Enjoy a Fun North Texas Lifestyle
Living in Texas can be an excellent choice for many people who are looking for a high quality, fun and affordable lifestyle. There is no state income tax and the cost of living is low. In addition, Fort Worth has all types of activities including museums, universities, restaurants and bars in the old Stock Yards, and an exceptional symphony orchestra.
According to Sperling's Best Cities to Relocate in America, one of the best places to live is Fort Worth and nearby Arlington, Texas. This area is ranked as one of the top five places where people may want to move. There are many reasons why someone might want to live in Fort Worth, such as a stable economy with modest growth, low cost of living, low crime rate, and access to colleges, museums, shows, and sporting events. Fort Worth and its neighbor, Arlington, certainly fit this description. In fact, Fort Worth was recently ranked the 9th safest city in the United States. As a former resident of this area, I still miss the Texas hospitality and charm that abounds in this lovely small city. Partners for Livable Communities named Fort Worth one of America's Most Livable Communities. Read on to find out more reasons why this area might appeal to you.
Fort Worth Population
The City of Fort Worth has a population of around 700,000 people. However, Tarrant County, where it is located, has a combined population of around 1,650,000. When you include Dallas and the surrounding communities that make up the Dallas-Fort Worth "Metroplex," you have a total population of over 6,000,000 people.
Weather in North Texas
The coldest month of the year is January, when the average high is 54 and the average low is 34. It is extremely rare for temperatures to drop down near zero. The hottest month is July, when the average high is 95 and the average low is 75. The weather in north Texas in the winter tends to be mild, while summer evenings are warm and pleasant, and great for strolling around your neighborhood or in downtown's Sundance Square.
Although Fort Worth is often referred to as "Cow Town," because of its historic stock yards and old west history, today it is certainly a modern, urban city, from the elegant Bass Performance Hall to its upscale restaurants, bars and shops. The city has a decidedly small town feel, yet it is near enough to Dallas that there is plenty of access to that city's shopping and cultural events, including the Meyerson Symphony Hall, the old Majestic Theater, and a seemingly endless selection of restaurants and places to shop. However, don't feel that Fort Worth is too small to stand on its own. It is the nation's 17th largest city.
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Despite their proximity, Fort Worth is much more affordable than Dallas. In fact, the average home price is well below the national average. Fort Worth home prices ranged from about $92,000 to $250,000 in 2013, depending on the neighborhood. The overall cost of living is approximately 14 percent cheaper than the national average, as well. Part of this may be because Texas does not have a state income tax. In general, though, Fort Worth is just a reasonable place to call home. In fact, Hotwire.com ranked Fort Worth number 4 as a value friendly destination for tourists.
Things to Do
Fort Worth has a sophisticated arts and culture scene, which includes a symphony orchestra, the ballet, the opera, the botanical garden and a nationally recognized zoo. There are many opportunities to listen to live music, whether you enjoy the symphony or a country western bar. The downtown area, surrounding Bass Performance Hall, is a friendly and fun area to spend an evening, with plenty of parking, and lots of upscale restaurants and bars. You can enjoy a thick, juicy steak or dine on elegantly served sushi in the city.
The three major areas that attract tourists and residents alike are the Downtown Sundance Square, the Cultural District and the Stockyards National Historic District. They are all interesting, a lot of fun, and are located within only about two miles of each other!
Among the other places which you might enjoy visiting are the U.S. Bureau of Engraving (where 60% of America's paper money is printed), the Texas Civil War Museum, the Modern Art Museum, the stock show and rodeo, the zoo and the Texas Motor Speedway. Don't forget to take time to watch the twice-daily cattle drive in the Stockyards National Historic District.
Nearby Arlington Sports and Entertainment Areas
The city of Arlington, also in Tarrant County, is about 12 miles east of downtown Fort Worth, between that city and Dallas. It is easily accessed from either city. If you want to enjoy watching the Dallas Cowboys football team play in their new arena, or catch a fly ball at a Texas Rangers baseball game in their lovely ballpark, Arlington is the place to go. Arlington is also headquarters to the International Bowling Museum and the offices of American Mensa (the high I.Q. society).
For family fun, Arlington is home to the theme park, Six Flags over Texas, as well as Hurricane Harbor.
Area Colleges and Universities
Fort Worth is home to Texas Christian University, or TCU, a well-respected private liberal arts college. Arlington is home to the University of Texas at Arlington, part of the state university system. There are also community colleges, and technical schools that service the area.
Below Average Unemployment Rate
If you are considering moving to this area, you may be interested to know that many businesses are also attracted to North Texas because of the lack of a state income tax, and the affordability of homes for their employees. The unemployment rate in the area is well below the national average.
According the CNBC.com, some of the major companies that are currently looking to hire new employees in the Fort Worth area are: Texas Health Resources, JPS Health Network and the Bank of America.
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