROCKWALL 3.8% COUNTY

Some College, No Degree Sunnyvale

Cockrell Hill

Union V

7.3%

McLendon22.1%

GED/Alternative Credential

Forest Hill

Edgecliff Village PERCENT

4.5% Fate Rockwall

High School Graduate University Park

$3,097

Grand Prairie

203,257

9th-12th Grade, No Rowlett Diploma

$2,100 Irving

Euless

Personal Care Products/Services

$31,958

2020 COLLIN COUNTY

Lavon

Less Than 9th Grade Garland

Farmers

Entertainment and Recreation

Westover Hills

2025

Travel

Nevada

Sachse

Richardson

$23,098 Branch

Richland Hills

Benbrook

Annetta South

2020

Hills

Oaks

Aledo

Coppell

Grapevine

North Transportation Richland

TOTAL

Carrollton

ApparelColleyville and Services

White$95,112 $86,396 Settlement

Annetta

$74,232

Watauga Blue Mound

$75,485 River

$29,227

Annetta North

Southlake

Housing

112,547 Saginaw

Cad

Josephine

St. Paul EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT (Population 25+) Murphy Wylie

Keller

Eagle

Lucas

Royse City

Lake

Food

Mountain 335,158 309,817 CDP

Average Household Size Cool

Haslet

Pelican Bay

Farmersville

Plano

2020

TOTAL WestlakeEXPENDITURES Grapevine

TARRANT 2025 2020 COUNTY

Princeton

CEDAR HILL

Parker

Hebron

Roanoke Trophy Club

Newark

104,763

Allen The Colony

HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURES Lewisville Flower Mound (Average annual amount spent)

Rhome

Azle

Fairview

Hickory Creek Copper Canyon Highland Village Bartonville

Northlake

Pecan Acres

Springtown

Frisco

Argyle

Justin

Boyd

Lowry Crossing

Little Elm Shady Shores

Corinth New Fairview

Mineral Wells

Prosper

Cross Roads

Bridgeport

Runaway Bay

PHOTO: CEDAR HILL EDC

Krum

Cottonwood Grays Prairie

Palmer

Venus Waxahachie

Keene

Garrett

25.3%

Cleburne

Ennis Maypearl Alma Bardwell

Grandview

Rice

Glen Rose

SOUTHERN DALLAS AREA COMMUNITIES

Cedar Hill DeSoto Duncanville

Ferris Glenn Heights Lancaster

Rio Vista

Italy

Midlothian Ovilla Pecan Hill

Red Oak Wilmer Waxahachie

Emhouse Powell

Milford

Blooming Grove Frost

Barry Corsicana Retreat Oak Valley

Mildred Mustang Angus Navarro

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Eureka


Urban Access/ Hometown Feel PROXIMITY

15 minutes to Downtown Dallas 30 minutes to Fort Worth 30 minutes to DFW airport 3 hours to Austin 3.5 hours to Houston

LIVABILITY

Cost of Living 4% more aftordable than the Dallas County average Average home price 14% lower than the Dallas County average

NATURE

Highest elevation in DFW 17 Pristine Duncanville City Parks Minutes to Big Cedar Wilderness Trail and Mountain Biking Minutes to Cedar Ridge Preserve Minutes to Joe Pool Lake

REGION

Lowest Crime Highest Rated Schools Most Diverse Community Best Sports Programs

...In The Best Southwest

(972) 780-5003

www.duncanville.com eco@duncanville.com


Say Yes to Dallas, where living means thriving. sayyestodallas.com @sayyestodallas

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COMMUNITIES

PHOTO: CITY OF GRAND PRAIRIE

ARLINGTON HIGHLANDS PHOTO: CITY OF ARLINGTON

GRAND PRAIRIE PREMIUM OUTLETS

RIVER LEGACY PARK

GENERAL MOTORS, ARLINGTON PHOTO: CITY OF ARLINGTON

PHOTO: CITY OF ARLINGTON

ARLINGTON & GRAND PRAIRIE AREA

ARLINGTON & GRAND PRAIRIE AREA COMMUNITIES

Arlington Dalworthington Gardens Grand Prairie Mansfield Pantego

2022

ARLINGTON | GRAND PRAIRIE Arlington and Grand Prairie are the halfway points between Dallas and Fort Worth. The two communities value both work and play. The area is home to several well-known sports, entertainment, and amusement park venues, as well as The University of Texas at Arlington, American Airlines, Bell, Lockheed Martin, and a GM assembly plant, among others. Arlington officials like to say that the city was built on two words: “We can.” And here you can see a Texas Rangers game, attend a Dallas Cowboys football game, ride a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Texas, or shoot down a water flume at Hurricane Harbor. You can enjoy River Legacy Park’s 1,300 acres of forests and greenbelts. And you can find a lot of down-to-earth folks who work hard to make things like airplanes, cars, and pet products. In Grand Prairie, you can also see a show at Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie, watch horse racing at Lone Star Park, or look at weird stuff at Ripley’s Believe It or Not. The city states that “generally speaking, our residents are thirtysomething, dual-income homeowners,” adding that “families who have lived here for generations welcome newcomers … for the same reasons the natives don’t want to leave—location and hometown atmosphere.”

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Gainesville

Pilot Point Sanger

Alvord

Celina Aubrey Chico

Krugerville Krum Denton

Decatur Lake Bridgeport

Bridgeport

AT&T STADIUM Oak Point

Ponder

Runaway Bay Paradise

COUNTY

Aurora

Population

678,470

717,000

Households

Springtown 234,159

246,342

Average Household Size

2.88

2.89 Reno

Median Age

33.4

33.7

$64,769

$68,813

Sanctuary

Median Household Income

$73,965

Newark

TARRANT Transportation COUNTY

$3,030Colleyville

$85,614

$93,615

Watauga Saginaw Personal Care Products/Services

$29,570

$32,185

Education Lakeside

PERCENT

2025 Willow Park

Hudson Oaks 352,756 52.0%

352,591

49.2%

Black Alone

151,383

170,844

23.8%

Millsap

American Indian Alone Asian Alone Pacific Islander Alone Some Other Race Alone Two or More Races Hispanic Origin (Any Race)

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4,351

22.3%

Annetta North

0.6%

4,459

52,210

7.7%

59,636 Annetta

798

0.1%

Annetta South 870

91,205

13.4%

Weatherford

25,765

3.8%

226,929

33.4%

Aledo

0.1%

99,784

13.9%

28,819

4.0%

PARKER

251,795 35.1% COUNTY

HOOD COUNTY

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$1,648

7.6% Carrollton20.0%

Coppell

GED/Alternative Credential Grapevine

Richards

Addison Farmers Branch

3.9%

22.6%

Associate Degree

8.3%

Bachelor’s Degree

20.5%

University

Irving Euless Graduate/Professional Degree Bedford

10.3% Park

Highland Park

Hurst

Richland Hills

River Oaks

White SettlementWestover Hills

Cockrell Hill Pantego

Fort Worth

0.6% 8.3%

North $908 Richland Hills

Haltom City

Lake Worth

PERCENT

White Alone

Blue Mound

HighLake School Graduate Some College, No Degree

$5,344

Plano

432,550 6.9%

Grapevine

$2,230 Keller

EagleHealth Care Mountain CDP Entertainment and Recreation

Hebron

Lewisville

9th-12th Grade, No Diploma

$8,831Southlake

Pelican BayTravel

The Colony2020

Less Than 9th Grade

Westlake $2,142

Pecan Acres Apparel and Services Haslet

Azle

TOTAL

$8,869

Per Capita Income

2020

Hickory Creek

Flower Mound

Roanoke Trophy Club $23,414

Housing

Average Household Income

RACE AND Cool ETHNICITY

Copper

Double Oak

Rhome EXPENDITURES TOTAL

WISEFood COUNTY

2025 Briar CDP

Argyle

Justin

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT Canyon Highland HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURES 2020 DENTON Village 25+) (Average annual amount spent) Bartonville (Population Northlake

Boyd

2020

DISH

New Fairview

Little Elm Frisco Shady PHOTO: CITY OF ARLINGTON Shores

Corinth

ARLINGTON & GRAND PRAIRIE AREA BY THE NUMBERS

Mineral Wells

Prosper

Cross Roads

Dalworthington Gardens

Benbrook

Grand Prairie

Forest Hill

Edgecliff Village

Kennedale

Arlington

Duncanville

Everman DeSoto Crowley

Rendon

Mansfield

Ovilla Burleson Briaroaks

JOHNSON COUNTY

Lancaster

Cedar Hill Glenn Heights Red Oak

2022 Midlothian

Pecan Hill


PHOTO: MEREDITH MILLS

— AARON THRONEBERRY, REALTOR & LEASE LOCATOR

PHOTO: MICHAEL SAMPLES

COMMUNITIES

“I ULTIMATELY CHOSE UPTOWN FOR ITS PROXIMITY TO EVERYTHING — FOOD GALORE, PARKS AND TRAILS, NIGHTLIFE, AND OTHER YOUNG PROFESSIONALS. NOT TO MENTION THAT IT WAS ONLY A 25-MINUTE COMMUTE TO WORK.”

“I’VE LOVED GETTING TO KNOW DALLAS AND TRULY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE DIFFERENT AREAS, UNIQUE CULTURE, AND CHARMING PEOPLE.”

“DALLAS CATERS TO YOUNG PROFESSIONALS AND ENTREPRENEURS, SO THERE ARE MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET NEW FRIENDS OR PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS.”

2022

PHOTO: MICHAEL SAMPLES

— LAURYN WILLIAMS, OLYMPIC MEDALIST AND FOUNDER, WORTH WINNING

— REGAN OLSON, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, TAKE COMMAND HEALTH

“THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO SEE, AND I’M CONTINUING TO MEET NEW PEOPLE. LIVING IN DALLAS, YOU GET THE BENEFITS OF LIVING IN A BIG CITY WITHOUT THE CLAUSTROPHOBIC FEELING OF BEING PACKED IN. ”

“I HAD NO COMPREHENSION OF HOW MASSIVE, DIVERSE, AND REWARDING THIS REGION IS. I SEIZE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO RELISH NEW DALLAS EXPERIENCES.”

— PAULA GRUNOW, SUPERVISOR, STRATEGY AT ZENITH

— AMIE KROMIS, SKANSKA USA, NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF VENDOR DIVERSITY

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GRAPEVINE

FIREWORKS OVER LAKE GRAPEVINE

As the oldest city in Tarrant County, Grapevine gladly lives up to its name. Wine flows down the Urban Wine Trail, featuring eight Texas wineries. The Annual Grapefest in Historic Downtown Grapevine pours samples of regional wine by the gallon. But it isn’t all about vino. It’s heaven for families—or at least the kids. The Great Wolf Lodge is a mecca for the young, accompanied by the Grapevine Vintage Railroad pulled by Thomas The Tank Engine, Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium, LegoLand, and the events at The Gaylord Texan Resort. For the big kids, get ready to boat, ski, windsurf, fish, camp, and picnic at Lake Grapevine or shop the massive Grapevine Mills mall. Centered around almost 30 city parks and playgrounds, neighborhoods of all price ranges boast one of the lowest property tax rates in the area.

GRAPEFEST’S GRAPE STOMP

GRAPEVINE URBAN WINE TRAIL PHOTOS: GRAPEVINE CVB

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SOUTHLAKE TOWN SQUARE

COMMUNITIES

SOUTHLAKE PHOTO: SHAWN O’CONNELL

This affluent suburb is forward-thinking with a plan for progress in place through 2030. Already, the city paired with private entities to create a town square housing the town hall and post office along with shopping, a movie theater, and aGainesville hotel surrounded by parks. Homes in these mostly new planned communities cost a bit more than average and belong to the Carroll ISD. Proximity to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport makes it popular with frequently traveling executives.

McPHERSON PARK

NORTHEAST TARRANT COUNTY COMMUNITIES

Bedford Colleyville Grapevine Euless Hurst Keller

Alvord

PHOTO: SHAWN O’CONNELL

Chico

Decatur Lake Bridgeport

PHOTO: BRIGGS FREEMAN

Bridgeport

HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURES (Average annual amount spent)

TOTAL EXPENDITURES New 2020

2025

441,375

Households

159,949

169,925

Average Household Size

2.58

2.59

Travel

Median Age

40.3

40.9

Median Household Income

$85,592

$90,206

Health Care Briar CDP

Average Household Income

$121,428

$131,925

$46,814

$50,734

Mineral Wells

PERCENT

2025

Aurora

Transportation

$1,258Haslet

TARRANT COUNTY

TOTAL

76.1%

323,085

73.2%

6.7%

33,289

7.5%

Less Than 9th Grade

2,441

0.6%

2,602

0.6%

9th-12th Grade, No Diploma

27,966

6.7%

34,453

7.8%

High School Graduate Lakeside

2,591

0.6%

5.9%

28,252

6.4%

Two or More Races

14,376

3.5% 17,103 Hudson Oaks

Hispanic Origin (Any Race)

72,573

17.5%

86,300

Some College, No Degree

Willow Park 3.9%

19.6%

Associate Degree

White

2022

Annetta

Southlake

Benbrook

Coppell Grapevine

Keller 2020

Colleyville

Watauga North 288,583 Saginaw Richland Blue 2.7% Hills Mound

3.9%

15.4%

Haltom City

Irving

Euless

Bedford

Hurst

2.8% 21.5% River

Richland Hills

Oaks 8.1%

Pantego

Fort Worth

Aledo

Trophy Club

Westlake

Bachelor’s Degree SettlementWestover 29.7% Hills Graduate/Professional Degree 15.9%

Annetta North Weatherford

Roanoke

$2,482

Lake Worth

GED/Alternative Credential

Lewisvill

Flower Mound

Pelican Bay

27,667

0.6%

Double Oak

$7,576

Personal Care Products/Services

315,431

2,281

Northlake

$3,270 $4,318

Education

Hickory Creek Copper Canyon Highland Village Bartonville

Argyle

$11,934

Newark

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT Eagle PERCENT Sanctuary (Population 25+) Mountain CDP Azle

24,348

DENTON COUNTY $2,919

Pecan Acres

Springtown

Some Other Race Alone

$12,117

DISH Justin

Entertainment and Recreation

Black Alone

Millsap

Rhome

WISE COUNTY

White Alone

PacificCool Islander Alone

$103,208

Sh Sh

Corinth

$32,352

Apparel and Services

Reno

Asian Alone

Oak Point

2020

Housing Boyd

414,515

Per Capita Income

Fairview

Food

Population

American Indian Alone

Cross Roads

Ponder

NORTHEAST TARRANT COUNTY BY THE NUMBERS Paradise

2020

Aubrey

Krugerville

Denton

Runaway Bay

RACE AND ETHNICITY

Krum

Pilot

North Sanger Richland Hills Roanoke Southlake Trophy Club Westlake

Dalworthington Gardens

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DOWNTOWN FORT WORTH

PHOTO: DANIEL T. POPE

PHOTO: BRIAN HUTSON, COURTESY STOCKYARDS STATION

FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS

BASS PERFORMANCE HALL

PHOTO: DANIEL T. POPE

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FORT WORTH AREA The city of Fort Worth began in 1849 as an army outpost protecting settlers from the raids of Native Americans. It grew rapidly after the Civil War due to its location on the Chisholm Trail, on which cattle were driven to Kansas to be transported via train—earning it the nickname “Cowtown.” The name stuck, and the now cosmopolitan city still uses a longhorn steer as part of its official logo and maintains the Fort Worth Stockyards as a historic district and tourist destination. But people who call the area home know this city’s present encompasses more than its past. In the last decade, it has been one of the fastest-growing areas in the country, yet Fort Worth has preserved the duality of its smalltown feel and its refined, cosmopolitan side. A healthy job market, affordable housing, and the energy associated with several colleges and universities contribute to its vibrancy. And then you have the cultural offerings: Fort Worth has exceptional museums (including Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and The Modern) and galleries, as well as the gorgeous Bass Performance Hall in Sundance Square. The general vibe of Fort Worth is different from that of Dallas, and though the cities are usually tied together by outsiders, they are distinct in many ways.

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COMMUNITIES

ATTRACTIONS

Amon Carter Museum of American Art Bass Performance Hall

Gainesville

Billy Bob’s Texas Cowtown Coliseum Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Chico

Decatur Lake Bridgeport

Bridgeport

Runaway Bay

PHOTO: JOSEPH HAUBERT COURTESY OF FORT WORTH CVB

Alvord

Fort Worth Stockyards Fort Worth Zoo Sanger

Kimbell Art Museum The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Krum Denton

Sundance Square Ponder

Paradise DISH

New Fairview

FORT WORTH AREA BY THE NUMBERS

HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURES (Average annual amount spent)

Food

2025

1,199,682

1,310,062

419,890

456,744

Average Household Size

2.81

2.83

Median Age

33.6

Households

Graford

$8,615Briar CDP $22,561 Springtown

Apparel and Services Transportation Travel

33.6

Health Care

$5,336

$61,896

$66,342

Entertainment and Recreation

$83,169

$90,984

Personal Care Products/Services

Per Capita Income

Mineral $29,177

$31,788

Education

2020

PERCENT

White Alone

720,253

60.0%

756,996

57.8%

TOTAL

Black Alone

219,469

18.3%

253,282

19.3%

Less Than 9th Grade

7,513

0.6%

8,051

0.6%

54,297

4.5%

65,902

5.0%

American Indian Alone Asian Alone Pacific Islander Alone Gordon Some Other Race Alone

Two or More Races Hispanic Origin (Any Race)

1,503

0.1%

153,794

12.8%

42,851

3.6%

415,022

34.6%

Azle

$885

Lakeside

1,764 173,685 Lipan 50,377

476,951

Aledo 759,086

Associate Degree

3.8%

Bachelor’s Degree

Pantego Dalworthington Gardens Forest Hill

Edgecliff Village

Kennedale

Crowley

Rendon

HOOD COUNTY

7.4% Cresson

18.9%

JOHNSON COUNTY

Mansfi

Burleson Briaroaks

9.4% Godley

Joshua

Cross Timber

De Cordova Bend

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Tolar

Arlingt

Everman

21.4%

Granbury

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Bedford

Hurst

Richland Hills

Benbrook

PARKER 4.6% COUNTY

Oak Trail Graduate/Professional Degree Shores CDP

36.4%

Lake Worth

8.5%

Some College, No Degree

13.3%

Haltom City

22.1%

GED/Alternative Credential

0.1%

Colleyville North Richland Hills

Watauga Blue Mound

Fort Worth

7.8% Annetta South

High School Graduate

Eagle Mountain CDP

River Oaks White SettlementWestover Hills

Annetta

9th-12th Grade, No Diploma

Southlake Keller

Saginaw

Willow Park

Weatherford

Haslet

Pelican Bay

EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT 2020 (Population 25+) Annetta North

PERCENT

Westlake

TARRANT COUNTY

$2,980

$1,550

Hudson Oaks

Millsap

Flo Roanoke Trophy Club

Newark

Cool

2025

Rhome

WISE COUNTY

Sanctuary $2,159

Average Household Income

RACE AND ETHNICITY

Reno

Cop Can

Bartonville Doubl

Northlake

Pecan Acres

$2,070 $8,689

Median Household Income

Wells

Boyd

$72,004

Housing Population

DENTON COUNTY

Aurora

TOTAL EXPENDITURES 2020

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The Dallas Region’s booming economy adds an average of 267 additional people per day. These incoming residents have a diverse range of housing choices—from urban lofts to white picket fences to rambling suburban estates—in neighborhoods and schools that are equally diverse and nationally recognized. Connecting these communities is one of the fastestgrowing public transit and highway systems in the nation.

“MY UPTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD OFFERS TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITIES TO ME.” JACQUELINE TWILLIE CITY: Dallas NEIGHBORHOOD: Uptown COMPANY/TITLE: ZeroGap, President

When did you move here? Where from? I moved here from Atlanta, Georgia, in 2016. Where else have you lived? I lived in Ohio (while earning my MBA at Tiffin University) and in Louisiana, where I was born.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to move here? Stay in Airbnbs in the neighborhoods that interest you most and visit the restaurants and shops. You’ll uncover gems in the various neighborhoods that will help you determine the spot that is best for you.

What made you ‘Say Yes to Dallas’? I said ‘’Yes” to Dallas because I love that there are two airports, making it easy to travel and catch a flight at any time of the day. I also chose Dallas because of the diverse base of large corporations in the city. There are so many cool neighborhoods in Dallas, and it makes it easy to have unique social experiences.

Tell us about the work environment here. As an entrepreneur, the work environment is exciting. I’ve been able to form great partnerships and serve clients to advance in the leadership and development of women who work within traditionally male-dominated industries. My company has been a catalyst in assisting women to deepen their impact and lead with greater confidence.

How did you choose where to live in the Dallas Region? I chose Uptown because of its mix of local restaurants and its proximity to both Love Field and to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. I love that Uptown is walkable, and the Katy Trail is a huge bonus.

Where do you go to experience culture? My first choice is the African American Museum of Dallas. The museum was founded in 1974 as a part of the Special Collections at Bishop College, a historically black college that closed in 1988. The museum has operated independently since 1979 and is in historic Fair Park.

Tell us about your city/neighborhood. What do you like best? What makes it different? I enjoy being outdoors and working out in the fresh air. My Uptown neighborhood —which includes the Katy Trail—offers tremendous opportunities to me. Dallas is filled with neighborhoods that include

What is your favorite restaurant in the Dallas Region? Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que near Dallas Love Field and Saint Ann Restaurant in the Harwood District.

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greenspace and parks. It’s an outdoor workout lover’s dream.

What is your favorite outside activity, and where is your favorite place to do it?

JACQUELINE TWILLIE Katy Trail or White Rock Lake for outdoor picnics, workouts, and simply being outdoors. What is your favorite festival/event? A fun event is the annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade and, of course, the horse and carriage rides in Uptown and Downtown Dallas during Christmas. What is your passion, and how does the Dallas Region help fulfill it? My passion is to eliminate the gender wage gap and to advance women’s leadership. Dallas is a great region to build a business that supports the advancement of equality in the workplace for women. 2022

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AVERAGE DOCTOR’S VISIT

$105

Dallas-Fort Worth is home to exemplary medical facilities operating with the newest technology and seasoned and qualified professionals. Our state-of-the-art health care is supported by aggressive research and educational programs, and residents here find it easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle with world-renowned physicians and top-notch hospitals providing the highest-quality health care. Wherever you live, there is a medical expert nearby able to treat conditions of all sorts, ranging from serious to minor concerns. But don’t take our word for it: in 2022, 40 Dallas-Fort Worth general hospitals were listed as either nationally ranked or high performing by U.S. News & World Report. Three children’s hospitals made the list.

AVERAGE OPTOMETRIST VISIT

$130

AVERAGE DENTIST VISIT SOURCE: 2022 Average Q1 Price Report for Urban Area and State, C2ER

MAJOR HOSPITALS 25 30

17 10 13

20 2 3 21

27

5 9

18 8

12

11 4 6

28 1

31

7

15

22

14 23

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER Dallas > Nationally ranked in 2 specialties > High performing in 6 specialties > High performing in 7 procedures/ conditions > Ranked the No. 4 hospital in Texas

TEXAS HEALTH HARRIS METHODIST HOSPITAL SOUTHWEST Fort Worth > High performing in 4 specialties > High performing in 4 procedures/conditions > Ranked the No. 10 hospital in Texas CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER DALLAS Dallas > Nationally ranked in 10 specialties

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UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER Dallas > Nationally ranked in 10 specialties > High performing in 7 procedures/ conditions > Ranked the No. 2 hospital in Texas

PARKLAND HEALTH AND HOSPITAL SYSTEM Dallas > Nationally ranked in 1 specialty > High performing in 6 specialties > High performing in 2 procedures/conditions > Ranked the No. 6 hospital in Texas

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TOP-NOTCH HEALTH CARE

$129

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER MEDICAL CITY DALLAS HOSPITAL TEXAS HEALTH PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL DALLAS PARKLAND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TEXAS HEALTH HARRIS METHODIST HOSPITAL FORT WORTH UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER METHODIST DALLAS MEDICAL CENTER JOHN PETER SMITH HOSPITAL BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE ALL SAINTS MEDICAL CENTER - FORT WORTH MEDICAL CITY PLANO

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CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER OF DALLAS COOK CHILDREN’S MEDICAL CENTER METHODIST RICHARDSON MEDICAL CENTER MEDICAL CENTER OF ARLINGTON TEXAS HEALTH ARLINGTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TEXAS HEALTH HUGULEY HOSPITAL TEXAS HEALTH PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL PLANO MEDICAL CITY FORT WORTH METHODIST CHARLTON MEDICAL CENTER BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE MEDICAL CENTER GRAPEVINE 21 BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE MEDICAL CENTER - IRVING 22 DALLAS VA MEDICAL CENTER

23 TEXAS HEALTH HARRIS METHODIST HOSPITAL SOUTHWEST FORT WORTH 24 COLUMBIA MEDICAL CENTER OF MCKINNEY SUBSIDIARY, L.P. 25 TEXAS HEALTH PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL DENTON 26 METHODIST MANSFIELD MEDICAL CENTER 27 TEXAS HEALTH HARRIS METHODIST HOSPITAL HURST-EULESS-BEDFORD 28 CITY HOSPITAL AT WHITE ROCK LAKE 29 BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE MEDICAL CENTER CARROLLTON 30 MEDICAL CITY DENTON 31 DALLAS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

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MAJOR HIGHWAYS | TOLLWAYS HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION | DRIVE TIMES PUBLIC TRANSIT | AIRLINES AND AIRPORTS

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GET GETTING TINGAROUND AROUND

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ACCESS GET TING AROUND

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THE INTERSECTION OF U.S. HIGHWAY 75 AND I-635 IN NORTH DALLAS — ALSO KNOWN AS THE HIGH FIVE

PHOTO: MICHAEL SAMPLES

Getting around the Dallas area is easy, thanks to a well-developed network of interstate freeways, state highways, tollways, and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) public transportation system, enabling easy access to key job centers in Dallas and its suburbs. With two major airports—DFW International, situated between Dallas and Fort Worth, and Dallas Love Field, located just 6 miles northwest of downtown—the Dallas Region has quick and easy access to the rest of the world.

“A SLOW PACE OF LIFE BUT STILL CLOSE PROXIMITY TO LOTS OF ACTION.” AJAY VONKAREY

AJAY VONKAREY COMPANY: Alpha Sirius Inc. CITY: Frisco When did you move here? Where from? I moved in April 2015 from New Jersey.

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What made you decide to choose Dallas? The warmer weather, low cost of living, great school districts, and soccer at FC Dallas were all things that drew me to DFW. How did you choose Frisco specifically? I liked the school district, the amount of space my home had, and being close to my friends. Frisco is clean, calm, and new. It’s one of the fastest growing cities. Frisco is very residential and is a great community for families with kids. It’s easy to find play dates, carpooling groups, and new friends to hang around. With the warm weather, kids can be outdoors the majority of the time, which was not possible in the New Jersey/New York area. Most of the houses in Frisco are new and large compared to the Dallas or Oak Lawn areas. If you are a family with kids and considering public schooling, then Frisco and Plano are great areas, as they have really good school districts.

How has your opinion of Dallas-Fort Worth changed since moving here? Dallas is a great place—growing a lot, tons of opportunities. It’s urban, but there’s nothing like leaving the dog out in the backyard and not having to take him down a four-story building. If you’re looking for a slow pace of life but still close proximity to lots of action, move to Dallas. How is the experience of raising kids in Dallas-Fort Worth? In regards to raising kids in Frisco, the huge advantage we have is the amount of parks and open spaces. FISD has also been fantastic. In fact, my wife attended one of the FISD meetings and was quite impressed by the way it was run and managed, the preparation and the depth of information provided. She was even impressed by the office building and compared it to a conference hall of the American Express offices.

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MAJOR HIGHWAYS

GET TING AROUND

LIVING Source: DRC research

MAKING SENSE OF HIGHWAY NAMES In DFW, we call some roads by their number, like “75,” and some by their name, like “George Bush Turnpike.” Here’s your handy guide to highways with more than one name. ALTERNATE NAME

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE ON A MAP

Airport Freeway

S.H. 183 from S.H. 114 to the south DFW International Airport entrance

President George Bush Turnpike

PGBT, S.H. 190, S.H. 161 in Las Colinas

John W. Carpenter Freeway

S.H. 183 and S.H. 114 from I-35E to the north Dallas Fort Worth International Airport entrance

C.F. Hawn Freeway

U.S. Highway 75 south of downtown

Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway (LBJ)

I-635 begins at the north entrance of DFW International Airport and circles the city from the north, east, and south; it includes I-20 in the south

Loop 12

Inner-city loop including Northwest Highway on the north, Buckner Boulevard on the east, Ledbetter Drive on the south, and Walton Walker Boulevard on the west

Tom Landry Highway

I-30 between I-35E in Dallas and I-35W in Fort Worth

Marvin D. Love Freeway

U.S. Highway 67 from I-35E to I-635 south of downtown

North Central Expressway

U.S. Highway 75 from downtown to the north

George W. Bush Expressway

U.S. Highway 75 from Walnut Hill Lane to downtown Dallas

Julius Schepps Freeway

I-45 from downtown to the south

Stemmons Freeway

I-35E from downtown to the north

R.L. Thornton Freeway

I-35E south of Dallas and I-30 from downtown to East Dallas

Elmer Weaver Freeway

U.S. Highway 67 from I-635 to the south

Woodall Rodgers Freeway

Spur 366, the short freeway that connects I-35E with U.S. Highway 75 and I-45

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DALLAS NORTH TOLLWAY

LEWISVILLE LAKE TOLL BRIDGE

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Moving around the Dallas area, you might find yourself on one of the North Texas toll roads. Here’s what you need to know before you do.

WAY OLL NT

BUR

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PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH TURNPIKE

NORTH TEXAS TOLLWAY AUTHORITY (NTTA): The organization sanctioned by the State of Texas to develop and maintain toll roads in North Texas.

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DALLAS NORTH TOLLWAY (DNT ): Runs northsouth, connecting motorists between downtown Dallas and cities in Collin, Denton, and northern Dallas counties, passing through Dallas, Highland Park, University Park, Addison, Farmers Branch, Plano, and Frisco. It links with the Sam Rayburn Tollway, President George Bush Turnpike, I-635, and I-35E. PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH TURNPIKE (PGBT ): Makes a partial loop around the Dallas area, currently extending from I-20 in the Grand Prairie area west of Dallas; north across I-30 into Irving, Carrollton, and North Dallas; east to Richardson and into Garland; before turning south through Sachse and Rowlett, across Lake Ray Hubbard to the interchange at I-30 in Garland.

MOUNTAIN CREEK LAKE BRIDGE

CHISOLM TRAIL PARKWAY

Existing toll roads

Planned toll roads

Planned toll lanes

Planned partial toll lanes

SAM RAYBURN TOLLWAY (SRT ): Formerly State Highway 121, extends northeasterly from Business 121 near the Dallas/Denton county line to U.S. 75 in Collin County. It links with U.S. 75 and DNT.

Source: DRC Research

If you’re going to be a frequent traveler on one of the tollways or the turnpike, you’ll want to get a TollTag. The adhesive transponder sticks on your windshield and debits your NTTA account each time you use a toll road (there are no toll booths on North Texas toll roads). You can skip the whole TollTag business, but you won’t get a free ride. The NTTA bills the registered owner of the vehicle by mail via ZipCash, which costs 50 percent more than paying via TollTag.

