Best Neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas

With a population of approximately 1.2 million, Dallas is the 3rd largest city in Texas and the 9th largest in the United States. Dallas was founded in 1841, and is well known for it's connection to the oil and cotton industries. Dallas is the largest economic center in the Arlington, Forth Worth, Dallas metropolitan area. Dallas is home to several Fortune 500 companies and has an economy primarily based on telecommunications, banking, computer technology and commerce. The new Dallas Stadium was built in 2009 and acted as host to Superbowl XLV and the 2010 NBA All Star game. Not only is Dallas known for its barbecue, authentic mexican, and tex-mex cuisine, but it's famous for it's subtropic climate.

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Temperature

Average High - 73, Average Low - 45

Sports

Basketball - Mavericks

Baseball - Rangers

Football - Cowboys

Hockey - Stars

Crime Rate

Although the city of Dallas has a relatively high crime rate, the outlying cities such as Highland Park, Richardson, Plano and Garland lower crime rates (and higher incomes and education levels).

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University Park is home to Southern Methodist University. Like its neighbor, Highland Park, it is a city partially surrounded by the municipality of Dallas. With a population of approximately 23,000, beautiful homes, and lush green space, University Park has been described as the suburbs inside the city limits. Many of the people living in University Park are associated with Southern Methodist University, and as a result, their daily commute can be measured in footsteps rather than miles. University Park is within the highly coveted Highland Park Independent School District which has consistently been ranked amongst the top public schools in the state. Students will attend either Hyer Elementary or University Park elementary, then Highland Park Intermediate School, and finally Highland Park High School. Fine dining, and great shopping can be found in the University Park area.

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Highland Park, named for its higher elevation compared to the surrounding area, is the 40th wealthiest city in the United States and the 19th wealthiest city with a population of over 1,000. for a neighborhood only 2.26 square miles in size, Highland Park is the 3rd wealthiest location in Texas by per capita income. Highland park has approximately 8,900 residents. and its Highland Park High School in nearby University Park was ranked as the 15th best high school in the United States, 2008. Highland Park Village, a National Historic landmark, is the prototype for shopping centers all over the country.

Deep Ellum is located a few blocks from downtown Dallas, bordered on the west by Good Latimer/Central Expressway and on the east by Fair Park. Deep Ellum "proper" consists of Elm St. on the north, Main Street, and Commerce on the south.located just east of downtown, Deep Ellum is known more for its bars, restaurants, and eclectic shopping. Dominated by a number of storefronts from the 20's and 30's and former industrial warehouses, Deep Ellum has attracted a funky, diverse group musicians and artists for years, and the area's businesses reflect that eclectic mix. A number of warehouses and lofts used as storefronts, businesses and clubs have expanded the area to many of the surrounding streets. A number of the warehouses in Deep Ellum have been converted into high-end loft apartments, popular with many young professionals who work downtown. Even Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens owns a loft in the area. The attraction of a short work commute and a busy nightlife make Deep Ellum a popular choice to live and play.

Devonshire offers a Park Cities lifestyle at a much lower price, and because of that, the area has attracted many young, professional families.  Shopping and dining are in abundance, mostly on the border streets, especially Lover's Lane with a number of trendy restaurants and high end shops, and Northwest Highway home to several grocery stores and shopping areas. Among the more popular restaurants are Celebration, Kathleen's Art Cafe, and Campisi's, all on Lover's Lane. Schools feed into Hillcrest High School. Westminster Presbyterian Church is located in the heart of Devonshire and is often used for community events. Devonshire has been described as a great place to live!

The M Streets neighborhood is one of Dallas' most popular areas, boasting a great location and some wonderful homes. East of Central Expressway the Park Cities, and west of White Rock Lake/Lakewood, the M Streets are right in the middle of some of Dallas' best dining and entertainment areas. It is also home to many other smaller neighborhood communities with their own identities. Residents will find lower Greenville Avenue, home to a number of great restaurants and bars, running throughout the neighborhood. Upper Greenville, which runs north of Mockingbird, is home to plenty of shopping centers and dining. Mockingbird Station, an upscale shopping and dining destination and home to Margarita Ranch, is a few minutes away. NorthPark Mall is only a few minutes drive west.

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Plano has been designated by Forbes and Money Magazine as one of the best places to live. In 2010, Plano was listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the safest places to live in America. The annual Plano International Festival and the annual Plano balloon Festival are two of the cities premiere cultural events. Among other sport accolades, Plano is home to the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy (WOGA), the training ground of 2004 and 2008 Olympic All Around Champions, Carly Patterson and Nastia Liukin. Plano offers a multitude of restaurants for every taste and style, and all the shopping you could ever want, as well as a variety of hotel and lodging offerings. Plano is also home to 15 Fortune 500 companies.

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