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Old 05-03-2012, 10:54 AM
 
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Default Single Mom Relocating to DFW from CA

I think I am making myself crazy..I'm hoping all the knowledge you all have about Dallas can help me. I'm losing my job in Calif and have decided to make the move to Dallas. It has much more opportunity with the type of work I do than Calif. I am looking for a job, but even if I don't have one I'm still moving. I cannot afford to live in Calif. The schools are awful and as a single mom I can hardly survive. After all the research I've done, I am thinking Plano is the best fit...but, maybe Frisco or Mckinney is better? The companies I am applying to are in Carrilton and Irving (mostly) I am moving into an apartment and have 1 daughter going into 7th grade. What do utilities cost for a 2 bed apt? Water, Electricity and gas? Just a ballpark. How much are the tolls? Any suggestions or insight would help tremendously!
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:25 AM
 
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Frisco and McKinney are pretty far outside of town. In Frisco you would definitely be toll-road dependent - I think someone mentioned that can be about $6 per day. McKinney is almost as far as Fort Worth. If you are going to be working in Carrollton or Irving it might be best to locate near there - traffic on the north side of the Dallas area can be a nightmare and your gasoline bill would be higher in a longer commute.
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Old 05-03-2012, 03:32 PM
 
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A couple of things first. Frisco & McKinney are GREAT towns, and McKinney is not as far as Ft. Worth from downtown Dallas.

Second, if you're going to be working in Carrollton or Irving, Frisco & McKinney are not where I would be looking to live. Tolls would kill you, gas would be outrageous and attempting to go back & forth w/ after-school activities would be a nightmare.

I would suggest Plano (West), Coppell are both great. Some Carrollton schools are good (would have to ask a Carrollton parent re: ISD) Good luck, and welcome to Texas.
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:03 PM
 
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Mapquest is showing approximately 32 miles from Downtown Dallas to Downtown Fort Worth and 32 miles to Downtown McKinney. Alternate routes on both were approximately 37 miles. Maybe you can present other figures...
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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Get the job before moving, and before deciding where to live. You will want to work no more than 15 miles from home. There are great neighborhoods all over DFW.
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Mapquest is showing approximately 32 miles from Downtown Dallas to Downtown Fort Worth and 32 miles to Downtown McKinney. Alternate routes on both were approximately 37 miles. Maybe you can present other figures...
Google maps (which IMO is MUCH more reliable) shows Ft. Worth @ 37.3 miles and McKinney 30.1 miles.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:39 PM
 
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What is your line of work? I have to somewhat agree with know where you are working first. Long before moving I was applying to jobs all over Dallas since I had no idea where I would be working. Now that I'm settled in (Plano) and seeing the amount of driving I've been doing, doing a 30 minute drive to work and back is out of the question. I have a job now, which is right up the road. Saves so much time.

When it comes to working far from home, I look at "What if I had to run and get my child from school or ___ due to an illness or emergency". Would I really want to drive 35 minutes? heck no.
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