WHAT DOES IT COST? NTTA toll road rates align to miles traveled. The farther you drive on a toll road, the more you pay. Rates are reset every other year on July 1. The average rate as of July 1, 2021 was 20.0 cents per mile. Here are a few examples of what you might pay on your commute. ROAD

ROUTE

TOLLTAG

ZIPCASH

DNT

IH 635 to PGBT

$1.25

$1.88

DNT

Legacy to IH 35E

$4.10

$6.16

PGBT

Frankford to US 75

$1.89

$2.92

PGBT

IH 20 to DNT

$5.52

$8.29

SRT

IH 35E to Legacy

$1.71

$2.57

SRT

121 to US 75

$4.74

$7.12

BONUS: You can use your TollTag to pay for parking and pass-through at Dallas Fort Worth International and Dallas Love Field airports. To open a TollTag account, go to ntta.org or call 972-818-6882. You can also apply for a tag in person at a regional NTTA partner, which includes government offices, libraries, and grocery stores all over the area.

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DALLAS NORTH TOLLWAY

Texas has a low gasoline tax relative to many other states, which means it needs another way to fund the construction and operation of highways—and that way is tolls, specifically, managed toll lanes. In a nutshell, managed toll lanes are taking the place of what were carpool lanes on freeways. Commuters who want to avoid congestion during peak travel times can take a managed lane for a price.

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MAJOR TRANSPORTATION CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS DENTON McKINNEY

ALLEN

FRISCO PLANO LEWISVILLE WYLIE

FLOWER MOUND

RICHARDSON GARLAND

BEDFORD

IRVING

EULESS

Dallas

Fort Worth

MESQUITE

GRAND PRAIRIE

ARLINGTON

ROWLETT

LANCASTER CEDAR HILL

DESOTO

MANSFIELD

Construction underway or begins soon Construction begins within 4 years

CURRENT EXPRESS/HOV & NEW MANAGED LANES

Construction begins in 5-10 years Corridor studies, construction in 10+ years

Current express/ HOV lanes New TEXpress managed lanes Transitional high-occupancy

vehicleEXPRESS/HOV lane CURRENT roadways & NEWMajor MANAGED LANES

DENTON

segment 3C opening 2023

COLLIN

open 2017

open 2014

HUNT

WISE

open 2015

PARKER

HOV conversion open October 2016 segment 3B fall 2017

open 2018 open 2014

ROCKWALL

segments 3A open 2018

Current express/HOV lanes segments 1 & 2W open 2014

TARRANT

2022

The Dallas Region has the most managed lanes of any metro in the U.S. The area’s regional transportation planning agency has created a program to use managed lanes to ensure that critical transportation modes, such as buses, are able to maintain 50-70 mph speeds in order to reliably arrive on time. Lorem ipsum

JOHNSON

open august 2016

KAUFMAN DALLAS

ELLIS

New TEXpress managed lanes Transitional HOV lane Major roadways

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The transportation sector is essential to Texas’ future. The movement of goods and people in an efficient manner ensures the economy remains competitive and prosperous. North Texas continues to experience tremendous population growth, which places increased demand on the region’s transportation infrastructure. To meet this demand, billions of dollars are being invested to maintain existing infrastructure, prevent congestion, and ensure mobility and safety by relieving chokepoints and expanding critical corridors. Dozens of projects are currently underway with many more planned for the future.

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It’s common to work in one part of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and live in another. It’s only a matter of getting from point A to point B. More than 90 percent of people who commute to work here do so by car, truck, or van. It’s easy, thanks to our well-developed network of interstate freeways, state highways, and tollways connecting job centers to fast-growing new communities. The following maps—based on morning rush hour—give you an idea of how long you can expect it to take. DOWNTOWN DALLAS

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DRIVE TIME

HWY 190 AND HWY 75

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DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

SOUTHERN DALLAS

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HWY 121 & DALLAS NORTH TOLLWAY

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TRAVEL TIME 15 MINUTES

30 MINUTES

45 MINUTES

60 MINUTES

75 MINUTES

90 MINUTES

105 MINUTES

120 MINUTES Source: North Central Texas Council of Governments

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The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system, which includes light rail and bus service, owns and operates the longest light rail transit system in the United States. It facilitates access to key job centers in Dallas and its suburbs, as well as the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. DART also interfaces with the Trinity Rail Express (TRE), a commuter train, to transport passengers between downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, with stops at several suburbs in between. Fort Worth residents are served by The T, a bus system that connects to the TRE. The A-Train, operated by the Denton County Transit Authority (DCTA), connects DART riders in Carrollton to an additional five stations ending in Denton.

PHOTO: DART

In addition, the Dallas area has two operating streetcar systems. The M-Line trolley system connects the West Village in Uptown with downtown. The Dallas Streetcar began service in 2015 and connects downtown Dallas with the Bishop Arts District. TEXRail connects Downtown Fort Worth to Northeast Tarrant County, including Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

DALLAS STREETCAR

DFW RAIL SYSTEM

NW PLANO PARK & RIDE

To Denton

Blue Line

PLANO

Dallas North Tollway

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NORTH CARROLLTON/FRANKFORD

PARKER ROAD JACK HATCHELL TRANSIT CTR. Pre sid e n tG e o r g Bush Turnpike e

DOWNTOWN PLANO

SHILOH ROAD

12TH STREET CITYLINE/BUSH

UT DALLAS

GALATYN PARK

Red Line

TRINITY MILLS

CARROLLTON

ADDISON

Green Line Orange Line

To Fort Worth

Orange Line

CYPRESS WATERS (DALLAS)

DFW AIRPORT NORTH

KNOLL TRAIL

RICHARDSON

SPRING VALLEY

FARMERS BRANCH

GARLAND

FARMERS BRANCH

Weekdays Peak Only Trinity Railway Express (No Sunday Service)

DFW AIRPORT

DFW AIRPORT

Terminal B

Terminal A

NORTH LAKE COLLEGE

Transit Center or Park & Ride

LBJ/SKILLMAN

PARK LANE

LAS COLINAS URBAN CENTER BACHMAN

UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS

LOVE FIELD VIA BUS 524

BURBANK

Future Services DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY

To Fort Worth

Silver Line (2024)

CENTREPORT/ DFW AIRPORT

WEST IRVING

UNIVERSITY PARK HIGHLAND PARK

DOWNTOWN IRVING/ HERITAGE CROSSING

TRE and TEXRail to Fort Worth

COCKRELL HILL

W hite Ro ck La ke

LAKE RAY HUBBARD TRANSIT CTR.

MESQUITE

HATCHER

8TH & CORINTH DALLAS ZOO

BELL

L a ke R ay Hubbard

DEEP ELLUM BAYLOR UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER FAIR PARK MLK, JR. LAWNVIEW

EDDIE BERNICE JOHNSON UNION STATION CONVENTION CENTER CEDARS

Tr i n i ty Ri v e r

TYLER/VERNON

RICHLAND HILLS

LOVERS LANE

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VICTORY

ROWLETT

S. GARLAND TRANSIT CTR.

WHITE ROCK

SMU/MOCKINGBIRD INWOOD/LOVE FIELD SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL DISTRICT/ DALLAS PARKLAND MARKET MEDICAL/ CENTER MARKET CENTER CITYPLACE/UPTOWN

IRVING

DOWNTOWN ROWLETT

LAKE HIGHLANDS

WALNUT HILL

WALNUT HILL/DENTON

IRVING CONVENTION CENTER

DOWNTOWN GARLAND

FOREST/JUPITER

ROYAL LANE HIDDEN RIDGE

DFW

A-Train (DCTA)

LBJ/CENTRAL FOREST LANE

BELT LINE

TEXRail (Trinity Metro)

ARAPAHO CENTER

ADDISON TRANSIT CTR.

DOWNTOWN CARROLLTON

HAMPTON

LAKE JUNE

MORRELL ILLINOIS

BUCKNER

WESTMORELAND

FORT WORTH

KIEST

FORT WORTH CENTRAL STATION FORT WORTH T&P STATION

VA MEDICAL CENTER LEDBETTER

RED BIRD TRANSIT CTR.

CAMP WISDOM UNT DALLAS

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12 ARLINGTON MUNICIPAL 13 LANCASTER REGIONAL AIRPORT 14 MESQUITE METRO 15 NORTHWEST REGIONAL 16 GARLAND/DFW HELOPLEX 17 DALLAS CBD VERTIPORT 18 DESOTO HELIPORT

BY THE NUMBERS DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

DALLAS LOVE FIELD

171,139 DAILY PASSENGERS 1,006,123 TOTAL CARGO (TONNAGE) 6,122,489 INTERNATIONAL PASSENGERS 62,465,756 TOTAL PASSENGERS

36,481 DAILY PASSENGERS 211,330 TOTAL OPERATIONS 13,315,498 TOTAL PASSENGERS

TAKING FLIGHT

Whether you are a family of four traveling to Mexico for vacation, a business traveler headed to Chicago for the day, or a busy corporate executive flying private, take-offs and landings are easy here. Dallas is home to the world’s largest global airline, American Airlines, and the U.S.’s largest domestic carrier, Southwest Airlines, as well as three fullservice general aviation airports serving private and executive clients. Situated between Dallas and Fort Worth, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport is the highestcapacity commercial airport in the world, connecting the area to the entire planet. The airport offers travelers a high-frequency schedule and access to any major city in the continental United States in less than four hours. More than a dozen new international routes have been added in the last two years, and more are on the way. Plus, DART’s Orange Line runs to DFW International, meaning it’s possible to take public transportation to the airport. Dallas Love Field is a convenient generaluse airport, located just seven miles from downtown Dallas, that is home to low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines. Alaska Airlines also provides service out of Love Field after acquiring Virgin America in 2017. The airport recently completed a $519 million renovation that included a centralized terminal with 20 gates, a new lobby, and an expanded baggage claim area. Together, these things mean a big future for this little airport. Corporate jets most often operate out of Addison Airport, in North Dallas; McKinney National Airport, 30 miles north of Dallas; or Dallas Executive Airport, just south of downtown. These airports offer state-of-the-art infrastructure and amenities and firstclass service to their clients.

Source: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and City of Dallas (2021 annual)

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DALLAS FORT WORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DOMESTIC DESTINATIONS

Seattle Portland Boston

Minneapolis Chicago

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LOVE FIELD NONSTOP DESTINATIONS Seattle/Tacoma Portland

Minneapolis Milwaukee Chicago

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Dallas Love Field

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NONSTOP FLIGHT TIMES FROM DALLAS FORT WORTH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Asia/Pacific

Caribbean

ISTANBUL, TK — 726 TOKYO-HANEDA, JP — 805 TOKYO-NARITA, JP — 817 SEOUL, KR — 892

Montego Bay, JM — 215 Providenciales, TC — 226 San Juan, PR — 274 Punta Cana, DO — 275 Saint Thomas, VI — 297 St. Lucia, LC — 313

South America Bogota, CO — 329 Lima, PE — 418 Santiago, CL — 565 Sao Paulo-Guarulhos, BR — 609 Buenos Aires, AR — 621

Middle East Doha, QA — 870 Dubai, UAE — 883

Europe London-Heathrow, EN, GB — 538 Madrid, ES — 569 Paris-De Gaulle, FR — 569 Frankfurt, DE — 585 Helsinki-Vantaa, FI — 607

Canada Toronto, ON — 176 Calgary, AB — 229 Vancouver, BC — 257

Alaska & Hawaii ANCHORAGE, AK — 378 KONA, HI — 439 KAHULUI/MAUI, HI — 490 HONOLULU/OAHU, HI — 511

Central America Belize City, BZ — 171 Comayagua, HN — 174 San Pedro Sula, HN — 187 Guatemala City, GT — 189 Roatan, HN — 190 San Salvador, SV — 203 Liberia, CR — 227 San Jose, CR — 237

Mexico Monterrey, MX — 97 Hermosillo, MX — 114 Chihuahua, MX — 115 Durango, MX — 122 Merida, MX — 122 Torreon, MX — 120 Zacatecas, MX — 123 San Luis Potosi, MX — 128 Aguascalientes, MX — 138 Leon/Guanajuato, MX — 143 Queretaro, MX — 145 Huatulco, MX — 149 Mazatlan, MX — 149 Cancun, MX — 152 Cozumel, MX — 153 Guadalajara, MX — 153 Mexico City, MX — 153 Morelia, MX — 158 Oaxaca, MX — 160 Puerto Vallarta, MX — 161 San Jose del Cabo, MX — 172 Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, MX — 172 Loreto, MX — 188 Manzanillo, MX — 191 La Paz, MX — 192 Acapulco, MX — 195

Source: Airplane Manager Pilot Flight Time Calculator

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U.S. Midwest

Pittsburgh, PA — 135 Washington-National, DC — 149 Philadelphia, PA — 162 Syracuse, NY — 166 New York-LaGuardia, NY — 172 Washington-Dulles, VA — 172 Baltimore, MD — 172 Buffalo, NY — 174 Harrisburg, PA — 176 Hartford, CT — 198 Newark, NJ — 208 New York-JFK, NY — 213 Boston, MA — 218

U.S. South Oklahoma City, OK — 35 Waco, TX — 38 Houston-Hobby, TX — 42 Tulsa, OK — 42 Tyler, TX — 43 San Antonio, TX — 43 Wichita Falls, TX — 47 Killeen, TX — 48 Abilene, TX — 48 Houston-Intercontinental, TX — 48 Lubbock, TX — 48 Lawton, OK — 49

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U.S. West Roswell, NM — 88 Denver, CO — 89 Santa Fe, NM — 104 Clovis, NM — 105 Albuquerque, NM — 109 Colorado Springs, CO — 111 Flagstaff, AZ — 115 Phoenix, AZ — 115 Carlsbad, NM — 120 Durango, CO — 122 Aspen, CO — 123 Gunnison, CO — 128 Salt Lake City, UT — 128 Montrose (Telluride), CO — 134 Grand Junction, CO — 135 Las Vegas, NV — 136 Tucson, AZ — 137 Idaho Falls, ID — 139 Vail/Eagle, CO — 141 Steamboat Springs, CO — 141 Bozeman, MT — 147 San Diego, CA — 149 Yuma, AZ — 154 Los Angeles, CA — 156 Jackson Hole, WY — 174 Long Beach, CA — 176 Sacramento, CA — 178 San Jose, CA — 179 Oakland, CA — 181 Palm Springs, CA — 182 San Francisco, CA — 182 Ontario, CA — 183 Bakersfield, CA — 184 Billings, MT — 190 Boise, ID — 190 Orange County, CA — 193 San Luis Obispo, CA — 195 Eugene, OR — 197 Santa Barbara, CA — 198 Missoula, MT — 199 Portland, OR — 199 Burbank, CA — 202 Monterrey, CA — 204 Seattle/Tacoma, WA — 204 Fresno, CA — 207 Reno, NV — 208 Spokane, WA — 223 Kahului/Maui, HI — 490 Honolulu/Oahu, HI — 511

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Miami, FL — 160 Richmond, VA — 163 Norfolk, VA — 167 Wilmington, NC — 191

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Kansas City, MO — 67 Wichita, KS — 70 Springfield, MO — 74 St. Louis, MO — 77 Omaha, NE — 81 Manhattan, KS — 82 Garden City, KS — 89 Columbia, MO — 89 Grand Island, NE — 101 Indianapolis, IN — 101 Springfield, IL — 106 Des Moines, IA — 108 Evansville, IN — 108 Peoria, IL — 110 Milwaukee, WI — 111 Cedar Rapids, IA — 113 Champaign, IL — 113 Bloomington, IL — 114 Moline, IL — 114 Columbus, OH — 119 Sioux Falls, SD — 121 Detroit, MI — 126 Madison, WI — 129 Cincinnati, OH — 129 Chicago-Midway, IL — 130 Dayton, OH — 131 Fort Wayne, IN — 132 Chicago-O’Hare, IL — 137 Rapid City, SD — 140 Grand Rapids, MI — 140 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN — 142 Cleveland, OH — 152 Fargo, ND — 152 Bismarck, ND — 162 South Bend, IN — 209

Longview, TX — 49 Little Rock, AR — 49 College Station, TX — 50 Midland/Odessa, TX — 51 Texarkana, AR — 52 Shreveport, LA — 54 San Angelo, TX — 57 Fort Smith, AR — 59 Austin, TX — 60 Memphis, TN — 63 New Orleans, LA — 64 Northwest Arkansas, AR — 64 Alexandria, LA — 65 Monroe, LA — 66 Beaumont/Port Arthur, TX — 67 Harlingen, TX — 68 Lake Charles, LA — 70 Del Rio, TX — 71 Amarillo, TX — 74 Lafayette, LA — 75 Baton Rouge, LA — 77 Jackson, MS — 77 El Paso, TX — 79 Corpus Christi, TX — 80 Laredo, TX — 80 Nashville, TN — 86 McAllen, TX — 88 Gulfport/Biloxi, MS — 90 Brownsville, TX — 90 Mobile, AL — 93 Columbus, GA — 95 Destin-Fort Walton Beach, FL — 95 Birmingham, AL — 96 Huntsville/Decatur, AL — 100 Montgomery, AL — 102 Pensacola, FL — 103 Panama City, FL — 111 Chattanooga, TN — 113 Knoxville, TN — 117 Louisville, KY — 118 Tampa, FL — 119 Tallahassee, FL — 120 El Dorado, AR — 120 Greenville, MS — 120 Harrison, AR — 120 Hot Springs, AR — 120 Sarasota, FL — 120 Atlanta, GA — 122 Lexington, KY — 124 Orlando, FL — 125 Charleston, SC — 126 Fort Myers, FL — 129 Greenville/Spartanburg, SC — 132 Fayetteville, NC — 134 Raleigh/Durham, NC — 134 Stillwater, OK — 134 Tri-Cities, TN — 134 Jacksonville, FL — 134 Gainesville, FL — 136 Columbia, SC — 136 Savannah/Hilton Head, GA — 140 Fort Lauderdale, FL — 141 Charlotte-Douglas, NC — 146 Greensboro, NC — 149 Asheville, NC — 152 Augusta, GA — 152 West Palm Beach, FL — 155 Myrtle Beach, SC — 157 Key West, FL — 159

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCHOOL FOR EVERY CHILD PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS THE DISTRICTS SPEAK | CHOOSING A DISTRICT BEST HIGH SCHOOLS | PICK YOUR PATH PRIVATE SCHOOLS | HIGHER EDUCATION MONTESSORI SCHOOLS | FAQS ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLING

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Choosing the right school for your child is a key component when selecting where to settle down and raise a family. The Dallas Region offers a variety of schooling options: public, public charter, private or parochial, and homeschooling. Whether you have little ones in need of early childhood care or are looking for quality higher education for your college-bound student, our breakdown will help you find the perfect fit for your family.

“EDUCATION IS A HUGE FOCUS.” TERRENCE D. SMITH EMPLOYER: Uplift Infinity Prep School CITY: Irving

What made you decide to Say Yes to Dallas? I once read that Dallas is the place to be for up-and-coming young professionals — particularly African-American men. I wanted something different from Florida; Tallahassee was a small city and Orlando was very touristy. Even though I lived there for six years, I never felt at home. When I moved to Dallas, I felt like I belonged. I was home.

TERRENCE D. SMITH

Tell us about your city/neighborhood. What do you like best? What makes it different? Arlington gives you the southern feeling that people hear about in Texas. There are so many parks in the area, and the opportunities to enjoy nature are endless.

What is your passion, and how does Dallas help fulfill it? Students, of course! In Dallas, there is a school on every block and education is a huge focus. The Dallas Region makes sure schools are accessible to every community.

How did you choose where to live in the Dallas Region? I chose Arlington for the cost of living. I’m serving as a resident teacher at Urban Teachers and living on a stipend until I start as a new teacher in my second year. Arlington is a very beautiful town and is easily accessible to much around the region. Even though I don’t live in Downtown Dallas, I can still get to any events in the area. The heart of Dallas is everywhere you go. What is the one thing you could have done to make your move easier? Save money for the move. Research where you’ll be working and think about where you’ll live – there are so many options! How has your opinion of the Dallas Region changed since moving here? I was not expecting Dallas natives to be as friendly as they are. In our teaching cohort, there is only one native Dallas resident. The first thing he did was show us all around. Dallas natives are always trying to introduce me to something new. 2022

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School districts in the DallasFort Worth region are locally administered and independent of each other. District lines generally relate to city boundaries, but they are not exclusive to them. For example, Richardson ISD includes students in Richardson and parts of Dallas and Garland. Dallas Independent School District—or DISD, as it is known locally—is the region’s largest school district, with 143,558 students and a nationally recognized magnet program. Students attending Dallas ISD schools live in Addison, Balch Springs, Carrollton, Cockrell Hill, Dallas, Farmers Branch, Garland, Highland Park, Hutchins, Mesquite, Seagoville, University Park, and Wilmer. Since 2007, the district has more than quadrupled the number of schools that have reached the state’s highest accountability rating. In Tarrant County, Fort Worth ISD dominates, with more than 74,000 students.

LIVING

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SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Slidell ISD 1193 | 313

Alvord ISD 1050 | 738

Chico ISD 1021 | 596

Sanger ISD 1053 | 2,635

Krum ISD 1034 | 2,062 Decatur ISD 1073 | 3,464

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Ponder ISD 1138 | 1,579

Bridgeport ISD 1035 | 2,077 Paradise ISD 1078 | 1,236

Argyle ISD 1167 | 3,483

Boyd ISD 1010 | 1,305 Northwest ISD 1053 | 25,040

Poolville ISD 1025 | 540

Springtown ISD 1044 | 3,584

Carroll 1280 | 8, Keller ISD 1136 | 35,267 Azle ISD 1046 | 6,815

Peaster ISD 1053 | 1,322

Eagle MtSaginaw ISD 1057 | 21,024

Birdville ISD 1080 | 23,576

Hurst Bedf 1089

Castleberry ISD 913 | 3,649

Weatherford ISD 1050 | 8,105

Aledo ISD 1150 | 6,437

White Settlement ISD 1043 | 6,979 Fort Worth ISD 944 | 82,891

Arl 104 Kennedale ISD 1069 | 2975

Mansfie 1081 | 3

Crowley ISD 983 | 15,996 Burleson ISD 1059 | 12,810 Granbury ISD 1091 | 7,474

Godley ISD 1034 | 2348

Joshua ISD 1052 | 5618 Keene ISD 1020 | 1100

Venu 1041 | Alvarado ISD 1002 | 3,663

Cleburne ISD 1019 | 6902

Grandview IS 1050 | 1354

WHICH SCHOOL?

Glen Rose ISD 1069 | 1,930

Visit SayYesToDallas.com to find out which school is right for you.

Rio Vista ISD 1008 | 755

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Celina ISD 1162 | 2831

Anna ISD 1060 | 3,828 Melissa ISD 1108 | 3,580

Aubrey ISD 1120 | 2,593

McKinney ISD 1159 | 24,621

Little Elm ISD 1050 | 8,065

Frisco ISD 1208 | 62,705

Lake Dallas ISD 1094 | 3,986

Irving ISD 935 | 33,544

t-Eulessford ISD 9 | 23,816

Bland ISD 1012 | 726

Greenville ISD 1006 | 5,364

Garland ISD 974 | 55,701

Community ISD 990 | 2,560

Caddo Mills ISD 1051 | 1,914

Royse City ISD 1082 | 6,600 Quinlan ISD 1010 | 2,645

Rockwall ISD 1150 | 17,007

Sunnyvale ISD 1142 | 1979

Highland Park ISD 1295 | 6,864

Mesquite ISD 1005 | 39,856

Dallas ISD 929 | 153,861

Boles ISD 1053 | 534

Terrell ISD 1008 | 4,804

Forney ISD 1076 | 11,977

Duncanville ISD 968 | 12,426

Cedar Hill ISD 1004 | 7,625

eld ISD 35,669

Lancaster ISD Desoto ISD 900 | 7,474 900 | 8,633 Red Oak ISD 1016 | 6,067

Midlothian ISD 1121 | 9,783

us ISD | 2,182

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Farmersville ISD 1050 | 1,767 Princeton ISD 1067 | 5,434

Wylie ISD 1129 | 17,230

Richardson ISD 1138 | 39,619

lington ISD 46 | 59,532

Celeste ISD 1070 | 506

Allen ISD 1202 | 21,880

Plano ISD 1238 | 52,629

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD 1080 | 25,611

Wolfe City ISD 1110 | 665

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enton ISD 04 | 30919

ISD ,525 GrapevineColleyville ISD 1200 | 14,234

Blue Ridge ISD 1056 | 921

EDUCATION EDUCATION

Pilot Point ISD 1005 | 1,359

Crandall ISD 1044 | 4,592

Kaufman ISD 1013 | 4,057

Ferris ISD 1119 | 2,680

Palmer ISD 1020 | 1,266

Scurry-Rosser ISD 1036 | 1,099

Mabank ISD 1057 | 3,682

Kemp ISD 1075 | 1,624

Waxahachie ISD 1086 | 9,481 Ennis ISD 1039 | 5,939

Maypearl ISD 1034 | 1,137

LEGEND ISD NAME

2018 AVERAGE SAT SCORE | 2020 STUDENT COUNT

Italy ISD 1083 | 640

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Avalon ISD 1037 | 359

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THE DISTRICTS SPEAK Though all school districts strive to give students a quality education, there are differences from district to district. The following information was provided to us by each of the school districts. School districts not included here simply didn’t respond to our survey prior to press time, but they may have responded later. For more extensive information on these and other DFW area school districts, go to mydallasmove.com. If possible, before you choose a school or a district, call and ask for a tour. There’s no substitute for getting a personal feel for a school and the people who run it.

ALLEN ISD

SIZE: 21,600 students, pre-K through grade 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Allen ISD is recognized as one of the top school districts by numerous third-party rating systems, including Niche.com, which gives Allen ISD an A+ rating and ranks the school district as the best district in Collin County and the sixth best district in Texas. Money Magazine ranked the City of Allen as the secondbest place to live in America, citing the school system as a major factor. While Allen High School is one of the largest schools in the state, having one high school lends to the feeling of community in Allen, and allows the district to offer a wide variety of programs to students. PHILOSOPHY: Allen ISD cultivates innovation in education that empowers every learner to realize his or her full potential.

ARLINGTON ISD

SIZE: 59,924 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Arlington ISD is centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth and is known for its collaboration and innovative opportunities for students. Home to the Texas Association of School Boards’ 2016 Texas Superintendent of the Year—Dr. Marcelo Cavazos—and the 2014 Outstanding School Board of Texas, AISD has maintained a vision to be a premier school district and leader in education. PHILOSOPHY: The mission of the Arlington ISD is to empower and engage all students to be contributing, responsible citizens striving for their maximum potential through relevant, innovative, and rigorous learning experiences. The vision is that the AISD will be a premier school district and a leader in education.

AUBREY ISD

SIZE: 2,450 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Aubrey ISD is a fast-growth district located in the Dallas-Fort Worth region along the Highway 380 corridor in northeastern Denton County. Aubrey is just 18 miles from the Dallas North Tollway, yet still has that small-town atmosphere. Aubrey ISD serves the communities of Providence Village, Krugerville, Cross Roads, and Aubrey. Aubrey was a small rural district housed in one building for 20 years until the first elementary school was built in 1986. Today,

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Aubrey ISD has grown to over 2,400 students spread over five campuses. The district is expected to grow by 800 students in the next five years. PHILOSOPHY: Aubrey ISD is a small district with a big vision. The district’s plan has a vision of inspiring passion, empowering excellence, and nurturing innovation. The school district is challenging its students and teachers to be world class. The community is very excited about the progress made. Aubrey hires outstanding teachers who are focused on the individual needs of their students. Teachers are challenged to be world class, and to incorporate Aubrey ISD family values (integrity, respect, compassion, loyalty, service, and excellence) into everything they do.

BIRDVILLE ISD

SIZE: 23,565 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Birdville ISD is the fifth-largest school district in Northeast Tarrant County. The district’s 33 campuses serve the community of Richland Hills and portions of Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Watauga, Colleyville, and Fort Worth. During the 2019–20 school year, BISD will continue its Schools with a Specialization (SWAS) initiative by adding an additional campus to the offerings. These programs go above and beyond the state-required curriculum. PHILOSOPHY: BISD’s vision of “Excellence, Integrity and Service”

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is the foundation for continued student and staff excellence in its 21 elementary schools, seven middle schools, four high schools, and one career and technology campus.

BOLES ISD

SIZE: 540 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Boles ISD received a B rating in Texas’ A-F accountability system. All three campuses— elementary, middle and high school— are located next to one another, making it convenient for parents who have children at multiple campuses. We have a small teacher-to-student ratio, high academic achievement, and competitive extra-curricular activities. Boles ISD does not charge a transfer fee. PHILOSOPHY: Boles ISD produces productive people.

CEDAR HILL ISD

SIZE: 8,000 students, pre-K through 12. KEY ATTRIBUTES: In the last five years, the Texas Education Agency has awarded CHISD 180 distinctions. In 2018, the district was named to the AP Honor Roll because of its efforts to increase student participation in AP exams. PHILOSOPHY: CHISD’s curriculum focuses on rigorous STEAM education. Science, technology, engineering, art, and math are brought to life at every grade level. Also, CHISD develops scholar life skills through Longhorn Essentials, or 10

expectations. Students at every grade level are required to make eye contact when someone is speaking, stand to answer questions, and be the best person they can be. See a complete list at chisd.net.

COMMUNITY ISD

SIZE: 2,400 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Community ISD is a fast-growing district loaded with the small-town and rural charm you would expect in an area with deep agricultural roots. Community ISD was formed in 1947, when Lavon, Nevada, Copeville, and Josephine consolidated to form a single school district. Located in southeast Collin County, the district spans 89 square miles and is within a 25 minute drive of Greenville, Rockwall, Wylie, McKinney, Garland, Mesquite, and Rowlett. PHILOSOPHY: Come to Community ISD and #ExperienceTheBLUE! Home of the Brave Nation, where we are inspiring students, staff, and the community to believe, lead, unite, and excel.

COPPELL ISD

SIZE: 12,895 students, pre-K through 12. KEY ATTRIBUTES: Coppell ISD is considered a premier public school system with a statewide reputation for educational excellence and a storied legacy of focusing on

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SIZE: 15,700 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Crowley ISD is an acclaimed school district serving the southwest Fort Worth and Crowley communities. It’s bordered by two major interstates, I-20 and I-35W. The new Chisholm Trail Parkway runs through the middle of the district, with more interchanges of the Parkway in CISD than any other school district. A majority of the district’s 23 campuses are located in the city of Fort Worth. The district is home to two high schools: Crowley High School (5A) and North Crowley High School (6A). CISD has the highest percentage of high school students in Tarrant County enrolled in career and technical courses at the district’s B.R. Johnson Career and Tech Center. The district receives unprecedented community support from dedicated families, educators, corporations, and community leaders. PHILOSOPHY: Crowley ISD students benefit from a laser focus on excellence in education—academics, arts, athletics, and real-world applications. Our mission is to provide all students with excellence in education so they may achieve their full potential. Crowley ISD provides all students with a world-class, high-quality education, inspiring and empowering them to succeed in the global community.

DALLAS ISD

SIZE: 143,558 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Dallas ISD is the 14th largest school district in the U.S. and is home to several of the state’s and country’s top-rated schools, including the School for the Talented and Gifted, the School of Science and Engineering, and the Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Texas’ first allgirls public school. Dallas ISD schools are among those perennially selected as National Blue Ribbon Schools by

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DENISON ISD

SIZE: 4,647 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Bordered on the north by the biggest and best lake in Texas, and set amid rolling hills and lush landscapes, Denison’s award-winning schools offer teaching and learning environments in one of the friendliest and most welcoming communities in Texas. Stimulating, supportive, encouraging, and challenging, Denison ISD’s educational philosophy is firmly rooted in student-centered learning facilitated by collaboration, innovation, and state-of-the-art technology. It is a progressive school district that supports its students and teachers with time, expert training, and valuable resources. Denison ISD values, recognizes, celebrates, and rewards the many successes of its teachers and students. Denison ISD is an integral part of a great community of friendly people who truly love, value, respect, and support their schools, teachers, and students. PHILOSOPHY: We believe our students are unique and valuable individuals capable of higher levels of learning. Therefore, our commitment is to maintain high expectations so that students take responsibility for their learning. DISD designs learning experiences to accommodate students’ mastery of tasks in different ways and at different times. We expect students to assume responsibility for behaviors and actions. Our faculty and staff provide each student the information, assistance, and support that enable him or her to develop educational and career goals. We believe every employee of the district has the responsibility to provide and support quality learning experiences for student success. Denison ISD focuses on our core business: student learning.

