Considering moving to Dallas Texas? Worried about the changes? Discover the long and short of everything I wish I knew before we called DFW home.
Earlier this year, I traded in my Manhattan stilettos for Dallas cowboy boots. We picked up our family, kissed New York goodbye, and landed 1800 miles southwest.
OK, let’s be honest – I traded the fancy shoes in when I had kids. And I still don’t own a pair of cowboy boots.
But swapping our Long Island beaches for the Texas desert was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Hands down.
Sure, it was a lifestyle change. But Dallas welcomed us with 70 degree winter days, family fun, and plenty of delicious craft beer.
First Things First: Why Did We Move to Dallas?
The short answer: my husband’s tech job. Like everyone else who’s relocated from the Northeast or California.
If you want the longer answer, here it is:
We called Long Island, NY home for 30+ years. Ideally, we lived fifteen minutes from the beach and forty minutes from New York City. The schools are great. Tailgating concerts was never easier. I’ll never find a better Indian restaurant!
But we were ready to move on to something bigger. Everything’s bigger in Texas.
Long Island was wearing on us. Ponying up 2Gs a month didn’t cover functioning A.C. A glass of wine during happy hour was still $9. And the traffic…
At the end of the day, the lower cost of living left us more to enjoy life. We were ready to see another part of the country. Most importantly, I had the opportunity to be home with my kids. How could we say no…
Obviously we didn’t. We packed our minimalist home into a uHaul and landed in Dallas, ready for a new adventure.
While I expected a booming metropolis, growing tech, beer, and plenty of tacos, there were a few aspects of moving to Dallas Texas that took me by surprise.
9 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before Moving to Dallas Texas
The good, the ugly, and the down right laughable…
No State Income Tax
Did you know that moving to Dallas Texas lets you leave the state income tax behind…in your pocket. More opportunity to travel. More money in your wine fund.
The Surrounding Areas Have the Most Restaurants Per Capita
And you thought Texas was spread out. Don’t quote me but I’ve read that many of the Dallas suburbs have more restaurants per capita than San Francisco and New York City.
Who’s counting though when you drive past a whisky bar with a playground almost daily. $2 beers and $4 tacos exist!
Pizza Isn’t the Same
Don’t get me wrong, you can find pizza in Dallas. But it’s not a slice of New York pizza and no matter what anyone says, it’s not the same.
Outside of New York, pizza isn’t typically served by the slice. This doesn’t compute for me. If a restaurant serves New York Style pizza, it means by the slice. It doesn’t mean it’s any good…
D and FW are Really Two Different Things
Dallas and Fort Worth are like 40 minutes apart. You can’t actually live in DFW because DFW doesn’t exist outside of an airport code.
The nature of the two are wildly different, too – and both great in their own ways.
You Can’t Miss The State Fair
You think you understand that Texans love their state fair…until you go to the Texas State Fair. It’s basically a crime to live in Dallas and not go.
Our first tornado warning was…uneventful. Because we didn’t know that’s what it was. Oops. We’ve since come up with a tornado plan because they’re a real threat down here. Texas sees more tornadoes annually than Kansas.
Toto, we’re definitely not in New Yo…wait.
Dallas might not get a ton of rain, but we certainly get hail. Hailstorms that damage your vehicle are a serious threat and Texans worry about parking on the street during severe weather.
I don’t understand how I keep magically ending up in a left turn lane. Wait, maybe it’s a u-turn lane (because they’re separate). Lanes just decide to change and somehow you end up on a tollroad.
And the super highways. I missed my exit the other day four times. FOUR TIMES. The signage sucks and again, you end up on a new road because Dallas can’t decide what’s what.
Literally there’s a dentist on every corner. I’m still waiting for someone to explain this one to me.
Share what surprised you most about your hometown or a city you’ve visited in the comments below! If you’ve been to Dallas, where are your favorite spots?
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