So you’re moving to Dallas…you may think you have it all figured out, but Dallas isn’t like your typical big city. There are ins and outs that only Dallas locals know about, but don’t worry – we are here to help make your transition to Dallas as painless as possible. Dallas is a wonderful place to call home with so much to offer anyone and everyone. You will love calling your Dallas home, but to help you get settled in, here are a few tips you should know.
#1. Take Weather Seriously
You may know how to drive in ice and snow, but most Texans don’t. When you think it’s just snow, it’s probably a mixture of both snow and ice. Most of the city shuts down when winter weather comes to Dallas, so be careful on the roads. When tornados are headed our way, take it seriously and take cover. There have been recent tornados hit the Metroplex that ruined entire neighborhoods.
#2. Geckos Love Dallas
You will find more Geckos around your home than you probably want, but don’t be alarmed – Geckos love Texas and they will love to be your neighbor or roommate.
#3. Summer is No Joke
The summer heat is blistering and dry. You will get sunburned no matter how long you are outside, so make sure to put on sunscreen. You’ll experience triple digit heat and plenty of days filled with straight sun and no clouds. Be ready to take on the heat in Texas.
#4. There are Multiple Belt Line Roads
Before you jump in your car and head to your destination, be sure to input the address into your GPS. There plenty of Belt Line Roads to get you turned around and going in circles in Dallas, so be proactive and know where you are going ahead of time.
#5. Football is a BIG Deal
From high school to college to pro football, it’s a way of life in Texas. We love going to high school football games Friday nights, we root for our college teams every Saturday and on Sundays all eyes are on the Cowboys. Football is a big part of the Dallas culture and we take pride in our sports teams.
#6. The State Fair
The State Fair is a ritual for all Dallas residents. Every year we gear up for fried foods, fair rides and taking our traditional photo with Big Tex. Make plans to attend the State Fair if you are moving to Dallas. Save yourself the hassle and go on a weekday, it’ll be hard to do anything at the State Fair on a weekend.
#7. You’ll Need a Car
Public transportation in Dallas is evolving and becoming better, but for now you will still need your car. The transit is inexpensive, but it doesn’t run very late and it has limited weekend times. You don’t want to find yourself stuck in a big city. If you don’t want to bring your car, rely on Uber or Lyft to get you around the city.
#8. You Need AC
If you don’t have air conditioning in your car – buy a new one because you won’t last in the heat if you don’t. The minute your AC goes out in your home, make sure you call to have it fixed, because you won’t be the only one with AC issues and it may take a while depending on how many of your neighbors’ air conditioning systems also went out.
#9. Everything is Coke
When you are enjoying a meal out and order soda, it’s all referred to as ‘Coke,’ except Dr Pepper. Make sure you clarify if you want Pepsi or any other kind of soda. What you order is what you get in Dallas.
#10. Dallas is a Corporate Hub
From American Airlines to Toyota, Dallas is a city built on corporations. The job growth rate is increasing rapidly and bringing people to the Metroplex at a fast pace. You won’t have trouble finding your career, but you may have trouble reaching the building with traffic increasing as new people come in.
#11. Dallas Education is Top-Notch
Southlake, Central Plano, Richardson, McKinney West and Highland Park have some of the highest-rated school districts in the nation. Whether your child attends public or private school, they will be receiving and outstanding education. Southern Methodist University is also located in the heart of Dallas and is one of the highest-rated universities in the United States.