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Best Small Towns Around Dallas TX

The smaller communities around Dallas TX are the perfect place to live in and have the best neighborhoods to retire. The economy in Dallas primarily comes from energy, banking, telecommunications, healthcare, commerce, computer technology, logistics, and medical research, so the economy is thriving. The nice weather in Dallas also makes it attractive to retirees. The winters in Dallas are mild with daytime temperatures in the 60’s and nighttime temperatures close to 40 degrees. There are very few days with freezing or below freezing in this area.

The communities around Dallas have a great mix of city-life as well as many areas with lush meadows and lakes. There are several sprawling ranches in the towns near Dallas as well. So being able to sit outside and watch the wildlife meander around on the cool summer evenings is still a possibility.


Some of Best Small Towns Near Dallas, TX

1. Arlington, TX

Arlington is located just 20 miles from downtown Dallas and provides many amenities, while still having that small town feel. Sports and entertainment are a huge draw for Arlington. For professional teams, Arlington is home to the Texas Rangers baseball team. In addition, the Dallas Cowboys have also made Arlington their home. Open till 2009, the Dallas Cowboys played at Texas Stadium in Irving but now play at Cowboys Stadium. On a local level, Friday night football is a widespread obsession throughout Arlington downtown. The two big entertainment attractions and Arlington are Six Flags Over Texas along with The Parks Mall, which houses retail stores along with a movie theater. Downtown Arlington offers free concerts throughout the year and a large Fourth of July parade.

2. Denton, TX

Denton is just a short distance outside of Dallas, TX. Denton attracts many people each year because of its two main entertainment attractions, which helps to keep its economy strong. These are the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo, as well as the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival. Denton is often referred to as a college town because of the students that are enrolled in the city’s two universities, but keeps its old town charm. Music is another large part of Denton. The independent music scene has grown in Denton over the years and if you are a music lover of any genre, you will always find somewhere to listen to it.

3. McKinney, TX

McKinney was voted number two in CNN’s Money Magazine as one of the Best Places to Live in the United States for 2012. In 2010, the city was number five on that same list. McKinney has a diverse economy with the McKinney Independent School District named as the best employer in the city. Besides McKinney Independent School District, the McKinney Comprehensive Annual Financial Report also lists Collin County and Wal-Mart as top employers in the city.

4. Garland, TX

The city of Garland was listed at number 67 on both CNN as well as Money Magazine’s listing of the Top 100 Places to Live in 2008. Entertainment, museums, and parks make Garland a nice place for retirement. The Garland Opry House and the Patty Granville Arts Center are popular destinations in Garland. Other popular attractions include the Garland Landmark Museum, Hawaiian Falls and Rowlett Creek Preserves, as well as many quite walking trails.

5. Flower Mound, TX

Flower Mound is a nice small town northwest of Dallas and Northeast of Fort Worth. The southern part of the town is surrounded by two lakes: Grapevine Lake and Marshall Lake. Parks are abundant in Flower Mound. The town has 54 parks as well as recreation areas. The town built a new community center in 2008 complete with many amenities. In addition, there are 33 paved miles of paths along with 2 miles of horseback riding trails, both great for a leisurely afternoon out in the fresh Texas air.

6. Rockwall, TX

Rockwall is the third richest county in Texas. Even though Rockwall County is the smallest of all the counties in Texas, it has been able to continue to have a flourishing economy. For retirees who love golf, Rockwall is a golf lover’s paradise with 22 golf courses, all located within a 17 mile radius of downtown Rockwall. Rockwall is truly one of the most delightful retirement communities in the area.

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