Most Underrated Places to Live in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex
If you feel like everyone is moving to the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex these days, you’re not imagining things. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the area led the country in nominal population growth between 2019 and 2020. Whether you’re a Dallas Fort Worth local, a Texas local, or one of the many transplants dreaming about calling the Lone Star State home, it can be daunting to find the perfect neighborhood to call home when there’s so much competition as a result of population growth.
After you’ve looked at the soaring rent prices in Dallas itself (up by 1.1 percent as of April 2021 and predicted to rise further as the pandemic continues to wind down), take a look at these underrated places to live in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. They might not all be at the top of every single “best places to live in DFW” list, but they all offer appealing amenities, great community feel, and maybe even that little something extra—great dog park, vibrant downtown area, really good taco shop, etc.—you didn’t even realize you were looking for.
Yes, Fort Worth is literally in the name Dallas Fort Worth, but it tends to get overlooked in favor of a certain Big D. It even showed up on a 2015 Buzzfeed list as one of the most underrated American cities. We think Fort Worth is just as fun as Dallas—especially if you love honky-tonks, cattle drives, barbecue, and learning about the history of the state’s pioneer days. If you feel at home in a pair of cowboy boots, you’ll fit in in Fort Worth. And even if you’re not the kind of person who regularly watches the National Finals Rodeo, you’ll still find plenty to love including parks, a drive-in movie theater, escape rooms, excellent restaurants, and a fun bar scene.
Residents of Carrollton have long been saying that their suburb doesn’t get as much love as some other growing DFW communities (looking at you, Plano). Folks praise Carrollton for its impressive number of trails that make it possible to get fresh air and stay active. They also love the charming downtown area, the good schools, and the affordability. Carrollton is also a good option if you’re a commuter; there’s easy to access major highways from Carrollton, and it also has several DART stations.
We have a feeling Richardson, Texas is about to become the next big thing. That hasn’t happened quite yet, so now is the time to get in on the ground floor and move there. From the trails at the newly revamped Breckinridge Park to the cultural offerings at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts to the breweries, coffee shops and not to mention a beloved Alamo Drafthouse location, Richardson is poised to become one of the hippest places in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex—or maybe it already is.
Whether you’re a young professional or an established family, Bedford is a wonderful place to call home if you’re dreaming of life in the suburbs. Picture shady trees, lush green lawns, picnics in the park, and community events. The public schools here are well-regarded, and newcomers praise the community as being incredibly welcoming. Plus, living in Bedford doesn’t mean missing out on urban amenities. You’ll still find great restaurants, coffee shops, and live entertainment here—without the noise and parking woes of the big city.
Frisco is a growing Dallas Fort Worth suburb that’s ideal if you’re looking for a great place to raise your kids. The school district is one of the best in the state, there’s an excellent public library, and community parks are well-kept. For the adults, there’s a lot of shopping including Stonebriar Centre. Not to mention Frisco is home to a surprising number of professional sports teams, so whether you’re a a Dallas Cowboys season ticket holder or you just like bragging that you’re in their backyard, you’ll dig Frisco.