Many famous historical events took place in the great state of Texas. At the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836, Texas won its independence from Mexico. In the years that followed, Texas was annexed (after some time as an independent republic) as part of the United States. The Lone Star state moniker is a reflection of not only the Texas flag, but the independent spirit and pride of Texans. In recent years, more and more people have headed to Texas to enjoy the great things it has to offer. New residents and families moving to Texas quickly adopt the signature spirit of independence and Texas pride soon after relocating. North Texas is one of the most desirable areas in the Lone Star State for families. Read on to learn about 11 reasons why families are moving to the North Texas region.
- Low cost of living: Families in North Texas can enjoy a good quality of life without breaking the bank. With no income tax and no personal property tax, Texas is a tax-friendly state. For families relocating to Texas, many areas in North Texas have relatively low housing costs in great neighborhoods. In Texas, the cost of things like food and transportation ranks about 9% lower than the national average. Overall, the cost of living in North Texas is generally lower than in most major cities around the US.
- A safe space: North Texas has many areas with crime rates that rank lower than the national average. For families, this kind of peace of mind is important when it comes to finding peace and comfort in a neighborhood. It is easy to find a safe place to call home in North Texas communities.
- North Texas is planning for the future. Cities in North Texas like Dallas and Fort Worth have prioritized programs for sustainability in their communities. This is a boon to families who settle in the area. Throughout the region, programs focus on protecting the environment, reducing waste and pollution, recycling and composting, conserving water, and improving water quality.
- Schools are strong. Families in North Texas can take comfort in the fact that there are several highly rated school districts nearby. Frisco Independent School District (ISD) is known for strong academics, great extracurriculars, and innovative approaches to learning. Plano ISD is known for strong athletics and academics as well as its emphasis on technology and innovation. Families looking for strong academic programs, small class sizes, a focus on the whole student well-being, and a great sense of community should look into enrolling in schools within the Lovejoy ISD. These are just a few examples of the many districts in North Texas.
- Near to higher education. Proximity to colleges and universities can mean more cultural opportunities, economic benefits, and diversity for local communities. North Texas is home to the University of Texas at Dallas, a public research university with a wide range of degree programs. Texas A&M-Commerce is a public university with many great programs as well, and Collin College has several community college campuses throughout Collin County. Nearness to higher education can be inspiring for local families and invigorating for local communities.
- There’s fun to be had. Year round, Texas has plenty of ways to entertain families. Live music venues like The House of Blues, The Toyota Music Factory, the Granada Theater, and the Kessler Theater bring great bands to town. Sundance Square is a pedestrian-friendly downtown district in Fort Worth. The town of Fairview’s town center is another family friendly destination for shops, restaurants, and entertainment. For even more outdoor fun, visit the Fort Worth Zoo and the Dallas Arboretum.
- Sports are a way of life. While Texas is the land of Friday Night Lights and football, it has also become a mecca for all kinds of sporting activities. Sports fans in North Texas can watch Dallas Mavericks basketball, Dallas Stars hockey, Texas Rangers baseball, and Dallas Cowboys football. A plethora of professional sports teams is great for families who are fans, but perhaps even more essential for families is access to youth sports. Many schools and communities offer opportunities for kids to play sports in North Texas. There’s also a thriving youth tennis and golf scene for kids of all ages. Don’t forget about Texas cowboy roots: equestrian sports are a great option in North Texas too.
- The arts are alive in North Texas. Dallas has created a fantastic Arts District, including venues such as the Dallas Museum of Art, an opera house and a symphony hall. For families with budding actors, North Texas Performing Arts (NTPA) is a fabulous organization that offers an array of classes, camps, and productions. Located in Fairview, NTPA is dedicated to developing the character of youth through performing arts and family entertainment.
- Wonderful weather: North Texas is known for its warm and sunny climate, which is great for family life. Residents also enjoy seasonal changes with humid and hot summers, comfortable springs and falls, and relatively mild winters. An occasional ice storm, thunderstorm, or tornado might occur once in a while. Overall, the climate is ideal for active families.
- A balance of city and country: In North Texas, Dallas has really ramped up its reputation as a bustling, thriving urban area. More than that, the suburbs in North Texas range from highly developed housing communities to areas with larger lot sizes and a more rural feel. The town of Fairview boasts rolling hills, beautiful parks, and many green spaces.
- Location, location, location: North Texas is centrally located, serving as a link between the East Coast and the West Coast, with access to the Midwest. This is great for travel and economy. Accessible transportation options include travel by car, bus, train, trolley, or plane.
North Texas is a great place for families. From affordability to great education, family fun to tight-knit communities, there are so many opportunities to be had in North Texas. Learn more about family life in North Texas by reaching out to the Fairview Economic Development Corporation.