DENTON ISD

SIZE: 30,311 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Excellent schools and a community grounded in public education since 1882 are key factors that make Denton County one of the 10 fastest-growing communities in the country. Recently named one of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live

in America,” Denton ISD covers 180 square miles and is one of the fastest growing school districts in the DallasFort Worth area. Denton ISD serves all or parts of 18 communities in the North Texas region. PHILOSOPHY: Empowering lifelong learners to be engaged citizens who positively impact their local and global community.

FORNEY ISD

SIZE: 11,223 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Forney ISD offers a number of college and career opportunities for high school students through the district’s Dual Credit program, the Synergy Program, and through the Career Technical Education (CTE) Program. Students can earn college credits while still in high school as well as earn trade certifications in such fields as cosmetology, welding, electrical, and health services. The district’s Synergy Program allows high school students to work hand-in-hand with district administrators and local businesses in real-world work environments. PHILOSOPHY: In partnership with parents and the community, Forney ISD shall create and sustain an environment to maximize the potential of each learner.

FORT WORTH ISD

SIZE: 74,850 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: With over 85,000 students in 83 elementary schools, 29 middle schools and 6th grade centers, 18 high schools, and 16 other campuses, Fort Worth ISD enjoys a diverse student population and strong community partnerships. Under the leadership of the superintendent and the board of education, the district is undergoing a series of initiatives that will redesign, transform, and revitalize Fort Worth ISD schools. Fort Worth ISD is controlled locally through a board of education trustees elected by voters within each district. Nine trustees serve as single-member district representatives. All of the trustees serve four-year terms without pay. PHILOSOPHY: Our motto is singleness of purpose. Our mission: Preparing students for success in college, career, and community leadership. Our vision: Fort Worth ISD: Igniting in every child a passion for learning. Fort Worth ISD’s values include: student achievement, stakeholder collaboration, leadership development, respect for diversity, equity in access, perseverance and commitment, and continuous improvement.

FRISCO ISD

SIZE: 60,581 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: “Student opportunities model”—Frisco ISD has multiple high schools that are smaller than those in many school districts in the area and of similar size, with

enrollment up to approximately 2,100 students in grades 9-12. This provides many academic and extracurricular opportunities and allows students to be more involved and engaged at school. PHILOSOPHY: Our mission is to know every student by name and need. That means meeting the needs of the whole child, including students’ academic, physical, social, emotional, and mental health needs.

GARLAND ISD

SIZE: 56,000 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: We’re a large suburban district offering big-city benefits with a small-town feel, true school choice, selective magnets, innovative programs, and strong communities. Garland ISD also offers a tradition of excellence dating back more than 100 years; Chromebooks for every middle school student and iPads for every high school student; free PSAT, SAT, AP, and IB tests; exceptional fine arts and extracurricular programs; a new natatorium, which opened in 2019; a new, state-of the-art career and technical center with over a hundred career, training, and certification programs; and competitive athletics. PHILOSOPHY: An exceptional education has long been the focus of Garland ISD. Our top responsibility is to provide a rigorous, innovative educational experience that prepares all students for life in college, career, or the military, along with developing meaningful relationships between schools, families, and the community in a safe and secure environment.

GRAND PRAIRIE ISD

SIZE: 29,078 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Grand Prairie ISD is a district of choice with numerous schools and programs of choice. Specializations and program offerings include international baccalaureate, dual language, early college high schools, district/charter partnership, in-district charters, full-day pre-K, employee childcare, after-school care, early head start, career high school, single-gender schools, STEM, leadership, and fine arts academies. PHILOSOPHY: Grand Prairie ISD’s mission statement is: “We will ensure student success through engaging learning experiences, collaborative leadership, and a focus on maximizing student achievement.” The district’s vision statement is: “We are a learning community vigorously pursuing student success.”

HIGHLAND PARK ISD

SIZE: 6,834 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: More than 97 percent of Highland Park ISD graduates attend college, with many attending the most prestigious universities in the country. Highland Park High School students consistently score well

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the U.S. Department of Education based on improved student academic achievement. A 2019 rating of “B” from the Texas Education Agency reflects significant growth in student academic achievement. PHILOSOPHY: Taken together, these accolades have earned Dallas ISD the reputation as one of the country’s most-improved school districts. It boasts a growing selection of innovative school choice options, including magnet, STEAM, collegiate academies, Montessori, International Baccalaureate, single-gender schools and more—all highlight the district’s mission, “Educating all students for success.”

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educating the whole student. While the City of Coppell is just over 14 square miles, Coppell ISD encompasses more than 23 square miles. Within Coppell ISD boundaries, 63 percent of the district is comprised of the City of Coppell, 33 percent the City of Irving, 3 percent the City of Lewisville, and 1 percent the City of Dallas (Cypress Waters). PHILOSOPHY: The district’s mission states: “Working together, we are committed to profound learning experiences for each child, while nurturing meaningful relationships to positively impact our world.” Coppell ISD achieves our mission through our Core Values, which revolve around the themes of Engagement, Great Teaching, Redefining Success, and Relationships. Coppell ISD’s new mission and core values evolved from the district’s recent Strategic Design process. Details on this process can be found at www.coppellisd.com/ strategicdesign.


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the last 20 years. Of the district’s 42 campuses, 26 of them are less than 17 years old. KISD serves a diverse population composed primarily of students living in Keller and Fort Worth but includes families from seven other municipalities as well. The district stretches from I-35W to Colleyville and Hwy. 170 to Haltom City. PHILOSOPHY: The community of Keller ISD will educate our students to achieve their highest standards of performance by engaging them in exceptional opportunities.

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above the national and state average on college entrance exams. In the 2017-18 school year, Highland Park HS students scored a composite 27.5 on the ACT, 6.9 points above the state average. PHILOSOPHY: Highland Park ISD, grounded in tradition and with an unyielding commitment to excellence, academics, integrity, citizenship, and service, empowers each and every student to achieve post-secondary success.

HURST-EULESSBEDFORD ISD

SIZE: 23,364 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: HEB ISD is one of only 61 school systems statewide to earn the Postsecondary Readiness Distinction. HEB ISD is consistently ranked among the top Texas school districts by Education Resource Group based on a combination of student performance and operating efficiency. The district attracts and retains the highest-quality teachers in the area through a reputation for excellence and the strongest teacher salaries in the region. HEB ISD has a history of leadership that prioritizes what’s best for students and leads intentional, continuous improvement district-wide; the school board was one of only eight governing teams selected as an inaugural Lone Star Governance Exemplar Cohort by the Texas Education Agency. Stellar fine arts programs have placed HEB ISD on the prestigious listing of the “Best Communities for Music Education” for 12 years in a row. PHILOSOPHY: The mission of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD is to continue its proud tradition of excellence as a diverse, high-

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IRVING ISD

SIZE: 33,427 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Irving ISD’s distinguishing initiatives include its Lady Bird Johnson Middle School, the largest net-zero middle school (which produces as much energy as it consumes) in the world, and the district’s year-long Attendance Success Initiative designed to keep students in school. The district has partnerships with T-Mobile and Sprint, and is collaborating with Verizon to expand its Verizon Innovative Learning program for middle schools for 24/7 free access to technology in the classroom and at home. The district opened the Elise Walker Outdoor Learning Center to give students of all ages a chance to experience science outside the classroom. Irving ISD is home to the Robert Scott Pohl Planetarium at Nimitz HS, which is one of the first school planetariums in Texas. The district offers the comprehensive and nationally recognized Signature Studies Program, which offers students career-focused classes while in high school. The district also has three early childhood schools, which offer half-day and full-day, tuition-based pre-K. Irving ISD is only one of 11 districts in the state to offer H.I.P.P.Y. (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) to empower parents to become their child’s first teacher and to prepare them for preschool and beyond. Through Partners in Education, more than 200 companies and nonprofit organizations partner with Irving ISD schools and programs to provide

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time, talent, and treasure. PHILOSOPHY: District administrators and teachers are focused on maximizing the potential of every student.

JOSHUA ISD

SIZE: 5,600 students, pre-K-12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: The district writes its own rigorous curriculum maps with learning objectives that are designed to challenge students at every grade level. Lessons are evaluated on a regular basis using the Continuous Improvement Model for student success. Students are encouraged to take Advanced Placement classes and to take advantage of the dual-credit program with Hill College. In order to better integrate technology, the Bring Your Own Device program has been implemented in grades 9 to 12. JISD offers the opportunity for students to prepare for and take the GED, as well as implements a rigorous credit recovery program at the middle and high school levels. JISD provides full-day kindergarten at each campus. Full-time guidance counselors and licensed nurses are available at all campuses. For more information, go to joshuaisd.org. PHILOSOPHY: Joshua ISD will be a highly acclaimed model of educational excellence. Joshua ISD develops productive citizens of exceptional character who are lifelong learners.

KELLER ISD

SIZE: 35,000 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Keller ISD has been one of the fastest growing school districts in the state of Texas over

SIZE: 3,096 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Lake Worth ISD is a mid-sized district in northwest Tarrant County. The heart of the district is nestled between Lake Worth and Marine Creek Lake. The district serves the City of Lake Worth, along with small portions of Samson Park and Fort Worth. PHILOSOPHY: Lake Worth ISD believes that every student has worth, is capable of learning, and can achieve high standards; that education and communication are the shared responsibility of the student, school, home, and community; in inspiring each other and holding one another accountable in a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment; that all members of the school community are lifelong learners; and in the power of effective instruction, using sound research, data, and fidelity of practice.

LEWISVILLE ISD

SIZE: 52,000 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Lewisville ISD (LISD) consistently has one of the highest numbers of National Merit Scholars across the state. In addition, the district has six National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, the highest designation a school can earn from the United States Department of Education. LISD has four 6A high schools, one 5A high school, and two career centers. LISD provides access to many digital resources while maintaining sound data security and privacy practices. Because of this, Lewisville ISD is one of a small number of school districts across the nation, and one of three schools in Texas, to earn the distinguished Trusted Learning Environment Seal from CoSN. PHILOSOPHY: Lewisville ISD’s promise to our students, staff, parents, and the communities we serve is simple—all of our students enjoy thriving, productive lives in a future they create. The district ensures it fulfills its mission by designing and implementing a learning organization that provides engaging, innovative experiences every day. LISD’s vision is built on four cornerstones: student experience, community engagement, resource stewardship, and student learning. These guiding principles underscore our commitment to real innovation and limitless opportunities for our students.

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SIZE: 7,768 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Little Elm ISD offers a smaller community feel with big opportunities for students and families. We are a one-high school district where we are all Lobos. This unique characteristic sets us apart from other districts in our area. We offer a multitude of opportunities for our students, families, and community to explore a robust educational experience. PHILOSOPHY: The Mission of Little Elm ISD is: to engage, equip, and empower each student to realize their full potential. The vision of the Little Elm ISD community is to be “THE destination district.”

LOVEJOY ISD

SIZE: 4,400, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Lovejoy ISD is one of four school districts in Texas achieving the high rating of an A and 97 percent. Lovejoy ISD will always be a district with just one high school, with a projected enrollment not to exceed 1,900 students. Lovejoy is a Pre-AP-for-all school district and requires each senior to complete a senior project to satisfy the Lovejoy ISD graduation requirements.

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PHILOSOPHY: The mission of the Lovejoy ISD is as follows: A school in partnership with parents and community, committed to providing opportunities for students to reach their academic and personal potential in a changing world. In Lovejoy we work to ensure that each student is: intellectually equipped, open to the challenges of learning, well-rounded, fair and respectful of others, engaged in a healthy lifestyle, and working for justice through community service.

MANSFIELD ISD

SIZE: 35,256 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Mansfield ISD is a Texas Education Agency “A” Rated School District. Mansfield ISD is a highly sought-after school district, and the community recognizes that it’s a great place to live, learn, and teach. The district spans across Johnson and Tarrant County and encompasses sections of Mansfield, Arlington, Grand Prairie, and small portions of Burleson, Fort Worth, Venus, Alvarado, and Kennedale. PHILOSOPHY: Mansfield ISD is a destination district committed to excellence. The mission of Mansfield ISD is to inspire and educate students to be productive citizens. The values

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of the district are: students first, continuous improvement, integrity, communication, positive relationships, and resiliency. Vision 2030, Mansfield ISD’s current strategic plan, started in July 2021.

MAYPEARL ISD

SIZE: 1,165 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Maypearl ISD is located west of Waxahachie and south of Midlothian in scenic Ellis County. Maypearl ISD is a smaller district that offers great opportunities for our students without losing the hometown environment. We may be small, but we have a big future ahead! PHILOSOPHY: Our staff work hard to teach and care for each of our students like they are our own. We have a very positive and supportive environment among our parents and community. The mission of Maypearl ISD, a tradition-rich community, is to cultivate the unique potential of all students through innovative education. The vision of Maypearl ISD, where all learners will embrace their unique potential to excel, is for students to serve others and own their future. At Maypearl ISD, we value: every student as our first priority; building relationships; safe, secure environments; collaboration and

SIZE: 24,700 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: McKinney ISD is one of the few school districts in Texas that establishes middle and high school attendance-zone boundaries based on socioeconomic factors. This approach allows the district to maintain greater socioeconomic parity among its secondary schools, and this results in greater opportunities for all of our students. MISD boasts a number of innovative career and technology education programs. The district offers an aviation program and is one of the few public high school programs in the country featuring an FAA-approved flight simulator upon which students can log flight hours toward their pilot certification. Aviation course offerings prepare students to pursue careers as pilots or aviation mechanics. The district also offers a dual-language program affording students an opportunity to become fluent in both English and Spanish at the conclusion of the program. The program is currently offered at Caldwell Elementary in all grade levels. The classes at Caldwell comprise approximately one-half native English speakers and one-half native Spanish speakers. Students learn the academic curriculum through both languages simultaneously. Students serve as language models for each other, while accelerating their learning. PHILOSOPHY: We are a cohesive, diverse community providing engaging learning experiences for all. We will provide engaging learning experiences so students can become effective communicators, quality contributors, and socially responsible citizens.

MESQUITE ISD

SIZE: 40,000 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: A cultural shift is underway in the Mesquite ISD community thanks to Mesquite ISD’s ReadPlayTalk (RPT) initiative. RPT is our research-based, communitysupported initiative to champion early childhood literacy among our students. Through volunteer, business, organization, and campus partnerships, we are encouraging parents and guardians to read, play, and talk with their children from birth. Our goal by 2020: all third-graders will be on a grade 3 reading level. Reaching this milestone statistically quadruples the odds for these students to graduate high school. In Fall 2021, MISD opened Vanguard High School,a school of choice serving students who are interested in a nontraditional high school experience. Students can choose from 16 different programs of study and earn multiple industry certifications, as well as dual credit. The campus opened with 500 freshmen and 500

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sophomores organized into four schools based on their selected program of study. MISD students from any of our five high school attendance zones can attend Vanguard. PHILOSOPHY: The mission of the Mesquite ISD is to educate all students and empower them to expand their opportunities to enrich our community. Mesquite ISD operates within a set of four core values: people first; cultivating culture; continuous learning; and commitment to community.

safe, engaging, rigorous, and diverse learning environments provide the best opportunity for students to reach their fullest potential. We believe a high quality staff with appropriate resources is essential to creating educational experiences that promote student success. We believe that effective communication, purposeful collaboration, and strong partnerships create an atmosphere of trust and a strong sense of community vital to student achievement.

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SIZE: 9,410 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: In Midlothian ISD, we believe our culture is the heart and soul of our schools. Our culture provides more than a legacy of excellence— it’s something much more meaningful. Our culture speaks to how much we truly care for every child, teacher, and staff member, along with their families. We are passionate about our students and learning. We treat each person with respect, and kindness always matters in every interaction. We believe in celebrating the power of diversity. Honoring and celebrating every individual is powerful. It’s where heart and kindness foster a family environment. Because we see each person as an individual, learning is personalized, resulting in achieving new heights. PHILOSOPHY: In Midlothian ISD, we inspire excellence today to change the world tomorrow. We believe that

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SIZE: 1,010 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Millsap ISD is a small, rural community with traditional values where students’ needs are met on an individual basis, and we do whatever it takes to make each child’s dreams come true. Your child, their dreams, our mission. PHILOSOPHY: Every decision is based on the district’s mission to inspire, develop, and educate every student in a safe environment to be a productive, responsible citizen prepared for lifelong success. We value the development of the whole child, community/ parental partnerships, and mutual respect; value positive relationships with students, staff, and parents; believe student success is our ultimate measure; and practice ethical behavior and personal integrity.

NORTHWEST ISD

SIZE: 24,200, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Northwest ISD

is uniquely situated in Fort Worth and serves families in more than 14 different communities, spanning 234 square miles, and parts of three counties (Denton, Tarrant, and Wise). As one of the fastest growing school districts in the area, demographic projections show enrollment in NISD will increase by 6,800 students during the next five years, exceeding an enrollment of 30,900 by 2023-2024 and reaching 38,000 by 2028-2029. As a fast-growth district, NISD strategically plans for new facilities that enhance the student learning environment. PHILOSOPHY: Northwest ISD, in collaboration with students, families, communities, and global partners, will engage in a culture of learning that prepares all students to confidently navigate their futures. Built on a dream to provide children with the best educational program possible, Northwest ISD was formed in 1948 when four single-schoolhouse districts joined together. Now, 70 years later, our community’s belief to put kids first and provide the best education possible is still evident.

PLANO ISD

SIZE: 53,057 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTE: Plano ISD is ranked among the top school districts in Texas and the nation. Plano ISD has been recognized among the best places to work, most recently “Best Place to Work in Plano” by Star Local Media. Strong academic and extracurricular programs make Plano ISD home to a number

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THE DISTRICTS SPEAK of state, national, and international winners and champions in fine arts, athletics, science, and career and technical education. PHILOSOPHY: Plano ISD schools empower students to be able to adapt to new learning and career opportunities throughout their lives, and collaborate with and contribute to the global community, and to be disciplined and creative in their thinking. The district’s mission is to provide an excellent education for each student. District goals include ensuring continued improvement in student success and ensuring efficient use of financial resources.

PROSPER ISD

SIZE: 14,600 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Prosper ISD is the fastest-growing school district in DFW with enrollment expected to more than double by 2025. Prosper ISD currently offers a wide variety of CTE and STEM options, G/T and AP offerings, a comprehensive SPED program, and an unrivaled duallanguage program through middle school. PHILOSOPHY: Prosper ISD believes that students are first in all decisions. We value their success and wellbeing. Innovation in curriculum and technology is important. We are intentional in creating opportunities that will propel students forward. We believe in recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees with the Prosper heart. We also value the importance of a supportive and demanding community and try to protect our small-town feel. We have a commitment to the Graduate Profile and in providing a safe and nurturing environment for students and staff. We are grounded by tradition and soaring to new beginnings.

RED OAK ISD

SIZE: 5,900 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Red Oak ISD is a highly acclaimed district currently ranked top 3 percent in the nation and No. 1 for teachers in Ellis County by Niche.com. At the state accountability level, we received a B rating with 11 distinctions. We are a small, suburban district covering 42 square miles just 20 miles south of Dallas, in north Ellis County. We serve 5,900 students from Red Oak, Glenn Heights, Ovilla, Pecan Hill, and Oak Leaf, with seven campuses and over 900 employees. Highly ranked for diversity and safety, we offer excellent academic and extracurricular programs toward our mission of Realizing Our Individual Students’ Dreams (ROISD). PHILOSOPHY: All Red Oak ISD students and staff strive to incorporate the 4 Talons of the Hawk—Academic Readiness, GRIT (Growth, Resilience, Integrity, Tenacity), character, and service toward our mission of Realizing Our Individual Students’ Dreams.

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SIZE: 39,000 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Richardson ISD is an established, successful, tradition-rich school district with commitment to the success of all students. Smaller, neighborhood schools with a history of parent and community involvement and support put a strong emphasis on college and career readiness and STEM. Richardson ISD’s offerings include: school-wide enrichment model blending gifted instruction and techniques into general curriculum for all students; focus on differentiated instruction for each student based on individual learning profile and understanding of curriculum; commitment to smaller, neighborhood schools; magnet school options at all grade levels; wide range of career and technical education offerings across many industries; high community expectations and exceptional community support for schools; a wide range of co- and extracurricular options; investment in teachers and staff development for professional and paraprofessional employees; emphasis on school safety and security. PHILOSOPHY: Richardson ISD’s mission is to serve and prepare all students for their global futures. Whether students will continue their education in college or are interested in entering the workforce, RISD seeks to equip all graduates with the knowledge, skills, and ability to confidently succeed in whatever path they choose.

ROCKWALL ISD

SIZE: 16,536 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Rockwall ISD is composed of 14 elementary schools, two high schools, one alternative high school, and one college and career academy. The Dr. Gene Burton College & Career Academy, which opened in 2018, is a vital part of the STEM program for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The academy offers pathways designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore career options and professional certifications. Rockwall ISD’s high-school graduation rate is 97.6 percent; 88 percent of the district’s students met STAAR standards. The average number of years of experience for a Rockwall ISD teacher is 12.4 years. PHILOSOPHY: Rockwall ISD empowers learners to embody independence, value relationships, and achieve excellence as thriving members of a dynamic global community.

ROYSE CITY ISD

SIZE: 6,254 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: RCISD encompasses 74.48 square miles and claims a tri-county boundary: Rockwall, Collin, and Hunt Counties. All campuses in the district are accredited by the Texas Education Agency and our secondary campuses by the Southern Association

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FOR EXPANDED DISTRICT PROFILES, VISIT SAYYESTODALLAS.COM. of Colleges and Schools. From kindergarten to high school, diverse programs are available to support the regular curriculum along with gifted and talented and special needs students. Royse City ISD is located in a rural-but-growing area located 30 miles east of Dallas. PHILOSOPHY: The mission of Royse City ISD is to provide meaningful and innovative educational experiences that cultivate a passion for learning. We believe that every student is capable and deserves to learn each day in order to meet his or her unique potential; that building relationships is key to educating every student; that uniquely meaningful work engages students in profound learning; that Royse City ISD will prepare students for successful, meaningful, and fulfilling futures; and in upholding the traditions and values of the district and community.

WAXAHACHIE ISD

SIZE: 8,900 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Waxahachie ISD is home to one traditional high school, one early college high school, three junior high campuses, eight elementary schools, an early learning (pre-K) center, and an alternative education campus. Waxahachie ISD’s mission is “excellence in education,” and the district consistently outperforms the state averages in STAAR testing and SAT/ACT scores. In its state-of-the-art Career and Technical Education center, WISD provides training in 15 of the 16 career clusters. The district’s fine arts programs are among the best in the state: Waxahachie ISD is home to this year’s TMEA honor band. In addition, WISD is a top athletic competitor, even in the “district of doom,” which many say is the toughest 6A district in the state. PHILOSOPHY: We believe that meaningful engagement and relationship building are essential for student success; that students have unique qualities and deserve a unique education; that parents, educators, and the community guide each student in designing and fulfilling his or her educational vision; and that every student deserves the opportunity to learn through success, failure, and discovery. We also believe that change and growth occur best in a stimulating and innovative learning environment; that students learning to voice their individual thoughts is imperative for progress in both themselves and the community, and that all students deserve to be taught by highly effective teachers who are committed to professional growth and passionate about learner success.

WHITE SETTLEMENT ISD

SIZE: 6,900 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: White Settlement ISD, home of the Fightin’ Brewer Bears, offers a hometown, community atmosphere with all the benefits of city living. The district is composed of nine schools and has nearly 900 employees. WSISD offers four elementary campuses (one of which is a certified STEAM Academy), a Fine Arts Academy, an intermediate school (grades 5 and 6), a middle school (grades 7 and 8), a high school (grades 9 through 12), and an alternative campus. WSISD is a growing suburban school district that serves more than 6,900 students who reside in the City of White Settlement and a portion of the City of Fort Worth. PHILOSOPHY: WSISD fosters a culture of excellence in which all Brewer Bears are empowered to be innovators and leaders of tomorrow through engaging, hands-on instruction, the latest technology, and extracurricular programs that meet the needs and interests of every student.

WYLIE ISD

SIZE: 16,500 students, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: For more than 100 years, Wylie ISD has emphasized academic excellence through outstanding educational opportunities and award-winning extracurricular activities, all based on community values. And as we continue through the 21st Century, we remain focused on ensuring our students are prepared for a lifetime of success through a world-class education. Wylie ISD offers an outstanding academic program with a focus on character education beginning in elementary school. The curriculum includes a wide range of programs from culinary arts to television production. The district emphasizes technology in the classroom and as a communications tool for parents. PHILOSOPHY: The Wylie Way is a movement in our schools that fosters responsible, caring, and ethical young people through an emphasis on the core values of the Wylie ISD community. The core values are fundamental beliefs of Wylie ISD. They are the guiding beliefs that dictate the behavior and actions of our employees and students. They include: respect and responsibility, caring and giving, grit and preparation, and gratitude and celebration.

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LIFE SCHOOL

SIZE: 5,600 students at eight locations in North Texas KEY ATTRIBUTES: Life School is a tuition-free open enrollment public charter school that offers a wide array of academic, athletic, and extracurricular activities to develop the whole person. As character educators, we help to shape the character of students so they are ready to learn, ready to lead, and ready for life. PHILOSOPHY: The mission of Life School is to develop leaders with life skills through strong academics, character training, and partnerships with parents and the community. Our vision is to develop leaders by providing excellence in education to enhance the communities we serve.

LUMIN EDUCATION

SIZE: 300 students. Students range from 3 to 6 years old and grades 1 through 3. KEY ATTRIBUTES: Lumin Education provides Association Montessori Internationale-certified teachers, before- and after-school care, emphasis on parent involvement, and free public education. PHILOSOPHY: Lumin Education is guided by the Montessori philosophy of education. That philosophy is rooted in the conviction that, unless severely impaired, “children naturally have the same drive to develop in a cognitive sense as they

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THE PEGASUS SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

SIZE: 70 students, K-12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Located in Downtown Dallas, Pegasus School of Liberal Arts & Sciences is a tuition-free public school serving an ethnically, racially, and economically diverse student population. Pegasus School’s mission is to educate individuals in the liberal arts and sciences in order to prepare them for productive and meaningful lives in an increasingly complex world. Pegasus’ vision is to be an interdisciplinary public school committed to continuous improvement with a focus on developing and educating serious learners. PHILOSOPHY: A well-rounded liberal arts education provides a strong foundation preparing students for meaningful futures by enhancing students’ problem solving skills and helping them develop strong character and self-discipline.

RICHLAND COLLEGIATE HIGH SCHOOL

SIZE: 617, students in grades 11 and 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Serving Dallas County and its six contiguous counties, Richland CHS is an open enrollment charter school on the campus of Richland College. The program focuses on the college experience. All classes are taught by college professors in college classrooms with college adults. Students earn their associate degrees by graduation. PHILOSOPHY: The educational philosophy of the Richland Collegiate High School rests upon the maxim that a successful education program addresses the whole student. A mind-body-spirit approach is designed to enlighten a student’s mind while enriching his or her spirit through learning experiences attuned to skills and abilities; to best use those abilities; and to develop each student’s intellectual, emotional, and social foundation. At Richland College, this philosophy is summarized as: Teaching, Learning, Community Building.

TEXANS CAN ACADEMIES SIZE: 3,379 students across eight campuses—two in Fort Worth and six in Dallas. Grades 9 through 12. KEY ATTRIBUTES: Texans Can

Academies provide a safe and healthy learning environment to students who may not have succeeded elsewhere. Each classroom is home to a rich environment fostering reading and thinking skills, bringing struggling students up to grade level and beyond, and creating confidence and a positive outlook. PHILOSOPHY: Texans Can Academies’ mission is to provide the highest quality education for all students in order to ensure economic independence. Studentcentered learning, a rigorous curriculum based on reading and thinking skills, and a sense of urgency in fulfilling every aspect of our mission mark our core values. Reading, we believe, is the key to empowerment, personal fulfillment, success, and employment; personal responsibility, character, values, and passion lead to good citizenship; and learning is best accompanied in a nurturing yet structured environment.

TRINITY BASIN PREPARATORY

SIZE: 3,550 students, four campuses, pre-K through grade 8 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Trinity Basin Preparatory is a free public charter school of choice that has served the Dallas-Fort Worth community for over 20 years. As a public charter school, TBP meets all accountability and instructional standards as set by the Texas Education Agency. TBP meets these standards by providing students with a structured learning environment that is individualized for their specific learning needs. Our classrooms are smaller, compared to traditional public schools, and generally have fewer than 22 students. Uniforms are required, and strict discipline is enforced to help ensure students feel safe and free to participate in the learning experience. PHILOSOPHY: The mission of Trinity Basin Preparatory is to inspire every student to do more, expect more, and be more. To make this mission a reality, every student and employee of Trinity Basin Preparatory is expected to exemplify the following core values of a TITAN: 1. TRUTHFUL: We seek and speak the truth. We operate with integrity and honesty. 2. INNOVATIVE: We are creative and use resourcefulness in solving problems. 3. TENACIOUS: We are unshakable, determined, and we possess true grit. 4. ACCOUNTABLE: We are transparent in our actions and are accountable to each other. 5. NURTURING: We build

relationships and deeply care about all members of the TBP family.

UPLIFT EDUCATION

SIZE: 18,500 across 40 schools, pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Uplift provides a whole scholar approach that sees each learner as an individual and supports his or her academic, social, and emotional well-being through curriculum and academics, a nurturing school community, supportive families, and unmatched college preparation. PHILOSOPHY: Uplift Education is the largest public charter school network in North Texas. We have grown to a network serving more than 18,500 scholars in pre-K through 12th grade at 40 schools in North Texas. Uplift’s mission is to create and sustain public schools of excellence that empower students to reach their highest potential in college and the marketplace, and that inspire in students a lifelong love of learning, achievement, and service. Each school provides free, college-preparatory education in a community that has limited high quality public education options. Our goal is to completely close the achievement gap between students, regardless of their ethnic or socio-economic background, while ensuring that 100 percent of our students graduate and enroll in college. Uplift’s big goal is for 70 percent of its graduates to earn a college degree within six years.

WINFREE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL

SIZE: 2,800 students, grades 9 through12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: Winfree Academy is a free, public high school that has been serving the Dallas-Fort Worth community for over 18 years. With six Dallas-Fort Worth campuses located in Irving, Lewisville, Richardson, Grand Prairie, North Richland Hills, and Dallas, we work with learners from over 86 ISDs. Learner ages range from 14-26. With four-hour school days, Winfree Academy meets the educational needs of learners who prefer a non-traditional way of learning and thrive on individualized instruction. This makes Winfree a great choice for learners who are self-driven, need credit recovery, or are unable to attend high school during traditional school hours. PHILOSOPHY: Winfree Academy Charter School’s mission is to create a safe, supportive environment that educates, motivates, and trains learners so they can graduate from high school prepared with the skills and abilities needed for higher education, employment, and life.

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SIZE: 3,119 students, grades Pre-K through 12 KEY ATTRIBUTES: KIPP public charter schools are a non-profit network of college-preparatory schools educating students Pre-K through grade 12. KIPP Texas is dedicated to preparing students in educationally underserved communities for college success and choice-filled lives. KIPP Texas is part of the national KIPP network of college-preparatory public charter schools. KIPP schools are part of the free public school system, and enrollment is open to all students. PHILOSOPHY: We envision that KIPP Texas—DFW will have a transformational impact on the community of Dallas-Fort Worth. It will prove what is possible to city leaders and education entities and set an example of excellence that can be emulated in other school districts. It is our goal that KIPP Texas—DFW students will serve as role models to their families and communities. We aspire for our college graduates to return to their communities, give back, and demonstrate the impact that education has had on their lives.

do in a physical sense. The desire of an elementary student to master equivalent fractions can be just as strong as the desire of the infant to crawl, unless the desire has been diminished by the circumstances of the child’s life.”

