With the growth of millennials, like myself, cities are reviving themselves with us in mind. Our wants and needs are considered and our opinions are extremely valuable to the constant changes being made. As a native, I have watched Dallas flourish firsthand and I can testify that this city is certainly not the same as it was 6-8 years ago — it’s better!
On the other hand, millennials who are moving to Dallas from cities like D.C., Los Angeles and New York City always express to me how much they enjoy living here…and I think it’s incredible.
Here are some of my reasons why Dallas is the move for millennials:
Outside City Influences
In recent years, it seems that many new Dallas concepts have flecks of inspiration from other major cities. Instagram-able coffee shops, food trucks galore, elaborate downtown flagship stores, local artisan markets — and the list goes on! Many of the exciting things that I’ve only seen on social media from other cities are now making their way to Dallas and we are keeping up with what’s hot.
Dallas is on the radar for brands and companies, so the pop-up shops, tours and flagship stores are all unfolding here.
Diverse Neighborhood Vibes
There are a handful of increasingly popular neighborhoods for millennials in Dallas such as Bishop Arts District, Deep Ellum, Lower Greenville and Uptown. Every neighborhood has its own lifestyle and personality, but these have a great community feel. There’s tons to do without having to venture too far from your own backyard! There are bars, restaurants, grocery stores, clothing boutiques and so much more. Many of the neighborhoods bordering Downtown Dallas are walkable, biker-friendly or have transportation options. Convenience is pure gold!
More Living Space For Less
When friends and family visit from out of town, one of the comments I hear the most is regarding the real estate in Dallas. It is one of the most affordable places to live in the nation! You can definitely get more living space for you buck here whether you live in a loft downtown or a house in the suburbs. What you would spend on an apartment in Dallas, you might spend twice as much (or more) in other cities. Indeed recently listed Dallas as one of the 15 largest metros offering the highest salary after adjusting for the cost of living.
Creative Start-Up & Entrepreneurial Community
The Dallas start-up and entrepreneurial community is quickly growing! There are tons of new companies being created and non-traditional career routes being taken by millennials. Dallas is a great city to collaborate with other creatives and be innovative. You can even surround yourself with other creatives with the multitude of co-working spaces opening to accommodate those in need of an open office space to cook up new ideas and concepts. Let’s be honest, millennials don’t typically like traditional work environments. Flexible hours, lots of light, a fridge full of brain food, open space and unique ways to jot down our thoughts.
If you’re a small business, your next pitch just might be right in your backyard! Dallas is the home to the Dallas Market Center with plenty of access to buyers and large retailers. Trade shows like Indie Beauty Expo are also making their way to the city to help small brands make connections to the consumer and corporate executives. Additionally, Dallas is the home to large beauty and fashion companies like Neiman Marcus, CURLS, Jack Black, Mary Kay, Sally Beauty and Stanley Korshak.
The Statistics Don’t Lie
Dallas is growing more and more everyday, and the statistics show it! According to Say Yes To Dallas, the Dallas region adds an average of nearly 400 people per day in its living communities. That’s a lot of new residents! Forbes recently named Dallas as one of the best places for business and careers in 2017 with expansion at the sixth fastest rate over the past five years. Need I say more?
This post is sponsored by Say Yes To Dallas and Dallas Regional Chamber