Dallas is a city with a rich history and a diverse population, so it should come as no surprise that the Big D is the cultural center of North Texas. If you are buying or building a home in Dallas, there is always another festival or cultural event to look forward to. No matter what your interests or your heritage is, you will find it celebrated here.

So you can gain a better appreciation of everything Dallas has to offer, we present our review of “Dallas Festivals and Events You Won’t Want to Miss”. This list is not intended to be comprehensive, but it is meant to spark your interest. The best way to soak up Dallas culture will always be to get out and about and experience it for yourself.

NOTE: The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic may affect how and if some of these traditional  celebrations are observed. Please refer to the included links for scheduling and safety precautions.


Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Celebrating the life and legacy of the Civil Rights icon, this free parade is one of the largest such observances in the United States. Every year, 150,000 people line up along MLK Boulevard to watch the floats and marching bands go by.

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

First held in 1896, this is the nation’s longest continually-running rodeo and livestock show. It attracts an estimated 1.5 million visitors and is directly responsible for the popularity of rodeo as a professional sporting event. Best of all, 85% of events take place under a roof, avoiding the winter ice storms known as “Stock Show Weather”. 


Dallas Blooms

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanic Garden has been recognized as one of the premier floral exhibitions in the entire world. This annual six-week event showcases over half a million spring blooms from hundreds of varieties of tulips. Every week, one of America’s six regions is highlighted.

Besides the tulips and the regular exhibits, visitors can also enjoy thousands of azaleas and hundreds of Japanese cherry blossoms. Dallas Blooms also offers live music, wine and beer tastings, cooking classes, guest speakers and book signings, children’s activities, and Easter events.

Chinese New Year Festival

Sponsored by the Crow Museum of Asian Art, this festival has been a tradition in Dallas for over 20 years. Held on Lunar Day, activities include lion and dragon dances, art displays, traditional music, face-painting, and a special performance honoring the year’s Zodiac animal.

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North Texas Irish Festival

Held at Fair Park the first week of March, this three-day event is the largest Irish festival in the American Southwest and the second-oldest in the country. Some of the highlights include traditional foods, music and dancers, a craft marketplace, and a whisky tasting. 

Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade

With nearly 100 floats, almost 1700 participants, and over 125,000 attendees, this is the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Southwest region of the country. The two-mile parade route traditionally runs along Greenville Avenue.

Festival of Joy

Also known as Ratha Yatra, or “Festival of Chariots”, this festival celebrates the rich spiritual and cultural heritage of India. Activities include traditional Indian food, demonstrations and information about yoga, meditation, health, philosophy, and astrology, crafts, music, and henna tattoos.

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Dallas Arts Month

This city-wide observance celebrates and showcases artistic talent in the Dallas area. Attend any or all of more than 100 events, exhibitions, and performances around the city to gain a better awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Dallas’ thriving art scene.

Latino Street Fest

Since 2014, this family-friendly event has celebrated North Texas’ vibrant Latino culture, and it is now the largest festival of its kind. Activities include live music, singing and dancing contests, mariachi performers, and of course, delicious food.

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Cinco de Mayo

Dallas is home to the largest and longest-running Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring a festival and a parade. Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT Mexican Independence Day, but it is a commemoration of the first victory of the Mexican army over French invaders.

The local Big Parade is held along Jefferson Boulevard in the heart of one of the most important Mexican-American communities in Dallas. Floats, walking groups, art exhibits, music, dancing, and food vendors are among the attractions. 

Asian Festival

Showcasing more than 20 Asian countries, the Dallas Asian Festival has been a popular local event for over 25 years. Held in May to observe Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, it is the largest Asian festival in North Texas.

Activities include cultural performances, a themed marketplace, information about Eastern health practices, and traditional food vendors.



Juneteenth is the oldest observance celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. Before it became a federal holiday, it was uniquely Texan, and that history is not lost on Dallas residents.

Some of the day’s activities include a march, musical performances, speakers, food vendors, a car show, and even an exhibit featuring the Negro Baseball League.

Taste of Dallas

For over 30 years, Taste of Dallas has been the one-stop sampling experience featuring the best food and beverages in the Metroplex. Visitors can try dishes from over 60 Dallas restaurants, food trucks, and vendors, visit the beer and wine gardens showcasing the talents of local brewmasters and vintners, or shop for unique food products that are certified “Go Texan”.

Dallas Pride

The most fabulous LGBTQ+ event in North Texas, Dallas Pride represents a community that is over 350,000 strong in DFW. Activities include a Pride Parade, music, speakers, and food vendors.


Fair Park Fourth

Fair Park Fourth does not disappoint. Besides a massive fireworks display, other activities include patriotic music, food trucks, fountain shows and games and rides within the State Fair of Texas Midway.

Addison Boom Town

Held in nearby Addison, Kaboom Town is the largest fireworks show in the DFW and is nationally-recognized as one of the Top 10 4th of July celebrations in America. The 30-minute display uses over 1,500 pounds of fireworks and attracts over 400,000 visitors annually. 

Besides the pyrotechnics, the other main attraction is the Freedom Flyover, featuring historic vintage warplanes.

National Day of the American Cowboy

Fort Worth celebrates its Western heritage with the “Best Cowboy Tribute” event in America. Held in the historic Fort Worth Stockyard District, this family-friendly event includes such pioneer activities as chuck wagons, a parade and rodeo, comedy gunfights, armadillo racing, cowboy poetry, and hands-on calf-roping training.


