Planning a move to Dallas, Texas? It is important to know what you and your family need and what living arrangement would make you more comfortable, especially when moving to such a huge city. Dallas offers many types of homes, from small, single family homes to luxury apartments to mega mansions in Highland Park. No matter what type of home you’re looking for in the Dallas area, there’s sure to be a neighborhood that’s perfect for you.

Murphy for Family-Friendly Living

Located south of Southfork Ranch and ranked #15 on a livability scale of Texas neighborhoods,
Murphy is in Collin County, Texas. The county has several school districts to choose from, but schools located in and around Murphy received a 9.5 out of 10 on This close-knit community has a population of less than 17,900, making it one of the quieter cities in Texas.

Uptown Dallas is full of beautiful condos and apartments, making this the perfect urban neighborhood for young professionals to live.
Uptown Dallas is full of beautiful condos and apartments, making this the perfect urban neighborhood for young professionals to live.

Allen for a Better Quality of Life for Large Families

Also located in the northern suburbs of Collin County in Dallas, Texas, Allen is known for having great schools (schools rank 9.3 out of 10 on and sprawling houses. Families who need or just prefer a lot of space can invest in a farmhouse-style family home with a large lot. The vast, beautiful land in this quiet neighborhood mean that houses are spaced farther apart than in other places. This is the ideal location for families who love the outdoors, but who still need to be close to the amenities of the city. From Allen, you can be at The Village or the Premium Outlet Mall in minutes.

Uptown Dallas, Texas is the Young Professional’s New Home

Families, retirees, and couples can all enjoy making Uptown Dallas their permanent home. This area houses some of the most luxurious apartments, perfect for any married or single adult with or without children, who might have had to transfer for work. The spacious apartments, like those in The Monterey, offer endless amenities to help you increase work productivity and keep stress levels at bay (the apartments in this neighborhood have multiple pools and a gym).

Luxurious Living for Families and Retirees

Situated next to White Rock Lake, the Forest Hills neighborhood located in Dallas County is a great, upper-income neighborhood. People who move here are rewarded with the amount of space both inside and outside their homes. The beautiful, natural landscape of the area is enjoyed by all. There are large, open fields for kids to play and parks that are so close, you can take a stroll or a jog any time you feel like it.

Moving to Forest Hills affords you the chance to live close to White Rock Lake.
Moving to Forest Hills affords you the chance to live close to White Rock Lake.

Affordable Choice Neighborhood in Dallas

Lancaster is an affordable, family-friendly neighborhood in southwest Dallas, Texas. You will love the feeling of community in the neighborhood as well as the diversity. The historic community, first settled in 1844, has affordable housing and offers several elementary, middle,
and high schools for school-aged residents. Expansive parks, the Cold War Air museum, and endless opportunities for family-friendly entertainment make this neighborhood ideal for couples wanting to start a family or anyone who loves Dallas, Texas and wants to save on rent.

Best Moving Companies in Dallas

Once you’ve decided where you’re moving, it’s time to consider how to get there. If you’re looking for a reputable Dallas moving companies, check out these recommendations:

North Dallas Moving & Storage
1804 Trinity Valley Drive
Carrollton, Texas, 75006
(972) 241-1562

Cheap Dallas Movers
3839 McKinney Avenue
Suite 155-2030
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 999-1997

Move Star
4431 Simonton Rd.
Dallas, TX 75244
(972) 716-9911


What You Should Know Before Moving to Texas

Texas is an amazing place to live: it has incredible food, friendly people, a low cost of living, no income taxes, lots of jobs, and affords a great quality of life. It’s no wonder, then, that people are moving here at a rapid pace. Between the summers of 2014 and 2015, more than half a million people moved to Texas, a record high for the Lone Star State. Great Guys Moving, a moving long distance company, has noted a marked uptick in the number of moves to Texas’ large metro areas. Statistics posted by another major carrier, Stevens Van Lines, shows that during the 2015 moving season two of the five most popular long distance moving routes were destined for Texas (California to Texas & New York to Texas). In fact, Texas is home to 5 of the 11 fastest growing cities in the nation, according to data gathered by the US Census Bureau. One things for certain, more and more people are realizing the perks of living in this great state.

