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Old 01-08-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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Default Dallas or Atlanta, GA? Which would you prefer?

We are considering a move with a choice between Dallas or Atlanta, GA. Which would you prefer, and why? Have you been to both? Lived in both?
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Old 01-08-2009, 07:53 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX.
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Been to both, but haven't lived in either. My mother lived in the DFW Metro, and I lived 150 miles from Atlanta for a while. They are very different places, so it may help if you posted a list of variables that are of interest of yours.....

I personally would live in Atlanta because I think the terrain is much prettier, and I love the smooth water lakes for water activites. May not help much either that im not a fan of Dallas, but if your also looking into the Fort Worth area I'd suggest it.

I like the community, and country feel of Fort Worth. I also am a fan of the theory "the smaller the town, the better", and Fort Worth is smaller than both other cities. Anyway, that's just my opinion.....
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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We are considering a move with a choice between Dallas or Atlanta, GA. Which would you prefer, and why? Have you been to both? Lived in both?
What exactly are you looking for, because after all, we don't want to be bias and just suggest Dallas....or do we.....
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Old 01-09-2009, 04:13 AM
 
Location: Texas
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I would pick Dallas over Atlanta, simply because it's in TEXAS!

I have lived in Ft Worth and Savannah. So I can only compare those two large Texas/Georgia cities, and pick Ft Worth hands down. But then again Texas is my home and has been for most of my life. So I am very biased!

NO state income tax in Texas, unlike Georgia.
NO ad valorem car tax in Texas, unlike Georgia.

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Old 01-09-2009, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Future Kerrvillian
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I echo NOTAM's points about Texas in general and taxes specifically. I'd pick Fort Worth over Dallas and Dallas over Atlanta. We lived in FTW four years, worked in Dallas part of the time, and I visited Atlanta a few times when a friend lived there (in Alpharetta).

I will say that Alpharetta is quite nice and seems like a good place to live, if you can afford it. Atlanta is greener than DFW overall, but you pay for it with pretty brutal humidity. Atlanta's traffic is awful, but so is Dallas's. FTW's is more liveable. My impression is that Atlanta has more crime in general (and citydata backs me up), but everyone knows there are always good and bad parts to any city. I also get the impression that DFW has a wider array of good, affordable communities to choose from.

Maybe it should come down to which style of barbecue you prefer.
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Corpus Christi
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I like the community, and country feel of Fort Worth. I also am a fan of the theory "the smaller the town, the better", and Fort Worth is smaller than both other cities. Anyway, that's just my opinion.....
Ft. Worth is bigger than Atlanta in both city proper and metro pop. Atlanta just has more of a city feel to it than Ft. Worth. Personally I love hills and lakes so I would go with Atlanta. If you like flat land and strong thunderstorms, Dallas is for you.

Just a heads up, both cities have ridiculously horrible traffic. But I would take Atlanta's just slightly over Dallas.
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Old 01-09-2009, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Atlanta wins hands down.

Dallas' geography is what kills it.

edit: LOL at those comparing Ft. Worth to Atlanta.
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Old 01-09-2009, 04:00 PM
 
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Atlanta has a horrible airport to fly in and out of
DFW beats Hartsfield w/o even trying
so if you fly a lot--consider that Atlanta has bad weather much more than DFW and more delays--it is a Delta hub and if you need non-stop legs--AA has more non-stop legs than any other airline

Atlanta does have some nice suburbs and I like the larger lots for houses but schools I think are an issue and frankly from what I have seen ofthe freeways in Atlanta, they are drive at your own risk...worse than San Antonio and that has about the worst drivers in TX IMO---even worse than Houston's mega sprawl

now if you could live someplace like Dahlonega that is different
and if you like 4 seasons then Atlanta has them but the summers are just as brutal as DFW and there is big drought going on in that part of the country as well...
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Old 01-09-2009, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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from what I have seen ofthe freeways in Atlanta, they are drive at your own risk...worse than San Antonio and that has about the worst drivers in TX IMO---even worse than Houston's mega sprawl
Sprawl maybe worst in Houston than Dallas alone, but not when comparing entire metro regions D/FW covers more urbanized land area therefore is more sprawling.

Houston's & Atlanta's ultra modern network of mega freeways put Dallas' crumbling remnants of the 70's & 80's to shame with the exception of NCE which is quite possibly one of the nicest stretches of concrete in the nation.
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Old 01-09-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: ITL (Houston)
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Ft. Worth is bigger than Atlanta in both city proper and metro pop. Atlanta just has more of a city feel to it than Ft. Worth. Personally I love hills and lakes so I would go with Atlanta. If you like flat land and strong thunderstorms, Dallas is for you.

Just a heads up, both cities have ridiculously horrible traffic. But I would take Atlanta's just slightly over Dallas.
No.

Fort Worth leads Atlanta when it comes to city population, yes, but not metro. If you had said Dallas-Fort Worth, then you would have been right, but Fort Worth alone cannot compete with Atlanta.
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