Texas Watermelon Festival

Celebrating both National Watermelon Day and National Farmers Market week, this festival is filled with fun activities for the family — watermelon bowling, eating contests, a barnyard petting zoo, speed-spitting contests, and a scavenger hunt. Best of all, you can support Texas agriculture by picking up a ripe watermelon or other farm-fresh produce.

North Texas Fair & Rodeo

Held in nearby Denton, this event attracts over 100,000 people annually. This is a perfect small fair experience in the days leading up to the Texas State Fair and includes the best in Texas country music, cook-offs, tractor pulls, and even swimming and racing pigs.


Deep Ellum Arts Festival

Providing the ultimate art experience in Dallas, this three-day event celebrates everything having to do with music and visual art. Over 100 musical acts and more than 200 visual artists will be represented at this year’s event, which will also include dozens of food vendors.

NOTE: The Deep Ellum Arts Festival features an eclectic and bohemian assortment of artists, which means some of the works may be edgy or even adult in nature. Discretion is advised.

State Fair of Texas

This 24-day event is one of the premier state fairs in the country, attracting over two million visitors annually. The iconic Big Tex statue welcomes fairgoers to a celebration of everything Texas — rides, games, concessions, live music, shopping, and the largest new car show in the Southwest region of the United States. 

The centerpiece of the State Fair is the Red River Rivalry college football game between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma, which has been played since 1929. 


Greek Food Festival

For over 60 years, the Greek Food Festival has celebrated the cuisine and culture of Greece. Event activities include music, crafts, and of course, food favorites like gyros, souvlaki, and baklava.

Plano Music and Arts Festival

With dozens of musical acts and more than 80 visual artists, this festival showcases the best talent in the DFW area. Other activities include a “Taste of Texas” food market, an antiques market, magicians, a family fishing tournament, and a car and motorcycle show. 


Native American Heritage Celebration

As part of Native American Heritage Month, this educational celebration features exhibits of indigneous artifacts, storytelling, and cultural performances.

Christmas in the Square

Featuring over 180,000 lights and 10 miles of wiring, this holiday display in nearby Frisco is the largest choreographed music and light show in North Texas. Running from late November through New Year’s, this free show attracts over 750,000 visitors every year.

Other activities include skating, carriage rides, visits with Santa, and shopping. 


Dallas Holiday Parade

Held the first Saturday in December, the premier holiday celebration in Dallas draws 450,000 visitors every year. Attractions include festive holiday floats, giant balloons, dance teams, marching bands, and Santa and Mrs. Claus. The Holiday Parade is the largest one day outdoor event in the Dallas metro. 

Dallas Marathon

The oldest marathon in Texas has been held in Dallas since 1971. That first race saw only 82 runners, but today’s race draws thousands. Now, the weekend includes a 100m dash, 5k and 10k races, relays, and half, full, and ultra marathons.

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Moving to Dallas-Fort Worth can seem like a daunting prospect, especially if you are new to Texas. Everything really IS bigger and better in Texas, including the list of reasons to live here — a rich history, a diverse community, amazing culture, fantastic career opportunities, beautiful weather, and perhaps best of all, the ability to live in a small town and still experience everything that a world-class metropolis has to offer.

(Although for some, the best part is not having to pay income tax in the State of Texas.)

To make things easier, we have put together this Guide to Moving to Dallas-Fort Worth 

Dallas-Fort Worth By the Numbers

Here are a few statistics about the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex:

  • Population: 7,573,136 (1 in Texas, #4 in the U.S.)
  • Economy: The 2020 GDP was $620.6 billion, the 20th-largest economy in the world.
  • Number of Fortune 500 companies: 22, the 4th-highest concentration in the U.S.
  • Unemployment Rate: 6.0 versus 6.1 U.S. (as of May 2021)
  • Median Household Income: $72,265 versus $65,712 U.S.
  • Median Home Sale Price: $351,750, up 11.8% over 2020 (as of June 2021)

Why Should You Move to Dallas-Fort Worth?

Several of the cities in and around Dallas are consistently included in many annual “Best of” lists:


Fort Worth







Grand Prairie


What Are the Neighborhoods Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington? 

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington is a huge metropolitan area that sprawls across nearly 9300 square miles. There are literally hundreds of individual residential neighborhoods, each with its own unique history, culture, and amenities.

To make things much simpler, here are the major neighborhoods in the two biggest cities, Dallas and Fort Worth, and links to their respective neighborhood or homeowner’s associations. We present these with one important caveat — NOTHING beats seeing these neighborhoods for yourself. After you have narrowed down your choices as to where to buy or build a home in DFW, take some time to explore your options in person.

NOTE: Homes without homeowner or neighborhood associations are not listed.


