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Old 05-27-2009, 04:16 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Find a job first and THEN concentrate on location to live. You don't want to rent in McKinney, Frisco, or Flower Mound and end up w/ a job a loooooong ways from home. Most of the area is pretty diverse with some being more so than others and some being a LOT more welcoming to others. The pleasant smile on the street is one thing but it is a totally different thing to be welcomed into the mix of those living around you. I happen to prefer the Garland area because of the diversity be it ethnic to socio-economic. My kids are in school w/ kids from all walks of life and make friends easily with people from every possible background. Visit and find a job and take a look around at different areas and find the one that gives you and your family the right feel for a new home.

As for the amount your looking to spend on rent it should be possible. After you have rented for a little bit and some of the older kids move onto "bigger adventures" (college ) you can scale down the size of living space you need and find something to buy for what your spending per month in rent EASILY. The $1800 a month could easily cover mortgage, insurance, property taxes and utilities if you watch what you do. And then if your kids are off to college and your working closer to downtown you don't have to worry about schools and can buy something a LOT closer to work (even though the DISD does have some very good schools or you could buy in the Richardson ISD portion of Dallas). LOTS and LOTS of options in the Dallas area.
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Old 05-27-2009, 04:27 PM
 
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I can tell you that you definately don't want to live right in Dallas. The crime rates there are awful! I've heard that one of the most affordable areas around Dallas is actually Euless. I've heard this on the radio and from an individual. They say you get a lot of bang for your buck!! Good luck!
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Old 05-27-2009, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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How are the nights, I prefer fresh air (open windows) to air conditioning.
We leave our windows open at night until late May/early June.

Once summer arrives the humidity is high enough that it really doesn't cool off much at night. When the daytime temps are above 100, it's not uncommon for the overnight low to be 75-80 degrees.
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Old 05-27-2009, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Lake Highlands (Dallas)
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I can tell you that you definately don't want to live right in Dallas. The crime rates there are awful! I've heard that one of the most affordable areas around Dallas is actually Euless. I've heard this on the radio and from an individual. They say you get a lot of bang for your buck!! Good luck!
So you know the crime rates but have only heard about Euless?

Dallas is fine, espeically if the original poster is looking for diversity. Keep in mind that the northern burbs (Frisco, Allen, Plano) are 90%+ white. Not much diversity (imo, no racism either, just no diversity).

Since DFW is so spread out, I would suggest a short lease (3-6 months) until you get a job and figure the metro out a little. That way, it's easier to move to what you love and/or closer to work.
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Old 05-27-2009, 05:52 PM
 
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90% doesn't sound too diverse you are right. Looking for racially mixed school environment at least 30% AA.
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Old 05-27-2009, 07:38 PM
 
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Here are some area high schools and the percent of the population that is AA.

Dallas ISD
%AA/School

91.9 Lincoln
85.6 Carter
83.2 Maceo Smith
81.7 Madison
80.6 Roosevelt
75.6 South Oak Cliff
52.9 Kimball
40.8 Samuell
38.3 Spruce
36.6 Pinkston
35.3 Conrad
32.5 Skyline
27.1 Hillcrest
24.7 Bryan Adams
22.6 Seagoville
17.1 North Dallas
15.9 White
12.2 Woodrow
7.0 Molina
4.6 Thomas Jefferson
4.6 Adamson
2.1 Sunset

Garland ISD
15.9 Sachse
17.1 Rowlett
17.3 Garland
19.1 Naaman Forest
20.7 North Garland
22.5 South Garland
33.6 Lakeview Centennial

Irving ISD
8.3 Nimitz
11.1 Irving
23.2 MacArthur

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD
4.2 Turner
11.8 Creekview
16.1 Newman Smith
37.0 Ranchview

Plano ISD
6.6 Plano
7.5 Plano West
14.8 Plano East

HEB ISD
13.4 Bell
15.3 Trinity

Richardson ISD
7.2 Pearce
22.2 Richardson
27.5 Berkner
36.5 Lake HIghlands

Cedar Hill ISD
68.8 Cedar Hill

Duncanville ISD
50.9 Duncanville

Highland Park ISD
0.2 Highland Park

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
3.8 Grapevine
4.7 Colleyville Heritage

Coppell ISD
4.7 Coppell

DeSoto ISD
80.9 DeSoto
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Old 06-05-2009, 06:25 PM
 
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I moved from the Troy, MI area to Richardson about 5 years ago. You really should not find a house until you get a job. There are many people who move from metro detroit to DFW and do not realize how far everything is. Try to visit here for a couple of days then figure out where to move. Compared to detroit it is pretty different as far as diversity is concerned.
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:18 PM
 
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So you know the crime rates but have only heard about Euless?

Dallas is fine, espeically if the original poster is looking for diversity. Keep in mind that the northern burbs (Frisco, Allen, Plano) are 90%+ white. Not much diversity (imo, no racism either, just no diversity).

Since DFW is so spread out, I would suggest a short lease (3-6 months) until you get a job and figure the metro out a little. That way, it's easier to move to what you love and/or closer to work.
Frisco, Allen, and Plano are all below 80% white.
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Old 06-05-2009, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Plano, Texas
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Have you considered Allen? It's family-oriented, good schools and some great neighborhoods. You can check it out on Realtor.com too.
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Old 07-23-2009, 04:15 PM
 
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Hi, I was wondering how your relocation was going. I currently live in Southfield, MI. Im also AA with children and I am having a hard time deciding on where to relocate. I am researching Dallas, Atlanta, and Vegas. However, I am torn between Dallas and Atlanta. If you have chosen an area to settle, do you mind sharing your reasons why you chose that particular area.

Thanks in advance!!
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