Should I relocate to Dallas?
November 20, 2011 9:44 AM Subscribe
I have the opportunity to relocate to Dallas from Boston for my job -- what is Dallas like?
I'm a single, 22-yo male straight out of college who's been working for around 3-4 months so far. I'm loving my job and now I've been given the opportunity to relocate to Dallas, TX because our offices are expanding.
To give a little background, I'm in internal consulting right now in Boston, so I have close to zero travel required for my job. But the model in Dallas will be that of external consulting where I'll be traveling four days out of the week for at least a year. This puts a slight spin on what my life in Dallas would be like, considering I'd only be there for a couple days out of the week (that is, if I decide to go back to Dallas for the weekend after work; my company gives us the option to stay at our client's city during the weekend with a stipend for hotel lodging and food).
So, my questions:
1. Where should I live? I'd like to live in Uptown Dallas, as I've heard that that's where all the single, young professionals live.
2. What kind of rent am I looking at? I want a nice, upper scale (not necessarily luxurious) 1 BR apt or condo -- how much would I have to pay in rent? I'm more inclined to rent a really cheap, but decent, place for $500-600 a month as opposed to spending $1,000+ for a really nice place because I won't be living in my place for the majority of the time and this will help me save money. Are there nice places to be had for <$850 a month in Uptown Dallas?
3. What is the crowd like? I hear about $30K millionaires from my research and I'm getting the vibe that they're the Texas version of guidos. Will they be everywhere I go and will I want to punch them in the face?
4. What's the nightlife like? I've been to clubs/bars in Boston for the past four years and I'm wondering if anyone with experience with Boston clubs and Dallas clubs can give me a comparison of the party scene in Dallas.
At this point, I'm more inclined to go because: a) it will give me more visibility to senior leadership amongst my firm, b) I want to put myself out there in a new city and learn how to cope with change while I'm still young and single, c) this will give me the opportunity to save a lot of money because of Texas' low cost of living, and d) I don't see myself staying there beyond two years.
Thanks in advance!