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Living in Dallas

Slowly but surely, Dallas is becoming a popular expat destination. If you plan on living in Dallas, you should read our guide to learn all about the Metroplex, the housing search, healthcare, and education. With our help, you will be ready for expat life in Dallas in no time!
No matter what leads you to Dallas, you will become part of a vibrant community.
  • Dallas’ population is very diverse and there are many people from different countries living in Dallas. Especially Hispanics make up a big part of the community.
  • It is not that difficult to find housing in Dallas. Nonetheless, the help of a realtor might be a good idea since they know about available accommodations sometimes even before they are officially listed.
  • In the US you are free to choose your own health insurance provider. American health insurance is rather expensive but bear in mind that an international insurance might not be recognized by all doctors and hospitals.
  • The education system in the USA has no national standard. For that reason the curriculum in schools can vary quite heavily from state to state as well as from district to district. Therefore, make sure to gather as much information as you can about the school for your children.

According to recent news reports, people from various countries, including those with a valid visa and residence permit, have encountered difficulties when entering the United States. Unfortunately, the full extent of those issues seems to be unclear. Before you decide to move or travel there, or leave the country temporarily if already living in the USA, please consult a US embassy and an immigration lawyer if you fear you might be affected.


Although often overlooked, life in Dallas is vibrant and full of opportunities. Home to a score of Fortune 500 companies and the ever-scrutinized Dallas Cowboys, this city in the Lone Star State is an increasingly popular destination for expats and Americans alike. For many of them, living in Dallas means a quality day-to-day life.

Dallas’ Diverse Demographics

Dallas boasts a very diverse community, with people from all walks of life and many parts of the world settling down there. In fact, almost 25% of the city’s population was born outside of the United States. Also, a big part of the population is comprised of families with children and married couples who have chosen Dallas as their home.

Like many other major cities in the USA, the mix of people living in Dallas has become significantly more diverse since “the old days”, when a majority of people were white. For instance, the city is a major destination for Mexicans moving abroad — around 41% of people living in Dallas are of Hispanic heritage. Making up almost 25%, there is also a major Black American population at home in Dallas.

The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex

The metropolitan area comprised of Dallas-Plano-Irving and Fort Worth-Arlington covers about a dozen counties within Texas. It is usually referred to as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and is home to more than 6.9 million people. The Metroplex is a major cultural and economic center in North Texas and prides itself on being the largest landlocked metropolitan area in the USA. Also, the 21 Fortune 500 companies in Dallas is the fourth most for any city in the United States.

As such, it’s no surprise that some of the wealthiest people in America are living in Dallas/Fort Worth. Aside from its namesakes, Dallas and Fort Worth, the Metroplex includes towns such as Irving, Plano, Arlington, Frisco, McKinney, Denton, Carrollton, Grapevine, and Richardson.

Finding the Right Accommodation

If you are planning to start a new life in Dallas, finding a place to live will be one of your first and biggest challenges. Because of the area’s popularity, property is in rather short supply, and housing prices are fairly high. Of course, living in Dallas is still a lot cheaper than settling down in, for instance, New York or San Francisco. However, in comparison to other cities in Texas, rents and property prices are considerable.

Something for Everyone: Types of Accommodation

The good news is that, in and around Dallas, you can find any type of accommodation you might be looking for, be it an apartment, a spacious loft, a condominium, or a house. Of course, your preference will depend a lot on your budget and your personal needs. As a young, single urbanite you would naturally need less space than if you were married with kids.

Apartments and lofts are available all over the city, especially in the city center, close to the most popular shops, bars, and clubs. However, if you are looking for a small house for your family, chances are you would have to look to the suburbs where this type of real estate is more common. Regardless of where you plan on living in Dallas, you should be able to expect a high quality from the available real estate.

Tips and Tricks for Your Housing Search

As you prepare for expat life in Dallas, the internet is a great resource to help you familiarize yourself with the city’s different areas and neighborhoods, as well as the types of properties available. When you start the actual housing search, however, it would make sense to enlist the help of a real estate agent. They know the city well and can notify you of available housing, sometimes even before it is officially listed. It could also be a good idea to tell them about your general life situation and whether, for instance, it is important for you to settle down near a good school, your place of work, or public transportation.

It can also help to talk to friends or co-workers currently living in Dallas and ask them to recommend a realtor for your housing search. Alternatively, you can turn to something like MetroTex Association of Realtors and search for a real estate professional there. Keep in mind that, due to the high demand, landlords can afford to be picky in choosing a tenant and often ask for proof of income. At the same time, it is likely that most landlords will be looking for someone who will be living in Dallas for at least a year. In that case, your work contract can be proof of the duration of your stay.

Looking to rent a home while in Dallas? Read our Extended Guide on Rents and Rental Agreements in the USA for a few pointers.


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