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WHAT IS THE SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR? Public schools begin the last week in August and include 180 days of instruction per year. Each district sets its own holiday calendars, typically including winter and spring breaks. Testing typically takes place in the spring for public schools. Private schools typically start earlier in August, and testing takes place in January or February.

I JUST HAD A BABY. HOW DO I FIND A DAY CARE OR PRESCHOOL? To search for a licensed child care center or home, go to the Department of Family and Protective Services website (dfps. state.tx.us). Other resources include DFW Child (dfwchild. com) and Child Care Group (childcaregroup.org).

WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS FOR PRIVATE OR PAROCHIAL SCHOOL? HOW ABOUT HOME SCHOOLING? You have many options. Explore tea.texas.gov/ for information on charter schools and home schooling. See the map in this section of the book and check out tepsac.org for information on private schools in your area.

MY CHILD IS READY FOR KINDERGARTEN. WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ENROLLING HER? Kindergarten is encouraged but not required in Texas. Students turning 6 as of Sept. 1 are required to attend school. To enroll your child in any Texas school, you must have: > Birth certificate or other proof of identity > Immunization records > Student records from recently attended school > Proof of residency in the district

DOES TEXAS FOLLOW THE NATIONAL COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS? No. Texas does not follow the Common Core State Standards program. State of Texas learning standards are called the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Every grade level and every subject have learning standards that drive curriculum development. WILL MY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT NEED TO RETEST FOR GIFTED AND TALENTED?

Yes, most likely. You’ll need to confirm with your new district and school.

learning opportunities. You’ll need to confirm with your individual district and school to be sure.

WILL MY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT HAVE TO TEST-IN FOR HIS GRADE LEVEL? HOW ARE THE GRADE LEVELS ALIGNED IN TEXAS? No. If your child has passed the sixth grade in your state, he or she will start in the seventh grade in Texas. Grade-level alignment varies by district.

WILL TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM SCHOOL BE PROVIDED FOR MY CHILD? It depends. Bus service is provided to students living more than two miles away from their schools. Transport is also provided in cases where students might face hazardous conditions such as crossing a major roadway or a lack of a crossing guard. Confirm with your new school.

MY SON WILL BE STARTING HIGH SCHOOL RIGHT AFTER WE MOVE. WILL HE BE ABLE TO JOIN THE BASKETBALL TEAM? Each district schedules its own tryouts, summer practices, and calendars. Speak with your new school to determine eligibility. MY DAUGHTER WILL BE STARTING 10TH GRADE. WILL SHE LOSE HER CREDITS TOWARD GRADUATION? Probably not. Meet with your new school counselor as soon as possible to discuss graduation requirements. MY CHILD HAS ALWAYS TAKEN AP CLASSES. WILL THEY BE OFFERED IN TEXAS? WHAT ABOUT DUAL CREDIT? Yes. Most districts in the DFW region offer AP classes, International Baccalaureate programs, and dual-credit

MY SON HAS AUTISM. WILL THE DISTRICT PROVIDE SERVICES UNTIL THE AGE OF 22? Yes. Your son will continue to be educated under an IEP as dictated by federal and state law. Get in touch with the district as soon as you can to ensure a seamless transition. IF MY CHILD WANTS TO START COLLEGE AT A PUBLIC TEXAS SCHOOL, DO WE HAVE TO PROVE TEXAS RESIDENCY? Yes. To be classified as a Texas resident and be entitled to pay resident tuition, a person must establish a domicile and maintain continuous residence in Texas for 12 months preceding the school census date.

Possibilities Await You at Parish Episcopal School. Visit us online at parish.org or contact our Admission office at 972.852.8737

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THE BEST HIGH SCHOOLS 51 schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth region were featured in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 America’s Best High Schools list. The ranking of the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation identified those that have proven the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates based on variables such as graduation rate, college acceptance rate, SAT/ACT scores, students enrolled in AP/IB/AICE courses, and others.

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Independence HS

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Harmony School of Innovation - Forth Worth

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Uplift Peak Preparatory HS

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Imagine International Academy of North Texas

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Harmony Science Academy - Carrollton

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Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School School of Science and Engineering Magnet (SEM)

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Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy

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Young Women's Leadership Academy

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Westlake Academy

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Trinidad Garza Early College At Mountain View

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Keller HS

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Uplift Education - North Hills Prep HS

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Byron Nelson HS

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Grand Prairie Collegiate Institute

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Harmony Science Academy - Euless

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Booker T. Washington SPVA

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TCC South/Fort Worth Collegiate High School

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School of Business and Management

Dallas

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International Leadership of Texas - Arlington

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Highland Park HS

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Heritage HS

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School of Health Professions

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James M Steele Accelerated HS

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Uplift Summit International HS

Arlington

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McKinney North HS

McKinney

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Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy

Dallas

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McKinney Boyd HS

McKinney

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Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences

Fort Worth

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John Dubiski Career HS

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Lovejoy HS

Lucas

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Uplift Infinity HS

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Rosie Sorrells School of Education and Social Services HS

Dallas

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Wakeland HS

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Uplift Williams Preparatory HS

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Wylie HS

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Mansfield HS

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Reedy HS

Frisco

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Rockwall HS

Rockwall

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Liberty HS

Frisco

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Allen HS

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Coppell HS

Coppell

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Prosper HS

Prosper

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Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy

Dallas

1860

Cedar Hill Collegiate HS

Cedar Hill

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Young Women's Leadership Academy at Arnold

Grand Prairie

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Flower Mound HS

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Founders Classical Academy

Lewisville

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Jack E Singley Academy

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Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts

Fort Worth

1959

International Leadership of Texas - Garland HS

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Greenhill School**, $36,240 Shelton School**, $36,050 Alcuin School, $35,645 St. Mark’s School of Texas, $34,862 The Hockaday School, $34,350 The Episcopal School of Dallas, $34,075 The Winston School Dallas, $33,830 Parish Episcopal School**, $33,050 Yavneh Academy, $28,560 Trinity Christian Academy Addison**, $27,830 The Oakridge School, $26,680 Fort Worth Country Day, $26,650 All Saints Episcopal School Fort Worth**, $25,420 The Cambridge School of Dallas**, $25,300

15 Dallas International School**, $25,300 16 Bending Oaks School, $25,000 17 Trinity Valley School, $24,920 18 Ursuline Academy of Dallas, $24,900 19 Lakehill Preparatory School, $24,850 20 Vanguard Preparatory School, $24,000 21 Cistercian Preparatory School**, $23,800 22 Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano), $23,376 23 The Novus Academy, $23,185 24 Hill School of Fort Worth**, $22,990 25 Fairhill School, $22,900 26 The St. Anthony School , $22,800 27 The Westwood School Upper School Campus**, $22,642

28 Jesuit College Preparatory School, $22,165 29 The Covenant School of Dallas, $21,990 30 Covenant Christian Academy, $21,990 31 Southwest Christian School**, $21,850 32 Legacy Christian Academy**, $21,600 33 The Selwyn School, $21,330 34 Dallas Christian School**, $21,194 35 The Key School, $20,800 36 Bishop Lynch High School, $20,700 37 Prince of Peace Christian School Carrollton**, $20,300 38 Fort Worth Christian School**, $19,760 39 John Paul II High School, $19,650 40 Liberty Christian School, $19,638

41 Grapevine Faith Christian School**, $19,250 42 The Clariden School**, $19,204 43 Nolan Catholic High School, $18,390 44 Yorktown Education, $18,000 45 E.A. Young Academy, $17,900 46 Covenant Classical School, $17,495 47 Dallas Academy**, $17,485 48 Bishop Dunne Catholic High School, $16,737 49 The Highlands School, $16,250 50 Northstar School, $15,900 51 McKinney Christian Academy**, $15,750 52 Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep, $15,725

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RESEARCHING SCHOOLS > Learning differences schools – These schools provide for students with learning differences across the spectrum and can range from pre-K through 12th grade. > Boarding schools – Several of the single-gender private schools offer full-time boarding as well as day student options. > Language/culture specific – Some schools offer immersion in specific languages, such as French, Chinese, and Japanese. Many of these schools offer Saturday and summer options for families who want students to attend a traditional school and supplement with cultural and language immersion. > Montessori method – A child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.

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Schools incorporating this self-direction and discovery method are located across the region, but they generally do not extend beyond elementary. A number of public districts also have a Montessori choice option within the district. > Classical – Usually characterized by small class sizes and a classics-based education, normally with fewer team athletic options. > College preparatory – Focused on academic rigor in preparation for demanding collegiate programs. > Religious/parochial – Some schools are associated with specific religious denominations or churches and incorporate religious teaching as part of the curriculum.

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The Dallas Region offers a variety of private school options. Some of the terms you will encounter as you look at private school options include:

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ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLING In addition to the state’s more than 1,000 public school districts, Texas offers a variety of alternative schooling options for parents. These include public charter schools, which are monitored and accredited under the statewide testing and accountability system; private schools, which may or may not be accredited through various organizations; and home schooling, which is not accredited or regulated by any state agency or commission in Texas. Families may also be interested in online learning programs and high school equivalency programs.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

HOME SCHOOLING

In 1995, the 74th Texas Legislature passed legislation giving the state the authority to create openenrollment charter schools. These schools are subject to fewer state laws than other public schools with the idea of ensuring fiscal and academic accountability without undue regulation of instructional methods or pedagogical innovation. Like school districts, charter schools are monitored and accredited under the statewide testing and accountability system.

The Texas Education Agency does not have oversight of private schools in Texas; however, the agency works with the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission to ensure that students can easily transfer from nonpublic to public schools and that teacher service at nonpublic schools is recognized at public schools for salary purposes. Private schools may be accredited by a variety of organizations, but many private schools in Texas are not accredited by any organization.

In 1995, the Texas Supreme Court affirmed the decision in the class action lawsuit Leeper vs. Arlington Independent School District that home schools can legally operate as private schools in Texas. According to the ruling, home schools must be conducted in a bona fide manner, using a written curriculum consisting of reading, spelling, grammar, math, and a course in good citizenship. The Texas Education Agency has no regulatory authority over home schools, and the state of Texas does not award diplomas to students who are home schooled.

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TEXAS VIRTUAL SCHOOLS NETWORK Texas Virtual Schools Network (TxVSN), which launched in 2009, provides Texas students and schools access to interactive, collaborative, instructor-led online courses taught by state-certified and appropriately credentialed teachers. The TxVSN is made up of two components: the TxVSN statewide course catalog, which provides supplemental online courses to students in grades 8-12, and the TxVSN online schools program, which offers full-time virtual instruction through eligible public schools to Texas public school students in grades 3-12.

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HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY PROGRAM

WHAT IS A MONTESSORI SCHOOL?

The High School Equivalency Program, or In-School GED Option Program, is designed to provide an alternative for high school students ages 16 and over who are at risk of not graduating from high school and earning a high school diploma.

Anyone age 18 and older who has not earned a high school diploma and is not currently enrolled in an accredited high school is eligible to earn a Texas Certificate of High School Equivalency. Any exceptions must meet eligibility requirements to test for the high school equivalency. This information was provided by the Texas Education Agency. For more, go to tea.texas.gov. The first step in picking a preschool is making a short list of local preschools and touring each during its next open house. Afterward, take a few minutes to write down your impressions of the visit. Pay attention to your intuition, educational consultant Eleanor Munson, Ph.D. advises. Other parents who have already put their kids through preschool can offer firsthand recommendations, but make sure you do your own research and familiarize yourself with the school’s educational philosophy or mission, be it language immersion, the Montessori method, or a traditional approach. Begin your search of Dallas-area resources for education and child care by browsing the DFW Child online guide at dfwchild.com/preschool-guide.

CHOOSING A SPECIAL NEEDS SCHOOL When your child with special needs is ready to begin school for the first time, selecting one that will provide the best education and proper (and affordable) care is paramount to your child’s health and well-being. The key to finding the best fit? According to Adina Rich, educational consultant, special needs parenting coach, and special education advocate, it takes asking the right questions and being honest about your child’s needs and abilities. To avoid waiting lists, begin your search no later than the previous semester, and even if you’re set on one school, open yourself to more possibilities by giving several programs a closer look. To get started, browse through the directory of special needs resources at dfwchild.com/special-need.

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While the education reform debate for public schools rages on, schools that adhere to the Montessori method take a different path. “The underlying philosophy of Montessori is that children are individual, selfmotivated learners who are assisted in learning by their teachers, or ‘guides,’ as they are called,” says Munson. Instead of focusing on test taking, highly-trained educators encourage their students—who are typically in mixed-aged classes—to move at their own pace, follow their own interests, and work independently. The schools you’ll find in Dallas, which may serve kids from pre-K through 12th grade, are governed by one of two accrediting bodies: Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and American Montessori Society (AMS). “If you’re looking for a ‘pure’ Montessori experience for your child, you’ll want an AMI school,” says Munson. “If you want your child’s education to include computers, technology, et cetera, you’ll want an AMS school.” Not sure if this type of education is right for your child? “Your child doesn’t necessarily have to attend a Montessori-accredited school to enjoy the benefits of this type of educational philosophy,” Munson says. “Some preschools take the best of what each educational philosophy offers and combine these to form their curriculum.” For an extensive look at both public and private Montessori schools, and more educational resources in Dallas, browse through the DFW Child Care Guide at dfwchild.com/child-care-preschool-guide. — Elizabeth Smith, DFWChild Magazines


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HIGHER EDUCATION The Dallas Region offers more than 70 accredited public and private institutions with robust programming in life sciences, engineering, and the arts. The University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of Texas at Arlington are among Texas’ seven emerging research universities and are currently expanding program capabilities and funding in an effort to become “tier one” research institutions, which are nationally recognized for the highest levels of innovation and academic excellence. UT Southwestern Medical Center is among the nation’s best in biology and biochemistry research, boasting countless clinical breakthroughs and innovations.

TEXAS WOMAN’S UNIVERSITY WEATHERFORD COLLEGE (WISE COUNTY)

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TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE (TRINITY RIVER) UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON (FORT WORTH) WEATHERFORD COLLEGE TCU (TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY)

Below is a sample of other institutions of higher learning in Dallas-Fort Worth.

DALLAS CO (NORTH

TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE (NORTHEAST)

TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE (CORPORATE TRAINING CENTER)

WEATHERFORD COLLEGE (MINERAL WELLS)

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TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

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Bethel University Grand Canyon University TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY-FORT WORTH

Kaplan College LeTourneau University

HILL COLLEGE (BURLESON)

National University Ogle School - Dallas Parker University Platt College Texas Barber Colleges and Hairstyling Schools

NAVARRO CO (MIDLOT WEATHERFORD COLLEGE (GRANBURY)

University of Phoenix

Private University

West Coast University

Public University

SOUTHWESTERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY

HILL COLLEGE (JOHNSON COUNTY)

Community College

HILL COLLEGE (GLEN ROSE)

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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS AT FRISCO (INSPIRE PARK) COLLIN COLLEGE (TECHNICAL CAMPUS) COLLIN COLLEGE (PRESTON RIDGE)

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UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS AT FRISCO [HALL PARK]

COLLIN COLLEGE HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER - TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - COMMERCE - TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY - TEXAS WOMAN’S UNIVERSITY - UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS AT FRISCO - UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS

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DALLAS COLLEGE (BROOKHAVEN)

DALLAS COLLEGE (RICHLAND) UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX DALLAS CAMPUS

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2 University of North Texas (UNT) - Denton

40,727

3 The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD)

28,669

4 Texas Woman’s University (TWU)

16,030

5 Southern Methodist University (SMU)

12,373

6 Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMUC)

12,245

7 Texas Christian University (TCU)

11,328

8 Dallas Baptist University (DBU)

4,247

9 University of North Texas at Dallas (UNTDallas)

4,190

10 Texas Wesleyan University

2,495

11 University of Dallas (UD)

2,489

12 UNT Health Science Center at Fort Worth

2,330

13 UT Southwestern

2,299

14 Texas A&M University School of Law - Fort Worth

515

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SMU (SOUTHERN ART INSTITUTE OLLEGE METHODIST OF DALLAS AMBERTON UNIVERSITY H LAKE) UNIVERSITY) (GARLAND) TEXAS TECH UD 5 11 EVEREST HEALTH SCIENCE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DALLAS CENTER OF DALLAS COLLEGE WEST COAST UT SOUTHWESTERN (EASTFIELD) UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER 13 TEXAS TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY WOMAN’S DALLAS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY COMMERCE MESQUITE UNIVERSITY AS COLLEGE CRISWELL COLLEGE METROPLEX CENTER INSTITUTE ORTH LAKE 15 ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY AT CITYSQUARE OF HEALTH SOUTH) SCIENCES TEXAS A&M COLLEGE OF DENTISTRY DALLAS COLLEGE (EL CENTRO) UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - COMMERCE (DOWNTOWN DALLAS) AT DALLAS CENTER FOR UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS DALLAS COLLEGE OF LAW BRAINHEALTH DALLAS COLLEGE (BILL J. PRIEST) DALLAS UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MCCOMBS MBA AT DALLAS DALLAS COLLEGE COLLEGE (EASTFIELD 8 DALLAS (MOUNTAIN VIEW) PLEASANT GROVE) BAPTIST PAUL QUINN COLLEGE UNIVERSITY

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1 The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)

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AMBERTON UNIVERSITY (FRISCO)

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6 2020 ENROLLMENT

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TRINITY VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (TERRELL)

COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICTS DALLAS COLLEGE (CEDAR VALLEY)

NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY

SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE (RED OAK)

NAVARRO COLLEGE (WAXAHACHIE) SOUTHWESTERN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD

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TRINITY VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER

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Dallas College

79,162

Tarrant County College District

57,664

Collin County Community College District

33,742

North Central Texas Community College District

10,310

Navarro College

8,450

Trinity Valley Community College

6,529

Weatherford College

6,336

DFW Total Community College Students

202,193

The Texas Workforce Commission provides funding for continuing education courses within the community college system. A total of 10,604 students enrolled in CE courses in the districts and colleges listed above in Fall 2019.

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“EVERYTHING WE NEED IS WITHIN 15 MINUTES DRIVING.” MONICA NAVARRO CITY: Frisco NEIGHBORHOOD: The Arbors at Willow Bay COMPANY/TITLE: Hilti, Senior Manager When did you move here? Where from? May 2015, from Tulsa, Oklahoma Where else have you lived? Leon, Mexico (born and raised), LA, San Diego, Aliso Viejo, CA, Tulsa What made you decide to choose Dallas? There are many reasons why my husband and I jumped at the opportunity to move to the Dallas area when our company headquarters relocated to Plano. Affordable housing, safe neighborhoods, great schools and universities, a diverse population, and a variety of entertainment options are among some of the reasons. We also love the great restaurants, from local farm-to-table concepts to international ethnic cuisine. We enjoy the local breweries, parks, manageable traffic, plus two major airports that provide easy connections to the rest of the world.

How did you choose which part of town to live in? Proximity to work, a great school district, new homes, and neighborhood safety were our main criteria. Tell us about your city/neighborhood. What do you like best? What makes it different? Everything we need is within 15 minutes driving. I’m close to my favorite grocery stores, and there are a lot of restaurants and things to do in nearby McKinney, Plano, and Allen. We are not far from the main airports, Downtown Dallas museums, and Dallas restaurants. What advice would you give to someone who wants to move here? My husband and I love the fact that downtown Dallas is not far from our home in Frisco and our office in Plano. We love the amazing museums like the DMA and Perot Museum, just to name two. The Dallas Aquarium has a great variety of sea life. Our company hosted an employee event there recently, and watching the families

MONICA NAVARRO and children enjoy the space was very nice. Also, the Dallas Arboretum is beautiful, and it is always changing with seasonal decorations. We’re now DFW sports fans.

HOME SALES COMPARISONS NEW YORK (MANHATTAN), NY

$2,255,364

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

$1,382,755

ORANGE COUNTY, CA

$1,075,395

SAN DIEGO, CA

$857,306

DENVER, CO

$553,588

CHICAGO, IL

$550,264

ATLANTA, GA

$424,668

AUSTIN, TX

$397,014

DALLAS, TX PHOENIX, AZ

$368,150

HOUSTON, TX FORT WORTH, TX $200,000

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The Dallas and Fort Worth areas are replete with convenience and charm in lifestyle and housing opportunities. Whether you are a temporary business traveler or a family of five, the region offers diverse housing options for individuals and families of all sizes. If you lean toward urban chic, relocate to a trendy loft with skyline views and a cool-kid downtown ambiance. Want something walkable? The newest trend in housing here is mixed-use developments, where you can live above shops and restaurants and access pretty much everything you need on foot. Established neighborhoods with an abundance of singlefamily homes with yards are plentiful. Or, for a more relaxed small-town feel, neighboring communities provide homegrown pride (and lots of space), mixed with big-city conveniences and friendly neighbors. Whatever your style, the Dallas Region has the home for you. All you have to do is find it. What’s more, housing in the Dallas area is very affordable. If you’re moving from another major metro area, you’re going to be surprised to find out just how far your money goes.

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$100,001-$287,500

$287,501-$390,950

$390,951-$540,000

$540,001-$840,000

> $840,000

Home prices in Dallas-Fort Worth are still among the most affordable in the country, according to research from the Urban Land Institute. The local housing market’s strength during global economic fluctuations is due to a combination of a lower cost of living (compared with other major metropolitan areas) and a diverse economic base that has kept unemployment figures well below national levels. The bottom line for families is that a dollar buys more square footage per home in DFW. The ease of travel between smaller cities and major job centers allows employees to choose from a variety of communities and neighborhoods to accommodate their lifestyles and price points.

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The Dallas Region ranks close to the national median in terms of overall electric rates. Reliability in the system is better here because 85 percent of Texas operates on a separate power grid from that of the rest of the country. Since Texas has a deregulated electricity market, residents have the power to choose their providers, which creates flexibility in pricing and service. Powertochoose.org is the official electric choice website of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the place where you can compare providers’ offers and select the plan that is right for you. Many providers offer rates well below the national average, but you have to take the time and make the effort to get a good rate—it doesn’t happen automatically. Though most of the region sits atop two aquifers, our residential water supply comes primarily from surface water (reservoirs and lakes). Water rates for moderate users are lower than in many comparablesize cities in the country. Most cities in DFW have programs to encourage water conservation, and some impose watering restrictions due to drought conditions. Natural gas prices are relatively low here, due in part to natural underground gas fields such as the Barnett Shale. The charts here represent real-life examples of what you might expect in terms of power and insurance costs. Every home is different, and many factors contribute to insurance pricing. The prices you pay may or may not compare to these. COMPARE RATES & SAVE MONEY powertochoose.org - The official and unbiased electric choice website of the Public Utility Commission of Texas allows electricity providers to list their offers at no charge, so consumers can compare and choose what’s best for them. helpinsure.com - The free service of the Texas Department of Insurance and Office of Public Insurance Counsel helps Texans with their auto, commercial, and residential property insurance needs.

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$100.00 $250.00 Family Home: 1,755 Square Feet, 1 Story, Brick, Built in 1953, Dallas, TX (Dallas County) Single $50.00 Majority gas, including heating, gas water heater, and cooktop Utilities:

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$500.00 $900.00 Apartment: 1,020 Square Feet, 1 story, 3rd Floor, Stucco Built in 1952, Dallas, TX [Dallas County] $400.00 Utilities: $800.00 Electric air conditioning and natural gas heating, gas water heater and cooktop $300.00 Insurance Rate: Policy Amount: $300,000, Monthly Rate: $295.58 Rental $700.00 $200.00 $600.00 2022 G U$100.00 IDE $500.00


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AUTO If you have a car accident in Texas and you are at fault, Texas law requires you to pay for the damage to the other person’s vehicle and for any medical expenses that person might incur as a result of the accident. To that end, the law requires all drivers to have basic liability coverage. The current minimum limits in Texas are $30,000 for each injured person, up to a total of $60,000 per accident, and $25,000 for property damage per accident. But cars are expensive and medical care more so. The minimum amounts might not be enough to pay all of the other driver’s costs if you’re in an accident, and the other driver can sue you to collect the difference. Consider buying more than the basic limits to protect yourself financially. The cost of auto insurance in Texas is near the national average.

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$250.004,009 Square Feet, 2 story, Brick, with pool, Built in 2002, Dallas, TX [Dallas County] $400.00 Home: $800.00 Electric air conditioning and cooktop, propane gas heating and water heater Utilities: $300.00 Home $200.00Insurance Rate: $667,000[dwelling], [$364,200 property], $300,000 [liability] $700.00 $200.00 Rate: $319 Monthly $600.00 $100.00 $150.00 $500.00 $0 $400.00 Electricity $100.00 $250.00 $300.00 $50.00 $200.00 $200.00 $100.00 $0 $0 $150.00

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$300.00 $100.00 $800.00 $200.00 $700.00 $50.00 $100.00 $600.00 $0 $0 Jan $500.00

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Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov $100.00 Jan $100.00 $250.00 Apartment: 629 Square Feet, 1 Story, Concrete, Built in 2015, Dallas, Tx (Dallas County)

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Condominium: 2,300 Square Feet, 2 Story, Brick, Built in 1994, Dallas, TX (Dallas County) Utilities: All electric, including heating Home Insurance Rate: Policy Amount: $150,000, Monthly Rate: $67.00

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PHOTO: ANDREW SMITH

$250.00 $250.00 $100.00

HOME The average home insurance policy cost in Texas is higher than in many other places, but policies are different here, which makes comparing our rates with those of other states tough. The most common nationwide policy (called the HO-3) is not sold in Texas, though there are plenty of policies to choose from. When comparing insurance policies, pay attention to limits (the maximum amount the insurance company will pay for damages), perils covered (situations the insurance company covers), and the deductible (how much you pay out of pocket before your coverage kicks in). Policies with low deductibles, a high number of covered perils, and high limits cost more. As in other states, discounts on home insurance premiums are available in Texas for people who don’t make claims for several years, older homeowners, and homes with safety equipment such as smoke detectors and alarm systems.

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FROM THE GROUND UP If you search and don’t find just the right house for your needs, there’s always the custom-built route. Choosing every detail of a home, from the floor plan to the doorknobs, is exciting for a lot of people. Costs amount to about the same as buying a pre-owned home, and you get exactly what you’ve always wanted. The Dallas-Fort Worth area has many reputable homebuilders, and housing starts hit a 14-year high in the third quarter of 2020. One- and two-story traditional and contemporary single-family homes are the foundation for most new subdivisions, though patio homes (zero-lot-line houses) are also very popular in our area. It’s also possible to customize a townhouse or condominium that’s in the early stages of construction or preconstruction.

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75126 (Forney). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $347,634 76227 (Aubrey). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $419,539 75407 (Princeton). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $310,236 76052 (Haslet). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $388,750 75189 (Royse City) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $344,161 75009 (Celina) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $544,022 76179 (Saginaw). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $355,195 76226 (Argyle). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $580,347 76247 (Justin). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $405,697 75078 (Prosper). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $626,546 75068 (Little Elm). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $458,081 76165 (Waxahachie). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $382,878 76065 (Midlothian). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $459,213 76048 (Granbury). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $312,731 75071 (McKinney). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $507,201 75159 (Seagoville). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $291,982 76036 (Crowley). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $358,507 75409 (Anna). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $296,477 76126 (Benbrook). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $429,882 76008 (Aledo). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $498,945 76049 (Granbury). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $366,184 76087 (Hudson Oaks). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $448,902 76082 (Springtown). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $379,485 76120 (N.E. Fort Worth). . . . . . . . . . . . . $306,024 75454 (Melissa). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $455,383

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VACANT DEVELOPED LOTS VACANT DEVELOPED LOTS are the lots on a recorded plat with streets and utilities in place, ready for a home to be built. 1-16 17-54 55-123 124-220

BUILDING BLOCKS

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Mixed-use developments are on the rise. 7

SOURCE: Zonda

Transit-oriented developments on the DART line are catering to commuters. 7

FUTURE LOTS FUTURE LOTS are lots that are planned but have not yet been developed with any or all infrastructure, such as streets and utilities.

New construction is abundant, should you wish to live in a finished house where no one has lived before. 7

Unlike some parts of the country, it’s unusual to find a basement in our area. 7

Slab foundations are common, and should be watered during the summer. 7

Central heat and air conditioning are standard in new homes in DFW. 7 Golf course communities aren’t just pretty places to live and play, they are also plentiful here. 7 Planned residential developments follow a particular design from start to finish and provide a variety of housing options and efficient use of land. 7

1-285 286-1,080 1,081-2,500 2,501-5,000 5,001-13,900 SOURCE: Zonda

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Many older people love Dallas-Fort Worth’s mild climate, travel accessibility via DFW International Airport and Love Field, outstanding health care, and senior-friendly activities and organizations. Many families relocating to Dallas will opt to relocate an older loved one with them. More than 12 percent of the population in Dallas-Fort Worth is 65 or older, according to 2018 U.S. Census Bureau data, and the area has a wide variety of housing options for seniors. In recent years, active adult communities catering to an older population have been reimagined as agerestricted subdivisions with golf courses, swimming pools, walking trails, and more, while independent living facilities provide a chance for seniors to live rich, full lives without the hassles of homeownership. Many builders have products aimed at active adult buyers. These are often in communities with traditional buyers. The active age-targeted residential subdivisions shown on the map are specifically targeted to active adult buyers. Not shown below are affordable housing/subsidized properties.

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SENIOR LIVING PHOTO: DEAGREEZ VIA iSTOCK

INDEPENDENT LIVING FACILITIES PIONEER RIDGE GRACIOUS RETIREMENT LIVING

GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIETY DENTON VILLAGE

DOGWOOD ESTATES

ROBSON RANCH

THE CHATEAU

FRISCO LAKES

AUTUMN OAKS

LAKE FOREST GOOD SAMARITAN VILLAGE

PARKVIEW IN ALLEN

FRANKLIN PARK LEWISVILLE

CONSERVATORY AT PLANO

MEADOW LAKES

EL DORADO TRADITION OF PRESTONWOOD

MACARTHUR HILLS SOUTH COLLEYVINE RANCH

MY RETIREMENT HOME SUMMER GLEN

ATRIA AT HOMETOWN

THE BENTLEY

PARC PLACE THE WELLINGTON AT NORTH RICHLAND HILLS

EMERALD RIDGE TOWNHOMES

PARKWOOD

EMERITUS AT IRVING

THE STAYTON AT HOME FOR AGED MUSEUM WAY MASONS CLINIC LAKEWOOD NURSING CENTER TOWN VILLAGE MOUNTAIN CREEK VILLAGE WATERFORD THE HILL VILLA RETIREMENT LIVING RIDGMAR TRINITY AT PANTEGO TERRACE TOWN VILLAGE HORIZON BAY ARLINGTON THE VANTAGE AT CITYVIEW FOX RUN ARLINGTON PLAZA ESTATES THE BROADWAY PLAZA ARBROOK TRINITY COURTYARD WATERFORD AT FORT WORTH

HERITAGE PLACE AT HUGULEY

SENTE MEADOWS DUPLEX

THE WATERFORD AT PLANO

WATERCREST AT MANSFIELD/ ISLE AT WATERCREST

CRESCENT POINT/ CRESCENT PLACE

TREEMONT MEADOWSTONE PLACE PLAZA AT EDGEMERE

WELLINGTON AT ARAPAHO TOWN VILLAGE NORTH DALLAS PRESBYTERIAN VILLAGE NORTH FIVE STAR PREMIER RESIDENCES WHITEROCK COURT CHAMBREL AT CLUB HILL

LIBERTY HEIGHTS GRACIOUS

CHURCHILL ESTATES MONTCLAIR ESTATES OF GARLAND GREENWAY VILLAGE AT CHRISTIAN CARE CENTER

C C YOUNG THE MEMORIAL HOME TRADITION THREE THE FOUNTAINS FORUM LAKELAND HILLS

WATERFORD AT MESQUITE

TOWER PLACE

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130-178

LAKESTONE TERRACE QUAIL PARK

179-240 THE GARDENS AT CHISHOLM TRAIL

KERALA ESTATES

PRESTON PLACE ATRIA CANYON CREEK HIGHLAND SPRINGS

CHRISTUS ST JOSEPH VILLAGE THE REMINGTON AT VALLEY RANCH

CONSERVATORY AT KELLER TOWN CENTER

COTTONWOOD ESTATES

CORINTHIANS LAKEVIEW AT JOSEY RANCH

WATERMERE AT SOUTHLAKE/ ISLE AT WATERMERE

LEGACY AT WILLOW BEND

SUNRISE PLANO

LEWISVILLE ESTATES

PINEWOOD HILLS

CHAMPIONS CIRCLE/GREENS

VILLA ASUNCION

PARKVIEW IN FRISCO

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APARTMENT LIFE Apartment dwelling in the DFW area depends on your preferences: all types and sizes are found throughout our region. Communities range from traditional apartment complexes to luxury high-rise buildings to large-scale communities with every bell and whistle imaginable. Some newer apartment communities offer amenities such as dog runs, workout facilities, tanning services, and community activities ranging from movies on the lawn to wine tastings to Monday Night Football parties. In recent years, mixed-use communities—which include not only multiple apartment buildings, but also restaurants, shops, movie theaters, and underground parking—have popped up all over, appealing to a segment of people who desire an urban, walkable neighborhood experience without the responsibilities of homeownership.