North Dallas

Bent Tree 75370

Devonshire 75209

Elm Thicket/Northpark 75219

Greenway Parks 75225

Preston Hollow 75230

Vickery Meadow 75231

Northeast Dallas

Chimney Hill 75243

Copperfield 75206

Country Forest-Jackson Meadows 75374

Highlands West 75231

Highland Meadows 75238

L Streets 75238

Lake Highlands Estates 75238

Lake Highlands North 75238

Merriman Park Estates 75231

Merriman Park/University Manor 75231

Moss Farm 75374

Northwood Hills 75380

Oak Highlands 75321

Oak Tree Village 75243

Pebble Creek 75231

Richland Park Estates 75081

Rolling Trails 75243

Town Creek 75243

Whispering Hills 75243

White Rock Valley 75201

Woodbridge 75243

University Terrace 75360

Urban Reserve 75243

Far North Dallas

Preston Highlands 75093

Melshire Estates 75230

Northwood Hills 75380

Oak Cliff Area

Beckley Club 75201

Elmwood 75211

Glen Oaks 75232

Kessler Park 75201

Kidd Springs 75203

Lake Cliff 75201

L.O. Daniel 75208

Stevens Park 75208

Tenth Street Freedman’s Town 75203

Winnetka Heights 75208

Wynnewood 75208

South Dallas

Bonton 75215

Parkdale 75227

Fair Park / Old South Dallas

Dolphin Heights 75223

Mill City 75210

South Boulevard Park Row 75215

Wheatley Place 75215

East Dallas

Alger Park/Ash Creek 75228

Belmont 75206

Buckner Terrace 75227

Casa Linda 75218

Casa View 75201

Claremont 75228

Eastwood 75218

Forest Hills 75218

Greenland Hills 75206

Hollywood Heights-Santa Monica 75214

Junius Heights 75214

Lake Park Estates 75218

Lakewood 75214

Lakewood Heights 75206

Lakewood Trails 75214

Little Forest Hills 75218

Lochwood 75218

Lower Greenville 75372

North Stonewall Terrace 75206

Old Lake Highland 75238

Ridgewood Park 75382

University Meadows 75214

Vickery Place 75372

White Rock 75214

Wilshire Heights 75214

Old East Dallas

Bryan Place 75204

Munger Place Historic District 75201

Peak’s Addition 75201

Swiss Avenue Historic District 75214

West Dallas

La Bajada 75212

Ledbetter Gardens 75212

Los Altos 75212

Westmoreland Heights 75212

Fort Worth


Crawford Farms 76244

Fossil Creek 76106

Harvest Ridge 76244

Heritage 76244

Lake Country 76179

Marine Creek Meadows 76135

Northside 76106

Park Glen 76137

River Oaks 76114

Riverside 76111

Rolling Meadows 76244

Sansom Park 76111

Summerfields 76131

Timberland Estates 76244

Woodland Springs 76244


Berkeley Place 76110

Fairmount 76110

Mistletoe Heights 76110

Ryan Place 76110


Bluebonnet Place 76109

Hallmark-Camelot 76134

Candleridge 76133

Greenbriar 76137

Hulen Heights 76107


Eastern Hills 76124

Haltom City 76117

Handley 76124

Meadowbrook 76103

Stop Six 76105

Woodhaven 76112


Alamo Heights 76107

Arlington Heights 76107

Bomber Heights 76116

Lake Como 76185

Lake Worth 76135

Montserrat 76126

North Benbrook 76132

Ridglea 76116

Ridglea Hills 76116

Ridglea North 76116

Ridgmar 76116

Ventana 76126

Western Hills 76116

Westover Hills 76107

Westworth Village 76114

Neighborhoods in Major Suburbs

If you are considering buying or building a home in a DFW suburb, here are links to the names of the neighborhoods in the largest local cities, as listed by Neighborhoods.com:

How Is the Job Market in Dallas-Fort Worth? 

When it comes to the job market in DFW, the news is very encouraging.

As of July 2021, the unemployment rate in DFW is barely above that of the United States as a whole and significantly lower than that of the State of Texas.

Here’s where DFW cities are today, compared to a year ago:

  • Dallas: 5.4% (July 2021) versus 8.4% (August 2020)
  • Fort Worth: 6.7% versus 7.9%
  • Arlington: 6.6% versus 7.7%
  • Irving: 6.0% versus 7.9%
  • Plano: 5.0% versus 6.3%
  • Garland: 5.9% versus 7.3%
  • Frisco: 4.3% versus 5.5%
  • Grand Prairie: 6.6% versus 8.1
  • Denton: 5.5 versus 6.3

To put those numbers in comparison, the current unemployment rate in the United States is 5.4%, while that of Texas is 6.2%.

What are the Top Industries in DFW?

According to the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, which supports economic development for all of North Texas, DFW has a very diverse industrial structure, meaning employment is distributed among several sectors, rather than disproportionately concentrated on a few types of industries.

In fact, the DRC notes that DFW has the third-most diverse industry among all U.S. metros.

The key DFW industry super sectors are:

  • Advanced Services — Corporate headquarters, management control, corporate support services, financial services, consulting, insurers, legal services, etc.

Nearly two dozen Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in the Dallas area, including 3 in the top 10.

Over 52,000 advanced services establishments provide approximately 700,000 local jobs.

  • Aviation and Aerospace — Two major airlines are headquartered locally — American Airlines in Fort Worth and Southwest Airlines in Dallas. There are over 600 aerospace companies in DFW, providing more than 90,000 jobs.
  • Financial Activities — DFW is one of the major financial hubs in the country. There are over 12,000 local establishments dealing with finance, investing, credit, or insurance, providing more than 250,000 jobs.
  • Food — DFW has been a food hub for more than 100 years, and major companies such as Frito-Lay, Borden, Jamba Juice, Sysco, Anaheuser-Busch, and many others has established headquarters or significant operations locally.

In total, 15,000 establishments provide approximately 370,000 jobs.

  • Health Care — Dallas is home to national-rated institutions such as Baylor Medical Center, University of Texas Medical Center, and the burn unit at Parkland Hospital, as well as numerous other premier hospitals, health care facilities, research programs, and medical equipment manufacturers.

Over one million  people are employed in medicine or related health care fields in DFW.

  • High Tech — DFW has the sixth-highest concentration  of high-tech jobs in the United States, and is a growing center for such emerging technologies as virtual reality, artificial intelligence, next-generation wireless broadband, bioscience, and medical technology.

