Dallas Vs. Forth Worth: Is Dallas Becoming a Second-Class City?

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You’ve heard of Fort Worth-Arlington, yes? No? Gosh darn it, what is the name of that other city to the east of Arlington that starts with a D?

Oh right, yes. Dallas.

I love this: BestPlaces.net has released its 10 best cities to move to in America, and Fort Worth-Arlington was ranked No. 4.

Um, no mention of the D-word.

I have said this for years: people who live in Fort Worth do so because it’s a great city, close enough to Dallas to get all the amenities, from shopping to cultural events, but a cheaper place to live with a lower cost of living. And honestly, I love downtown Fort Worth. I think it’s prettier than Dallas. Like if I were going to have a second home in Texas, I think I’d buy a high rise in Fort Worth and drive to Dallas for the fun.

Fort Worth’s crime rate versus the Dallas crime rate? Fort Worth is a smaller town than Dallas, a population of about 576,000. There were 25,092 larcenies or thefts in FW last year, in 2009.¬† Of a population of 1,230,302, Dallas had more than 58,554 larceny/thefts. So almost equal, actually. What are your thoughts on living in Dallas versus Fort Worth? I do know a NYC man who keeps a condo in Fort Worth so he can reside in a state with no income tax. He’s dating a woman in Dallas. Sometimes the two meet in Arlington, which, with the World Series and Superbowl, is enjoying as much publicity these days as Josh Hamilton, maybe more: Arlington was featured just last week as one of the top U.S, cities where it is cheaper to buy a home (just over $72,000) than rent ($789.00 a month). Looks like taxes are 0.697 per $100,000 of property value.

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Candy Evans

A real estate muckraker, Candy Evans is one of the nation’s leading real estate reporters. She is also the North Texas real estate editor for Forbes.com, CultureMap Dallas, Modern Luxury Dallas, & the Katy Trail Weekly. Candy has written for Joel Kotkin’s The New Geography, Inman Real Estate News, plus a host of national sites. Constantly breaking celebrity real estate news, she scooped former president George W. Bush's Dallas home in 2008. She is the founder and publisher of her signature CandysDirt.com, and SecondShelters.com, devoted to the vacation home market. Her verticals have won many awards, including Best Blog by the venerable National Association of Real Estate Editors, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious journalism associations. Candy holds an active Texas real estate license but does not sell. She is on the Board of Directors of Braemar Hotels & Resorts (BHR).

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  1. Bev says

    Take it from this native Dallasite…Northeast Tarrant County is THE place to be! We love our little town of Southlake, come see us!

  2. Bev says

    Take it from this native Dallasite…Northeast Tarrant County is THE place to be! We love our little town of Southlake, come see us!

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