Life in Dallas

The Children’s Research Institute is located in the heart of one of the most dynamic cities in the country. Dallas is a contemporary and rapidly growing city that offers a compelling blend of cultural, recreational and entertainment activities, as well as affordable living and a high quality of life.
No matter who you are or where you’re from, when you Say Yes to Dallas,
you’re Saying Yes to more than you might think.

Stacy Yuan, graduate student at the CRI, discusses the diverse food scene in Dallas and what she enjoys about the dog friendly city.

Divya Bezwada, graduate student at the CRI, discusses the happening arts and music scene in Dallas.

Tom Mathews, analytical chemist at the CRI, talks about raising his daughter Kate and what family life is like in Dallas as part of the CRI.

Postdoctoral researchers and grad students at CRI discuss their experiences moving to Dallas and finding a new home in the city.

Postdoctoral researchers and graduate students at the CRI discuss the low cost of living in Dallas and great weather in Texas.

Quick Facts

  • Population: 1.34 million (7.39 million in Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex)
  • Overall Average High/Low Temperatures: 76.6°F/55.8°F
  • Median Home Price: $210,181
  • Median Rent Price: $969
  • Median Age: 34.5
  • Home to the nation’s largest urban arts district
  • Over 400 parks on 21,000 acres of land
  • More restaurants and shopping centers per capita than any other major U.S. city.

Low Cost of Living

The cost of living in Dallas is considerably lower than most major cities in the U.S. The cost of living in Dallas is lower than these cities by the following percentages:

Chicago, IL


Boston, MA


Los Angeles, CA


Washington, DC


San Francisco, CA


New York, NY



On average, Dallas enjoys 232 days of sunshine per year with an average annual rainfall of 33.3 inches. The chart below lists the average high and low temperatures for each month of the year in Fahrenheit degrees.

What To Do in Dallas

Dallas offers a host of exciting activities from a vibrant arts and music scene to a variety of restaurants and shopping centers and unlimited outdoor activities. See what Dallas has to offer you!

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