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Old 03-23-2007, 12:30 PM
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Are there any Dallas suburbs that have more of a "small town" feel to them? I currently live in Southern Indiana in a suburb of Louisville KY of about 40,000. I don't think I would want to live in a place of anymore than about 100,000. I like being close to a big city but definitly don't want to live in it, just be within a quick 20-30 minute drive.

I'm looking to move and Dallas and Houston areas are both possibilities. They have a similar cost of living to this area and I think I would be pretty comfortable in both. I would have to adjust to living in a much bigger metro area but I'm fine with that I just don't want to live right in the center of the zoo's that major cities can be with traffic and people everywhere.

I have looked into Spring, a suburb of Houston, and it seems pretty impressive to me. It seems similar to where I'm living right now and I think I would like it there. Same goes for Katy.

What are some Dallas suburbs that are similar to Spring and Katy? I know Plano is one of the larger suburbs and I'm not sure that I would like living in that big of a suburb. I would prefer to be inbetween Dallas and Fort Worth. I don't have a job lined up or anything so that may dictate where I would live but if I had my pick I'd like to be somewhere in the middle.

Please don't misunderstand me for looking for a small country like area with tons of rural area and farms and the like. I'm just looking for a smaller, more laid back area that is close to the big city but not right in the middle of it.
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Old 03-23-2007, 01:33 PM
Location: Collin County
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My husband graduated from Spring HS, and his whole family still lives in Spring. We have lived in Allen (next stop north of Plano) for the last 5 years. It is very comparable. Also look into Parker or Wylie. All are a little smaller than Plano but a quick trip to amenities.
If I had my choice I would be in Spring. I love the trees, and the community is more laid back. North Texas does have less humidity therefore more "good hair" days For now we are here because of job opportunities, but we have established new fabulous friendships and created an extended family.
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Old 03-23-2007, 03:02 PM
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Default DFW is a populated area

Plano is not a suburb. It has grown so large that it is now a major city, according to demographers, with Frisco, Allen and McKinney as it's suburbs.

Arlington is in the middle of DFW, but it is a busy area.
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Old 03-23-2007, 04:02 PM
Location: la hacienda
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Flowermound? Coppell?
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Old 05-06-2007, 10:38 PM
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South of Dallas is nice, too--Red Oak has great schools and land is still available.
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Old 05-07-2007, 01:48 AM
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250,000 is not a major city.
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:14 AM
Location: Topeka, KS
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I disagree. Plano is the second largest city in the Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division and the fourth largest in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area as defined by the Office of Management and Budget (http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/)
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the city population was 222,030, making it the ninth largest city in Texas, and the seventieth most populous city in the United States; it had grown to 250,096 in the 2005 census estimate.
Governmental Units
There were 87,576 governmental units in the United States as of June 30, 2002. In addition to the federal government and the 50 state governments, there were 87,525 units of local government. Of these, 38,967 are general purpose local governments—3,034 county governments, and 35,933 subcounty general-purpose governments (including 19,429 municipal governments and 16,504 town or township governments)

Worst case, Plano is in the top 1/3 of 1 percent of US cities based on size. (70 / 19,429 = 0.0036) If you include the town and townships, it's in the top 1/5 of 1 percent. ( 70 / 35,933 = 0.0019)

Now I'll grant that Plano isn't a great center for "culture", there are no great museums or theaters, no world renowned building or historical sites. But it certain would appear to qualify as a major city, if your only qualification is population size.
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Old 05-07-2007, 07:26 PM
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Little Elm, Aubrey are small comunities but also up and coming areas for many.
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by LastDallasNative View Post
Plano is not a suburb. It has grown so large that it is now a major city, according to demographers, with Frisco, Allen and McKinney as it's suburbs.

Arlington is in the middle of DFW, but it is a busy area.
plano never was a suburb its in another county (COLLIN) and plano does'nt have suburbs.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:45 AM
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i suggest wylie or allen
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