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Depending on where you are, living with parents is seen differently by society. In some areas, it is acceptable (and sometimes even the norm) for you to still live with your parents even as an adult. In fact, in some places, you are expected to live with your folks until you get married, and even then, there is still no pressure to move out.

Often, this is the case simply because that is how it has always been. Sometimes, people (especially millennials) have just really come to accept that practicality now comes at the expense of independence. In fact, in 2015, the percentage of millennials living as head of household (that is, no roommate) in the US was lower than that during the Great Recession. Times are hard.

By contrast, living with parents

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When discussing real estate in Dallas, the focus is Dallas plus all the suburbs in the area. This includes suburbs such as Allen, Plano, Frisco, Southlake, Colleyville, Highland Park, Coppell, and others. They are several factors which make certain suburbs more desirable. Factors such as the cost of homes, public schools and school district ratings, the neighborhood's lifestyle, recreational facilities, and commute times to work and airports are important. Big city living may not suit everybody – but urban areas certainly have their perks.

Allen Texas

Located in Collin County, Allen has a population of roughly 92,000 residents. Commutes to airports can be a bit longer, but reasonable home prices, friendly people and a small town atmosphere makes

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Downtown Dallas

Dallas-Fort Worth, also known as the Metroplex, is North Texas’ economic and cultural hub and is also the largest inland metropolitan area in the continental United States. Comprised of 13 Texan counties, this gargantuan territory’s population has grown to a staggering 7,102,796. With these numbers, Dallas-Fort Worth is recognized as the fourth most populous metropolitan region in the US. Dallas-Fort Worth spans approximately 9,286 square-miles, which is roughly larger than Rhode Island and Connecticut combined. With that kind of space, you can be sure to find a ton of fun and interesting things to do while in Dallas-Fort Worth.  Regarding popular tourist destinations in the United States, Dallas-Fort Worth is a definite must-see spot, with a wide

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We’re not saying we’re big fans of DFW. Okay, so we are. But don’t just take our word for it when we say that there’s a ton of reasons DFW is a great place to move to.

Healthy Economy

DFW has jobs aplenty and stable business and housing markets. It draws artists and entrepreneurs, families and singles, city folk and nature lovers who stay because the economy is just plain good.

Food

Dallas has more restaurants per capita than even New York. There’s everything from comfort food to eclectic Middle Eastern cuisine.

It Has the State Fair

The State Fair of Texas is big even for Texas, and not just because of Big Tex. The full-scale auto show is just one part of an epic month that includes concerts, food, and college football. You Could Meet a

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Finding some time with the family can be tough, sure, but finding fun things to do together isn’t Dallas is full of cool family activities, like:

The Dallas Arboretum

Trust us, kids love the Arboretum. This colorful oasis from the big city is a literal breath of fresh air, and some of the flora is alien-looking enough to intrigue even those most prone to saying “I’m booooored!” Interactive exhibits and hands-on places around the Arboretum make it extra fun.

The Perot Science Museum

Kid or kid at heart, Dallas’s 21st century answer to Philly’s famed Franklin Institute is a for-real wonderland. Just try to spend an hour there and have nothing to do. You and the family can explore space, dinosaurs, and even the world of sports before lunch (if

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Dallas has no shortage of malls, like The Galleria and North Park Mall. But everyone knows the best shopping happens where the action is. If you’re looking to do some big-league shopping, visit these areas:

The Shops at Park Lane, 8080 Park Lane

This blend of designer-value and traditional retail mixes premium stores with distinctive restaurants, and the largest Whole Foods Market in North Texas. There’s also boutique fitness offerings in a modern urban setting.

West Village, McKinney Avenue

“Uptown's Downtown” is Dallas' most vibrant shopping and dining district. It’s walkable, it’s in-town, it’s a real neighborhood, and it’s near the city’s best restaurants. Tons of shops lie right near the DART Rail, the McKinney Avenue Trolley, and the

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Yes, Dallas is very cosmopolitan, and yes, it’s very upscale in spots. But this is still Texas, and that means it’s still native turf for country-western music. Drop into a few of these joints for a genuinely Texan good time.

Katy Trail Ice House

Settled in the middle of Uptown’s portion of the Katy Trail is this Austin-influenced beer garden. The 50-plus beers on tap and the wide, bustling outdoor seating areas are enough to lure anyone already. But when the country-western kicks in, it’s a block party. It’s one of the best patios in Dallas and one of the best places to wander into a show to remember.

Gas Monkey Bar & Grill

In Far West Dallas, on Technology Blvd., sits Gas Monkey, which offers two premium music venues. Live music is the pulse

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Choosing the right school district is a big factor in your decision to move. But if private school is in the budget, the Dallas area offers some of the finest private schools in the state. Before you move specifically for a school district, consider these elite academies of learning.

Cistercian Prep

Cistercian Preparatory School is a Roman Catholic boys school just outside Dallas, in Irving, that serves grades 5-12.   Each grade is assigned a priest or a dedicated teacher as a "form master," who follows the class over the years and is responsible for helping the students become members of the community outside. Though the school does not accept girls, it is considered one of the top private schools in the Metroplex. It is especially noted for its

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DFW’s collection of top-shelf museums doesn’t end with the Dallas Museum of Art and Dealey Plaza. In fact, the Metroplex is home to dozens of museums of all sizes for all kinds of tastes. So why not veer off the beaten path and check out some museums you might not have known were right here all along?

International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, Arlington

Right near Six Flags and the home of the Cowboys sits the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, which charts the sport from its beginnings to the biggest names in the game. Did you know, by the way, that bowling (a.k.a. kegling) is more than 5,000 years old? From ancient Egyptians and British monarchs to American taverns and the microchip, the long and fascinating history of bowling is on

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A great glass of wine is a wonderful thing. So is a night out. And when you want to enjoy a glass without having to put up with the bar scene to do it, one of DFW’s great wine bars could be the answer you’re looking for.

Mercy Wine Bar, Addison

Mercy is about the complete wine experience, where novices can learn and would-be sommeliers can indulge their palates. There’s always something new to try at Mercy, where warm and cozy are the watchwords. And you know they’re serious about good times because the name comes from Roy Orbison’s famous exclamation in the song Oh, Pretty Woman.

Cru, Dallas and Allen

With locations in Uptown and at Watters Creek in Allen, Cru manages to combine high-end wine with a non-snooty, welcoming atmosphere sure to

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