TWO-BEDROOM RENT RATES

What if you need to relocate to Dallas before you find a place to live? Should your company want you to start your job in Dallas right away, or if you’ve sold your house before you have a new one to move into, you need a company that specializes in temporary housing. These companies keep ready-to-go units in apartment buildings that are stocked with everything you need to be comfortable— furniture, kitchen wares, bedding, electronics—and all the utilities already turned on. All you have to do is show up with your suitcase. You can work through a real estate agent or your corporate relocation company to find a business that specializes in this service. Typically, the length of your stay will depend on the number of days approved by your company’s relocation policy.

AVERAGE MONTHLY RENT $585-$1,215 $1,216-$1,520 $1,521-$1,865

AT YOUR SERVICE

$1,866-$2,554 $2,555-$3,972

SOURCE: RealPage

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You may want to live in an apartment building with a concierge. Several Dallas-area luxury apartment buildings employ people who not only monitor who enters and leaves the building, but who also assist residents, collecting mail when they are away on vacation, letting in repairmen when they can’t be home, taking in packages and other deliveries, and handling emergencies if they are away. Talk to your real estate agent or work with an apartment locator who specializes in high-end rentals to find the right level of service for you.

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Modern developments in every corner of the region make the transition of a Dallas move easier than ever. These well-thought-out living centers make it possible to have a community where you literally walk from the place you live to shopping, dining, entertainment, green space, public transport, and sometimes even your workplace. Imagine how much time that frees up, and how flexible your schedule becomes—not to mention the social opportunities it affords. In Dallas-Fort Worth, you are lucky to have many options for this style of living. We highlight just a few notable locations. Many more are in the process of being built.

DOWNTOWN DENTON

McKINNEY URBAN VILLAGE

20 FRISCO SQUARE

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THE GATE

FRISCO STATION THE STAR CENTER

LEGACY WEST

HIGHLAND VILLAGE

12 WATTERS CREEK

LEGACY

10 TOWN

GRANDSCAPE

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PARKER SQUARE

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CITYLINE AMLI GALATYN STATION

ADDISON CIRCLE

DOWNTOWN ROANOKE

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DOWNTOWN GRAPEVINE

SOUTHLAKE TOWN SQUARE

CYPRESS WATERS

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13 ALLIANCE TOWN CENTER WATER STREET

16 EASTSIDE

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BRICK ROW

DOWNTOWN CARROLLTON

FIREWHEEL TOWN CENTER

VILLAGE AT ROWLETT

PRESTON HOLLOW VILLAGE

PARK LANE PLACE

ROCKWALL COMMONS

1 MOCKINGBIRD STATION VIRIDIAN TRINITY RIVER VISION WEST 7TH

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BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT

ARLINGTON CITY CENTER

MAGNOLIA AVENUE

DEEP ELLUM

MAIN ST 6 CEDARS/SOUTHSIDE

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8 SUNDANCE SQUARE

LOWER GREENVILLE

LANCASTER URBAN VILLAGE DUNCANVILLE MAIN STREET DESOTO TOWN CENTER DOWNTOWN MANSFIELD DOWNTOWN BURLESON

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DALLAS Centered around a park and ride DART Station. Houses an Angelika Film Center, restaurants, shopping, loft-style offices, and dwellings.

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CEDARS/SOUTHSIDE

DALLAS Conversion of an old Sears distribution center into lofts with community space for artists, bars, and retail.

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ADDISON CIRCLE

ADDISON You’ll remember it for the giant blue steel sculpture in the center of a roundabout. You’ll visit for events like Kaboom Town and Oktoberfest.

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EASTSIDE

RICHARDSON Next to a DART line for a downtown commute and the Telecom Corridor. Services plus a variety of dining options on-site could render you car-free.

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WEST VILLAGE

DALLAS Pioneering walkable district in the heart of Uptown. Accessed by DART and the M-Line Trolley. Magnolia Theatre joins scene-packed dining and unique retail.

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WEST 7TH

FORT WORTH The former headquarters of Acme Brick is now a pedestrian-friendly urban entertainment district not far from downtown, near TCU.

12

WATTERS CREEK

ALLEN The first LEED-certified retail complex in Texas offers open-air shopping, dining, office space, and apartments along with concerts and events.

17

DOWNTOWN PLANO

PLANO Named as one of America’s best downtowns, it includes a vibrant community of urban living, arts, unique shops, and restaurants.

3

VICTORY PARK

DALLAS Anchored by the American Airlines Center with a big crowdgathering screen-filled plaza. High-rise living is upscale and serviceoriented.

8

SUNDANCE SQUARE

FORT WORTH Park free on the 35 blocks of brick-paved streets in downtown Fort Worth. Features restored turnof-the-century buildings and an expansive plaza.

13

ALLIANCE TOWN CENTER

FORT WORTH National large retailers shoulder grocery stores, a Cinemark movie theater, casual restaurants, and three residential complexes.

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DOWNTOWN ROANOKE

ROANOKE They redesigned the town’s established Oak Street and plaza, but maintained the historic downtown feel.

4

BISHOP ARTS

DALLAS First built in the 1920s around Dallas’ busiest trolley stop. Recent redevelopment maintains the vintage artsy character with 160 shops and restaurants.

9

FRISCO SQUARE

FRISCO Incorporates Frisco’s City Hall and public library along with lots of shopping, apartment buildings, and office space.

14

SOUTHLAKE TOWN SQUARE

SOUTHLAKE The city made a modernized “old-tyme” town square with City Hall and post office in the center of sidewalk shopping and eating.

19

CYPRESS WATERS

DALLAS This thousand-acre planned community sits around a 36-acre lake near Coppell. Includes one of the nation’s first “net-zero” elementary schools.

5

MAIN STREET DISTRICT

DALLAS Downtown Dallas urban revival at its best. Preserved buildings let hotels pair with residences. Active nightlife and dining.

10

LEGACY & LEGACY WEST

PLANO The Shops at Legacy is the vibrant heart of the Legacy Business Park. Legacy West has 250+ acres of retail, residential, hotel, and offices.

15

PARKER SQUARE

FLOWER MOUND Newly built but antiquelooking awning-covered storefronts surround a park with gazebo. Also home to the campus of North Central Texas College.

20

DOWNTOWN McKINNEY

MCKINNEY The revamped original historic town square sits in the middle of quaint shops, local restaurants, and entertainment venues.

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A crowd watches an outdoor video projection at the AURORA Biennial at Dallas City Hall in 2018.

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Photo by Michael Samples.

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PEOPLE, ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS

DALLAS & FORT WORTH ARTS DISTRICTS | ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS | FAMILY ACTIVITIES SHOPPING | SPORTS | RELIGION | INTERNATIONAL STUDIES AND DIVERSITY LGBT | DEMOGRAPHICS | POPULATION | MARKET TAPESTRY

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The Dallas Region is a modern urban oasis that serves as home to people from around the country and world, creating a diverse culture and a global region. Whether you’re looking for fine arts, entertainment, professional sports, or giving back, you’ll never run out of activities in Dallas—fun here knows no bounds.

RITA VARGHESE

FROM NYC TO OCC RITA VARGHESE

POSITION: Associate Principal, OCC What made you say “yes” to OCC? OCC is growing. It’s always great to work for a company that’s growing because there’s opportunity for learning and to advance your career. The culture is very supportive, and leadership is willing to listen to your needs and to help you acquire new skills. What can you find at OCC that you can’t find anywhere else? OCC is committed to supporting my professional development, as well as the development of my colleagues, through internal face-to-face programs, online courses, and career development workshops that help you learn about our company, other departments and our industry. In addition, colleagues can benefit from a formal education tuition reimbursement program and support to attend external technical trainings. OCC

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also supports the Options Industry Council, an unbiased provider of education on the options industry. In 2017, OCC launched an innovative student debt contribution program that allows colleagues to pay off student loans more quickly, reducing the interest owed and supporting a path to improve financial wellness. The development opportunities are great, and my ability to better balance between work and family is everything I’ve ever wanted. What are the benefits to OCC being in the Dallas Region? I was working in New York City for more than eight years, and I wasn’t sure if there was an opportunity for me in the Dallas region. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoy my role at OCC, my commute to the office is better, the weather has been a great benefit, and everyone I’ve met in the area is so welcoming and friendly. OCC benefits from being in the Dallas Region, because there is a large pool of talent and people with different backgrounds and experiences—our region is really a great melting pot, and I’m happy to be part of it. What does OCC do to give back to the community? OCC helps market participants manage their financial risk, and we believe it’s

important to support organizations who help people at risk through employee participation and donations. I joined our Dallas office employee charity committee. Our emphasis is on choosing smaller charities where we can have a greater impact. Last year, we raised money with more traditional events like onsite barbecues, Jeans Week, and a few competitive challenges, like “Lock Up the Boss,” where a manager is nominated by colleagues to be “detained” in their office. The manager can only be released when colleagues have raised enough money to bail them out. The money raised goes to our office’s designated charity. We compete in teams, and it’s a great morale builder, too. [One of those charities] is Family Gateway, which provides stability and life-changing supportive services to children and families affected by homelessness. If you could describe OCC in one word, what would it be? I would say “engaged.” We’re very involved in the community. OCC also funds OIC—the Options Industry Council, which offers free education to the public about the risks and benefits of exchange-listed options. I feel like the fact that OCC wants to educate the public on these things is very charitable of them.

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MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH

PHOTO: MICHAEL SAMPLES

DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART

PHOTO: MICHAEL SAMPLES

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WINSPEAR OPERA HOUSE

DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT

The Dallas Region has not one but two major arts districts. The Dallas Arts District, which is anchored by the Dallas Museum of Art, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, and AT&T Performing Arts Center, is nearly 70 acres— the largest urban arts district in the country. Here, you can catch a performance of Texas Ballet Theater, a Broadway touring production, classical or local musicians, a night of live storytelling, TED talks, movies and music under the stars, festivals, art exhibits, and so much more. We’d be willing to bet you could spend every weekend in our Arts District and never run out of new things to do. What’s more: The Fort Worth Cultural District claims five internationally recognized museums, including the Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Beyond our fantastic cultural centers, the Dallas Region is home to hundreds of smaller museums and public galleries, scores of professional and community theaters, dozens of local symphony and chamber orchestras, dance troupes, and opera associations. No matter what artistic pursuit you’re into, you can find it here.

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PHOTO: DALLAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

KIMBELL ART MUSEUM

TURTLE CREEK CHORALE

PHOTO: MICHAEL SAMPLES

ART AND SOUL

CROW MUSEUM OF ASIAN ART

PHOTO: CROW COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART

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NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER PHOTO: TIM HURSLEY COURTESY OF NASHER SCULPTURE CENTER

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THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT Dallas is an entertainment field of dreams. You could start with the 75-acre master-planned development that is Victory Park—packed with trendy shops and restaurants; the House of Blues; The W Hotel; and American Airlines Center, home of the Mavericks and the Stars, as well as a concert venue extraordinaire—and move on to McKinney Avenue, which teems at night with hordes of pretty people going from hot spot to hot spot all the way from The Rattlesnake Bar at The Ritz-Carlton to The Magnolia Theatre at the West Village. For something a little more laid-back (but no less entertaining), you could hit Greenville Avenue for its funky shops, rooftop bars, and live music at the historic Granada Theater; or you could bop around Bishop Arts, Oak Cliff’s repository of everything cool and home to some of Dallas’ most sought-after restaurants (Lucia, Stock & Barrel, Oddfellows—to name just a few) and bars. The suburbs have more than their fair share of things to do, too. Plano’s Shops at Legacy brim with boutique shopping, best-in-class restaurants and bars, and the Angelika Film Center, while Frisco Square has Cinemark Next Gen-XD Theater, Toyota Stadium, and amenities such as the Black Box Theatre at Frisco Discovery Center. But we’re only scratching the surface here; there’s so much more to explore. PHOTO: DANA MCCURDY

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Mockingbird Station - Dallas West Village Dallas Victory Park Dallas Southside on Lamar - Dallas Park Lane Place - Dallas Montgomery Plaza - Fort Worth Museum Place Fort Worth Sundance Square Fort Worth Legacy Town Center - Plano Frisco Town Square - Frisco Village on the Parkway Addison Rockwall Commons - Rockwall Midtowne - Midlothian Southlake Town Square Southlake Parker Square Flower Mound

Historic downtowns are being redeveloped into regional shopping destinations, including those in Plano, McKinney, Denton, Carrollton, and Grapevine.

GALLERIA

SHOP LIKE YOU MEAN IT Dallas is a fashionable place in every respect. Our ladies love to dress, our men love to look good, and we all love our houses and gardens to seem like something right out of a magazine. Home and high-end clothing retailers Neiman Marcus and Stanley Korshak, as well as more casual companies such as JCPenney and Fossil, help us come by it naturally. And there’s no shortage of places to shop. The Dallas Region has every modern retail wonder you might imagine: posh indoor malls packed with amenities (think: modern sculpture, an ice skating rink, spas, and more) and every major retail brand; relaxed, open-air centers that encourage you to wear out your credit cards, grab a bite, and linger long after you meant to go home; and boutique districts that beckon with independent businesses with individual flair. We’ve got outlet malls for bargain shoppers and scores of vintage shops for those who love history. In short, you’ll find whatever your heart desires. SHOPPING CENTERS

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Moms and dads know that when it comes to kids, entertainment is key. And entertainment in the Dallas Region comes in many forms, from flatout fun to fun with an educational aspect. Whether you have animal lovers, nature fans, budding Einsteins, aspiring sports stars, or kids who just want to play ’til they pass out, we have the perfect activity for your family. The lists here are only the beginning. For many more suggestions on what to do with kids in the Dallas Region, go to dfwchild.com.

DALLAS ARBORETUM - Dallas DALLAS HOLOCAUST MUSEUM/CENTER FOR EDUCATION AND TOLERANCE - Dallas DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM - Dallas DALLAS ZOO - Dallas FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY - Fort Worth FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS Fort Worth FORT WORTH ZOO - Fort Worth FRONTIERS OF FLIGHT MUSEUM - Dallas FOUNDERS PLAZA PLANE OBSERVATION PARK - DFW Airport GALLERIA ICE SKATING CENTER - Dallas GRAPEVINE VINTAGE RAILROAD Grapevine GREAT WOLF LODGE - Grapevine HYDROUS WAKE PARK Allen, Little Elm

ANNUAL KID-FRIENDLY EVENTS KIDFILM FESTIVAL (Jan) SOUTHWESTERN EXPOSITION AND LIVESTOCK SHOW & RODEO (Jan) DALLAS BLOOMS AT THE ARBORETUM (Mar) DEEP ELLUM ARTS FESTIVAL (April) FORT WORTH MAYFEST (May) ADDISON KABOOM TOWN (July) GRAPEVINE GRAPEFEST® (Sept) PLANO BALLOON FESTIVAL (Sept) STATE FAIR OF TEXAS (Sept–Oct) AUTUMN AT THE ARBORETUM (Sept-Nov) AURORA DALLAS (Fall) THE TRAINS AT NORTHPARK (Nov–Dec)

I-FLY (INDOOR SKYDIVING) - Frisco, Hurst

ROAD TRIPS FOR KIDS

LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER – Grapevine

NOBLE PLANETARIUM - Fort Worth PEROT MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE - Dallas SCI-TECH DISCOVERY CENTER - Frisco SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS - Arlington

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Dinosaur Valley State Park: 1.5 hours

Fossil Rim Wildlife Center: 1.5 hours

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Baseball. Basketball. Football. Hockey. Soccer. Whatever your passion, Dallas has a winning professional team to cheer on (and if you prefer a professional team from elsewhere, that’s cool, too, because chances are that team will be in town in the future). Riding the NBA’s longest active sellout streak, the Dallas Mavericks won the 2011 NBA Championship. The Dallas Cowboys—who call billion-dollar state-ofthe-art AT&T Stadium in Arlington home—hold five Super Bowl titles. The new Globe Life Field in Arlington features a retractable roof, and serves as the home of the MLB Texas Rangers. Also based in Arlington are the WNBA’s Dallas Wings. Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas has been a member of the league since its inception. The Dallas Stars claimed hockey’s holy grail, winning the Stanley Cup in 1999, and hold two President’s Trophies and three Western Conference

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titles. The Dallas Region hosts two PGA Tour events. The AT&T Byron Nelson moved to its new home at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney in 2021, and the Fort Worth

ESPORTS Esports is a growing industry projected to reach nearly $2 billion in market revenue by 2023. North Texas is making a splash in the rising tide.

Invitational takes place at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth each spring. There’s auto racing at Texas Motor Speedway. We’ve also got minor league teams galore. The

EVENTS & VENUES The 100K-square-foot ESPORTS STADIUM ARLINGTON is the largest dedicated esports facility in North America. >

There are nearly 100 game studios, app developers, and digital tech firms in the gaming space located in the region, including: ID is the creator of DOOM, the most influential first-person shooter game in history. Quake helped launch the esports industry. GEARBOX is the creator of the highly successful Borderlands series.

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Texas Elite Women’s Football team, the Texas Legends NBA D-League minor league basketball team, the Allen Americans hockey team of the ECHL, and the Frisco Fighters indoor football

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< In May 2019, Dallas became the third U.S. city to host the internationally renowned digital and gaming lifestyle festival, DreamHack. For the first time, DreamHack was held in conjunction with a major Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Masters Tournament.

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FIRST BAPTIST DALLAS

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RENDERING: HKS

team, the Lone Star Brahmas junior hockey team, the Frisco RoughRiders AA baseball team, and the Dallas Sidekicks soccer team all keep sports fans entertained year-round.

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RELIGION

The Dallas Region is a marvelous mix of people of all faiths, Christian and non-Christian alike. Members of every Protestant group will find church homes here, as well as Catholics, Mormons, Seventh-Day Adventists, and Unitarian Universalists. NonChristian faiths represented here include Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism, as well as smaller groups such as Bahá’í Faith, Jain, Sikh, Tao, and Zoroastrian.

EDUCATION SMU’s Guildhall is ranked as the No. 3 grad school for game design in the world. Collegiate varsity esports squads and programs are growing: TEXAS WESLEYAN offers scholarships to esports athletes. UNT is home of the Nest esports design space. UTA has the first esports club, founded in 2010. UTD took 1st and 2nd place in the inaugural League of Legends tournament.

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> Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, in the Arts District portion of downtown Dallas, has the largest Latino parish congregation in the nation.

> Temple Emanu-El, founded in 1875, was the first Jewish congregation in North Texas and is the largest Reform synagogue in the South and Southwest United States.

> Approximately two dozen Buddhist temples are located in the region, among them the Kadampa Meditation Center, offering meditation classes and workshops.

> Dallas hosts the “world’s largest gay church,” Cathedral of Hope, with more than 4,000 members.

> There are several Sikh temples— among them the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Richardson.

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The LGBTQ community thrives in the Dallas Region, with a widespread sentiment of welcome throughout the cities and business communities. Many company headquarters based in the region, such as American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, Sabre Corporation, GameStop, and Dallas Mavericks, are leading the fight for diversity and gay rights in the state—and those are just a few of the business supporters. KEY NEIGHBORHOODS

> OAK LAWN – This neighborhood, affectionately called “The Gayborhood,” hosts a high concentration of LGBTQ residents, shops, restaurants, and nightclubs. Popular joints include Round-Up Saloon, Jr’s Bar & Grill, Sue Ellen’s, Station 4 (S4), and The Rose Room. > OAK CLIFF – Home to the Bishop Arts District, Trinity Groves, Kessler Park, and many historic designated neighborhoods. Favorite restaurants include Hattie’s, Jonathan’s, Spiral Diner (vegan), and Hunky’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers.

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> BLACK TIE DINNER – Largest fundraising dinner for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in the nation. > CATHEDRAL OF HOPE – Dallas hosts the “world’s largest gay church,” Cathedral of Hope, with more than 4,000 members. > THE DALLAS VOICE – Keep in touch with the Dallas LGBTQ community through the weekly magazine. > NORTH TEXAS LGBT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – Achieving equality through business and proponents of the LGBTQ WE Zone.

> OUT OF THE CLOSET THRIFT STORE – Offers free HIV testing and other medical support. The proceeds of shopping and donating go to support the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. > RESOURCE CENTER – The Dallas-based center provides culturally sensitive, LGBTQ-friendly services including low-cost mental health counseling, vaccinations, lab work, transgender health, and HIV services.

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The racial makeup of the Dallas Region is more diverse than you may think. Though the majority of our residents are Caucasian or Hispanic, our racial representation spans the world, encompassing ethnicities from every corner of the globe. Pockets of people from various countries pepper the metro area, giving the region a rich, international texture.


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DAVID MARTIN CITY: Dallas NEIGHBORHOOD: Uptown/Victory Park COMPANY/TITLE: Winstead PC – Associate When did you move here? May 2015, from Los Angeles. Where else have you lived? Tulsa, Miami, Los Angeles What made you decide to Say Yes to Dallas? Although I lived in Los Angeles for 11 years and attended law school there, the best job opportunity was in Dallas with Winstead PC. It was an added bonus that family lived here. How did you choose which part of town to live in? I live on the border of Uptown and Victory Park. I wanted to live near the city center and be a part of the revival that is happening in Downtown Dallas. Living near downtown also allows me to walk to work. Tell us about your city/ neighborhood. What do you like best? What makes it different? There are so many great spots in my neighborhood. I love grabbing coffee at Magnolias or the Weekend. I enjoy catching up with friends at The Ginger Man or Katy Trail Ice House for a casual beer and food, as well as Bowen House or Parliament for a cocktail. I love walking through Klyde Warren Park on the way to the Joule Hotel in downtown for a meal at CBD Provisions, Americano, or a cocktail at the Midnight Rambler. I also love 146

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that there are so many museums and theaters nearby. Where do you go and what do you do on the weekends or days off? On Saturday mornings, I love going for a run on the Katy Trail (also a must for any newcomer or visitor) or over the pedestrian bridge on the Trinity River. I also love biking down the Katy Trail, across downtown, and riding up the Santa Fe Trail to White Rock Lake. One gets to experience neighborhoods both east and west of Highway 75 along the route, and it weaves a beautiful tapestry of the city. After the run or ride, I love grabbing brunch or breakfast tacos with friends at Velvet Taco. In the evening, I enjoy watching live music in Deep Ellum at the Armory, Twilite, Adair’s, and The Bomb Factory. What is your passion, and how does Dallas help fulfill it? My desire is to be an agent of social justice in Dallas. I want to help facilitate the further integration of people of different races, socioeconomic backgrounds, and national origins. Dallas is a city with a big heart, filled with hundreds of organizations aimed at helping the vulnerable and forming relationships with those in need. I have had the privilege of working with Advocates for Community Transformation (ACT), an organization devoted to the formation of vibrant, healthy, and crime-free neighborhoods, and The One Heart Project, a mentoring program for incarcerated youth. Hit me up if you want to be a mentor! There are also numerous professional organizations aimed at career and industry development.

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DEMOGRAPHICS Demographics in the Dallas Region are changing as the population diversifies. Just over 18 percent of residents are foreign-born, with Hispanics accounting for the largest minority group in both the region and the state. The region’s low cost of living means we enjoy a higher standard of living on a lower median household income than most other large metro areas.

NEARLY 1.3 MILLION RESIDENTS

WERE ADDED TO THE DFW AREA FROM 2010 TO 2020 THE RAPID INFLUX OF RESIDENTS HAS LED DFW TO BECOME ONE OF THE FASTER GROWING U.S. METROS IN THE PAST DECADE

TOTAL POPULATION: 7,759,615 11,250,000 WILL LIVE IN THE DFW AREA BY 2045 2022


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46.9% 15.2% 6.6% 2.7% 28.6%

MANAGEMENT, BUSINESS, SCIENCE, AND ARTS OCCUPATIONS

39.0%

SERVICE OCCUPATIONS

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SALES AND OFFICE OCCUPATIONS

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PRODUCTION, TRANSPORTATION, AND MATERIAL MOVING OCCUPATIONS

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7.4% 7.5% 22.4% 21.4% 6.9% 22.5% 11.9%

HOUSEHOLD INCOME

AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD SIZE 0 - $34,999 $35,000 - $74,999 $75,000 - $149,999 $150,000 + MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

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COLLIN COUNTY ALLEN ANNA CELINA FAIRVIEW FARMERSVILLE FRISCO LAVON LOWRY CROSSING LUCAS MCKINNEY MELISSA MURPHY PARKER PLANO PRINCETON PROSPER WYLIE

144,762 8,314 855 1,520 893 2,360 3,499 185 443 1,371 16,256 604 1,150 1,098 72,331 3,408 675 3,152

264,036 18,309 904 1,737 1,554 2,640 6,141 303 865 2,205 21,283 557 1,547 1,235 128,713 2,321 1,018 8,716

491,675 43,554 1,225 1,861 2,644 3,118 33,714 387 1,229 2,890 54,369 1,350 3,099 1,379 222,030 3,477 2,097 15,132

782,341 84,246 8,249 6,028 7,248 3,301 116,989 2,219 1,711 5,166 131,117 4,695 17,708 3,811 259,841 6,807 9,423 41,427

1,005,146 103,383 14,243 12,775 9,092 3,473 188,170 3,542 1,731 7,955 191,645 10,199 20,611 4,802 288,061 11,755 22,358 51,585

216,715 18,463 5,966 6,413 1,811 164 69,978 1,310 23 2,665 58,702 5,352 2,588 1,038 26,839 4,844 12,637 9,538

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DALLAS COUNTY ADDISON BALCH SPRINGS CEDAR HILL COCKRELL HILL COPPELL DALLAS DESOTO DUNCANVILLE FARMERS BRANCH GARLAND GLENN HEIGHTS GRAND PRAIRIE HIGHLAND PARK HUTCHINS IRVING LANCASTER MESQUITE RICHARDSON ROWLETT SACHSE SEAGOVILLE SUNNYVALE UNIVERSITY PARK WILMER

1,556,390 5,553 13,746 6,849 3,262 3,826 904,078 15,538 27,781 24,863 138,857 1,033 71,462 8,909 2,837 109,943 14,807 67,053 72,496 7,522 1,640 7,304 1,404 22,254 2,367

1,852,810 8,783 17,406 19,976 3,746 16,881 1,006,877 30,544 35,748 24,250 180,650 4,564 99,616 8,739 2,719 155,037 22,117 101,484 74,840 23,260 5,346 8,969 2,228 22,259 2,479

2,218,899 14,166 19,375 32,093 4,443 35,958 1,188,580 37,646 36,081 27,508 215,768 7,224 127,427 8,842 2,805 191,615 25,894 124,523 91,802 44,503 9,751 10,823 2,693 23,324 3,393

2,368,139 13,056 23,728 45,028 4,193 38,659 1,197,816 49,047 38,524 28,616 226,876 11,278 175,396 8,564 5,338 216,290 36,361 139,824 99,223 56,199 20,329 14,835 5,130 23,068 3,682

2,637,772 15,945 25,351 48,463 4,204 41,818 1,345,047 53,523 39,364 40,209 242,507 13,250 194,614 9,180 5,729 242,242 39,477 142,816 120,981 66,285 26,122 16,878 6,678 25,182 4,766

265,445 2,854 1,394 3,374 8 3,037 144,675 4,174 772 11,551 15,152 2,024 18,635 606 389 25,375 2,688 2,956 21,400 9,938 5,692 1,911 1,476 2,075 1,046

11.19% 21.80% 5.82% 7.48% 0.19% 7.83% 12.05% 8.46% 2.00% 40.31% 6.66% 18.03% 10.59% 7.07% 7.28% 11.70% 7.31% 2.11% 21.49% 17.64% 27.86% 12.77% 28.37% 8.98% 28.12%

DENTON COUNTY ARGYLE AUBREY BARTONVILLE CARROLLTON COPPER CANYON CORINTH DENTON DOUBLE OAK FLOWER MOUND HICKORY CREEK HIGHLAND VILLAGE JUSTIN KRUM LAKE DALLAS LEWISVILLE LITTLE ELM NORTHLAKE OAK POINT PILOT POINT PONDER PROVIDENCE ROANOKE SANGER SHADY SHORES THE COLONY TROPHY CLUB

143,126 1,111 948 441 40,595 465 1,264 48,063 836 4,402 1,422 3,246 920 917 3,177 24,273 926 143 387 2,211 297 NI 910 2,574 813 11,586 NI

273,525 1,575 1,138 849 82,169 978 3,944 66,270 1,664 15,527 1,893 7,027 1,234 1,542 3,656 46,521 1,255 250 645 2,538 432 NI 1,616 3,508 1,045 22,113 3,922

432,976 2,365 1,500 1,093 109,576 1,216 11,325 80,537 2,179 50,702 2,078 12,173 1,891 1,979 6,166 77,737 3,646 921 1,747 3,538 507 NI 2,810 4,534 1,461 26,531 6,350

662,614 3,282 2,595 1,469 119,097 1,334 19,935 113,383 2,867 64,669 3,247 15,056 3,246 4,157 7,105 95,290 25,898 1,724 2,786 3,856 1,395 4,786 5,962 6,916 2,612 36,328 8,024

859,064 4,204 3,631 1,731 136,879 1,469 21,823 138,541 3,051 77,329 4,735 16,537 3,992 4,988 7,944 106,586 50,314 3,124 4,974 4,404 2,371 7,542 9,085 8,540 2,857 43,402 12,369

192,296 940 1,002 158 17,358 143 2,016 21,483 169 12,468 1,301 1,397 735 836 804 10,666 24,088 1,276 2,162 384 976 2,608 3,042 1,584 224 6,892 4,192

28.84% 28.80% 38.11% 10.04% 14.52% 10.78% 10.18% 18.35% 5.86% 19.22% 37.89% 9.23% 22.57% 20.13% 11.26% 11.12% 91.85% 69.05% 76.88% 9.55% 69.96% 52.86% 50.34% 22.77% 8.51% 18.88% 51.27%

