Consisting of 10+ counties spread across 385 square miles, the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex has more than enough places for people to call home. While each suburb varies in terms of its population or its urban/rural feel, each offers a unique, local touch that makes living in the DFW area so great.
Consistently ranked as one of the best places to live by Livability.com and other sites, it’s easy to see why. Plano’s median age is 39 and 23% of its residents are single, resulting in the area’s popularity among both families and millennials. With a median home price of $239,000 or higher the further west you move, Plano offers plenty of opportunity for its residents, which is evident from its average household income of $85,750.
Plano is the corporate headquarters for many American brands (J.C. Penney, Frito-Lay, Dr Pepper Snapple Group), offering a plethora of jobs across a diverse industry landscape, especially for young professionals moving to the area. A hidden gem is the Historic Downtown Plano district, located at the Downtown Plano DART station, which is home to some of the best local restaurants and retail stores in the area.
Being only a few miles from DFW International Airport, Southlake has a lot to offer as a city. Aside from its small town charm, it also wows with high-end shopping and dining options, especially in Southlake Town Square. With a median age of 41, and 11% of residents being single, Southlake also offers a wide variety of living experiences for those seeking a family-friendly neighborhoods or the hustle and bustle of an urban environment.
While the average home price ranges from $650,000-850,000 (a reasonable amount for this area), its location in the center of the Metroplex offers accessibility from all sides while still remaining a quiet suburb. It’s also a popular neighborhood among Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers players, which explains its median household income of $164,938.
As one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., Frisco has boomed in recent years. The population explosion followed the Dallas North Tollway’s expansion into the area, and with the influx of people came the Frisco Independent School District, including eight high schools, 15 middle schools, and 38 elementary schools. Many young families are calling Frisco home, resulting in the lowering of the median age to 34 and only 17% of its residents being single. This, in turn, is also causing real estate to boom, and most home prices range between $320,000-520,000. Thankfully, median household income in the area is $103,551.
Several professional sports teams in DFW have arenas or practice facilities in the area, including FC Dallas, the Dallas Stars and the Dallas Cowboys. A fun night in Frisco might involve shopping at the nearby Stonebriar Centre mall or IKEA, then walking over to a Roughriders baseball game, before ending the night wandering Frisco Square and eating at Dimples Cupcake Factory.
Ranked first in D Magazine’s Best Suburbs of 2014, Highland Park has remained one of the top place in the Metroplex for people to live. Just a few miles north of downtown Dallas, Highland Park’s appeal lies in its self-contained and atmosphere where the median age is 43. While it is known among the locals as “The Bubble” due to its affluent culture (most home prices range between $685,000 to $1.8 million dollars), this suburb still remains one of the best places to live due to its cozy environment and median household incomes of $149,389.
The people who live there love the close-knit neighborhood where residents look after one another and their homes as though it were a small town. And, with almost 36% of its residents being single, Highland Park has become a popular choice among young professionals looking to live in the heart of the city. People feel safe walking the area’s beautiful parks, green spaces, and shopping centers, all while being close to vibrant downtown Dallas.