Remaining young-at-heart is a goal many of us aspire to; and if there is one location that can keep a person thinking, feeling, and behaving younger than one’s years, it would be Dallas, Texas! It is, here, where one will find diversity, a thriving economy and a myriad of family-friendly cultural and recreational options – all waiting to be discovered by those who might choose the Big D as their new home.
Here are only a few interesting statistics, concerning Dallas, that might get your attention:
*** In 2016, The Dallas Morning News ranked Dallas #1, compared to other top-ten American cities, as the most-coveted metro area for relocation for professional reasons and employment opportunities.
*** Dallas attracts almost 80,000 new residents every year; and according to D Magazine, Dallas ranked #1 in the nation for population growth, in 2016.
*** The City of Dallas has a fun-filled reputation to the point of hosting 24.9 million visitors, annually!
Regardless of whether you are retired, a new college grad or raising a family, here are five more reasons Dallas is the go-to spot for living large.
Any homeowner desires to build as much equity in their residence, as possible; and in Dallas, the stability of the value of residential homes is robust. New-home construction is very strong; and a 2016 headline in D Magazine looked like this: “The Hottest Dallas Real Estate Market, Ever! (Still!)”. Zillow points out thathomes’ double-digit appreciation in Dallas positions this thriving city as one of the fastest-growing real-estate markets, anywhere.
Those who reside in Dallas are on the receiving end of optimized market-values for homes and an, overall, dynamic real-estate market which is an indicator of a thriving economy. Jobs are constantly expanding and so is the population; and because of that, new-home construction continues to forge ahead.
Workers, companies and investors from all areas of the country are pouring into the Big D; and currently, Dallas is home to 18 of the Fortune 500 companies and 18 of the top wealth holders on Forbes Magazine’s list of richest billionaires. Additionally, North Texas Commission states that DFW has the 4th highest GDP in the country.
The Forbes’ list of America’s Fastest-Growing Cities has included Dallas for several years, now; and Dallas, being the economic powerhouse that it is, makes it all happen. People want career opportunities; and companies such as Toyota, Southwest Airlines, AT&T, Exxon, Texas Instrument, Dr. Pepper/Snapple and others are beckoning newcomers – young and old, alike – to be a part of the action.
Commerce is alive and well in Dallas; and with population increases, relocations and overall increases in productivity, the North Texas Commission summed Dallas up in a few, simple words: “Dallas is the best place for anyone to be”. Due to Texas’ business-friendly environment, major companies and smaller businesses are leaving a variety of states – California being one them – and setting up shop in Dallas which results in thousands of new job opportunities. Bloomberg – a major global provider of financial news which operates 24/7 – tell us that as of 2015, Dallas has added jobs at a faster pace than any of the nation’s other 15-largest metro areas. Additionally, says Bloomberg: “Metro Dallas has been, by just about every metric, the nation’s job-creation leader, with pay being above the national average.”
When it comes to amenities, if you want variety, you have it in Dallas! A small sampling of niceties that stand out, include:
*** DFW International Airport ranks as the 2nd-largest in the US in terms of utilized acreage and covers a landmass almost bigger than Manhattan. It boasts of the largest parking lot in the world, with 40,000 spaces. This airport is the only one, anywhere in the world, with 7 operational runways – even beating Chicago’s O’Hare which has 6 that are operational. The smaller Dallas Love Field Airport is located only 7 miles from Dallas’ downtown central business district.
*** Dallas Area Rapid Transit rail line accommodates 220,000 passengers every day and provides incredible convenience for those commuting to work and traveling to entertainment venues, sports activities, shopping districts, educational facilities and more.
*** Four Major Sports Leagues keep Texans enthused all year long. Sports lovers of all ages can take in The Dallas Cowboys (football), the Texas Rangers (baseball), the Dallas Mavericks (basketball), and the Dallas Stars (hockey).
*** Six Flags Over Texas is a world-class theme park that covers 212 acres with more than 100 rides.
*** White Rock Lake spans 1,000 acres where a plethora of activities await: seagulls, herons, and pelicans love to meet here, while people of all ages enjoy sailing, paddle boats, fishing, hiking and more.
Whether you are 20, 40 or 60 years of age, broadening one’s education can be an exciting venture; and Dallas has a multitude of colleges and specialty schools, from which, to choose. Within 40 miles of Dallas, one will find 45 colleges as well as more than a dozen educational institutions within Dallas, itself. Here is a brief synopsis of what one can expect:
*** El Centro College: a small, 2-year community college offering undergraduate programs for any high-school graduate or GED recipient.
*** KD Conservatory College of Film and Dramatic Arts: a personalized 2-year, private college where undergraduate programs are available.
*** Southern Methodist University: a mid-size, 4-year private college where under-grad and graduate programs are offered that are affiliated with the United Methodist faith.
*** Dallas Christian College: a 4-year, private college connected with the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ faith.
Or, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Dallas or the University of Phoenix Dallas Campus might be up your academic alley. Regardless of how you might want to feed your brain, there is no shortage of choices when it comes to broadening one’s educational horizons!
The Shopping and Eateries
Though ‘shopping’ and ‘eateries’ would qualify as ‘amenities’, they deserve some additional attention. One of the most enjoyable activities in Dallas is immersing oneself in the eclectic shopping and eating options. Dallas’ West End Historic District, for example, is a favorite for locals and tourists, alike. Be ready to be charmed with this delightful locale which spans over 675 acres. Diverse restaurants, museums, shops, horse-drawn carriage rides and more set the mood for enchantment and entrancement.
And here are a few more yummies you will want to take in: Kiss Bartique is a stunning boutique for fashion lovers; Kokopelli Candy is filled with chocolates, nostalgic candy & hand-made cookies; and Wild Bill’s Western Store is an 1800’s redbrick building filled with the sites and aromas of leather goods, as well as western hats, belts/buckles and handmade jewelry.
The Uptown area features a generous selection of trendy, international chains; and nearby Highland Park offers upscale boutiques. The huge Galleria in north Dallas features a huge ice-skating rink topped with magnificent, domed ironwork skylights with a wonderful kids’ play area voted as “Best”, by several local publications. Then, there is the swanky Knox-Henderson area which offers a myriad of home goods and furnishing outlets. Trendy, over-the-top luxury boutiques boast of the likes of Gucci, Prada and Chanel; and venues that are more-affordable abound, as well. Dallas’ most-famous shopping destination is the distinguished Neiman Marcus which is headquartered in the Big D. The old Main Street store remains Neiman Marcus’ famed location.
What is there not to like about Dallas? If you want to fall in love all over again, Dallas is ready and waiting! It is brimming with excitement, on so many levels! Arts and entertainment opportunities, a plethora of educational options, never-ending sporting events, and a growing economy all contribute to the 1.318 million people who love calling Dallas, ‘home’.