Updated: Oct 24, 2019
The journey from Southern CA to Dallas, TX began with a conversation about where should we move to after all our children grew up and left CA and we knew that they were never going to be able to afford to move back to CA. We had two children in TX, one in KS, and one in CO. It became more of a conversation about where we did not want to live versus where do we want to live. In the end we chose the Dallas - Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex
for several reasons. Since we had no idea where our kids were going to finally land, being in DFW allowed for us to be anywhere in the country within a few hours. TX in general was attractive due to the relatively low home prices and no income tax; the 10%+ income tax of CA along with gasoline above $4/gallon made TX very attractive.
We had lived in Orange County for 8 years and Big Bear for 2 years. We missed the metropolitan lifestyle while in Big Bear and moving to a large city was important. I was surprised to learn that the DFW Metroplex is the fourth largest in the country behind NYC, LA, and Chicago. The prediction is that DFW will surpass Chicago in 2030 to be the 3rd largest.