If you, like so many others in recent years, are considering a move here, there are a few things to consider before you put down Texas roots:

Texas Has Incredible Cuisine

There are plenty of opportunities here to have your steak and eat it too.
There are plenty of opportunities here to have your steak and eat it too.

Texas sits in the heart of cattle country (a title its claimed since its cattle-driving days the 1860s), so the excellent steakhouses and BBQ joints the state is known for might be expected. However, in addition to its prolific beef production and consumption, Texas also has lots of regular farms with fruits and vegetables. Peaches, pecans, corn, berries, wheat, peanuts, rice, and soybeans are grown commercially, while smaller local gardens provide plenty of other fresh ingredients for farm-to-table restaurants that have popped up all over the state. Additionally, seafood lovers will be pleased to know that the Texas Gulf Coast offers an abundant catch of fish and shrimp.

Things Here Are Pretty High Tech

While the assumed Texan stereotype might be a gun-toting, horse-riding, boot-wearing rancher, Texas also has plenty of tech nerds. The Austin-area, in Central Texas, is home to big names like 3M, Apple, Dell, Oracle, Intel, Facebook, and dozens of other tech companies. In fact, there are so many tech start-ups in the capital city that it’s been referred to as the Silicon Valley of the South. Austin is the place to be for many entrepreneurs and start-ups, and it also consistently ranks among the best cities in the US. If you compare the price of real estate here to

In and around Austin is where you want to be if you’re pursuing a high tech career.  You should note that Austin is pretty affordable and is consistently ranked among the best cities to live in the US.  If you compare the cost of real estate in this hipster city to that of Silicon Valley and the San Francisco metro area, Texas starts to look mighty fine.

There’s More Than Just Country Music

Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World, but just because it’s Texas doesn’t mean genres are limited to just country. Every October, thousands of people descend on Austin to attend the two-weekend Austin City Limits festival which features live music from hundreds of musical acts from around the world. Past headliners include musical acts as varied as The Civil Wars, the Foo Fighters, and the Eagles. If you move to Texas, expect to have plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in some of the world’s best music.

Texas Has a Rich History

In Texas, history is a pretty big deal, which helps explain why residents of Huntsville erected this 67-foot tall statue of Sam Houston.
In Texas, history is a pretty big deal, which helps explain why residents of Huntsville erected this 67-foot tall statue of Sam Houston.

To Texans, six flags is not just a theme park, it’s the number of different flags that have been flown here over the course of the state’s storied history. First settled by Spaniards back in the 1500s, the area was also ruled by France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America and finally the United States. Texans are extremely proud of their past, and particularly of the independent spirit that led to Texas winning its independence from Mexico. They like to remind the rest of America that Texas is the only state to have been its own nation, and some are even behind a movement to secede from the U.S. There’s so much history in this great state that students at Texas public schools take two entire years Texas history over their K-12 career.

You’ll Have to Learn Texan

While not all Texans speak with a thick accent, they do have a vocabulary that may not be entirely familiar to outsiders moving here. Here are some of the key words and phrases you should know:

  • “Y’all”: short for “you all”, is the South’s more charming way of referring to a group of people and is equivalent to “you guys” in the North.
  • Drop the “g”: We tend to drop the “g” of most of our verbs. In example:
    • “Going to” becomes “gonna”
    • “Fishing” becomes “fishin’”
    • “Hunting” becomes “huntin’”
  • Do not use the words “pop” or “soda” when referring to carbonated beverages – it makes Texans cringe. Here, everything carbonated is a coke. If you’re at a restaurant and order a “coke”, the waitress will likely ask what kind – Sprite, Dr. Pepper, etc.
  • “Fixin to” means that you are about to do something. If you are about to mow the lawn, you might say “I’m fixin’ to mow the lawn”.


