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Old 04-23-2009, 09:12 PM
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considering a move to either dallas or atlanta. definitely, positively dont want to hear bashing about either city, as i think they are both great. dont want this thread to turn negative. just want honest perspectives about differences or similarities from anyone who has lived in both. example: cost of living, ease of meeting people, social activities, cultural standing, etc.
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Old 04-23-2009, 11:05 PM
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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Georgia native, now in Dallas for over five years (lived in Fort Worth for three years back in the eighties as well). Two very similar cities in many regards. The north sides of both are the more affluent suburban areas. Both have about the same white to minority percentages, Atlanta's minority population will be primarily black whereas the minority population in Dallas slightly leans to hispanic over AA. I would say that housing prices are a bit less expensive in Dallas. Would say the current economic downturn has had a lesser effect on Dallas than on Atlanta (but it is still being felt here). Dallas definitely has done better in freeway construction and the traffic isn't as bad, but that is comparing the lesser of two evils.

As Georgia is my home, I am not entirely objective. Most people like home better because it is home. Atlanta's geographic position does make it more beautiful, the trees and hills, proximity to mountains and beaches is a great advantage over Dallas. It is much hotter in Dallas in the summer but much more humid in Atlanta, so that is kind of an even trade. Winters in both are mild. Much more windy in Texas, tho.

The people are very similar. Transplants have diminished the old southern ways to a great extent in both places, but both have their roots in their southern heritage. Atlanta has more of a true old south heritage, while Dallas' heritage is the more Texan/ western version of the south.

They are arguably the two fastest growing metro areas in the country for many years running, both have had the growing pains that come with such rapid increase.

I am not unhappy with Dallas, if I had to be somewhere other than Atlanta, this is a good second choice. There are definite positives here. But all in all, and I am a little biased, I prefer Atlanta.
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