There are approximately 330,000 people employed in high-tech jobs in DFW.

  • Hospitality — DFW is the most-visited metro in the State of Texas and is a major hub for sporting events, concerts, conventions, and entertainment, as well as the home of the Texas State Fair.

Year-over-year, the leisure and hospitality super sector in DFW saw an employment increase of over 80%.

  • Life Sciences — This industry is dominated locally by medical device manufacturing, optical technology, and pharmaceuticals. Core strengths of the DFW life sciences industry includes research involving cancer, neurology, the brain, and dental health.

More than 1200 local establishments provide over 27,000 life science jobs in DFW.

  • Logistics — Thanks to its central location, DFW offers outstanding shipping and distribution services with easy access to rail, air, and trucking. The Alliance Global  Logistic Hub is the premier inland port in the country.

The DFW logistics industry provides more than 300,000 local jobs.

  • Manufacturing — DFW has more manufacturing activity than any other metropolitan area in the state. Local plants include Texas Instruments, Lockheed Martin, General Motors, Mary Kay, Louis Vuitton, and many others.

The nearly 7000 manufacturing establishments provide over 287,000 manufacturing jobs in DFW.

How Much Does It Cost to Live in Dallas?

Let’s compare regular expenses in Dallas, specifically to New York City and San Francisco, two cities that send thousands of people to Dallas every year.

Median household income for San Francisco is $96 265, for New York City $107,400, and for Dallas $85,982.

Dallas versus San Francisco

Overall 45% lower

Housing: 66% lower

Transportation: 30% lower

Food: 21% lower

Entertainment: 20% lower

Healthcare: 15% lower

Dallas versus New York City (Manhattan)

Overall 565% lower

Housing: 78% lower

Transportation: 23% lower

Food: 29% lower

Entertainment: 20% lower

Healthcare: 2% lower


Dallas’ highest sales tax is 8.25%, and in some areas, is just 6.25% compared to 8.875% in New York City and 8.5% in San Francisco. 

Texas has NO state income tax, while the average in California is 7.75% — the highest in the nation. At  5.99% New York’s average is 8th-highest.

The tax climate inTexas is very attractive to businesses because there is no corporate tax. California, on the other hand, charges 8.84%, while New York State charges 7.1%.

Conversely, Texas has the highest property tax among the three — 1.81%, compared to just .74% in California and 1.35% in the State of New York.

Due primarily to special state excise taxes, a gallon of gas is only $2.83 in Texas, compared to $4.40 in California and $3.22 in New York State, while a pack of cigarettes can be as high as $6.37, $8.31, and $12.85, respectively.

Is Dallas-Fort Worth Good for Families?

Families who are new to the area will find a lot to like about Dallas-Fort Worth, especially if they choose the right neighborhood to buy or build a house.

  • Highly-ranked schools
  • Colleges — There are 48 colleges and universities in the DFW area, giving it the highest concentration of any Texas metro.
  • Religion — Among all U.S. metros, Dallas has the highest percentage of Christians.
  • Parks — There are more than 1000 public parks in DFW. In fact, Dallas has the second-most greenspace per person among major U.S. cities.
  • Culture — Dallas is ranked #19 among the “most-cultured cities” in America, with 35 museums and 248 recreational/cultural attractions.
  • Cuisine — In 2019, Dallas was named the “Top Restaurant City” in the U.S.
  • Sports — Home to six major league pro teams and multiple championships, Dallas is a past recipient of the Sporting News “Top Sports City” award.

Top DFW Attractions

Dallas-Fort Worth is home to world-class attractions suitable for every interest, including:

Is Dallas-Fort Worth a Good Place To Retire?

In February 2021, Travel + Leisure included the Dallas-Fort Worth area on its list of the 11 Best Cities to Retire. DFW was the only Texas location that made the list

Why is DFW so attractive to retirees?

With zero income tax, including on retirement income, and low city/state tax rates retirees can make their money stretch much further.

The actual climate in North Texas is also a major draw. Warm weather and mild winters encourage an active lifestyle. The Dallas Parks System maintains nearly 400 parks totalling over 20,000 acres. The Dallas Trail Plan has almost 160 miles of trails suitable for hiking or biking.

It also helps that DFW has one of the finest health care systems in America, with multiple hospitals ranked highly in both the state and nationally.

Finally, the many smaller suburbs and close-knit neighborhoods offer the feel of small-town connections with all the amenities of the nearby big city.

Pros and Cons of Living in Dallas-Fort Worth


  • Job Market — Low unemployment, diverse industries, major corporations
  • Favorable tax climate
  • Lower Cost of Living — Especially when compared to cities in California or New York.
  • Schools that are among the best in the country.
  • Mild Winters — DFW enjoys an average of 232 sunny days.
  • DFWs central location puts it within just a few hours’ driving distance of many other major cities — .Austin 182 miles, Oklahoma City 190 miles, Houston 239 miles, San Antonio 275 miles, Little Rock 293 miles, Baton Rouge 370 miles, and Topeka 437 miles.
  • World-class medical facilities
  • Great dining
  • Diverse culture
  • Fantastic shopping experiences
  • Sporting events
  • Concerts and plays


  • Moderately-high property taxes
  • The inventory of homes for sale is very low in some neighborhoods, especially within the City of Dallas. This is why many people buy or build a home in a DFW suburb.
  • Long, hot summers.
  • High crime in some areas.
  • Many areas are car-dependent.

Fun Facts about Dallas-Fort Worth

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has a long and rich history that gives “The Big D” a character unlike any other metro.

