Whether you’re moving to the Big D or just moving across town, there’s no doubt you’re looking for the best places to live in Dallas.
And here’s some good news for you: you’re in luck! Dallas, Texas has tons of great neighborhoods that fit the tastes of just about everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a suburbs kind of person, if you have glitzy downtown sensibilities, or if you’re in the market for something a little more off the beaten path. If you’re hunting the best places to live in Dallas, you’ll be able to find what you want. No problem at all.
In the coming weeks, we’ll offer recommendations for great places to eat in Dallas, free entertainment options, and a list of things to do with your kids and pets (yes, we’re aware that the words “kids” and “pets” are synonymous for some folks—and we’re cool with that). We’d also be remiss is we didn’t take this opportunity to recommend you use Bellhops for your upcoming move!
But first things first…you need to know where to live. So without further ado, here are 6 of the best places to live in Dallas:
1. Plano, TX
Nationally known for its safe streets and great schools. Plano is perfect for a growing family. It has tripled in size over the past 30 years, going from a population of 70,000 to 250,000. It does have some hip attractions for such a straightedge town. Over the past year, Plano’s core has been revitalized with an influx of unique farm-to-table restaurants and locally owned shops.
Richardson is home to the University of Texas at Dallas and almost another 100,000 full-time residents, so it’s no quaint hamlet. Some say it’s the most culturally rich suburb of Dallas, catering to large Chinese and South Indian communities. Richardson has a great outdoor scene with dozens of parks in the area, and is also home to some of the leading telecom companies in the world like AT&T, Verizon, Texas Instruments and Fujitsu. This mixture of culture and business opportunity makes it one of the best places to live in Dallas.
3. Uptown (Dallas Neighborhood)
Uptown is an up and coming hip neighborhood a little north of Dallas. It’s got the cocktail bars and fine dining young professionals are interested in, as well as great urban transportation. It’s known for the McKinney Avenue trolley that takes riders from Downtown Dallas to Uptown for…wait for it…free! You can also bring your four-legged friend on the trolley if they’re well-behaved.
4. Frisco, TX
Frisco is located 25 miles north of downtown Dallas. It hosts the most attractions and activities in the DFW Metroplex. It is home to the Ford Center where the Dallas Cowboys play, Toyota Stadium where FC Dallas plays, and Dr Pepper Ballpark, which combines minor league baseball and (interestingly) a lazy river. Frisco is also a “Bicycle friendly” area with more than 90 miles of trails weaving throughout this suburb.
5. Allen, TX
Allen, TX is located to the east of Frisco and north of Richardson. It is as classic Texas as it gets with the annual Tom Thumb Stampede Cattle Drive, and you can strangely also watch a local hockey game with the Ice Angels. Additionally, Allen has a great shopping center called Watters Creek where you can shop niche boutiques or do a wine tasting.
6. Mesquite, TX
This is the last stop on our quick list of best places to live in Dallas, but definitely not least. Located 20 miles east from downtown Dallas, Mesquite is another up and coming locale. They are mainly known for the annual ProRodeo, bringing equestrian enthusiasts and bull riders from around the world. Mesquite also houses a huge 4-mile long mall called the Rows of Texas. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, it (probably) doesn’t exist. For the history buff, check out the Opal Lawrence Historical Park which showcases the agricultural lifestyle of the early Texans.
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