ELLIS COUNTY ENNIS FERRIS ITALY MIDLOTHIAN OAK LEAF OVILLA PALMER RED OAK WAXAHACHIE

59,743 12,110 2,228 1,306 3,219 NI 1,067 1,187 1,882 14,624

85,167 13,883 2,212 1,699 5,141 984 2,027 1,659 3,124 18,168

111,360 16,045 2,175 1,993 7,480 1,209 3,405 1,774 4,301 21,426

149,610 18,513 2,436 1,863 18,037 1,298 3,492 2,000 10,769 29,621

179,436 19,923 2,822 1,937 27,049 1,493 4,146 2,070 13,105 36,807

29,065 1,328 391 59 8,256 101 622 67 2,319 7,081

19.33% 7.14% 16.08% 3.14% 43.93% 7.26% 17.65% 3.34% 21.50% 23.82%

HOOD COUNTY GRANBURY

17,714 3,332

28,981 4,045

41,100 5,718

51,182 7,978

60,537 10,410

9,269 2,369

18.08% 29.46%

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FINAL CENSUS 4/1/90

FINAL CENSUS 4/1/00

FINAL CENSUS 4/1/10

HUNT COUNTY CADDO MILLS COMMERCE GREENVILLE QUINLAN WEST TAWAKONI WOLFE CITY

55,248 1,060 8,136 22,161 1,002 840 1,594

64,343 1,068 6,825 23,071 1,360 932 1,505

76,596 1,149 7,742 24,117 1,370 1,462 1,581

86,129 1,338 8,078 25,557 1,394 1,576 1,412

96,493 1,622 9,303 28,263 1,526 1,943 1,472

10,109 248 1,214 2,640 145 196 76

11.70% 18.05% 15.01% 10.30% 10.50% 11.22% 5.44%

JOHNSON COUNTY ALVARADO BURLESON CLEBURNE GRANDVIEW JOSHUA KEENE VENUS

67,649 2,701 11,734 19,218 1,205 1,470 3,013 518

97,165 2,918 16,113 22,205 1,245 3,828 3,944 977

126,811 3,288 20,976 26,005 1,358 4,528 5,003 1,892

150,934 3,785 36,690 29,337 1,561 5,910 6,106 2,960

171,361 4,382 47,282 30,720 1,753 7,887 6,531 3,853

20,113 621 10,209 1,086 187 1,571 409 909

13.30% 16.51% 27.54% 3.66% 11.94% 24.87% 6.68% 30.88%

KAUFMAN COUNTY COMBINE CRANDALL FORNEY KAUFMAN KEMP MABANK TALTY TERRELL

39,015 688 831 2,483 4,658 1,035 1,443 NI 13,225

52,220 1,329 1,652 4,070 5,238 1,184 1,739 NI 12,490

71,313 1,788 2,774 5,588 6,490 1,133 2,151 1,028 13,606

103,350 1,942 2,858 14,661 6,703 1,154 3,035 1,535 15,816

128,622 2,226 3,756 23,727 7,467 1,198 3,705 2,627 18,126

24,732 316 742 9,775 846 153 697 738 2,007

23.81% 16.54% 24.62% 70.06% 12.78% 14.64% 23.17% 39.07% 12.45%

PARKER COUNTY ALEDO ANNETTA HUDSON OAKS RENO SPRINGTOWN WEATHERFORD WILLOW PARK

44,609 1,027 454 309 1,174 1,658 12,049 1,113

64,785 1,169 672 711 2,322 1,740 14,804 2,328

88,495 1,726 1,108 1,637 2,441 2,062 19,000 2,849

116,927 2,716 1,288 1,662 2,494 2,658 25,250 3,982

138,371 4,674 3,176 2,407 3,047 3,049 31,836 5,569

21,046 1,955 428 713 553 393 5,855 1,586

17.94% 71.90% 15.57% 42.09% 22.17% 14.80% 22.54% 39.82%

ROCKWALL COUNTY FATE HEATH MCLENDON-CHISHOLM ROCKWALL ROYSE CITY

14,528 263 1,459 NI 5,939 1,566

25,604 475 2,108 646 10,486 2,206

43,080 463 4,149 914 17,976 2,957

78,337 6,357 6,921 1,373 37,490 9,349

100,657 14,206 8,953 3,200 45,112 12,998

21,750 6,651 1,615 1,795 7,151 3,613

27.56% 88.03% 22.01% 127.76% 18.84% 38.50%

4,154 NI

5,360 1,949

6,809 2,122

8,490 2,444

9,016 2,691

515 228

6.06% 9.26%

860,880 160,113 5,822 20,821 13,579 2,169 6,700 5,852 1,100 2,695 24,002 5,387 11,684 385,164 11,801 29,014 262 31,420 4,156 2,594 4,394 957 8,102 30,592 2,431 NI 7,977 6,890 5,736 3,921 2,808 10,284 3,651 13,508

1,170,103 261,721 8,868 43,762 19,564 2,133 12,724 6,974 1,758 2,715 38,149 5,672 11,482 447,619 29,202 32,856 795 33,574 13,683 4,096 4,591 816 15,607 45,895 2,371 1,271 7,978 6,580 8,551 3,928 7,065 20,009 2,350 15,472

1,446,219 332,969 9,600 47,152 20,208 2,388 19,636 7,467 2,186 2,550 46,005 5,836 12,949 534,694 42,059 39,018 1,134 36,273 27,345 5,850 4,618 1,040 28,031 55,635 2,318 1,505 8,132 6,985 12,374 4,181 21,519 21,908 2,124 14,831

1,809,034 365,438 10,947 46,979 21,234 2,394 22,807 12,838 2,259 2,776 51,277 6,108 12,355 741,206 46,334 42,409 1,517 37,337 39,627 6,763 4,584 1,307 56,368 63,343 2,394 1,547 7,801 7,427 19,806 4,686 26,575 23,497 2,472 16,116

2,084,931 398,112 13,347 49,464 23,566 2,475 26,945 15,649 2,387 3,034 57,346 6,248 12,959 895,008 53,976 44,339 1,855 38,992 47,350 8,543 1,601 4,957 70,981 70,836 2,538 1,786 8,030 7,703 23,871 5,828 32,269 24,555 2,692 17,896

267,424 31,976 2,444 2,387 2,310 77 4,043 2,719 121 255 5,926 211 582 146,527 7,365 1,895 328 1,588 7,519 1,752 99 275 14,126 7,359 139 235 232 274 3,718 1,142 5,607 1,010 213 1,741

14.71% 8.73% 22.42% 5.07% 10.87% 3.21% 17.65% 21.03% 5.34% 9.18% 11.52% 3.50% 4.70% 19.58% 15.80% 4.46% 21.48% 4.25% 18.88% 25.80% 6.59% 5.87% 24.85% 11.59% 5.79% 15.15% 2.98% 3.69% 18.45% 24.37% 21.03% 4.29% 8.59% 10.78%

26,575 874 889 3,737 890 4,104 466 478 504

34,679 865 1,041 3,581 800 4,252 651 605 700

48,793 1,007 1,099 4,827 947 5,201 887 551 1,104

59,127 1,334 1,207 5,976 1,002 6,042 1,005 1,522 1,286

68,305 1,515 1,473 6,590 1,152 6,989 1,203 1,824 1,544

9,204 182 265 603 138 933 197 293 255

15.57% 13.65% 21.94% 10.07% 13.61% 15.41% 19.58% 19.14% 19.78%

SOMERVELL COUNTY GLEN ROSE TARRANT COUNTY ARLINGTON AZLE BEDFORD BENBROOK BLUE MOUND COLLEYVILLE CROWLEY DALWORTHINGTON GARDENS EDGECLIFF VILLAGE EULESS EVERMAN FOREST HILL FORT WORTH GRAPEVINE HALTOM CITY HASLET HURST KELLER KENNEDALE LAKE WORTH LAKESIDE MANSFIELD NORTH RICHLAND HILLS PANTEGO PELICAN BAY RICHLAND HILLS RIVER OAKS SAGINAW SANSOM PARK SOUTHLAKE WATAUGA WESTWORTH VILLAGE WHITE SETTLEMENT WISE COUNTY ALVORD BOYD BRIDGEPORT CHICO DECATUR NEWARK RHOME RUNAWAY BAY

ESTIMATED POPULATION 7/1/18

NI = NOT INCORPORATED

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GROWTH RATE 2010-2018

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FINAL CENSUS 4/1/80

SOURCE: US Census Bureau, US Dept of Commerce

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The market tapestry is a fascinating snapshot of lifestyle choices. Based on demography and geography, the main purpose of this type of data is targeted marketing efforts, but the high-level picture of types of neighborhoods and the people who live in them based on the activities and expenses of those people is a compelling story all on its own. Some segments develop as a result of age, some show up as a result of money, and still others result from ethnic influence.

PHOTO: AMON CARTER MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART

CULTURE

MARKET TAPESTRY

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Median Household Income

Median Net Worth

$132,800

Population

Percentage of DFW Population

$770,800

496,749

17.7%

$107,200

$354,100

93,204

3.3%

$94,600

$68,500

161,475

5.8%

$83,000

$243,900

728,360

12.6%

$69,100

$205,700

168,241

6.0%

$65,400

$212,600

111,992

4.0%

$59,500

$79,800

589,251

21.0%

$56,300

$62,700

170,423

6.1%

$52,700

$153,300

49,083

1.8%

$49,100

$116,000

106,158

3.8%

$41,400

$13,700

287,097

10.2%

$38,800

$39,900

87,301

3.1%

$42,300

$14,100

129,156

4.6%

$35,900

$11,800

23,764

0.8%

AFFLUENT ESTATES

Established wealth — educated, well-travelled married couples

UPSCALE AVENUES

Prosperous married couples living in older suburban enclaves.

UPTOWN INDIVIDUALS

Young, successful singles in the city.

FAMILY LANDSCAPES

Successful young families in their first homes.

GEN X URBAN

Gen X in middle age; families with fewer kids and a mortgage.

COZY COUNTRY LIVING

Empty nesters in bucolic settings.

SPROUTING EXPLORERS

Young homeowners with families.

MIDDLE GROUND

Lifestyles of thirtysomethings.

SENIOR STYLES

Esri, US Census Bureau, Infogroup

Senior lifestyles reveal the effects of saving for retirement.

RUSTIC OUTPOSTS

Country life with older families in older homes.

MIDTOWN SINGLES

Millennials on the move—single, urban.

HOMETOWN

Growing up and staying close to home; single householders.

NEXT WAVE

Urban dwellers; young, hardworking families.

SCHOLARS AND PATRIOTS

SOURCE: ESRI Business Analyst

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Highly mobile college and military populations.

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ESRI’s Tapestry Segmentation, shown on the map below, combines the “who” of lifestyle demography with the “where” of local neighborhood geography to create a model of various lifestyle classifications or segments of actual neighborhoods with addresses—distinct behavioral market segments. To create this map, U.S. census tracts are divided into 65 distinctive segments based on socioeconomic and demographic characteristics to provide an accurate, detailed description of U.S. neighborhoods. These segments are then grouped into the 14 Tapestry Segmentation LifeMode Summary Groups, which are characterized by lifestyle and life stage and share an experience such as being born in the same time period or a trait such as affluence.


PARKS & OUTDOORS

PARKS & OUTDOORS PLACES TO PLAY AND MORE

PARKS | DOG PARKS | TRAILS | LAKES GOLF COURSES | HIDDEN GEMS

WHITE ROCK LAKE DOG PARK

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MARGOT MARTIN

“THERE IS INSPIRATION AROUND EVERY CORNER.”

CITY: Dallas NEIGHBORHOOD: Preston Center COMPANY / TITLE: The Ballet Burn—Owner, Founder When did you move here? From where? 2014 from Raleigh, North Carolina Where else have you lived? New Orleans, Dallas, Seattle, Raleigh, back to Dallas What made you decide to Say Yes to Dallas? I have family here, and Dallas was the kind of city I was looking for to further my career. There is inspiration around every corner, and the market is teeming for more growth.

PHOTO: MERISSA DE FALCIS

How did you choose where to live in the Dallas Region? I chose Preston Center to open my business because it is a major hub of Dallas. Being located near the crossroads of two major thoroughfares and easily accessed from the toll road and 75 makes it a breeze to get to. There are a ton of fantastic restaurants, places to shop, and spas for extra pampering.

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MARGOT MARTIN

What do you do on the weekends or days off? I spend a lot of time on the Katy Trail and at Mutts Canine Cantina. The city is surprisingly dog friendly, so my pup and I venture out to various patios for excellent people watching. I love the

PARKS & OUTDOORS

Dallas has over 230 sunny days a year, and lots of sunshine means lots of time to be outside. Dallasites have access to countless outdoor activities with sprawling parks, green spaces, and several lakes featuring boating, water sports, and trails for mountain biking, road biking, and hiking—you won’t have to go far to find your favorite spot. Dallas Museum of Art and Klyde Warren Park. What is your passion, and how does Dallas help fulfill it? I am a retired ballerina turned entrepreneur. My passion lies in teaching people how to move not only their bodies, but also their lifestyles, relationships, and hearts for the better. Dallas has an avid dance scene and an even more avid fitness scene. I knew that my passion would thrive here because of the nature of the city: fast paced, healthy, fit, and conscious. Tell us about the work environment here. Commuting in Dallas can be a challenge, but it is manageable once you learn the ropes. There is a constant sense of hustle, which keeps me motivated to stay on my game. What is your favorite restaurant in the region? Mesero. I would eat there every day if I could. What is your favorite outdoor activity, and where is your favorite place to do it? Dog parks are a priority, and Dallas has several. I am a member at Mutts Canine Cantina, which is a great place to meet people. What is your favorite festival/event? The Easter Parade on Turtle Creek is a blast!

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CEDAR HILL STATE PARK Cedar Hill 7 Fishing, boating, and kayaking on Joe Pool Lake 7 1,200 acres with 15 miles of mountain biking trails 7 Walking trails through open fields and wooded areas 7 More than 350 wooded campsites 7 Penn Farm Agricultural History Center

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WHITE ROCK LAKE PARK

PARKS AND TRAILS

Big cities are known for their big, pretty, and functional parks. And though parks are not the first things that come to mind when you think of Dallas, our city is no exception. Downtown’s Klyde Warren Park isn’t just a green space—it’s an award-winning innovation. Situated over Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and Saint Paul Streets, it is a park built on thin air. And it’s an urban wonder. Within its 5 acres are a performance pavilion, a restaurant, walking trails, a mini dog park, a children’s playground, water features, an expansive lawn, and much more. White Rock Lake lies in East Dallas. The crown jewel of Dallas’ park system, the lake itself comprises more than 1,015 acres and offers a view of downtown. The lake and surrounding park areas attract walkers, bicyclists, and rollerbladers, and offer kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals. Or you can just lay out a picnic for a lazy day along the shore. But these are only two of the lovely parks in the Dallas Region. You won’t have to go far to find your favorite spot.

Nature Centers Who says there’s no nature in Dallas? We know better. Here are a few more spots to take in the bounty and beauty of the land.

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Cedar Ridge Preserve - Dallas Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park - Dallas 7 Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden - Dallas 7 Dallas World Aquarium - Dallas 7 Dallas Zoo - Dallas 7 Dinosaur Valley State Park - Glen Rose 7 Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center - Cedar Hill 7 Fort Worth Botanic Garden Fort Worth 7 7

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RIVER LEGACY PARK Arlington 7 1,300 acres of forests and greenbelts 7 10 miles of cross-country trails 7 A treetop playground that looks like a giant treehouse 7 A canoe launch with access to up to 8 miles of paddling 7 River Legacy Living Science Center

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ARBOR HILLS NATURE PRESERVE Plano 7 200 acres of rolling hills for exploring 7 Off-road biking trails 7 Picnic pavilion and kids’ playground 7 Butterflies, birds, and other wildlife 7 Dog friendly

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MEADOWMERE PARK Grapevine 7 252 acres on the shore of Lake Grapevine 7 Sloping sandy beaches and camping 7 Swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking 7 Large, colorful children’s playground area 7 Migratory bird viewing

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TRINITY PARK Fort Worth 7 Next to the Fort Worth Zoo, along the banks of the Trinity River 7 Annual events such as Mayfest and the National Veterans Day Run 7 Miniature railroad 7 Natural surface trails for hiking, biking, and running 7 Fishing and duck feeding

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3 4 WHITE ROCK LAKE PARK Dallas 7 9.33-mile hike and bike trail 7 Shoreline picnic areas 7 Kayak and paddleboard rentals 7 Audubon Society bird watching area 7 Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

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6 7

2 5

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KLYDE WARREN PARK Dallas 7 5.2 acres downtown 7 Performance pavilion, walking trails, dog park, children’s playground, games area 7 Free events such as book signings, group exercise, movies, music, and more 7 Food trucks every day 7 Accessible by M-Line Trolley, DART, and D-link

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GREEN SPACE IN DFW


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DOG PARKS

PARKSLIVING & OUTDOORS IN DFW

1 MCKINNEY DOG PARK

35E

2 FRISCO DOG PARK

3

2 121

3 CANINE COMMONS DOG PARK 4 JACK CARTER PARK DOG PARK

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5 TOYOTA OF LEWISVILLE RAILROAD PARK

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6 NORTHBARK DOG PARK

5

7 BUSH CENTRAL BARKWAY

6

8 WAGGING TAIL DOG PARK

26

9 COPPELL DOG PARK 10 REDDING TRAIL DOG PARK

121

114

35W

9

11 LES LACS TRAIL DOG PARK

7 8

11 10

12 TIPPS CANINE HOLLOW

635

13 BEDFORD BARK PARK 14 EULESS DOG PARK 15 WESTMINSTER DOG PARK 16 MOCKINGBIRD POINT DOG PARK

75

12 35W

14

13

15 183

820

17 CENTRAL DOG PARK 18 MUTTS CANINE CANTINA 20 MY BEST FRIEND’S PARK (AT KLYDE WARREN PARK)

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21 MEADOWS FOUNDATION DOG PARK

360

24 CENTRAL BARK DOG PARK

20

25 TAILS N’ TRAILS

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26 BOOBOO’S BUDDIES DOG PARK (AT BOB JONES PARK)

35E 35W

RELOCATING WITH A FURRY FRIEND There are more than two dozen public dog parks in the Dallas Region. Some are small, with just enough room for curious canines to romp a bit, but others are magnificent puppy playgrounds with separate areas for large and small dogs, agility equipment, and even places for dogs to swim. Being a pet owner is also a responsibility. Here’s what you need to know about having a pet in DFW. If you are uncertain about something, contact animal control in your community or ask your veterinarian.

Texas requires that your pet be vaccinated against rabies every year and that he or she wear current proof of that vaccination on his collar.

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Dogs (and cats) must be registered with the city you live in and wear current registration tags. To register your pet, you will have to provide a current certificate of vaccination and pay a small annual fee.

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DINING WITH DOGS

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23 FORT WOOF DOG PARK

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12

30

22 BARK PARK CENTRAL

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18 19 20 21 22

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19 THE POOCH PATIO

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Although Texas state law requires that only dogs known to be dangerous be leashed, most DFW-area cities have laws that require your dog to be leashed if he or she isn’t inside your house or in a fenced yard.

Though there are scores175 of restaurants with pet-friendly 20 patios all over Dallas-Fort Worth, it’s the rare establishment that caters specifically to those who don’t want to leave home without their furry best friends. That’s where Mutts Canine Cantina (muttscantina.com) and The Pooch Patio (thepoochpatio. com), both in Uptown Dallas, come in. 45 the shops Tucked among and apartments of the West Village, Mutts is a privatelyowned park for dogs of all sizes to play off-leash and owners to socialize with friends and make new acquaintances. Separate areas for large and small pups, and a patio where people can eat without having to share their meals with their pets, mean everybody’s happy. Membership is by the day or month. Pooch Patio is a dog wash, doggie daycare, and bark boutique that also has a coffee and wine bar. Dogs are free to romp around both inside the building and out, and you’re welcome to bring in a doggie bag, er, lunch if you wish. No membership required.

Likewise, many cities in our area have passed pooper scooper laws, so if your pet poops on someone else’s property or public property, pick it up. It’s not only the nice thing to do, it’s illegal not to.

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MORE NOTEWORTHY TRAILS Arbor Hills Nature Preserve - Plano 7 Big Cedar Wilderness Trails - Dallas 7 Blue Ridge Park Trail Allen 7 Cedar Hill State Park Cedar Hill 7 Connemara Conservancy - Allen 7 Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge - Fort Worth 7 Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary - McKinney 7 Joppa Preserve - Dallas 7 Oak Cliff Nature Preserve - Oak Cliff 7 Parkhill Prairie – near Farmersville 7 Post Oak Preserve Seagoville 7 Scyene Overlook/ Piedmont Ridge Southeast Dallas 7 Spring Creek Forest Preserve Garland 7 Spring Creek Nature Area - Richardson 7 Tandy Hills Natural Area - Fort Worth 7 Texas Buckeye Trail – Southeast Dallas 7 Trinity River Audubon Center - Southeast Dallas 7 Twelve Hills Nature Center - Oak Cliff 7

PHOTO: CITY OF ALLEN

CONNEMARA CONSERVANCY, ALLEN

WALK AND ROLL

On average, there are 232 sunny days a year in the Dallas Region, and lots of sunshine means lots of time to be outside. Walking, running, hiking, and biking are popular here, and we’ve got plenty of places to explore outdoors. The city of Dallas has more than 100 miles of hike and bike trails—and outside the city, where urban life gives way to more pastoral pursuits, you’ll find so many more. The Katy, Santa Fe, and White Rock trails are lovely paved paths, but if a walk (or ride) in the woods is more to your liking, it’s only a matter of effort. Certified Master Naturalist Bill Holston recommends Cedar Ridge Preserve in South Dallas for its wooded hills and wildlife, Dogwood Canyon in Cedar Hill for its hilly terrain and flowering trees in spring, and Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano for its creeks, ponds, and easy-to-follow routes.

TRAILS

1 ERWIN PARK

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2 FRISCO NW COMMUNITY PARK TRAIL

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3 KNOB HILLS 4 ARBOR HILLS

35E 121

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LAKES The Dallas Region has shores galore (though we do have to replace the surfboard with a wakeboard). The roughly 8,000-acre Grapevine Lake in Grapevine (where else?) is best known for its diversity of watersports. You can engage in many types of activities there, from swimming and boating to jet skiing and windsurfing. The lake also has good fishing and nice campgrounds. Joe Pool Lake, southwest of Dallas, is nearly as big, at roughly 7,000 acres. Joe Pool Marina and Lynn Creek Marina have hundreds of wet slips for all kinds of boats; rentals are available, too. Though the lake has great camping in Cedar Hill State Park and nice beaches, it is best known for its excellent fish stock: largemouth black bass; white, striped, and yellow bass; carp; catfish; crappie; gar; and sunfish. Reeling one in is as easy as baiting a hook.

RAY ROBERTS LAKE

LAKE BRIDGEPORT LAVON LAKE

LEWISVILLE LAKE

GRAPEVINE LAKE NORTH LAKE

EAGLE MOUNTAIN LAKE LAKE MINERAL WELLS

WEATHERFORD LAKE

WHITE ROCK LAKE

LAKE WORTH

NEW TERRELL CITY LAKE

MOUNTAIN CREEK LAKE

LAKE ARLINGTON JOE POOL LAKE

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LAKE RAY HUBBARD

KAUFMAN LAKE

LAKE GRANBURY ALVARADO PARK LAKE SQUAW CREEK LAKE

LAKE PAT CLEBURNE

LAKE WAXAHACHIE

LAKE BARDWELL

LAKE HALBERT

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East Dallas 7 Fishing and picnicking 7 Kayak, canoe, and paddleboard rentals 7 Corinthian Sailing Club White Rock Rowing 7 9-mile running and biking trail around the lake

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LAKE RAY ROBERTS Northeast of Denton 7 Great fishing (bass, catfish, crappie) 7 Lake Ray Roberts Marina 7 Boating, including boat rentals 7 Walk-in campsites and picnic pavilions 7 Lantana Resort, with horse stalls

LEWISVILLE LAKE Boating, including boat rentals 7 Five marinas 7 Nice campgrounds 7

Lewisville 7 Lots of beaches and picnic areas 7 Party cove

MORE PLACES TO MAKE A SPLASH Lake Arlington - Arlington Benbrook Lake - Southwest Tarrant County 7 Eagle Mountain Lake - Northwest Tarrant County 7 Lake Lavon - near Wylie 7 Lake Worth - Fort Worth 7 Lake Tawakoni - near Greenville 7 Cedar Creek Reservoir - Henderson & Kaufman Counties 7 7

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Dallas, Kaufman, Collin, and Rockwall Counties 7 Great fishing (bass, catfish, crappie) 7 Boating, including boat rentals 7 Three marinas, a number of boat ramps, and several yacht clubs 7 The Harbor Rockwall, featuring restaurants, shops, and entertainment

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LAKE RAY HUBBARD

A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT The Texas-sized Trinity River—the longest within a single state— winds through Dallas-Fort Worth and the Great Trinity Forest. It’s “Where Nature Happens,” offering hiking, biking, and a 130-mile paddling trail that spans nine cities.

“Nature happens here, on the river or in the forest—both of which are abundant in Dallas-Fort Worth,” says Steve Smith, who leads a group that wants people to know what bounty lies hidden in the heart of the region. In fact, the group has trademarked the phrase “Where Nature Happens” to prove that up. It’s a welldeserved tagline, according to Smith, who says spreading the word is a mission for his team at the Trinity Coalition. The Great Trinity Forest, a 6,000-acre wilderness that claims the status of “the largest hardwood forest in the U.S.,” is a gateway to the 710mile Trinity River that wends its way through DFW. Both offer plenty of possibilities for outdoor adventures, family memorymaking, and Instagrammable moments. Smith and his group, along with support from local municipalities, have created a contiguous 130-mile Trinity River Paddling Trail that received the National Park Service’s National Trail Designation in Fall 2020. The paddling trail runs

Kayaking offers hidden views of the region’s natural wonders. through nine DFW cities, including Fort Worth, Arlington, Irving, Carrollton, and Lewisville, with multiple launch sites. The natural abundance of the Trinity Corridor offers something for most everyone, and there are many entry points and experiences of all types throughout the region. In Dallas, you can bird watch at the 128-acre Trinity River Audubon Center, hike and bike the 4.6 mile Trinity Skyline Trail, and experience the 75-acre Lower Chain of Wetlands. In Fort Worth, you can take a geocaching adventure with the TRWD Trinity Trails Geocaching Adventure GeoTour and enjoy the only waterfront stage in Texas at the Panther Island Pavilion.

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Each year, the Dallas Region hosts two PGA Tour tournaments: the AT&T Byron Nelson moved to its new home at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney in 2021, and the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. No, you don’t have to be a pro to play these courses—and you’ve got plenty of other options, too. We have more than 100 public golf courses in the area, and they touch on all skill levels and price points. Golf Digest named Dallas National Golf Club in Southwest Dallas the top course in the state. Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine makes several “best” lists. It’s an “overthe-top NFL-themed golf course once owned by Jerry Jones,” according to the Golf Channel—and a superb course despite the theme-park-sounding description. The Tribute and Old American golf clubs in The Colony also pop up on list after list, but there are many more worth a swing.

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GOLF

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TOP-RATED DFW COURSES 1 THE BRIDGES 2 BROOK HOLLOW 3 CLEBURNE GOLF LINKS

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HIDDEN GEMS

Obscure-yet-public spaces still exist in the Dallas Region, for those willing to strap on sturdy/sensible footwear and step into the unknown. Say Yes to Dallas has compiled an inaugural list of places in the Dallas Region—living, dead, and spirit-infused —that urban explorers should visit, if they really want to be considered such. Our criteria were straightforward: These places must be accessible without committing misdemeanors, e.g., the need for hypnosis of groundskeepers or the use of chloroform on distracted security guards. They must be physical destinations as much as states of mind, and they must be places that most people pass by, but are mostly bypassed because they’re not places anyone has to be.

> DALLAS HERITAGE VILLAGE

6500 GREAT TRINITY FOREST WAY*, DALLAS, TEXAS 75217

1515 S HARWOOD ST, DALLAS, TEXAS 75215

Note the asterisk at the address above. That’s because this place is so wild, even Google has trouble pegging it with an accurate location. That address belongs to the Trinity River Audubon Center, one of 12 destinations and multiple trailheads within a 6,000-acre plot of land in Southern Dallas. Much of the forest is a landfill that nature (and the City of Dallas) have reclaimed. Gear up if you’re planning a deep exploration. Far into the forest, in a place called Big Swamp, naturalists have reported lairs of water moccasins, snorting feral hogs, hand-size spiders, and chest-high poison ivy.

More than 100 years ago, before Interstate 30 sliced Dallas in half, the Cedars neighborhood was a premier destination filled with Victorian homes. Every week, mesdames and messieurs would depart their mansions, and stroll past greenhouses to hear concerts at the neighborhood bandstand. Dallas Heritage Village has re-created this experience, right down to a reconstructed plantationstyle (haunted?) mansion known as Millermore. Side note: Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus fame was born here. Second side note: Bring your wallet.

Dragons are nestled in the green space a few blocks from Dallas’ exhaustively traveled Katy Trail. Facebookers have described this place as a “little oasis in the midst of a major city.” Aside from the (of course) dragon, an archangel issues a clarion call, and a griffin (winged lion) stands guard at the park’s entrance. Though the address is listed on Cedar Springs, it’s best to enter from Hood Street.

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2917 SWISS AVE, DALLAS, TEXAS 75204

The Swiss Avenue Historic District is renowned as a showplace for early 20th century architecture, from Prairie to Craftsman to Italian Renaissance. Within the district lies our hidden gem for dog lovers: a place known to some just as the “Swiss Avenue Dog Park.” This hunk of green space, owned and operated by the Meadows Foundation, encourages users to abide by their own code of conduct: Bring your own water, be sure to clean up, and owners of small or leaping dogs must be mindful that the park’s fence can be compromised, especially by escape artists.

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3520 CEDAR SPRINGS ROAD, DALLAS, TEXAS 75219

> MEADOWS FOUNDATION DOG PARK

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PHOTO: CHASE MARDIS

> DRAGON PARK

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PHOTO: DANA McCURDY

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> THE GREAT TRINITY FOREST

> MARIE GABRIELLE RESTAURANT AND GARDENS

> MYSTERIOUS TEDDY BEAR SCULPTURES IN LAKESIDE PARK

2728 N HARWOOD ST, DALLAS, TEXAS 75201

4601 LAKESIDE DRIVE, HIGHLAND PARK, TEXAS 75205

Another example of urban green space, Marie Gabrielle hides in the shadows of foliage and can be easily missed. An English garden and reflecting pools often serve as makeshift picnic spots for patrons of Marie Gabrielle Restaurant, but many people visit or happen upon this place out of pure curiosity. Like a woodland sprite, much of Marie Gabrielle’s charm lies in her seclusion and in the delight that comes in discovering her.

On Christmas Day 1995, the Harlan Crow family donated several larger-thanlife teddy bear statues to the town of Highland Park, where they remain to this day. Sure, there’s a waterfall, lily pads, and a rolling creek. But it always comes back to the teddy bears. The largest bear stands 8 feet 5 inches tall as a cub perches on its left hind leg.

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TO FIND JOBS IN THE DALLAS REGION

BIG-TIME BUSINESSES CONSTRUCTION AECOM Andres Construction Services Austin Industries Balfour Beatty Beck Group Brandt Builders Firstsource Centex Corporation D.R. Horton Eagle Materials Fluor Corporation Green Brick Partners Hill & Wilkinson Invitation Homes Lehigh Hanson Company McCarthy Building Companies MEDCO Construction PLH Group Primoris Services SRS Distribution TDIndustries Turner Construction U.S. Concrete

ENERGY Atmos Energy Corporation Basic Energy Services Bass Enterprises Comstock Resources Delek US Holdings Denbury Resources Energy Transfer EnLink Midstream Partner Exxon Mobil Corporation FTS International

Halliburton HollyFrontier Hunt Consolidated Luminant Matador Resources Oncor Pioneer Natural Resources Range Resources Reliant, an NRG Company TXU Vistra Energy

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The Dallas Region ranks as one of the most diverse economies in the nation, and companies are hiring to fill jobs in every major field. The pay is exceptional compared to cost of living, and Texas has no state income tax, which means its residents can save more of their job salary every year. Aside from being home to a broad range of established national and global companies, the Dallas area is among the top 10 metro areas for high-tech jobs and home to technology companies, including AT&T, Match Group, and Texas Instruments.