  • The frozen margarita was invented in Dallas. The original machine now sits in the Smithsonian Museum
  • Other Dallas inventions include the microchip, the ATM. German Chocolate Cake, and the shopping center.
  • 60% of all paper money in America is printed in Fort Worth.
  • The term “Super Bowl” was coined by Dallas native Lamar Hunt, who founded and owned the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Hunt is also a member of THREE sport Halls of Fame — football, tennis, and soccer.
  • 7-11 — the country’s first convenience store — was founded in Dallas, way back in 1927 as “Tote-Em”.
  • More popcorn is eaten in DFW than anywhere else.
  • DFW Airport is larger than Manhattan.
  • It also contains the world’s largest parking lot.
  • The Dallas Arts District is the biggest in the country.
  • The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders were the first professional squad.
  • During World War II, White Rock Lake was a POW camp for German soldiers. 

Famous people from DFW include:

  • Singers John Denver,  Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, Norah Jones, Lisa Loeb, Demi Lovato, Meat Loaf, LeAnn Rimes, Jessica Simpson, Usher, and Vanilla Ice
  • Actors Katre Capshaw, Morgan Fairchild, Peri Gilpin, Luke and Owen Wilson, Robin Wright, and Ginger Rogers.
  • President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush
  • Outlaws Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker
  • Assassin Lee Harvey Oswald

The Bottom Line About Moving to Dallas-Fort Worth

DFW is a sprawling and vibrant community that offers endless opportunities for newcomers and transplants from out-of-state. Considering the strong job market, the very affordable cost of living, the rich and diverse culture, the warm, sunny weather, and the friendly neighborhoods, Dallas-Fort Worth should be strongly considered as your next move.

Deciding where to build a home in Dallas is a matter of lifestyle. Just as your home has to meet the needs of your family, so does your surrounding neighborhood. But with literally hundreds to choose from in the Metroplex, how do you find a truly great neighborhood in the Dallas area? While it would be impossible to include them all, we’ve done the homework to put together this list of Great Dallas Neighborhoods for Families.

We looked at:

  • Schools — For public schools, we used ratings from GreatSchools.org, while for private schools, we used grades assigned by Niche.com. In addition to benefiting your childrens’ education, having highly-ranked schools nearby increases the value of your home.

*** For our Comprehensive Review of Public Schools Around Dallas, CLICK HERE ***

  • Crime Rate — We used ratings from CrimeGrade.org. It should come as no surprise that lower crime rates and safer neighborhoods mean higher property values. On average, a crime occurs in the Dallas metro every two minutes.
  • Medical Care — What hospitals or clinics are nearby? This is a particularly important consideration if someone in your family has special medical needs.
  • Parks/Outdoor Activities — Research supports the many benefits of city parks and greenspaces — improved physical and mental health, children who are more physically active,  less pollution, better water conservation, a greater sense of community, and again, higher property values.
  • Shopping — Having a neighborhood grocery store is convenient and can save busy parents a lot of time. Even better, building a home near some grocery stores can result in a 5-year appreciation of nearly 70%.
  • Amenities — Did you know that the #1 most-desired neighborhood amenity is access to local shops and restaurants?
  • Walkability — How easy is it to get around the neighborhood on foot? If you can leave your car in the garage and still enjoy everything your neighborhood has to offer, you will help the environment while saving money on gas, maintenance, and insurance.

As an added bonus, even a 1-point improvement on a neighborhood’s walkability score can increase your home’s value by $3250

The overall Walkability Score for the City of Dallas is 46, which is considered to be “Car-Dependent”. This means that those neighborhoods with higher scores should be given serious consideration,

We hope that you find our list of the Great Dallas Neighborhoods for Families interesting and useful. Please remember, there is no substitute for experiencing a neighborhood in person before making the final decision on where to build your custom home.


Walnut Hill 75229

Median Home Value: $580,788

The Walnut Hill neighborhood is bounded to the North by Royal Lane to the North, Walnut Hill Lane to the South, Midway Road to the East, and Marsh Lane to the West. 

The local population stands at roughly 3100 residents, 45% of whom hold Bachelor’s Degrees or above. The median household income is over $167,000, and 28% of families have children. At 89%, home ownership is very high in Walnut Hill.

Top-Ranked Nearby Schools

Walnut Hill students are served by the Dallas Independent School District.

Crime Grade: A+

Closest Hospital: Less than 3 miles

Parks/Outdoor Activities

In the Northwest corner of the neighborhood is Peter Pan Park, which connects across Royal Lane to Cox Lane Park. In the Southeast corner, directly South of Walnut Hill Elementary School is the 9.7-acre Walnut Hill Park and Recreation Center, which features a playground, a baseball field, a basketball court, tennis courts, picnic tables, a fitness center, and a public pool.


There are a few fast-food chains along the Western edge of the neighborhood, but the real draw is a group of highly-rated Mexican restaurants within 2 miles, just West on Walnut Hill Lane. 


Grocery store options in Walnut Hill include an in-neighborhood El Rancho Supermercado, and within 2 miles, a Rio Grande Supermarket in the North and a Fiesta Mart, a Terry’s Supermarket, and a Wal-Mart Supercenter to the South.

Walkability Score: 58 (Somewhat Walkable)

Prestonwood 75248

Median Home Value: $403,040

Located North of Downtown Dallas between Richardson and Addison, Prestonwood is bounded by Davenport Road/Brentfield Drive on the North, Belt Line Road on the South, North Colt Road on the East, and Preston Road in the West.

Median household income is $105,487, and 36% of adults have a Bachelor’s Degree or above, both well above the National Average. There are approximately 22,000 residents in Prestonwood, and 35% of families have children.

