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Old 07-30-2011, 02:40 PM
 
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My wife and I recently relocated back to Arizona from Colorado, now we are thinking of Texas, specifically Fort Worth or Arlington, I am a glazier by trade and my wife is a Hospice Nurse. We are wondering what the job market out there is like for those positions, what utilities average out there, and a good area to rent a house until we can find the area we want to settle down in. We miss the Green of Colorado but are also use to a warm climate like Arizona.
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Old 08-01-2011, 09:15 AM
 
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I would do some more research on whether Arlington is the city you'd like to relocate back too in North Texas.

I have several friends that have houses in Arlington and are desperate to move out, the city has become more violent, property values have dropped and there is an abundance of Section 8 housing, which is why these changes have started occurring.
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Old 08-01-2011, 03:58 PM
 
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I don't think you can blame the woes of Arlington all on Section 8 housing--

the demographics have been changing for the past 12 yrs or so--
average income and education levels have been dropping
median home price dropping before the housing crunch
I think UTArlington ranks behind UNT and other area colleges if you were just asking people to rank them
Arlington as a city has done little to create an environment where people with high-paying jobs who can afford upscale housing and shopping would want to move
the ISD is not considered top-flight--
the roads are horrible and have been for the 25 yrs I have lived in Tarrant county
Arlington has high taxes which support the subsidizing of "entertainment" areas like Ranger stadium and Cowboy stadium--and hotels/restaurants as fallout
but basically that brings strangers into your city on a weekly basis--
the stands are not filled with 100 % Arlington residents--they can't afford it
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:48 AM
 
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saw a comment in the "cheers/jeers" section of the FTW paper this Saturday where someone living in Arlington was lambasting the City Council for pandering to outside interests (like Jerry Jones) in building entertainment venues vs taking care of the infrastructure and crime in the city--

I know that is not the only person living in Arlington--but you might Google up the FTW Star Telegram and see stories about Arlington
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Old 08-13-2011, 10:28 PM
 
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I live in Arlington and have my whole life. I think it is a great city but it is not what it use to be. I would try to stay SW Arlington where (IMO) the best schools are. Mansfield might be a better choice, it is like Arlington was 20 years ago. As far as the job market I don't think your wife would have too much trouble in the area, I am not sure about your trade though?
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Old 08-13-2011, 11:35 PM
 
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I live in Mansfield...don't move here. Really, don't. My wife wanted a big, nice house and when we saw the prices here compared to the other areas we were looking (north of I-30) we couldn't pass it up. We have a home for 300k that would easily have been 500k in other areas, and knowing now what I didn't know then, I would have paid the extra money not to live here. There is just as much crime here as there is in Arlington and Grand Prairie. We live in a "nice" neighborhood, but areas in any elementary school zone but Willie Brown Elementary are just awful and really scary. Like, car jacked in broad daylight scary. Look elsewhere! There are much safer areas south of here.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:53 AM
 
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I live in Arlington (Mansfield school district) where Mansfield is across the street and the neighborhood next door to mine. I like it out here alright (this is more a family oriented area, I am single and would prefer to live in Dallas but the housing prices there are out of this world, so I moved to the burbs). The neighborhood is a 7 yr. old development and just about all the neighbors are great. There is more shopping out here opposed to when I moved out here when there was barely anything, there's enough to get by anyway. I'm 1 mile to the highway that leads to Dallas/Ft. Worth/HEB which is nice. It still seems a little bit rual in this area too. As a matter of fact just tonight I saw an (new) office for a Hospice Care company off of Hwy 287. One of my neighbors works in hospice and has for many years (15 or so). I do not know what the job market is like in either field though. Good luck to you both.
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Old 08-18-2011, 05:39 PM
 
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Thanks for the input. so what about Fort worth area? we want to live in a safe place, looking to rent a house with a decent yard for about 1500 month. we dont have children but do have one medium size dog.
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Old 08-19-2011, 09:36 PM
 
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rental homes can be as much or more expensive as owning a home
more people moving here want to check out neighborhoods before they buy
rental homes in good neighborhoods (with good schools) are in high demand
have you checked realtor.com
there are rental homes there
and find crime map online to check current stats

if you want something fairly convenient to the tarrant county area in general check out the mid cities
hurst, bedford (both north of 183) north part of Euless, north richland hills north of 820
those areas has some restaurants, bars, shopping, movies, etc

if you don't have kids north part of arlington might work

areas like Wautauga and Saginaw have rental homes but not much to do in those areas==much more family communities and you would have to drive to recreation

area around Hulen mall/bryant irwin in ftw might be too expensive
not sure about other areas
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Old 02-19-2012, 12:15 AM
 
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My wife and I moved to Arlington in August. I attend graduate school at University of Texas, Arlington and my wife works in eastern Fort Worth.

We really could not be more disappointed with Arlington. I have lived in New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, and now Arlington. I have never lived any place more frustrating.

We live in north Arlington (north of I-30). The traffic in Arlington is horrendous. The mall is about 8 miles away but we now never go there... it often takes 45 minutes to an hour. Avoid the Parks Mall. We shop online or just drive to Dallas now... haha.
Arlington has terrible roads (bumpy) and are congested. There are hardly sidewalks anywhere... so forget about enjoying living in a walkable neighborhood. We really miss that about Ohio. The town is incredibly ugly as well... just full of strip malls, fast food, and convenience stores. It is just depressing. We live down the street from the Dallas Cowboys stadium/Rangers Ballpark. We were shocked (and still are) at how terrible the surrounding area is. The stadium was 1 billion dollars (I've been told), but yet the neighborhood around it is PayDay loan shops, pawn shops, dirt lots... just depressing. Usually stadiums are in nice downtown areas that are walkable to restaurants and shopping... not here. No way. Why is it not in Dallas?!

Arlington is close to Fort Worth and close(ish) to Dallas, but it is such a depressing place and I would recommend avoiding it. We like to visit our friends in Dallas... walkable, tree lined streets, and less traffic congestion. We do not have kids so cannot say anything about the school system.

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