EDUCATION & HEALTH CARE Abbott Laboratories AMN Healthcare Axxess Baylor Scott & White Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas CareNow Children’s Health CHRISTUS Health CIGNA Healthcare Conifer Health Solutions Cook Children’s Health Care System Dallas College Golden Living HMS Holdings McKesson Medical City Healthcare Methodist Health System Parkland Hospital Tarrant County College Tenet Healthcare Texas Health Resources CONTINUED ON P. 169

“MY PASSION IS HELPING OTHERS SUCCEED. DALLAS HAS HELPED ME FULFILL THAT END.” CANAAN BAKER

CANAAN BAKER CITY: Lewisville COMPANY/TITLE: Confidant Coaching Services

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When did you move here? From where? 2015, from Tampa, Florida.

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Where else have you lived? Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. What made you Say Yes to Dallas? My job transferred me to Dallas in 2015. Since being here, I have

received three promotions in less than three years. During this time, I have successfully completed my master’s degree and launched my side career of coaching business, Confidant Coaching Services.

Tell us about your city/ neighborhood. What do you like best? What makes it different? I really like the Frisco/Plano area of the region. It’s a nice area, but it’s not so luxurious that I feel like I don’t fit in.

How did you choose which part of town to live in? I currently live in Lewisville. I was initially attracted to this area because it is close to the Frisco/Plano area. In the future, I would like to own a home in that area.

What is your passion, and how does Dallas help fulfill it? My passion is helping others succeed. Dallas has helped me fulfill that end by providing me with opportunities to advance my career, as well as resources to build my network and personal brand.

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SHOW ME THE MONEY

Though median wages and salaries in the Dallas-Fort Worth region generally track slightly below national levels, it is less expensive to live here than in some other major metropolitan areas. An abundance of affordable housing, lower grocery bills, and cheaper health care tip the cost-of-living scale in our favor. Below you can see the numbers of workers in various job sectors, median wages, and salaries in the DFW area compared to the entire United States.

Management

Legal

247,563 | Total Workers $107,120 | DFW Median $100,381 | U.S. Median

32,640 | Total Workers $93,933 | DFW Median $85,405 | U.S. Median

Business and Financial Operations

Education, Training, and Library

265,488 | Total Workers $76,835 | DFW Median $72,134 | U.S. Median

Computer and Mathematical 170,294 | Total Workers $94,474 | DFW Median $90,522 | U.S. Median

Architecture and Engineering 70,791 | Total Workers $85,259 | DFW Median $83,221 | U.S. Median

Life, Physical, and Social Science 26,629 | Total Workers $66,206 | DFW Median $70,117 | U.S. Median

208,081 | Total Workers $54,267 | DFW Median $52,229 | U.S. Median

Arts, Design, Sports, Entertainment, and Media 69,212 | Total Workers $47,757 | DFW Median $50,128 | U.S. Median

Health Care Practitioners and Technical 197,803 | Total Workers $70,387 | DFW Median $70,283 | U.S. Median

Health Care Support 145,334 | Total Workers $27,144 | DFW Median $29,661 | U.S. Median

Food Preparation and Serving Related 288,943 | Total Workers $21,632 | DFW Median $25,542 | U.S. Median

Construction and Extraction 187,064 | Total Workers $40,976 | DFW Median $46,342 | U.S. Median

Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

130,811 | Total Workers $27,830 | DFW Median $29,245 | U.S. Median

158,843 | Total Workers $47,965 | DFW Median $48,048 | U.S. Median

Personal Care and Service

Production

107,781 | Total Workers $25,106 | DFW Median $27,269 | U.S. Median

201,718 | Total Workers $34,528 | DFW Median $37,190 | U.S. Median

Sales and Related

Transportation and Material Moving

410,294 | Total Workers $32,386 | DFW Median $31,928 | U.S. Median

383,155 | Total Workers $36,026 | DFW Median $34,195 | U.S. Median

Office and Administrative Support 575,495 | Total Workers $39,437 | DFW Median $38,834 | U.S. Median

Community and Social Service

Protective Service

Farming, Fishing, and Forestry

49,177 | Total Workers $50,752 | DFW Median $47,590 | U.S. Median

75,482 | Total Workers $43,867 | DFW Median $43,909 | U.S. Median

6,190 | Total Workers $25,896 | DFW Median $27,414 | U.S. Median SOURCE: 2022Q1 QCEW, EMSI

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2022 JOBS

2023 JOBS

2024 JOBS

DFW MEDIAN

General and Operations Managers

70,680

71,939

73,016

73,944

$105,379

Computer and Information Systems Managers

12,867

13,213

13,502

13,743

$153,941

Financial Managers

17,901

18,446

18,917

19,324

$146,111

Accountants and Auditors

40,867

41,568

42,149

42,626

$77,995

8,948

9,037

9,101

9,143

$76,044

Financial and Investment Analysts, Financial Risk Specialists, and Financial Specialists, All Other

17,669

18,037

18,339

18,582

$79,900

Computer Systems Analysts

21,852

22,326

22,712

23,029

$99,043

Computer User Support Specialists

23,326

23,830

24,248

24,597

$47,965

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

12,181

12,390

12,558

12,695

$86,857

Database Administrators and Architects

5,102

5,204

5,291

5,364

$106,579

Computer Programmers

8,264

8,289

8,285

8,264

$92,290

53,386

55,609

57,557

59,277

$109,891

6,713

6,813

6,891

6,952

$94,184

Registered Nurses

62,252

63,215

64,018

64,690

$76,909

First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers

11,029

11,096

11,151

11,198

$73,031

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

42,279

42,616

42,846

42,997

$60,541

Bill and Account Collectors

12,286

12,146

12,003

11,857

$37,576

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

44,982

45,307

45,530

45,665

$42,909

100,360

100,933

101,288

101,462

$37,187

9,397

9,430

9,443

9,443

$42,689

Receptionists and Information Clerks

22,896

23,300

23,642

23,936

$31,718

Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

12,277

12,212

12,116

11,999

$60,851

Office Clerks, General

86,894

87,502

87,924

88,192

$35,896

First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

13,538

13,672

13,776

13,857

$63,628

9,551

9,616

9,662

9,695

$36,231

Miscellaneous Assemblers and Fabricators

28,573

28,648

28,673

28,663

$30,034

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers

15,095

15,022

14,923

14,805

$38,038

1,945

1,941

1,934

1,926

$37,446

Loan Officers

Software Developers and Software Quality Assurance Analysts and Testers Mechanical Engineers

Customer Service Representatives Loan Interviewers and Clerks

Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical Assemblers, Except Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers

Semiconductor Processing Technicians SOURCE: 2021Q1 QCEW, EMSI

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The Dallas area is home to a large and diverse array of companies. Whatever your field, you will find many options for work here. These maps illustrate the industry clusters—from high tech to hospitality—in DFW.

HIGH TECH

Number of HIGH-TECH Advanced Services Businesses NUMBER OF INDUSTRY BUSINESSES 1

1

25

60

88

760

ADVANCED SERVICES ADVANCED SERVICES traditionally have meant headquarters, but also include financial, professional, and technical services ranging from management consulting firms to business insurers, accountants, and legal services.

Number Advanced Services Businesses NUMBER of OF ADVANCED SERVICES BUSINESSES 1 Source: DRC Research

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FINANCIAL

JOBS

Number Services Businesses NUMBERofOFAdvanced MANUFACTURING BUSINESSES

Number Advanced Services Businesses NUMBER of OF FINANCIAL INDUSTRY BUSINESSES

1

1

1

15

60

61

760

LIFE SCIENCES

1

45

60

175

760

HOSPITALITY

Number of Advanced Services Businesses NUMBER OF LIFE SCIENCE BUSINESSES

Number of Advanced Services Businesses NUMBER OF HOSPITALITY BUSINESSES

1

1

1

7

60

15

760

1

40

60

216

760

HEALTH CARE

Number AdvancedINDUSTRY Services Businesses NUMBER OFofHEALTHCARE BUSINESSES 1 Source: DRC Research

2022

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SABRE HEADQUARTERS, SOUTHLAKE

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FORTUNE 1000 HEADQUARTERS

Dallas-Fort Worth continues to draw Fortune and Global 500 headquarters by growth and expansion of local companies as well as by relocations of headquarter operations. It is both a testament to the vibrant, diverse economy in DFW today as well as a natural progression for this region that is so recognized internationally for its strengths in advanced services and headquarter operations.

DENTON

SALLY BEAUTY

PLANO

YUM CHINA HOLDINGS RENT-A-CENTER

#668

GRAPEVINE / SOUTHLAKE / WESTLAKE CORE-MARK HOLDING CHARLES SCHWAB GAMESTOP MR. COOPER AMN HEALTHCARE

IRVING

MCKESSON EXXON MOBIL KIMBERLY-CLARK FLUOR VISTRA ENERGY PIONEER NATURAL RESOURCES CELANESE COMMERCIAL METALS MICHAELS COS. NEXSTAR MEDIA GROUP FLOWSERVE DARLING INGREDIENTS

ARLINGTON D.R. HORTON

FORT WORTH

AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP RANGE RESOURCES

McKINNEY GLOBE LIFE

RICHARDSON

LENNOX INTERNATIONAL

#224 #251 #521 #792 #862

DALLAS LOVE FIELD SOUTHWEST AIRLINES

#363 #780 #653 #336

DALLAS-LBJ CORRIDOR TENET HEALTHCARE AECOM+ TEXAS INSTRUMENTS BRINKER INTERNATIONAL ATMOS ENERGY COPART VALHI

#7 #10 #158 #196 #274 #428 #477 #492 #506 #576 #643 #660

NORTH DALLAS MATCH GROUP HILLTOP HOLDINGS

DOWNTOWN/UPTOWN

#148

#174 #966 * Fortune Global 500 Companies + Announced in 2021

#544

AT&T* ENERGY TRANSFER CBRE JACOBS ENGINEERING GROUP HOLLYFRONTIER BUILDERS FIRSTSOURCE ENLINK MIDSTREAM PRIMORIS SERVICES COMERICA TRINITY INDUSTRIES ARCOSA

#167 #189 #210 #736 #778 #910 #989 #864 #895 #11 #81 #122 #225 #279 #350 #630 #673 #729 #955 #975

13 FORBES TOP PRIVATE COMPANIES (2021) 25 | REPUBLIC NATIONAL

DISTRIBUTING COMPANY, Grand Prairie

70 | SAMMONS ENTERPRISES, Dallas 80 | SRS DISTRIBUTION, McKinney 81 | MICHAEL’S COMPANIES, Irving

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| MARY KAY, Addison | GOLDEN LIVING, Plano | AUSTIN INDUSTRIES, Dallas | MODE TRANSPORTATION, Dallas SOURCE: Forbes Magazine

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LEISURE & HOSPITALITY American Airlines Center Arcis Golf AT&T Stadium Brinker International CEC Entertainment Cinemark Holdings Cinépolis ClubCorp Holdings CorePoint Lodging Dave & Buster’s Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group Fiesta Restaurant Group Hilton Hotels.com La Madeleine Lone Star Park LSG Sky Chefs USA Pei Wei Pizza Hut Six Flags Entertainment Smoothie King Texas Motor Speedway Topgolf Entertainment Group Yum China Holdings

MANUFACTURING Airbus Helicopters Alcon Laboratories American Leather Arcosa Bell Helicopter Bimbo Bakeries USA Bombardier Aviation Borden Dairy Celanese Corporation Cisco Systems Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages Commercial Metals Dal-Tile Corporation Darling Ingredients Diodes Inc Encore Wire Corp Ericsson Essilor Farmer Brothers Flowserve Corporation Fossil Group Frito-Lay North America Fujitsu Network Communications 2022

General Motors Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation Hilti North America Huawei Technologies USA Integer Holdings Interceramic Interstate Battery Justin Brands Keurig Dr Pepper Kimberly-Clark Kubota L-3Harris Technologies Lennox International Lockheed Martin Mary Kay NCH Corporation Nokia North America Overhead Door PepsiCo Peterbilt Motors Poly-America Qorvo Raytheon Technologies Reddy Ice Sally Beauty Holdings Samsung Electronics America Smith & Nephew Solar Turbines STMicroelectronics Tetra Pak U.S. Texas Instruments Toyota Motor North America Triumph Aerostructures Valhi Williamson-Dickie

FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES AAA Texas Alkami Technology Allstate Amegy Bank Bank of America Bank of Texas BBVA Billingsley Company Capital One Bank CBRE Group, Inc. Charles Schwab Citi Comerica Bank CyrusOne Digital Realty Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Fidelity Investments Frost Bank Globe Life GM Financial Goldman Sachs & Co

VISIT SAYYESTODALLAS.COM TO FIND JOBS IN THE DALLAS REGION Hillwood Development Company HUB International JLL JPMorgan Chase Liberty Mutual Moneygram International Mr. Cooper Group Options Clearing Corporation ORIX USA Santander Consumer USA Silicon Valley Bank State Farm Insurance TD Ameritrade Texas Capital Bank TIAA Toyota Financial Services Trammell Crow Company Truist Bank USAA Veritex Holdings Wells Fargo Zillow

PROFESSIONAL & BUSINESS SERVICES Accenture AT&T Atos Boston Consulting Group Corgan CROSSMARK Deloitte DXC Technology Ernst & Young FedEX Office Freeman Company Google HKS IBM Corporation Intuit Jacobs Engineering Group KPMG McAfee McKinsey & Company Microsoft Corporation NTT Data PwC RealPage Ryan Salesforce Sammons Enterprises Thomson Reuters

JOBS

UnitedHealthcare University of North Texas System UT Arlington UT Dallas UT Southwestern Medical Center

Thryv T-Mobile Tyler Technologies Verizon Wireless Weaver

TRADE & TRANSPORTATION 7-Eleven Alaska Airlines Amazon American Airlines Group Andrews Distributing Company At Home Group Ben E. Keith Company BNSF Railway Boeing Container Store Group Copart Core-Mark Dallas Love Field DFW International Airport FedEx Furniture Marketing Group Gamestop Greyhound Lines HOLT CAT J.C. Penney Match Group McLaren Michaels Companies MV Transportation NEC Corporation of America Neiman Marcus Group Pier 1 Rent-A-Center Republic National Distributing Company Sabre Corporation Sewell Automotive Companies Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Southwest Airlines Target The Kroger Co. Trinity Industries Tuesday Morning Uber Technologies Union Pacific UPS Waymo

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THE INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM JOBS

Texas is arguably the No. 1 state in the country in which to do business, and Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the best places in the country to start a business. An explosion of new startups, coworking spaces, incubators, and accelerators are building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Dallas-Fort Worth.

DALLAS IS AMONG THE BEST CITIES FOR STARTUPS

DFW IS A TOP REGION FOR FAST-GROWTH COMPANIES

— STARTUP GENOME

Deloitte Greenho Innovation La

— INC. MAGAZINE

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Panther Lab Makerspace

The Makerspace at Walsh

Western Heritage Center WeWork CityCentral CoLAB Common Desk CommonGrounds WorkLodge TECH Fort Worth The Backlot AccelerateDFW Craftwork Coffee Co. Ensemble Rising Tide Initiative Locavore WeWork 76107 collective

Benbrook Makerspace

Alcon Experience Center

RENDERING: WEST END INNOVATION DISTRICT

THE NORTH TEXAS INNOVATION ALLIANCE Formed in 2020, The North Texas Innovation Alliance (NTXIA) is a 501c3 consortium of cross-sector partners across North Texas with the mission to be the most connected and resilient region in the country. The NTXIA is the largest Smart Region effort of its kind in the United States, and will enhance economic vitality and highlight the culture of innovation that supports companies in the region. NTXIA will address both current and evolving challenges by working collaboratively to drive innovative solutions that increase efficiencies, sustainability, economic growth, and quality of life. The consortium will also focus on regional standards and policies that will facilitate faster deployment and results. For more information, please visit www.NTXIA.com. SOURCE: DRC Research

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The Forge UNT Factory

FUSE Workspace Tech Culture McKinney

TechMill Stoke UNT Collab Lab Inspire Park

JOBS

Makerspace at Sci-Tech Discovery Center

25N Coworking Serendipidity Labs

Venture X Formation Serendipity Labs Desk WeWork Common Spaces NTT Data Collaboration Center Capital One Garage Venture X USAA Innovation Lab Industrious Ericsson Experience Center WeWork City Central Toyota Connected Spaces

Old Town Headquarters Cowork Suites

house ab

AT&T Foundry

Sabre Innovation Hub

Spaces

Colleyville Business Center

GameStop Technology Institute

The Maker Spot The Center NTEETC

Venture X Collective Office BOSS Office LIFT

INCUBATOR OR ACCELERATOR

TheLab.ms City Central

!

Addison Spaces Treehouse

Dallas Makerspace IBM Innovation Common Desk Center Saltbox Microsoft Essilor Technology Center Innovation Center

Spaces Samsung Research America

Common Desk

City Central

Varispace

COWORKING CORPORATE INNOVATION OR EXPERIENCE CENTER MAKERSPACE

Venture Development Hexa Center (UTD) Blackstone LaunchPad The Drawing Board UTDesign Makerspace Business Lounge Dallas Venture X TI Kilby Labs

Rockwall Openspace

Rockwall Makerspace

Revolving Kitchen ATOS Business Spaces Technology & ! Innovation NEC Center Executive Intelligent Office +1Labs Varispace Briefing Match Group DFW Global CoWork Center Venture X WeWork Tech Wildcatters Venture X Moneygram Innovation Lab WeWork Engage Parkland Center for Venture X Common Desk SMU DIG Clinical Innovation SMU Incubator Biocenter (PCCI) WorkTank The Study, Irving The Mix ! Blackstone Pegasus Park Innovation Center !Launchpad at UTSW Luminesce BioLabs Work214 Children’s Health The Slate Venture X Innovation Lab The Work ! Lodge !

Union Worx TechFW@UTA UTA Technology Incubator UTA FabLab StartupLounge Pinn Station

Arts Mission Oak Cliff

Common Desk Tyler-Station Wax Space Women Veterans’ Enterprise Center

NuvoDesk

Paul Quinn College

UNTD Red Bird Entrepreneur Center The Office at Cedar Hill The Office in Mansfield

Industrious

Hana

WeWork

Serendipity Labs

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Spaces Common Desk WeWork Hatchways Centrl Office EY Cybersecurity Center BCBS C1 Innovation Lab United Way Sam’s Club Innovation Center Social Innovation Common Desk Accelerator Accenture Dallas Digital Studio

WeWork WeWork Labs

RevTech

Novel

CBRE Innovation Center Kings Club 717 Harwood Health Wildcatters Cause Studio NEP Studios CoLab

Spaces

GeniusDen

Common Desk

AT&T Executive Briefing Center / Discovery District

USPTO Regional Office

Impact Ventures Goodwork

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The Cedars Union

Acme Creation Lab

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Mount Pleasant, TX is a micropolitan city located two hours east of downtown

Dallas on Interstate 30. The city is home to international manufacturers & national retailers. Mount Pleasant offers a certified industrial park on Interstate 30, continued investments in infrastructure, & plans for large mixed-use developments. As a diverse lake community with a thriving Main Street downtown, robust medical center, & diversified employment base, the live-work balance has never been easier.

Nathan Tafoya, CEcD 903.717.7241 nathan@mpedc.org

A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE DALLAS REGIONAL CHAMBER AND DALLAS NEXT


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ESSENTIALS

ESSENTIALS

NUTS AND BOLTS YOU NEED TO KNOW MOVING CHECKLIST | YOUR FIRST 30 DAYS TAX RATES | HELPFUL NUMBERS AND WEBSITES IMPORTANT LAWS

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CAMERON WOODS

CAMERON WOODS CITY: The Colony COMPANY/TITLE: Fay Financial/ Corporate Paralegal When did you move here? From where? I moved here from Chicago in August 2017.

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“THERE ARE ALL STRIPES OF PEOPLE HERE, LIVING AND WORKING TOGETHER. IT’S A VERY ENCOURAGING THING TO SEE.”

Where else have you lived? Florida, Pennsylvania What made you Say Yes to Dallas? My reasons for choosing Dallas and returning to Texas were numerous, including: family ties, cost of living, and new opportunities in general. How has your opinion of the Dallas Region changed since moving here? I think the level of diversity has been a great surprise. There are all stripes of people here, living and working together.

It’s a very encouraging thing to see. Tell us about your city/neighborhood. What do you like best? What makes it different? I live on the edge of Lewisville in The Colony, and it’s basically a nice and quiet enclave just north of the city. I really enjoy the space, friendly people, and general “cleanliness” of the area, if that makes sense. Where do you go and what do you do on

the weekends or days off? Well since I’m from East Texas (Tyler) and also have immediate family down in Round Rock, I spend a lot of weekends road tripping to catch up with family and friends. When I’m not on the road, I love finding new food places, catching good movies, or going to places where I can get both—Alamo Drafthouse!!

MOVING CHECKLIST STEP 1: DECIDE WHEN YOU WANT TO MOVE Moving can be both exciting and stressful as you pick up your entire life to start over somewhere new. If you have the freedom to pick when you want to move, there are a few things to consider. If cost is a factor, moving during the off-season, such as in spring or late fall, will give you the least expensive rates from moving companies. Try to avoid booking your move on the weekends, during the summer, or on the first of the month as rates can be their highest. If you have children in school, you may need to move during the summer as it’s least disruptive to them. Once you’ve weighed the pros and cons and figured out when to move, use our 8 Week Moving Checklist to help you plan an organized move to get you settled in your new place. EIGHT WEEKS UNTIL MOVE: GET ESTIMATES & MAKE LISTS

❏ Relocating for a job? Find out

what expenses your employer will cover. ❏ If buying a home, contact a real estate agent in Dallas. ❏ Decide if you want to hire a moving company and start getting estimates. SIX WEEKS UNTIL MOVE: PURGE & START PACKING

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and sorting out clothing, accessories, and shoes you do not want to keep.

❏ Choose what you can donate

to charity and schedule a charity organization of your choice to pick them up (for example, Salvation Army or a veterans’ charity).

❏ Have a garage sale or sell

online (on CraigsList or eBay) value items and things that are not worth the cost of moving, but which you don’t want to give away for free.

FOUR WEEKS UNTIL MOVE: UPDATE ADDRESS

❏ Submit a change-of-address

form. Go to your local post office and submit a changeof-address form in order to ensure that all your mail will be properly forwarded. You can do this online in order to save time.

❏ Request 1 or 2 days off from

your work for date(s) planned for your move (unless you are changing jobs).

❏ Find a new primary doctor

(and pediatrician, if you have children) and dentist and arrange for your medical records to be transferred.

❏ If you have children, check the

pre-registration procedures for enrolling children in school.

❏ Talk to the current and future

school/daycare to transfer school records and make plans for a smooth transition.

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❏ Gather important documents, jewelry, and valuables and pack them separately in your personal bags or ship them with a trackable delivery with insurance.

❏ If you’re driving long distance to your new home, have your car checked up and serviced for a long drive.

❏ Take an inventory of your

most expensive or cherished possessions and take photos of them to have proof in case of damage.

TWO WEEKS UNTIL MOVE: FINISH UP LOOSE ENDS

❏ Check the pre-registration procedures for enrolling children in school.

❏ Use up food from the

refrigerator, freezer, and pantry, to minimize waste.

❏ Double check that you’ve

updated your address everywhere where needed.

❏ Notify movers ahead of time if you’re moving big appliances which may need special handling; likewise, for gas appliances, consult with your gas utility provider.

❏ Refill your medication

prescriptions and keep them easily accessible by packing them in your handbag.

❏ Keep some cash on hand for

tips and small expenses, as you may not be able to pay by credit card everywhere.

❏ Update your shipping address

on Amazon, eBay, PayPal, and other online shopping sites you use, and direct any scheduled or future shipments to the correct address.

ONE WEEK UNTIL MOVE: TAKE CARE OF FINAL DETAILS

❏ Plan to transfer utilities.

Call your utility companies —electricity, water, gas, telephone, mobile, internet, TV cable, sewer, trash—and put in a request to turn off utilities at the old address on the day after your move.

❏ Pack a personal suitcase

with toiletries, essentials, valuables, and comfortable clothes for each person in your household; keep these suitcases with you.

❏ Do a final box count to have an accurate count for your records and for the moving company, if they request it.

❏ Confirm the important details

with your moving company to avoid any last-minute misunderstandings: phone numbers on both sides, contact person’s name, destination address, date and time when the truck will arrive, etc.

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FIRST 30 DAYS

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO GET ESTABLISHED, MAKE CONNECTIONS, AND FEEL AT HOME Settling into a new community takes time and often requires a checklist. Here are the things you need to do during those first few weeks to get established, make connections, and feel at home.

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1. FIRST THINGS FIRST: MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS. Research shows that knowing the people who live around you is good for both your physical and mental health. Don’t wait for your neighbors to come to you—be your own welcome wagon. 2. READ UP ON SPECIFIC TEXAS AND DALLASFORT WORTH LAWS that could impact you. 3. GET YOUR VEHICLE INSPECTED. Texas requires an annual state emissions inspection. Many mechanic shops, gas stations, and oil change locations offer these inspections. Find one near you at txdps.state.tx.us/rsd/vi/ vIactivestationlocator. Be sure to take your driver’s license and proof of insurance. 4. GET YOUR TEXAS VEHICLE REGISTRATION STICKER AND LICENSE PLATES. You can do this at your county tax assessor-collector’s office. You’ll need to show proof of ownership, such as registration or title from your previous home state, as well as proof of insurance. 5. APPLY FOR A TEXAS DRIVER’S LICENSE at the Texas Department of Public Safety office in your area. To find the location nearest you, go to txdps.state.tx.us or call 512-424-2600. 6. If you’re going to commute to work via public transportation, FIND YOUR NEAREST DART STATION OR BUS STOPS and plot your route. Buy passes and do a test ride. 7. If you’ll commute by car, MAP OUT FIRST AND SECONDARY HIGHWAY ROUTES. If toll roads are in your future, get a TollTag. Test out your routes. 8. DRIVE OTHER STUFF, TOO. DFW is a big place, and it can be difficult to budget for traffic. As you have time, pick a neighborhood that is not your own and drive to it. Do it a couple of times during different parts of the day. Then challenge yourself to get there and back home without using GPS. This will help you orient yourself to the area and make life easier when you need to get someplace out of your comfort zone. 9. PRINT OUT EMERGENCY NUMBERS, such as fire, ambulance, police, etc. Program these numbers into your phone as well. 10. LOCATE THE HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM NEAREST YOUR HOME. Take a test drive to determine the fastest route before you need it. Likewise, find the nearest urgent care center to your home and office—and review 2022

your health insurance policy to discover what it covers. 11. FIND A NEW DOCTOR. Find a new dentist. Find a new hairdresser. Find someone to fix your car when it breaks. Having the people you will need in place before you need them is peace of mind. We think the best way to do this is ask neighbors and co-workers for referrals. 12. IF YOU HAVE KIDS, REGISTER THEM IN SCHOOL. If they’ll be walking to classes, map out their routes and do a test run. If they’ll be taking the bus, find out the schedules and routes. If school has already started, arrange a parentteacher conference to kick things off right. 13. If you have a dog, SCOUT OUT DOG PARKS. Ask around for a veterinarian referral or check out a veterinarian’s office close to your home. Locate the all-night emergency vet clinic in your neighborhood. 14. GET UP TO SPEED ON CURRENT LOCAL NEWS. Subscribe to the newspaper or a community magazine or bookmark related websites. Check your cable/satellite/digital channels for local news stations and program your radio with your favorites. 15. READ UP ON OUR COLORFUL PAST. 16. JOIN A GYM near your home or office. It’s a good way to meet people and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Alternatively, you may want to join a club, professional organization, or special interest group. DFW has an abundance of running clubs, book clubs, car clubs, environmental groups, theater troupes, etc. You’re sure to find something

that suits your interests. 17. If you’re keen on local politics, ATTEND A LOCAL GOVERNMENT MEETING. Call the one in your community and ask about open meetings. 18. REGISTER TO VOTE and locate your polling place. Go to votexas.org for information. 19. GET TO KNOW YOUR NEW CO-WORKERS. Join an after-work happy hour or ask someone to lunch or coffee. 20. If religion is an important part of your life, EXPLORE THE CHURCHES, TEMPLES, OR SYNAGOGUES in Dallas-Fort Worth. Our area has a plentiful and diverse selection of places to worship, so if your first selection isn’t the right fit, there’s likely another choice just around the corner. 21. GET OUTSIDE. DFW has a lot to offer an outdoors enthusiast, including hiking trails, cycling paths, running trails, lakes, parks, and more. 22. SUPPORT THE HOME TEAM. Whatever your interest—football, basketball, baseball, hockey—we’ve got game (and a lot of trophies)! It’s also fun to connect with your college alumni group so you can support your own teams. It’s a good way to meet people with a background similar to yours and feel more at home. 23. VOLUNTEER. It’s good to give back, and helping out in your new community is a great way to meet like-minded people. 24. GET SOME SLEEP. Moving is stressful. Take

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TAX PREP

STATE: 6 1/4% (.0625) CITY: 1/4% - 2% (.0025 - .02), depending on local rate COUNTY: 1/2% (.005) – 1.5% (.015) , depending on local rate TRANSIT: 1/4 % (.0025) – 1% (.0025 - 0.01) , depending on local rate SPECIAL PURPOSE DISTRICTS: 1/8% (.00125) – 2% (.00125 - .02), depending on local rate

DFW COMMUNITIES SALES TAX SAMPLE 2021 Rates per $100

When you move to Texas, you won’t pay a personal income tax at the state or local level. You also won’t pay a local occupation tax or local wage tax. This means more money in your paycheck. Instead, you pay for local government services, such as education, through local property taxes, sales taxes, and business taxes. It’s a balance, to be sure, but for people who are moving to DFW from high-incometax states, this change can feel like a financial windfall.

