mike asked in TravelUnited StatesDallas · 1 decade ago

Is dallas worth moving to from denver for work?

I am currently going to school in Denver for my bachelors in criminal justice. I recently got recruited to apply to the Dallas police department. I got accepted and am trying to figure out if it is worth it to move out there. The starting pay is basically $41k. Is that enough to live out there comfortably? Is it a nice area to live in?

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  • Duckie
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
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    An income of $41,000 in Dallas is the same as an income of $47,000 in Denver. If your wife has an income as well, you can afford to live in a nice neighborhood in a city with good schools.

    http://www.bestplaces.net/col/?salary=47000&city1=...

    I would not live in Dallas (unless it's North of LBJ Freeway). Working as a policeman in Dallas is a dangerous job if you have to work in one of the higher crime areas, but that's true of any large city. Dallas is NOT the "murder capital of the US". New Orleans and Detroit have recently held that title.

    As a matter of fact, when you rate a city by "dangerous crimes", Dallas isn't even in the top 25.

    http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0921299.html

    http://www.forbes.com/2009/04/23/most-dangerous-ci...

    http://www.forbes.com/2007/11/08/murder-city-dange...

    Richardson, TX is a city just North of the LBJ Freeway and Dallas. The city has low crime and great schools. The University of Texas at Dallas is there, and they have the highly regarded Richland College (junior college) as well.

    http://www.city-data.com/city/Richardson-Texas.htm...

    Plano, TX is just North of Richardson and had the fewest murders for a large city in 2006. The city had only four murders, a rate of 1.6 murders per 100,000 residents. They have Excellent schools.

    http://www.city-data.com/city/Plano-Texas.html

    I have one relative who is a policeman working in the North Dallas area. He lives in North West Plano. Another relative works in Plano as a policeman and lives in East Plano (more affordable).

    http://www.trulia.com/for_sale/Plano,TX/SINGLE-FAM...

    The average cost of homes in Richardson is $169,600.

    The average cost of homes in Denver is $234,500.

    The average cost of homes in Plano is $208,800

    That's a big difference.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There was a similar question earlier today - - was that from your wife? I answered that question and I'll answer yours which is slightly different.

    If it's just the 2 of you, you could live comfortably, but not extravagantly on that salary. If your wife works too you'll be doing fine.

    The cost of living is less here, especially houses. I was in Denver last month and gasoline was higher there than it is here. I live in a Dallas suburb and personally I wouldn't live in Dallas itself. Taxes are higher, crime is higher, & the public school system is inferior. However, the majority of the suburbs are good. People are friendly & welcoming.

    There's entertainment, although most of it is in various suburbs rather than in Dallas itself, and it's different than you'd find in Denver. You may want to give it a try. Police are in demand everywhere, so if you don't like it you can always move back to Denver.

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can live fine there for that kind of money. With jobs so hard to find right now, go for it.

    And like any city Dallas has great areas and it has dumps. Ask the other people in the department for the good places to live.

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  • JoKTM
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I would not join DPD. There is a lot of crime here and DPD always ends up on the news. You should check out Grand Prairie which is less populated and has less crime. My husband and I live off of a combined $70k a yr and we are just fine. It is cheaper to live in Desoto, Cedar Hill, Grand Prairie, and lancaster. They are in southern Dallas county and don't have high crime rates.

    You need to think about the seasons because we dont get tons of snow. I am 28yrs old and the most snow I have seen is 6inches and that was in Denton. In the summer we can hit 110 and have 21 straight days in 100 degree temps. It rains more in Fallas and winter.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I like both cities.

    Stay away from south Dallas. Dallas was # 1 crime city but I think its now fallen in status.

    The median house prices/cost of living is similar to Denver.

    Id say in this economy, if you have a good paying, full time job offer. Take it.

    Can you afford to take a week's vacation and visit?

    If you go to aa.com ( am airlines) you might be able to find a cheap flight. Theyre both hub airports

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  • 4 years ago

    Well Cowboys are NFC, so their games will be on Fox, and Broncos are AFC, so their games will be on CBS unless they are playing Sunday Night or any other primetime game.

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  • Tommy
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Dallas is great. Much better than Denver. Denver has basically become crime infested

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  • 1 decade ago

    Don't come here!! Reasons = Wont some sweet tea and ya ain't from around cheer is ya? Ya must be one of them there yaky foreigners. I'm not kidding this has happen to me. So save you self don't move here. I'd leave but I've become so ill from this polluted oil and gas land I'm now unable to get out. HELP ME !!!!!!

    Source(s): Experience of being trapped in Texas. It's is own country don't you know. Yaw
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  • 1 decade ago

    if you like to sweat alot. Personally i would stay in Denver. Denver rules.

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