72% of homes in Prestonwood are owned, rather than rented.

Top-Ranked Nearby Schools

Prestonwood students are served by the Dallas Independent School District.

Crime Grade: B — In every area of both violent and property crime, the rates in Prestonwood are much lower than the National Average.

Closest Hospital: Less than 3 Miles

Parks/Outdoor Activities

Prestonwood is home to Kiowa Park, Hillwood Park, Kiowa Parkway, and Prestonwood Creek Golf Course. White Rock Creek runs through the golf course.


About a mile West of Prestonwood Creek Golf Course are a spate of restaurants, from steak to fine dining to fast food. Among the standouts is Flower Child, a from-scratch vegan restaurant.


Just West of the golf course is a Wal-Mart SuperCenter, and at the Southeast tip, there is a Trader Joe’s and a Tomb Thumb. 

Walkability Score: 65 (Somewhat Walkable)

University Park 75205

Median Home Value: $1,295,500

The suburb of University Park, located directly West of Southern Methodist University, is primarily bounded by West Northwest Highway in the North, Mockingbird Lane on the South, Eastern Avenue on the West and North Central Expressway on the East. In other words, it is bordered by Dallas on the East, West, and North, and by Highland Park on the South.

With a median household income of over $224,000, University Park is one of the most-affluent cities in America. There are approximately 25,000 residents, 44% of whom hold a Master’s Degree or higher.

41% of families have children.

Top-Ranked Nearby Schools

University Park students are served by the Highland Park Independent School District.

Crime Grade: A+ for Central and Northeast University Park

Closest Hospital: Less than 3 miles

Parks/Outdoor Activities

There are several local city parks, including Williams Park, Smith Park, Linear Park, Goar Park, Germany Park, Elena’s Children’s Park, Curtis Park, Coffee Park, Caruth Park, and Burleson Park. The city also maintains six public tennis courses.

Curtis Park is also home to the Holmes Aquatic Center which has two pools, diving boards, a water slide, and a sprayground.


The majority of local restaurants are Southeast of Curtis Park, and among the offerings are German, Mediterranean, Asian fusion, French bistro, and a highly-rated Italian trattoria. 


There are grocery stores at the boundaries of University Park in every direction — several Tom Thumbs, a Kroger, and a Trader Joe’s.

Walkability Score: 60 (Somewhat Walkable)


Canyon Creek 75080

Median Home Value: $413,317

Located East of the University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson’s Canyon Creek neighborhood is considered one of the top places to live in all of Texas. The population stands at roughly 4400 residents, over a third of whom hold Master’s Degrees or above, and the median household income is nearly $136,000

39% of Canyon Creek families have children, and 78% of homes are owned, rather than rented.

Top-Ranked Nearby Schools

Canyon Creek students are served by the Richardson Independent School District.

Crime Grade: B- — Violent crime rates are much lower than the National Average, while property crime is significantly lower.

Closest Hospital: Less than 3 miles

Parks/Outdoor Activities

Immediately East of Canyon Creek Elementary School is Canyon Creek Park, which includes a well-equipped playground and a public swimming pool. To the Northeast of that is a long swath of undeveloped greenspace. Less than a mile away is the Canyon Creek Country Club, which offers 18 holes of golf, tennis courts, and a resort-style swimming pool.


Among the obligatory burger, pizza, barbecue, and Mexican restaurants nearby is an unexpected choice — Hoki Poki, which specializes in sushi and Hawaiin cuisine.


Just a few blocks South of Canyon Creek Elementary is a Natural Grocers, and for those who prefer chain supermarkets, there are Tom Thumb stores located less than two miles away, one to the West and one to the North.

Walkability Score: 88 (Very Walkable)


Clearview 75075

Median Home Value: $184,424

Plano’s Clearview neighborhood is bounded in the North by West Spring Creek Parkway, in the South by Cambridge Drive, in the East by Premier Drive and in the West by Alma Drive.

Clearview is a small neighborhood with a population of just over 2300 residents, of whom 35% hold Bachelor’s Degrees or above. The median household income is $102,000, and 77% of homes are owned, rather than rented.

38% of Clearview families have children.

Top-Ranked Nearby Schools

Clearview students are served by the Plano Independent School District.

Crime Grade: A

Closest Hospital: Less than 3 miles

Parks/Outdoor Activities

Clearview Park sits right in the middle of the neighborhood, with amenities such as a playground, an open multi-sport practice field, a pavilion, picnic areas, and grills.

Less than two blocks from the Northern edge of the neighborhood sits the even-larger Longhorn Park, featuring all of the above, plus three different walking trails.

For outdoor enthusiasts, the real local draw is the 800-acre Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, located just 2 miles due East of the Clearview neighborhood.


Most of the chain restaurant choices are just to the Southeast, less than 1 mile away, but directly East are a popular sushi grill and a Vietnamese eatery. 


Clearview has a convenient location, with multiple grocery options within 2 miles in every direction. There are familiar choices like Wal-Mart Supercenter, Aldi, Tom Thumb, and Fiesta Mart, but real foodies will appreciate the specialty grocery stores — Brazilian, Indian, and Caribbean. 

Walkability Score: 58 (Somewhat Walkable) Clearview is the most-walkable neighborhood in Plano.


Mill Run 75007

Median Home Value for Zip Code 75007: $240,000

Located approximately 20 miles North of the center of Dallas, Mill Run in Carrollton is bounded by Bellflower Court/Drive on the North, Frankford Road on the South, Mayfair Drive on the East, and Old Denton Road on the West .