COUNTIES Collin Dallas Denton Ellis Hunt Johnson Kaufman Parker Rockwall Tarrant Wise

RATE $0.168087 $0.227946 $0.233086 $0.339338 $0.428379 $0.420000 $0.461171 $0.329362 $0.313100 $0.229000 $0.370125

CITIES Addison Allen Anna Arlington Azle Balch Springs Bedford Benbrook Burleson Carrollton Cedar Hill Celina Cleburne Cockrell Hill Colleyville Commerce Coppell Corinth Crowley Dallas Decatur Denton DeSoto Duncanville Ennis Euless Everman Fairview

RATE $0.614660 $0.470000 $0.569500 $0.619800 $0.646149 $0.794629 $0.552000 $0.617500 $0.685900 $0.582500 $0.697029 $0.645000 $0.690498 $0.850573 $0.291778 $0.820000 $0.580000 $0.567000 $0.729545 $0.773300 $0.581692 $0.565823 $0.701554 $0.700000 $0.724473 $0.475000 $1.149676 $0.345580

Farmers Branch$0.589000 Fate $0.339872 Flower Mound $0.405000 Forest Hill $0.997342 Forney $0.501069 Fort Worth $0.732500 Frisco $0.446600 Garland $0.756965 Glenn Heights $0.769146 Grand Prairie $0.669998 Grapevine $0.271811 Greenville $0.589000 Haltom City $0.645651 Heath $0.339307 Hickory Creek $0.307280 Highland Park $0.230000 Highland Village $0.563474 Hurst $0.625159 Hutchins $0.682459 Irving $0.594100 Joshua $0.711493 Kaufman $0.799976 Keene $0.844134 Keller $0.395000 Kennedale $0.764085 Krum $0.621598 Lake Dallas $0.614123 Lake Worth $0.458548 Lancaster $0.769287 Lewisville $0.443301 Little Elm $0.643948 Lucas $0.288397 Mansfield $0.690000 McKinney $0.497655 Melissa $0.568157 Mesquite $0.708620 Midlothian $0.675000 Murphy $0.495000 North Richland Hills $0.572184 Parker $0.365984 Plano $0.446500 Princeton $0.602549

CITY

STATE RATE

PLANO DALLAS DENTON FORT WORTH

CITY RATE

OTHER RATES

TOTAL RATE

0.010 0.010 0.015 0.010

0.0100 MTA 0.0100 MTA 0.0050 CTA .005 MTA, .005 CCD

0.0825 0.0825 0.0825 0.0825

0.0625 0.0625 0.0625 0.0625

NOTES: MTA = Metropolitian Transit Authorities, CCD = Crime Control District SOURCE: Texas Comptrollers Office

Prosper Providence Red Oak Richardson Richland Hills River Oaks Roanoke Rockwall Rowlett Royse City Sachse Saginaw Sanger Sansom Park Seagoville Southlake Sunnyvale Terrell The Colony Trophy Club University Park Watauga Waxahachie Weatherford White Settlement Willow Park Wylie

$0.510000 $0.732040 $0.703645 $0.615160 $0.558551 $0.720874 $0.375120 $0.350000 $0.745000 $0.621500 $0.700734 $0.479516 $0.633711 $0.670724 $0.788800 $0.390000 $0.453000 $0.764200 $0.650000 $0.445000 $0.264388 $0.580400 $0.635000 $0.458100

SCHOOLS Aledo ISD Allen ISD Alvarado ISD Alvord ISD Anna ISD Argyle ISD Arlington ISD Aubrey ISD Avalon ISD Azle ISD Birdville ISD Bland ISD Blue Ridge ISD

RATE $1.392900 $1.406800 $1.372000 $1.154290 $1.460300 $1.400000 $1.360800 $1.508700 $1.028120 $1.222600 $1.338000 $1.112000 $1.460300

$0.741795 $0.566650 $0.643751

Boles ISD $1.210300 Brock ISD $1.390300 Burleson ISD $1.494600 Caddo Mills ISD $1.460300 Campbell ISD $0.872000 Carroll ISD $1.268600 Carrollton Farmers Branch ISD $1.201250 Castleberry ISD $1.313100 Cedar Hill ISD $1.238400 Celeste ISD $1.223600 Celina ISD $1.440900 Cleburne ISD $1.448600 Collin College (CCD) $0.081222 Commerce ISD $1.359800 Community ISD $1.460300 Coppell ISD $1.292000 Crandall ISD $1.372000 Crowley ISD $1.484100 Cumby ISD $1.420300 Dallas College (CCD) $0.123510 Dallas ISD $1.248235 Denton ISD $1.362000 DeSoto ISD $1.388600 Duncanville ISD $1.315900 Eagle MountainSaginaw ISD $1.457500 Ennis ISD $1.453700 Era ISD $1.042000 Everman ISD $1.370000 Farmersville ISD $1.353300 Ferris ISD $1.313800 Forney ISD $1.372000 Fort Worth ISD $1.343200 Frisco ISD $1.353300 Frost ISD $1.236690 Garland ISD $1.256300 Godley ISD $1.492000 Grand Prairie ISD $1.376300

SAMPLE TAX INFORMATION FOR DFW COMMUNITIES CITY $0.446500

PLANO

$0.773300

DALLAS

$0.565823

DENTON FORT WORTH

$0.732500

COUN TY $0.168087

COLLIN

$0.227946

DALLAS

$0.233086

DENTON TARRANT

$0.229000

Grandview ISD $1.178100 GrapevineColleyville ISD $1.275100 Greenville ISD $1.120481 Gunter ISD $1.468600 Highland Park ISD $1.084800 Hurst-EulessBedford ISD $1.160800 Irving ISD $1.207700 Italy ISD $1.287000 Joshua ISD $1.290000 Kaufman ISD $1.287600 Keene ISD $1.231270 Keller ISD $1.344000 Kennedale ISD $1.299100 Krum ISD $1.344930 Lake Dallas ISD $1.500300 Lake Worth ISD $1.519100 Lancaster ISD $1.470400 Leonard ISD $0.960300 Lewisville ISD $1.308700 Little Elm ISD $1.430300 Lone Oak ISD $1.222000 Lovejoy ISD $1.505000 Mansfield ISD $1.418300 Maypearl ISD $1.171700 McKinney ISD $1.376700 Melissa ISD $1.460300 Mesquite ISD $1.312000 Midlothian ISD $1.352000 Milford ISD $0.957700 Millsap ISD $1.274900 Mineral Wells ISD $1.303680 Northwest ISD $1.292000 Palmer ISD $1.273600 Peaster ISD $1.372000 Perrin Whitt ISD $1.140400 Pilot Point ISD $1.160300 Plano ISD $1.320750 Ponder ISD $1.407780 Poolville ISD $1.160300

DALLAS ISD DENTON ISD FORT WORTH ISD

$1.320750 $1.248235

OTHER RATE Dallas County Parkland Hospital (HD) $0.255000 Dallas County School Equalization (SET) $0.000000 Tarrant County Hospital (HD) $0.224429 Tarrant County Water District (WD) $0.028700 Sources: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise County Appraisal Districts

2021 RATE PER $100 OF TAXABLE VALUATION

SCHOOL DISTRICT PLANO ISD

Princeton ISD $1.460300 Prosper ISD $1.460300 Quinlan ISD $1.060300 Red Oak ISD $1.325600 Richardson ISD $1.390900 Rio Vista ISD $1.322990 Rockwall ISD $1.273600 Royse City ISD $1.460300 Sanger ISD $1.142300 Scurry-Rosser ISD $1.120300 Slidell ISD $1.047400 Springtown ISD $1.143200 Sunnyvale ISD $1.342000 Tarrant County College (CCD) $0.130170 Terrell ISD $1.344500 Trenton ISD $1.140300 Van Alstyne ISD $1.427900 Venus ISD $1.383500 Waxahachie ISD$1.344200 Weatherford ISD $1.239300 White Settlement ISD $1.460300 Whitewright ISD $1.111600 Wolfe City ISD $1.144716 Wylie ISD $1.459800

OTHER CCD

$0.081222

SET

$0.00000

HD

$0.255000

CCD

$0.123510

WD

$0.028700

HD

$0.224429

CCD

$0.130170

$1.362000 $1.343200

TOTAL $2.016559 $2.627991 $2.160909 $2.687999

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MUST-HAVE CONTACT INFO Addison, Town of

972-450-7001

addisontx.gov

Haslet, City of

817-439-5931

haslet.org

Allen Economic Development Corporation

972-727-0250

allentx.com

HEB Economic Development Foundation

817-540-1053

heb.org

Arlington, City of

817-459-6777

arlingtontx.gov

Hickory Creek, Town of

940-497-2528

hickorycreek-tx.gov

Highland Village, City of

972-899-5131

highlandvillage.org

Hurst, City of

817-788-7044

ci.hurst.tx.us

Hutchins, City of

972-225-4449

hutchinsedc.org

Irving–Las Colinas Economic Development Commission

214-507-5091

irvingchamber.com

817-866-0820

johnsoncountytx.org

940-648-3800

cityofjustin.com

972-932-5332

kaufmanedc.org

817-641-3337 ext. 36 817-743-4000 903-498-3191 817-985-2100 940-497-2226 817-237-1211 ext. 225

keenetx.com

972-218-1300

lancaster-tx.com

972-219-3400 214-975-0406

cityoflewisville.com littleelmtx.us

817-728-3650

mansfield-texas.com

972-562-5430

mckinneyedc.com

972-216-6340

mesquiteecodev.com

972-775-3481

cedmidlothian.org

972-468-4118

murphytx.org

817-640-3300

nctcog.org

817-427-6060

nrhtx.com

817-617-3705

townofpantego.com

940-686-2165

cityofpilotpoint.org

972-208-8300

planotexas.org

972-941-7000 972-734-2416 972-346-3502 817-281-9376 972-617-3638

plano.gov princetontx.gov prosperedc.com netarrant.org redoaktx.org

972-792-2800

telecomcorridor.com

817-491-2411

roanoketexas.com

972-772-0025

rockwall.com

972-463-2489 972-524-4700

rowlett.com roysecity.com

972-675-0562

sachseedc.com

817-232-4640 940-458-7702

saginaw.tx.us sangertexas.org

972-287-9944

seagovilleedc.com

903-868-2566

sedco.org

Athens Economic Development Corporation

903-675-4617

athensedc.com

Azle, City of

817-444-2541

ci.azle.tx.us

Balch Springs, City of

972-286-4477

cityofbalchsprings.com

Bedford, City of

817-952-2101

ci.bedford.tx.us

Benbrook Economic Development Corporation

817-249-3000

benbrook.org

Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation

940-683-3490

cityofbridgeport.net

Burleson, City of

817-426-9600

burlesontx.com

Carrollton, City of

972-466-3000

cityofcarrollton.com

Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation

972-291-5132

cedarhilltx.com

Celina Economic Development Corporation

972-382-3455

celinaedc.com

Cleburne, City of

817-645-0900

cleburne.net

Colleyville, City of

817-503-1000

colleyville.com

Keller, City of Kemp, City of Kennedale, City of Lake Dallas, City of

Commerce Economic Development Corporation

903-886-1121

commercetx.org

Lake Worth, City of

Coppell, City of

972-462-0022

ci.coppell.tx.us

Corinth Economic Development Corporation

940-498-3284

cityofcorinth.com

Crandall Economic Development Corporation

972-427-8300

crandalledc.com

Dallas, City of

214-670-1221

dallascityhall.com

Dallas County

214-653-7011

dallascounty.org

Dallas Regional Chamber

214-746-6600

dallaschamber.org

Decatur Economic Development Corporation

940-627-9109

decaturtx.org

Denison Development Alliance

903-464-0883

denisontx.org

Denton Chamber of Commerce

940-382-9693

dentonedp.com

DeSoto Economic Development Corporation

972-230-9611

dedc.org

Duncanville, City of

972-780-5000

ci.duncanville.tx.us

Ennis, City of

972-878-1234 ext. 2238

ennis-texas.com

Euless, City of

817-685-1422

eulesstx.gov

Everman, City of

817-293-0525

evermantx.net

Fairview Economic Development Corporation

972-562-0522

fairviewtexas.org

Farmers Branch, City of

972-919-2512

farmersbranch.info

Farmersville Economic Development Corporation

972-782-6151

farmersvilletx.com

Flower Mound, Town of

972-539-7378

flower-mound.com

Forest Hill, City of

817-568-3000

foresthilltx.org

Lancaster Economic Development Corporation Lewisville, City of Little Elm, City of Mansfield Economic Development Corporation McKinney Economic Development Corporation Mesquite, City of Midlothian Economic Development Corporation Murphy, City of North Central Texas Council of Governments North Richland Hills, City of Pantego Economic Development Corporation Pilot Point, City of Plano Economic Development Plano, City of Princeton, City of Prosper, Town of Quad Cities DFW Red Oak, City of Richardson Economic Development Corporation Roanoke, City of Rockwall Economic Development Corporation Rowlett, City of Royse City Sachse Economic Development Corporation Saginaw, City of Sanger, City of Seagoville Economic Development Corporation Sherman Economic Development Corporation

Forney Economic Development Corporation

972-564-5808

forneytexasedc.org

Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

817-336-2491 ext. 228

fortworthchamber.com

Frisco Economic Development Corporation

972-668-5550

friscoedc.com

Garland Chamber of Commerce

972-272-7551

garlandchamber.com

Glenn Heights, City of

972-223-1690

glennheights.com

Grand Prairie, City of

972-237-8081

gptx.org

Grapevine, City of

817-410-3135

ci.grapevine.tx.us

Greenville Economic Development Corporation

800-295-4141

ci.greenville.tx.us

Haltom City

817-222-7723

haltomcitytx.com

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Johnson County Economic Development Corporation Justin Economic Development Corporation Kaufman Economic Development Corporation Keene, City of

cityofkeller.com kempedc.com cityofkennedale.com lakedallas.com lakeworthtx.org

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(CONTINUED) MUST-HAVE CONTACT INFO Southlake, City of

817-748-8400

cityofsouthlake.com

State of Texas Economic Development & Tourism

800-843-5781

governor.state.tx.us

Sunnyvale, City of

972-226-7177

townofsunnyvale.org

Terrell Chamber of Commerce

972-563-5703

The Colony Economic Development Corporation

972-624-3127

Trophy Club, Town of

Dallas Police Department / Jack Evans Police Headquarters

214-671-3001

Dallas Public Library

214-670-1400

DFW Airport

972-973-8888

terrelltexas.com

Emergency Preparedness

214-670-4275

thecolonyedc.org

Garbage Collection

214-670-8613

682-831-4600

ci.trophyclub.tx.us

Environmental & Health Services

214-670-3092

Watauga, City of

817-514-5813

cowtx.org

Love Field Airport

214-670-6073

Waxahachie, City of

469-309-4000

waxahachie.com

Mayor’s Office

214-670-4054

Weatherford ED Authority

817-594-9429 ext. 102

ci.weatherford.tx.us

Court & Detention Services

214-670-0109

Westlake, Town of

817-490-5720

westlake-tx.org

Park and Recreation

214-670-4100

Wilmer, City of

972-441-3574

Taxes

214-631-0910

Wylie, Development Corp. of

972-442-7901

Tree Trimming (for trees too close to power lines), TXU

972-791-2888

Visitor Information Center

214-571-1000

Zoning

214-948-4480

wylieedc.com

DFW AREA APPRAISAL DISTRICTS Collin County Appraisal District

469-742-9200

collincad.org

Dallas County Appraisal District

214-631-0910

dallascad.org

Delta County Appraisal District

903-395-4118

delta-cad.org

Denton County Appraisal District

940-349-3800

dentoncad.com

Ellis Central Appraisal District

972-937-3552

elliscad.com

Hunt County Appraisal District

903-408-4000

Johnson County Central Appraisal District

817-648-3000

TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)

800-525-5555

txdps.state.tx.us

hctax.info

Dallas Courtesy Patrol

214-653-3465

dallascounty.org/ department/sheriff/ courtesy_patrol.php

johnsoncad.com

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART)

214-749-2662

dart.org

North Texas Tollway Authority

214-461-2000​

ntta.org

NTTA Roadside Assistance

972-444-4357

Kaufman County Appraisal District

972-932-6081

kaufman-cad.org

Parker County Appraisal District

817-596-0077

parkercad.org

Rockwall Central Appraisal District

972-771-2034

rockwallcad.com

DFW WORKFORCE BOARDS

Tarrant County Appraisal District

817-284-0024

tad.org

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas

888-548-9675

dfwjobs.com

940-627-3081

appraisaldistrict. net/countyappraisal. asp?county=wise

Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County

817-413-4000

workforcesolutions.net

Wise County Appraisal District

DALLAS COUNTY Agricultural Extension Service

972-231-5362

County Commissioners Court

214-653-7361

County General Information

214-653-7475

County Judge

214-653-7555

County Taxes

214-653-7811

County Welfare

214-819-1800 ext. 1801

District Attorney

214-653-3600

Health Department

214-819-2000

Immunizations

214-819-2000

Justice Center (Inmate Affairs)

214-761-9025

Marriage License

214-653-7099

Vital Statistics/Records

214-670-3248

Voter Registration

214-819-6389

CITY OF DALLAS Emergency

911

Animal Control

311

Building Inspection

214-948-4480

Chamber of Commerce

214-746-6600

City Council

214-670-4050

City Manager

214-670-3296

Civil Service Board

214-670-3748

Controller

214-670-3538

Dallas City Services

311

Dallas Convention Center

214-939-2724

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Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas 214-421-2460

wfsdallas.com

HUMAN SERVICES AND SPECIAL NEEDS American Cancer Society American Red Cross – Dallas American Red Cross – Fort Worth Arthritis Foundation Austin Street Shelter Callier Center for Communications Disorders – UT Dallas Cancer Care Services Catholic Charities Child Care Associates Dallas Life Foundation Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind Dallas Urban League Deaf Action Center

800-227-2345 214-678-4800

Down Syndrome Guild

214-267-1374

Easter Seals Greater Northwest Texas ECI of Richardson Goodwill Industries of Dallas Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth Greater Dallas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse

817-332-7171

Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center

214-521-4673

817-335-9137 800-283-7800 214-428-4242 214-905-3000 817-921-0653 214-638-4997 817-838-0055 214-421-1380 214-821-2375 214-413-1760 214-521-0407

972-705-5291 214-638-2800 817-332-7866 214-522-8600

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Dallas Life Foundation

214-421-1380

dallaslife.org

Lift

214-824-2000

lift-texas.org

817-335-5405

North Dallas Shared Ministries

972-620-8696

ndsm.org

The Salvation Army

214-630-5611

salvationarmyusa.org

877-275-6233

The Stewpot

214-746-2785

thestewpot.org

North Dallas Shared Ministries

972-620-8696

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

214-978-0000

unitedwaydallas.org

Poison Center

800-222-1222

Visiting Nurse Association

214-689-0000

vnatexas.org

Rape Crisis Center Dallas

972-641-7273

Volunteer Center

214-826-6767

volunteernorthtexas.org

Recovery Resource Council (Alcoholism & Drug Abuse)

817-332-6329

West Dallas Community Centers

214-760-8353

westdallas.org

The Salvation Army

214-424-7200

Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas

214-828-1000

African Chamber of Commerce

214-628-2569

The ARC of Dallas

214-634-9810

972-241-6450

The ARC of Greater Tarrant County

American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Texas

817-877-1474

Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Dallas

972-241-8250

The Bridge Emergency Youth Services

817-335-4673

British-American Business Council of North Texas

214-229-8801

The Women’s Center of Tarrant County

817-924-9572 214-637-6117

Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce

214-421-5200

Union Gospel Mission United Cerebral Palsy of Metropolitan Dallas

800-999-1898

East African Chamber of Commerce

214-267-9189

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

214-978-0000

French-American Chamber of Commerce, DFW

972-241-0111

Youth Crisis and Runaway Hotline

800-621-4000 (24 hours)

Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Dallas

214-521-6007

Greater Southwest Black Chamber of Commerce

972-230-0501

214-828-4192

ETHNIC CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

HEALTH CARE SERVICES Dallas County Dental Society

972-386-5741

Israel Chamber of Commerce

214-272-4817

Dallas County Medical Society

214-948-3622

713-960-0845

DFW Hospital Council

972-719-4900

Texas Turkish American Chamber of Commerce

Health Industry Council of DFW

972-256-2291

U.S. China Chamber of Commerce

312-368-9911

Tarrant County Medical Society

817-732-2825

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

214-978-0000

U.S.-India Chamber of Commerce

214-346-9559

United Way of Tarrant County

817-258-8000

U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

214-651-4300

Visiting Nurse Association

214-905-6053

HELPFUL WEBSITES

CHILD CARE LICENSING OFFICES Dallas

214-951-7902 / 800-582-6036

Denton

940-381-3447

Fort Worth

800-582-8286 / 817-321-8604

Plano

469-229-6900 ext. 6901

DALLAS ISD Administration Building

972-925-3700

Athletics

972-749-2450

Attendance and Truancy

214-932-5030

Child Abuse/Domestic Violence

888-572-2873

Communications

972-925-3900

Counseling Services

972-925-3505

Customer Service Center

Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau

visitdallas.com

Dallas Morning News

dallasnews.com

Dallas Police Department

dallaspolice.net

Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau

fortworth.com

Fort Worth Police Department

fortworthpd.com

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

star-telegram.com

DFW CONSULATES Canada

214-922-9806

France

214-953-0100 ext. 105

Germany

214-748-4915 / 214-752-3684

Iceland

214-272-2363

Japan

972-713-8683

972-925-5555

Mexico

214-932-8670

Early Childhood Education

972-925-8930

Republic of Korea

972-701-0108

Health Services

972-925-3386

Romania

214-522-3799

Physical Education

972-925-6790

Slovak Republic

214-251-8020

Safe and Drug-Free Schools

972-925-8040

South Africa

214-943-1068

Special Education

972-581-4100

Spain

214-373-1200

Sweden

972-991-8013

Switzerland

214-965-1025

Taiwan

972-436-4242

VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS American Red Cross

214-678-4800

redcross.org/tx/dallasfort-worth/locations

Austin Street Shelter

214-428-4242

austinstreet.org

Thailand

214-934-0022 ext. 2204

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

214-871-0876

bbbs.org

Tunisia

972-267-4191

ccgd.org

Uganda

972-387-7860 ext. 13

United Kingdom

214-978-8930

Community Council of Greater Dallas

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214-379-4357

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GETTING THE LAY OF THE LAND

Bowie

CLAY

Start talking to people about Dallas, and you’ll quickly realize there’s more here than just the city of Dallas. The official North Texas metropolitan area comprises 11 counties and more than 8,600 square miles, making it the largest land-locked metropolitan area in the United States. With more than 200 cities in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, there is the perfect community for everyone. Each community has its own personality, places of worship, schools, entertainment options, and more. Finding the part of town that makes the most sense for you just takes a little time. With a bit of guidance and patience, you’ll find a place that works for you, whether you are looking for an urban apartment as a single person with a pet or a spacious address in the suburbs for your family of five. The Communities section, in the front of this magazine, breaks down Dallas neighborhoods, Graford the suburbs, and outlying areas.

COOKE

MONTAGUE

JACK

WISE

DENTON

Alvord

Chico

Decatur Lake Bridgeport

Bridgeport Ponder

Runaway Bay Paradise

DISH

New Fairview

Justin

Boyd Aurora

Reno Sanctuary

Rhome

R

Newark

Briar CDP

Springtown

North

FORT WORTH ALLIANCE AIRPORT

Pecan Acres CDP Pelican Bay Eagle Mountain CDP Azle Eagle Mountain Lake

Haslet

Wat

Saginaw Blue Mound

Lakeside

Mineral Wells

Cool

PALO PINTO

Weatherford

Millsap

Haltom City

FORT WORTH MEACHAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Lake Worth NAS FORT WORTH JOINT RESERVE River BASE

Oaks White SettlementWestover Hills

Willow Park Hudson ‘Oaks

FORT WORTH

Annetta North Aledo Annetta

Benbrook

Annetta South

Forest

Edgecliff Village

Everman

PARKER TARRANT HOOD JOHNSON

Gordon

Crowley

FORT WORTH SPINKS AIRPORT

Burleson

Cresson

Lipan

ERATH

Briaroaks

Oak Trail Shores CDP

Cross Timb

Granbury

Godley

Joshua

De Cordova Bend Keene Tolar

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Sherman

Gainesville Bonham

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Pilot Point

FANNIN

COLLIN

Sanger

Anna

HUNT

Weston

Celina

Wolfe City

Blue Ridge

Aubrey

Celeste

Melissa

Krugerville Krum Denton

Prosper

Cross Roads

DENTON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

Shady Shores

New Hope McKinney

Oak Point

Little Elm Frisco

Corinth Lake Dallas Hickory Creek Lewisville Argyle Lake Copper Canyon Highland Village Bartonville

hlake

Double Oak

The Colony

Hebron

Lewisville

Lucas

Plano

Caddo Mills

Josephine

Parker

St. Paul

Murphy

Nevada Lavon

Wylie

Royse City

Westlake

Grapevine Lake Southlake

Addison

Grapevine

Garland

Farmers Branch

DALLAS University LOVE Park FIELD

Irving

Euless

Bedford

Lake ROCKWALL MUNICIPAL Ray AIRPORT Hubbard Rockwall

Rowlett

DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Colleyville

ROCKWALL

Sachse

Richardson

ADDISON AIRPORT

Carrollton

Coppell

Keller

Richland Hills

Farmersville

Greenville Allen

Roanoke Trophy Club

m

Princeton

Lowry Crossing

Fairview

Flower Mound

tauga North Richland Hills

McKINNEY NATIONAL AIRPORT

Highland Park

Hurst

White Rock Lake

Union Valley

Fate

Quinlan Hawk Cove McLendonChisholm

Heath

KAUFMAN

Sunnyvale

Pantego Grand Prairie

Dalworthington Gardens Arlington

t Hill

Mountain Creek Lake

Terrell

Talty

Seagoville

Cedar Hill Mansfield

Hutchins

LancasterLANCASTERWilmer

DeSoto

REGIONAL AIRPORT

Glenn Heights

DALLAS

Combine

Oak Ridge

Kaufman

Oak Grove

ELLIS

Red Oak Oak Leaf

Post Oak Bend City

Crandall

Ferris

Ovilla

Scurry

Pecan Hill

Midlothian

ber

Forney

Balch Springs

Duncanville

Joe Pool Lake

Rendon CDP

MESQUITE METRO AIRPORT

DALLAS EXECUTIVE AIRPORT

ARLINGTON MUNICIPAL AIRPORT

Kennedale

Mesquite

DALLAS

Cockrell Hill

West Tawakoni

Rosser

Cottonwood Grays Prairie

Kemp

Palmer

Venus Waxahachie

Alvarado

Garrett

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IT’S THE LAW Laws vary from state to state, city to city. Here are a few important laws that may be different in Texas and/or the area you plan to live in.

DRIVING LAWS DRIVER’S LICENSE You have 90 days to obtain a Texas driver’s license after moving to the state. If you are over 18 and already have a valid, unexpired license from another state, you won’t have to take the driving or knowledge test. To obtain your new Texas license you must: > Submit an application to your local Department of Public Safety > Provide proof of Texas residency > Submit a valid form of ID, such as a passport, unexpired military ID card, or U.S. Citizen Identification Card > Pay a $25 fee VEHICLE INSURANCE In Texas, you are required to have liability car insurance. It’s OK if your auto insurance was issued by another state, but it will have to meet the minimum coverage requirement. In Texas, all drivers must have at least $25,000 in coverage for property damage, $30,000 for each injured person, and $60,000 for injuries per incident. VEHICLE INSPECTION Vehicle inspections are still a part of the registration process and are performed at Official Vehicle Inspection Stations licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety. Inspections must be done within 90 days of registering your vehicle. Emission testing is required in 17 Texas counties which must comply with federally mandated clear air requirements. VEHICLE REGISTRATION In 2013, the State of Texas changed the vehicle inspection and registration requirements, eliminating the inspection sticker. Residents must have their vehicle inspected within 90 days of renewing the state vehicle registration sticker. Under the one-sticker system, It now serves as both the inspection and registration sticker. You can register your vehicle online, by mail, or in person. HELMETS Texas does not require drivers or passengers of motorcycles to wear helmets. The state also does not require helmets for bicyclists. However, city regulations vary on the latter, and the city of Dallas requires helmets for bicyclists ages 17 and younger. For more on driving laws, go to dmv.org/tx-texas/safety-laws.php

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LEGALITY A new Texas law allows most Texans age 21 and older to carry handguns— open or concealed— without a state license, if no other state or federal law applies. There are some places and circumstances you cannot carry a handgun legally even under the new handgun law. Owners of any establishment can prohibit handguns on their properties if they post a legal notice. For more on Texas gun laws, go to dps.texas.gov/rsd/ltc/index.htm

MARRIAGE/DIVORCE REQUIREMENTS To get married in Texas, you need to be at least 18 years old. Apply in person at a Texas County Clerk’s Office to receive your marriage license. Texas is a no-fault divorce state, meaning you do not have to prove wrongdoing to be granted a divorce. Texas does not stipulate that a couple must be separated for any period of time prior to getting a divorce. COMMON -LAW MARRIAGE Texas recognizes common-law marriage. You and your partner simply need to either file a Declaration of Informal Marriage or agree that you are married, live together in Texas, and represent to other people that you are married to each other. DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIPS As of the summer of 2015, the State of Texas recognizes marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships between individuals of the same gender, per the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. For more on marriage and divorce, go to dshs. state.tx.us/Vital_Statistics/Verification_of_a_ Marriage_or_Divorce.aspx

LABOR LAWS RIGHT TO WORK Texas is a right-to-work state. That means you cannot be denied employment for participation or nonparticipation in a labor union/organization. Your employer cannot discriminate against you for choosing to join or not join a union. Texas is also an employment-at-will state, which means the employer or employee can terminate employment at any time, for any reason, with few exceptions. For more information on labor laws, go to www2.texasattorneygeneral.gov/ agency/right-to-work-laws-in-texas

SMOKING AND DRINKING LAWS USE/PURCHASE OF TOBACCO You must be older than 18 years of age to purchase tobacco products in Texas. SMOKING RESTRICTIONS Smoking is not allowed in public places in Dallas, including city parks, libraries, buses, or within 15 feet of any pedestrian entrance. The city of Dallas has also banned smoking in bars and restaurants. However, some of the surrounding communities do allow smoking in bars. DRINKING RESTRICTIONS The legal age to purchase and consume alcohol in Texas is 21. In Texas, driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher is considered driving while intoxicated (DWI). It is illegal in Texas to have open containers of alcohol in the passenger area of your vehicle while you are driving or parked on a public highway. DRY VERSUS WET AREAS A wet area is one in which sales of all alcoholic beverages are permitted at all times. A dry area is one in which some or all alcoholic beverage sales are restricted some or all the time. There are also partially wet areas in which beer and wine sales are legal, but the sale of liquor is not. DFW is a complicated patchwork of all of the above.

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EDUCATION LAWS KINDERGARTEN Texas does not require kindergarten. However, children age 6 and over must attend school. TESTING Texas requires students to take standardized tests in grades 3-8 and high school end-ofcourse (EOC) exams. The tests are called the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) system. The number of EOC tests a student is required to take depends on what that student plans to do after graduation. For more on public education in Texas, go to www.tasb.org/legislative.aspx and see the Education section of this guide (beginning on page 84).

REAL ESTATE HOMESTEAD LAW The Texas Homestead Exemption reduces taxes by lowering a home’s taxable value. All school districts offer a $15,000 homestead exemption, and some taxing units offer a separate exemption based on a percentage of a home’s assessed value. The homestead exemption applies only if the property is the owner’s primary residence. There are additional exemptions for people over 65. Also under the Texas Homestead Exemption your residence is protected from the forced sale by creditors, with the exception of the lender, the IRS, or a contractor who works on your house and increases its value. When you buy a house, call the county appraisal district and ask for the forms for declaring your homestead. For more on the homestead exemption, go to comptroller.texas.gov/taxinfo/proptax/exemptions. html

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NOW ARRIVING AT GRAPEVINE MAIN STREET

Just ten minutes from DFW International airport by rail, the City of Grapevine is home to top-notch shopping and dining as well as multiple huge festivals and events. Whether you’re looking for a weekend away, a casual daytrip, or some holiday magic, you’re sure to find it here in the heart of North Texas!

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On board. On time.

Ready to work. CORPORATE • HIGHER EDUCATION • GROUP SALES

The Per ks REDUCE STRESS

SAVES MONEY

Work is hard enough without the added stress of a brutal commute. Riding DART is a much-needed calm before the storm where you can relax and recharge.

Taking DART instead of driving can save you up to $8,500* a year on things like gas, tolls, parking and vehicle maintenance and repairs.

GET TIME BACK

DEPENDABLE SCHEDULE

Instead of wasting time fighting traffic, riding DART gives you time to listen to your favorite podcast or read a best-selling book.

Thanks to DART’s consistent schedule you don’t have to worry about an accident or bad weather making you late for work.

*Source: Spike in Finance Costs Drives Increase newsroom.aaa.com/auto/your-driving-costs

Put more paycheck in your pocket! Ask your employer about DART’s Corporate Pass Program

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