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Moving or Relocating to Dallas: Life in Dallas

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The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (also known as DFW, North Texas, or The Metroplex) is a large area in the Prairies and Lakes region of Texas. According to the 2010 census, the population of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area was just over 6.4 million, which makes it the most populated metropolitan area in Texas and the fourth most populous in the United States.  

The Metroplex offers an entertaining array of Texana featuring everything from modern skyscrapers to old-fashioned cattle yards and essentially everything in between. It is the home to many corporations, professional sports teams, a wide variety of nightlife, and a burgeoning arts community. The Metroplex is also the location of two award winning zoos, a world class aquarium, and several historically significant locations and museums.

The Culture

Dallas Museum of Art
George W. Bush Presidential Center
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Meadows Museum
Nasher Sculpture Center
Dallas Art Dealers Association
Bath House Cultural Center
Kimball Art Museum
Amon G. Carter Museum
Modern Art Museum Ft. Worth
Sid Richardson Museum
Arlington Museum of Art
Irving Arts Center
Art Centre of Plano
Texas Sculpture Garden

The Exhibits

Dallas Arboretum
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens
The Dallas Zoo
The Fort Worth Zoo
The Dallas World Aquarium

The Schools

Southern Methodist University
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Texas at Arlington
University of North Texas
Texas Christian University
Southwestern Medical School
Dallas Community Colleges 
K-12 School Registry - Texas

The Government

State of Texas
City of Dallas
City of Highland Park
City of University Park
Dallas Convention & Visitor's Bureau
Uptown Dallas Association

Sports in Dallas

The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is the proud home of:


NFL’s Dallas Cowboys
NBA’s Dallas Mavericks
NHL’s Dallas Stars
Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers Baseball
Minor League Baseball’s Frisco RoughRiders
Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas
CHL’s Fort Worth Brahmas
AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Classic
Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Tournament
Mesquite Rodeo
World Championship Tennis
The third largest sports facility in the world, Texas Motor Speedway
Texas’ class I horse track, Lone Star Park,


American Airlines Center is the new home of the NHL Dallas Stars and the NBA Dallas Mavericks. American Airlines Center is the premier sports and entertainment venue in the country.


The new Cowboy’s Stadium (Jerry World) is the new home of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington and is the site of the Super Bowl XLV in 2011. It is also the new home of the Cotton Bowl Classic .


Sports, from professional to college to interscholastic to community, abound in the Metroplex. This area provides a sports club for almost any activity imaginable.

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Transportation in Dallas

Getting around the Metroplex is made easier with major highways that intersect within the city. The freeway system provides well-kept corridors for access to all parts of the Metroplex.


The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system provides bus service for Dallas and most of the surrounding 13 communities. The system currently combines bus and light rail. The light rail’s new “Green Line” just became operational in December, 2010. It connects the far north suburbs through Downtown Dallas and beyond. Fort Worth has a similar transit system known as “The T.”


Two major airports are located within the area, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Love Field Airport, which is home to Southwest Airlines providing service throughout Texas and the four bordering states.


Three new airports helped to double the Metroplex aircraft operations by the year 2005, including Alliance Airport, a large commercial field north of Fort Worth.


Amtrak provides rail travel throughout Texas and the U.S. It is the sixth largest carrier of passengers in the U.S.

Education in Dallas

D/FW offers a wide variety of choices in education. No matter what your age, interest or intellectual level, there is a school for you, from kindergarten to graduate school.


More than 60 school districts are located in the Metroplex. Each school district in Texas is rated and bound by codes and requirements of the Texas Education Agency. Districts vary according to special services and programs available and in number and type of classes they offer.


The Metroplex is home to more than 200 private schools ranging from the traditional to the innovative and catering to a wide range of academic and economic abilities.


There are five public universities and 19 private colleges and universities offering bachelors’, masters’ and doctorate programs. Three community college districts serve the area, providing community education, certifications and associate degrees.

Recreation in Dallas

There are endless options when it comes to recreation in Dallas/Fort Worth. The warm weather, sunshine, and plenty of outdoor recreational facilities help make the Metroplex a great place to live.


Lakes around the Metroplex provide more than 490,000 acres of open water for boating,fishing, skiing and swimming.


When you are ready to see nature at its finest, take a trip to the Dallas Arboretum, Cedar Ridge Preserve, The Dallas Zoo, Fort Worth Botanical and Japanese Gardens and The Fort Worth Zoo.






You’re never without entertainment in Dallas/Fort Worth. Unique cultural events are available to suit virtually every taste. From The Kimbell Art Museum and The Dallas Museum of Art to the performing arts to nightlife, activities are available to all. On any given weekend, there are live concerts to suit any musical taste from classical to country.

The visual and performing arts in the Metroplex attract national and international attention. Both Dallas and Fort Worth have established arts districts which are home to museums and theaters, and many of the area communities offer their own festivals, art, dance, drama, theater and music.

External Links


US News has ranked DFW as #21 among best places to live in US. Read more

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