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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Dallas is a city in Texas with a population of 1,300,122. Dallas is in Dallas County and is one of the best places to live in Texas. Living in Dallas offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Dallas there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Dallas and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Dallas are above average.
About Dallas...
Population
1,300,122

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$154,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$937
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%
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Dallas Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    373.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    62.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    327
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    737.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,856.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    591.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    18%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    24%
    13%

Working in Dallas

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$47,285
National
$55,322
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I was born in Dallas and lived here until five years ago when we moved to the Northeastern US for a job opportunity. I immediately missed so many things about Dallas and could hardly wait to get back here. Prior to this last move, I'd never lived anywhere else besides Dallas so in retrospect, I now know that I completely took it all for granted because I didn't know any differently. I used to complain about the heat, crime, the traffic but after being away for those 5 years and living in a place that really was awful (MD), I wouldn't trade anything for the Southern hospitality, warmth, charm, culture, diversity, amenities and even the traffic and heat. It's clean and for the most part, people look out for each other. Things work or get fixed and the general attitude is positive and upbeat. I absolutely love the "can do" spirit of Dallas! I couldn't get back soon enough.
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Dallas is a rapid growing city that is getting more recognition nationwide. There are may things to do that it can be overwhelming. If you are and out doors person, you can visit Kyle Warren that is literally on a highway! The Dallas arboretum is another great place to walk around and admire the scenery of flowers and just relax. I also recommend the Dallas Zoo because it is very big and good place to take the kids for a day of learning. Second, Dallas forte is the food culture. You will find plenty of new innovated restaurants around the city especially downtown. Deep Ellum is a unique and artsy place to walk round the streets and find a new place to eat and drink.
I recently relocated back to Houston from Dallas. I was in Dallas for 18 months - it was where I chose to evacuate from Hurricane Harvey so I figured I’d stay a while. My pain points:

Dallas struck me as a considerably (how can I put this?) "whiter" city. It’s something in the vibe, the local culture. It’s Austin, but bigger. Not that diverse.

It moves too fast. It’s hard to make deeper friends here. Folks aren’t that open.

Dallas drivers are homocidally aggressive. I have never felt so anxious driving to and from work.

The arts scene is harder to break into.

Too many places close early - especially on the coffee circuit. You’re a big city, Dallas - act like it. Stay up past 10pm!

White Rock Lake is no Gulf of Mexico.

Dallas’ spaghetti street layout downtown makes for ridiculous commutes.

It may not get as humid as Houston, but 100F+ heat exists here in the summer, and your heating bills in the winter may shock you.

Dallas is not as inclusive as it thinks it is.