Dallas has grown from being known as the home of oil barons, just like on the old TV show that bears its name, to being a truly world-class city. Dallas is the ninth-largest city in the United States and the third largest city in Texas. Along with Fort Worth, Dallas is part of a sprawling 12-county region often referred to as the Metroplex. Dallas is hot in the literal sense: temperatures regularly rest above 100 degrees in the summer and rarely drop below 40 degrees in the winter. Dallas is also hot in the figurative sense, ranking as the third fastest-growing city in the U.S.
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Housing StatisticsThe veritable flood of people moving to Dallas means that the housing market has also exploded. Not only is there a lot of housing available, it's also one of the most affordable major housing markets in the country, with a median home cost of just $80,400. People are frequently moving from one house to another, and as a result there's an 11.34 percent vacancy rate, which is about on par with the national average but is much higher than surrounding suburbs. Only 39.08 percent of homes are owner-occupied, which means that there's an amazing market of homes for rent. Many of these homes are even available to rent to own. A broad selection of newly updated apartments, rental homes and rental homes means that you can almost certainly find a great place to live that fits your budget.
Tourist AttractionsDallas is huge and busy, and you'll never be at a loss for things to do. Thanks to the affordability of the housing, you'll also likely have plenty of money left over to spend on recreation and leisure. One famous attraction in Dallas that you'll definitely want to see is Fair Park, a national landmark that hosts the world-renowned State Fair of Texas. The state fair is home to the Big Star, the largest ferris wheel in North America, and the 52-foot cowboy statue Big Tex, which burned down due to an electrical fire in 2012 but will be rebuilt.
Local SportsSports are huge in Dallas, too. Like most Texans, Dallas residents take football very seriously, and turn out in mass to support not only the legendary Dallas Cowboys but also to take sides in the numerous high school and college rivalries. Fans also turn out to support the Dallas Stars hockey team, the Dallas Mavericks basketball team (the 5th most valuable basketball franchise in the United States at about $685 million), and the Texas Rangers baseball team.
NeighborhoodsPark City and Preston Hollow: The Park Cities and Preston Hollow are the most upscale, conservative parts of Dallas and are the section of town where George W. Bush moved after leaving the presidency.
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