The local population stands at roughly 56,000 residents, 30% of whom hold Bachelor’s Degrees or above. The median household income is almost $87,000, and 32% of families have children.

72% of homes in zip code 75007 are owned, rather than rented.

Top-Ranked Nearby Schools

Mill Run students are serviced by the Carrollton-Farmer’s Branch Independent School District.

Crime Grade: B+ — Rates of both violent and property crime are lower than the National Average.

Closest Hospital: Less than 3 miles

Parks/Outdoor Activities

At the Southwest corner of Creekview High School is Timber Creek Park, which has a playground, a picnic pavilion and grills, a basketball court, and hiking trails.


Two blocks Southeast of Creekview High School is a cluster of fast-food and casual restaurants, including a sushi restaurant, a Vietnamese Pho establishment, and a Korean barbecue. 


Grocery store options in the Mill Run area of Carrollton include an Aldi Food Market.

Walkability Score: 68 (Somewhat Walkable)

Colleyville 76034

Median Home Value: $516,500

Located 22 miles West of Dallas and 14 miles East of Fort Worth, Colleyville is an easy commute to either city. Colleyville is also less than 5 miles West of DFW Airport.

The local population stands at a little over 26,000 residents, 40% of whom hold Bachelor’s Degrees or above. The median household income is almost $164,000, and home ownership is a very high 96%.

40% of Colleyville families have children. 

Top-Ranked Nearby Schools

Colleyville students are serviced by the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District.

Crime Grade: A+

Closest Hospital: Less than 5 miles

Parks/Outdoor Activities

There are 13 city parks and recreational areas in Colleyville:

  • Bransford Park — A two-acre mini-park with open spaces and wind sculptures
  • Colleyville City Park — A 40-acre sports park with nine lighted softball and baseball fields, six tennis courts, basketball courts, and a one-mile trail, as well as a pond, a covered pavilion, and an amphitheater
  • Colleyville Nature Center — A 46-acre refuge with 3.5 miles of trails, a covered pavilion with grills, an amphitheater, a playground, 9 ponds, and a fishing pier
  • Cotton Belt Trail — Suitable for walkers, runners, and cyclists, this regional trail connects Colleyville, Grapevine, Hurst, and North Richland Hills.
  • Kidsville — A 10,000 square foot playground and picnic area
  • Kimzey Park — A 20-acre public park with a playground, a pavilion, and open play area, a basketball court, a practice backstop, a sand volleyball court, a multi-use trail, and a one-acre fishing pond
  • LD Lockett Park — A tranquil area with ponds, walking trails, and picnic areas
  • McPherson Park — Besides the “normal” offerings of a playground, a splash pad, trails, and picnic areas, there is also a renovated dairy barn from the 1800s.
  • Pleasant Run Soccer Complex and Park — This premier 33-acre facility contains soccer practice and game fields, picnic arrears, and a one-mile multi-use trail.
  • Reagan Park — This five-acre park contains batting cages and two lighted softball and baseball fields.
  • Sparger Park — An eight-acre park with two playgrounds, open play spaces, a half-mile trail, and a POW memorial
  • Woodbriar Park — A playground, a pavilion, a multi-use trail, and a designed arbor

In town, there is a driving range, and just to the Northeast is the Timarron Country Club.


Local restaurant options include Mexican, New American, fine Italian seafood, and chain eateries like the Cheesecake Factory and Pappadeux’s.


There are Kroger supermarkets on the Northwest and Southeast edges of Colleyville, and less than 4 miles to the East, there is a Tom Thumb and two Albertsons.

Walkability Score: The areas around Colleyville are very rural and thus car-dependent, but within the city, the score is as high as 58 (Somewhat Walkable).

Coppell 75019

Median Home Value: $388,800

The bedroom community of Coppell is located in the Northwest corner of Dallas County, roughly 23 miles from downtown Dallas. The rough boundaries of Coppell are Lewisville in the North, Dallas and Irving in the South, Carrollton in the East, and Grapevine in the West.

The population of Coppell is approximately 42,000 residents, 29% of whom hold a Master’s Degree or above. The median household income is over $122,000, and 44% of families have children.

Home ownership in Coppel is a high 72%.

Top-Ranked Nearby Schools

Three different school districts serve local families — Coppell ISD, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, and Lewisville ISD.

Crime Grade: A+

Closest Hospital: Less than 5 miles

Parks/Outdoor Activities

The City of Coppell has 17 parks with a total of 544 acres:

  • Allen Road Park (5.5 acres) — Playground, pavilion, picnic areas, pond, and fishing
  • Andrew Brown Park Central (8 acres) — Fields for baseball, softball, football, and lacrosse
  • Andrew Brown Park East (118 acres) — Playground, pavilion, picnic areas, pond, stream, fishing, and trails for both hiking and jogging
  • Andrew Brown Park West (52 acres) — Playground, pavilion, picnic areas, jogging trails, basketball courts, and fields for baseball, softball, and soccer
  • Coppell Nature Park (66 acres) — Hiking and jogging trails, pond, stream, greenspace, and picnic areas
  • Denton Creek (52 acres) — Pond, stream, and greenspace
  • Grapevine Creek Park (33 acres) — Greenspace
  • Grapevine Springs (23 acres) — Hiking trails, pond, stream, and picnic areas
  • Hunterwood Park (7.7 acres) — Playground, pond, stream, hiking trails, and picnic areas
  • MacArthur Park (17 acres) — Playground, picnic areas, and fields for baseball or softball
  • Magnolia Park (27 acres) — Playground, jogging and hiking trails, pond, stream, and fishing
  • Moore Road Park (30 acres) — Jogging trail, pond, stream, fishing, and fields for baseball or softball
  • Riverchase Park (.5 acre) — Playground
  • The Duck Pond Park (5 acres) — Playground, picnic areas, hiking trail, pond, stream, and fishing
  • Tweatt Park (5 acres) — Picnic areas, pond, stream, and fishing
  • Villawood Linear Park (3.3 acres) — Undeveloped greenspace
  • Wagon Wheel Park (153 acres) — Pavilion, picnic areas, hiking and jogging trails, pond, stream, tennis courts, and fields for baseball, softball, and soccer
  • Woodhurst Linear Park (3.9 acres) — Undeveloped greenspace

