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Old 04-08-2008, 12:32 PM
 
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I hear that there's no middle class in Dallas - that you're either rich or poor. Is this true? I am considering a move to Dallas and don't know how I'd be received as a gay Hispanic who isn't rich and trendy.

Should I move or not?
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I hear that there's no middle class in Dallas - that you're either rich or poor. Is this true? I am considering a move to Dallas and don't know how I'd be received as a gay Hispanic who isn't rich and trendy.

Should I move or not?
I guess that would depend on how you define rich and poor but no it is not true.
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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Definately NOT true. There is plenty of affordable housing here. I guess that misperception comes from the fact that a lot of people want to APPEAR rich here...I think it is called the 30k Millionaire syndrome?

As for "gay friendly" areas, look at Oak Lawn..though I do think that area is pricey.
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Knox - Henderson
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Dallas is very gay, very Hispanic and has a large middle class. Whoever told you that it did not have a middle class didn't know what they were talking about.
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:16 PM
 
Location: The Big D
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Dallas is very gay, very Hispanic and has a large middle class. Whoever told you that it did not have a middle class didn't know what they were talking about.
AGREE!!!!!!!!!

My parents are "middle class" and are doing fine. I'd say there are more "middle class" people in ALL of the Dallas area than any other socio-economic group.
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Lake Highlands - Dallas
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ehm I'm not really sure. If I've heard that the average price for a home in North Dallas is well over $400,000 and all the new townhomes and condos going up around the center city are also pricey. New Construction is almost a no go in good areas for the middle class since it's expensive. The only part of the city that I could see a middle class family buying a new home (150,000-250,000) would be south Dallas and that area is frowned upon by many.

The suburbs are more middle class. The city itself, is more rich or poor.
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:53 PM
 
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Of course some people think that if they are working retail at Neiman's they are too good to be middle class!

Appearances can be deceiving..
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Old 04-08-2008, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Knox - Henderson
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The only part of the city that I could see a middle class family buying a new home (150,000-250,000) would be south Dallas and that area is frowned upon by many. The suburbs are more middle class. The city itself, is more rich or poor.[/quote]

It's true that there is not much new construction in inner city Dallas under $250k. But, not everyone wants a brand new house. The city of Dallas has lots of nice, older, established neighborhoods in which a typical middle class person or family can buy a house/condo/townhome. Yes, the southern half of the city is frowned upon my many people. However, a lot of the people who think that way have never explored the southern half. They are just parroting long held stereotypes. Oak Cliff, in particular, has a lot to offer at every socio-economic level. It is also one of the most beautiful parts of Dallas.
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Old 04-08-2008, 02:05 PM
 
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I think what the OP is saying is that the vast majority of the middle class live in the surburbs. The city itself is pretty much made up the poor and to the upper middle class on up. Of course there are exceptions to this rule but I would say that the vast majority of the teachers, firemen, policeman etc live in the burbs. This would not be a reason to not move to Dallas. There are nice affordable middle class neighborhoods in Dallas proper but it will require a little more research to find them.
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Old 04-08-2008, 02:33 PM
 
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The only part of the city that I could see a middle class family buying a new home (150,000-250,000) would be south Dallas and that area is frowned upon by many.

The suburbs are more middle class. The city itself, is more rich or poor.
My neighborhood (Casa Linda Forest) is very mid class, affordable... and I might add... desirable (maybe that's only to me...it has tall tress, homes are just big enough, but not too big and easy to access many parts of the city in a jiff). We have gay neighbors, Hispanic neighbors, Indian neighbors, widows, retirees, young families.

And besides my neighborhood, the OP would be comfortable in Little Forest Hills. And of course Oak Cliff around Bishop Arts.
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