While Dallas has its big hair and country music, the city is home to much more than the Texas stereotypes. Its 1.3 million residents are diverse, and the city is made up of over 30 neighborhoods. Central Dallas contains hip bars and trendy furnished studios, North Dallas is home to wealthy estates with large floor plans, and there are townhomes in many neighborhoods. Downtown Dallas contains business centers and posh hotels while Deep Ellum is alive with street murals and concert venues. The city covers a large area, so renters should note where housing is located before they commit.
There’s no shortage of traffic and hazardous drivers in Dallas, so driving is often an unpleasant experience. As a car-centered city, biking and walking can be a bit dangerous. DART provides public transportation via bus and light rail — the light rail is actually the longest in the country. However, public transportation doesn’t reach all areas of the city.
Dallas summers are hot with temperatures nearing 100ºF, so check to see if your apartment has a swimming pool and air conditioning. It can get below freezing in winter, so jackets are necessary.
Top sights and attractions
Located in the West End district, this city park offers a look at history. The city of Dallas was founded here in 1840, and President John F. Kennedy was assassinated here in 1963. The nearby Sixth Floor Museum houses info about JFK’s life and assassination.