With a median age of 32.5, Addison is definitely a go-to place for working professionals and young families. Located about 10 miles north of Dallas, residents get the perks of living near Dallas, while still living in an area that is fairly suburban. For those who love dining out, Addison boasts the highest number of restaurants per capita in the US. Families appreciate that the schools in Addison are above average in the US. Addison has a cost of living rating of 118.7
(The national average is 100.)
Noteworthy Attractions: Public School 972, a school room themed restaurant that offers American dishes, beer, wine, craft cocktails, and big screen TV’s.
Carrollton is one of the largest suburbs in the Dallas area with a population of over 120,000. The median age in Carrollton is 36.9. Carrollton was ranked the 13th most diverse suburb in Texas by Niche.com. Families and young professionals alike are drawn to Carrollton as housing is affordable, and it has a distinctive suburban feel. The cost of living in Carrollton is 105.1 (based on a national average of 100.) The public schools in Carrollton are highly rated.
Noteworthy Attractions: In keeping with the city’s varied ethnic cuisine, The Island Spot restaurant for authentic Jamaican jerk chicken and the Al Markaz for delicious Indian and Pakistani food.
Farmers Branch is a picturesque community offering the best of both worlds: a small-town feel and big-city convenience. Farmers Branch is a city of 12.1 square miles with a population of approximately 31,000 residents, and the median age is 36.4. Farmers Branch cost of living is 103.9 (100 is the National average.) Farmers Branch is conveniently located near Dallas Metroplex, offering unique bistros, cafes, and some of the best BBQ in the state. Valwood Plaza and Empresa also offer convenient retail shopping.
Noteworthy Attractions: John F. Burke Nature Preserve, Dr. Pepper StarCenter 28, The Firehouse Theater.
Home to many large corporations, as well as the Dallas Cowboys' World Headquarters and IKEA, Frisco has enjoyed an enviable economic growth over the last few years. NerdWallet, a personal finance website, conducted a study of 448 cities, to identify the best places to live for first-time homebuyers. Out of the 448 cities analyzed, Frisco ranked fourth. The median age in Frisco is 37.2 and the cost of living is 120.0 (based on a national average of 100.) Frisco has many family-friendly activities, making it an ideal location for young families.
Noteworthy Attractions: Frisco is home to the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters, IKEA, and the National Videogame Museum.
Named the third best place to live in the US by Money Magazine, Plano enjoys the frequent emergence of new apartment complexes, as well as being the location for corporate offices like Toyota, J.C. Penney, and Frito-Lay. Plano has a strong and growing economy with excellent employment opportunities, and the growth in jobs is expected to continue. The Plano cost of living is estimated at 109.3 (based on national average of 100.) The median age in Plano is 37.2, and the population nears 300,000.
Noteworthy Attractions: The Shops at Legacy and Legacy West feature excellent and varied dining and shopping options.
University Park, with its manicured streets and lush foliage, is known for its enviable location and desirable quality of life. It was ranked No. 4 on D Magazine’s list of the best suburbs in Dallas. Nearby locations of interest are the Lower Greenville and Knox-Henderson neighborhoods, and NorthPark Center, which is ranked among the top five shopping destinations in the country. University Park has a median age of 26, is regarded as a very safe community with a low crime rate and has exceptional public schools. With a cost of living rate of 250.3 (100 is the national average), University Park is one of the more expensive areas in Dallas.
Noteworthy Attractions: The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, and Southern Methodist University.