To learn additional Texan terms, please refer to the Glossary of Texan.

Texans Are a Friendly Bunch

Texas likes to remind out of state drivers to drive friendly.
Texas likes to remind out of state drivers to drive friendly.

All points of entry into the state remind drivers to “Drive Friendly, the Texas Way”. While city drivers are still pretty aggressive, drive any of the back roads and you’ll find that most people wave at passing cars. But, friendliness isn’t just limited to driving. In general, Native Texans are extremely approachable and aren’t afraid to strike up conversation with strangers. You’ll find that most are eager to help and happy to answer questions. With the potential for so many friendly neighbors, it’s no wonder that so many people move here every year.

10 most common Texas stereotypes

Texans have a lot of stereotypes they either have to live up to or live down.  Some of the stereotypes surrounding Texas are pretty funny and more than a little ridiculous. Despite the comical nature, they are things you’ll likely want to know before making the long distance move down to Texas! Here we share 10 of the most common exaggerations you might hear about Texans:

1. We’re all cowboys and cowgirls.

Well, yes there are cowboys in Texas, but more than 85% of the population lives in urban areas.  If a Texan has a mustang it is far more likely to be the car and not a horse.  The annual rodeo is as close as most Texans get to herding cattle and even that is iffy.  Granted, if they do make it to the rodeo they are sporting a Stetson and Lucchese boots.

2. We live in one big desert.

First of all Texas is huge, with various types of terrain you’ll pass if you ever decide to drive through Texas.  Saying everybody in Texas lives in the desert is the same as saying everyone in Florida lives in Disneyland, or everyone in Los Angeles is an actor.  Just in case you’re still thinking all of Texas is a desert, Houston actually gets more rain than Seattle!


3. Everything’s bigger.

Well…yeah, this one just might be true.  There are bigger houses, bigger schools, bigger trucks, bigger football and Texas can proudly claim the biggest gas station in the world.  With 120 pumps, 83 bathrooms and pretty much every Texas themed knick-knack ever made, yes everything really is bigger in Texas.

4. Everybody listens to country music.

Hello…Beyonce anyone?.  There are plenty of acts that come out of Texas that don’t involve a banjo or a steel guitar. Famous Texas musicians include Buddy Holly, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato and Chamillionaire just to name a few.  Houston is home to a huge hip hop scene, while Austin is known as the Live Music Capital of the World.

5. Everyone says “y’all”.

Well, this is mostly true. Some Texans, particularly those from small towns, do have a twang, but most people in urban areas tend to speak with a fairly generic accent. Bear in mind too that Texas has had a population boom with people moving here from all over the country bringing their own regional accents into the mix. However, whether they have a Southern drawl or not, most Texas natives do make frequent use of the word “y’all”.

6. Everyone here votes Republican.

While it’s true that Texas usually votes Red, there are plenty of residents who lean left. In fact, the capital city of Austin is known for being very liberal and in the 2012 election, 41% of the votes went to Obama.

7. We all go to church.

It’s true that there are a lot of churches in Texas. More than 50% of Texans claim a religious denomination, which is higher than the national average.  That being said, there are a lot of people in Texas who are non-religious or who affiliate with another religion besides Christianity.

8. Football is basically its own religion.

Okay Texas you gotta own this one.  Football is serious business in Texas, coaches are treated like royalty, well…as long as the team is winning.  Coaches are better paid than teachers, weddings are missed because of Cowboys games and there is one stadium in Texas that cost $60 million to build…at a high school.  While not every Texan is a football fan, this stereotype is mostly true.


9. We all own guns.

Nope, only slightly less than half, 44% of Texans own guns.

10. We’re fiercely prideful.

Heck yes!  Texas has the most recognized state flag in the entire county, the only state with a pledge of allegiance that is recited daily by students, and, let’s face it, you can buy Texas-themed anything.  Yes, Texans love Texas and don’t mind telling you about it.

If those weren’t enough here are some more Texas stereotypes to give you a chuckle.