In addition to all these public parks, the Main Street Interactive Fountain is a popular splash pad open to all Coppell residents.


Coppell residents who want something other than fast food should head North, where the unique local fare includes a Burmese restaurant and King’s Kafe, a Middle Eastern restaurant and hookah lounge.


Because it is a bedroom community, there are no major grocery stores within the City of Coppell. But to the Northeast, Natural Grocers, Tom Thumb, Kroger, and Market Street are all within 5 miles.

Walkability Score: In the rural areas around Coppell, most errands will require a car. The city proper, however has a Walkability Score of 67 (Somewhat Walkable) 


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Find the School that Fits You Best – Niche

by: Wild Bill, aka The Texas Authority

About me: I’m a Texan, born and bred. I’ve been blessed to travel all over the world, and there’s some mighty nice places I like to vacation, but I’ll always come back to Texas. I am a small business owner these days, but I’ve been an accountant, financial advisor, Controller and CFO for literally hundreds of Texas businesses and business owners. I’ve been involved in local, state, and national politics, and I’ve been a provider for my family for over 50 years here in Texas. It’s a great place to live, so lean on me and listen up.

If you are over 50 years old, you’re a senior (at least according to AARP).  You may feel like a junior now, but as time marches on your mobility issues will likely remind you that you are not getting any younger.  Which means that the custom home you build today should be significantly different from the one you would build if you were 30.

A recent survey of older adults found that 90 percent would prefer to die in their own homes rather than move to a senior housing lifestyle.  So, if you’re building a custom home in Dallas, this is your opportunity to design a home that will not need modifications as you progress through your later years.

To begin, here are six major structural features that can be incorporated into your home’s design from the get-go:

1.  Single Story Living

It only takes one knee replacement surgery to understand…The ground-level floor plan needs to accommodate cooking, eating, bathing, sleeping and visiting.  Second levels can be part of your custom home’s plan, but they should be designed primarily for overnight visits from family and friends.

2.  Open Floorplan

The main living area should include spacious, open areas for easy maneuvering and good visibility.  Imagining the placement of your furniture before you move in will help in designing enough space in your dining area, living rooms, bedroom and bathroom.  

3.  Wide Hallways and Doorways

Halls and doorways should be wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair.  Think 36 inches or more to allow for easy entrance and turning.  And, consider that not all corners have to be squared.  Moving from a common area into a hallway can be enhanced by a 45 degree corner.  

4.  Flush Thresholds

Movement from one part of the house to the other should be smooth—no step-ups or step-downs. One area to give special attention is the transfer from the exterior to the interior of the house.  Many standard floor plans have a step-up at the door opening to the interior.  This can easily be a trip point for a person with balance issues, and a challenge for those in a wheelchair. (Think about carrying groceries from the car to the kitchen).

5.  Natural Light

Your design of your windows is obviously the biggest determinant for access of natural light into your home’s interior.

Natural light produces energy savings by allowing a homeowner, in certain cases, to use less heat, less air conditioning, and eliminate (or greatly reduce) the need to use artificial light. Research has proven that natural lighting helps people be more productive, happier, healthier and calmer. 

Colors close to white, such as light-colored pastels, reflect plenty of rays. An eggshell wash or other reflective paint finish will enhance the brightness.

Also, don’t forget the largest source of darkness in a room may be the floor. Get a light colored rug, carpet or hardwood flooring to help brighten up the room.

6.  Elevators and Dumbwaiters

Although expensive, elevators and dumbwaiters can be game changers for seniors. The convenience of being able to move both people and products between floors, without the use of stairs, can open up a variety of custom home design options you might otherwise not consider.

Where previously you may have been limited to a ground-floor living design, elevators and dumbwaiters make it possible for those with mobility issues to access upper floors, and create more living and entertainment spaces vertically, rather than having to expand the floor plan horizontally and consume more of the lot.

Other Ideas and Considerations

Now, as you think further about the interior features of your home, consider these ideas to make your everyday living safe and convenient for your mature years.  Chances are that no one will notice, and you won’t either until you reach those magic “golden years” when mobility becomes an issue:

**Consider a zero-threshold shower with built-in seating.

**Reinforce the bathroom walls so you can add grab bars later when needed.

**Lower your counter heights an inch or so, particularly in the kitchen and bathrooms. 

**Install lever-handled doorknobs and faucets wherever possible.

**Lower the electrical wall switches.  An inch or two will make a difference.

**Raise the electrical outlets, and add more of them throughout the house.

**Use pull-out shelving whenever possible.  Think kitchen and bathrooms.

**When specifying artificial lighting (in closets), add more, not less.

**Install non-slip flooring.

If these ideas are incorporated in the design phase of your truly custom home, the incremental costs will be minimal but the returns later in life will be monumental.  These features may even extend your years in your own home, forestalling a move to a senior living facility.