150K in Dallas, TX - Is it really worth moving?

Plymouth Rock sohail009
Nov 21, 2019 56 Comments

I am currently working/living in NJ at 160K with family of two school going kids . Have 5+ yoe in SFMC/CRM and overall 12 years of experience in Digital marketing. Got an offer from Dallas for 150K. Can you please advise if 150K really worth moving to Dallas, as I am hearing mix reviews of that cost of living (rental) is cheaper but some folks are saying it's same as NJ. Also at the same time getting mix reviews that 155K salary is consider a very good salary in Dallas but some folks believes it's ok salary.

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  • Zillow Group R. Savage
    Dallas is cheap and it'll definitely be more money for you. That said it's not an exciting place and can best be described as a giant highway.

    Dunno what NJ is like though, if it sucks too then just move.
    Dec 3, 2019 7
    • Zillow Group Aaaabbbbb
      The downpayment for anything bigger than a cardboard box in sf, is the entire cost of a better house in dallas. Anyway, no idea why you keep talking about that when this topic is about NJ vs Dallas.
      Dec 4, 2019
    • Yes sorry it’s off topic. But it doesn’t have to be on topic. I kind of veered off course bc I wanted to point out something not many people think about.
      Dec 4, 2019
  • Indeed ptjcne
    155k is really good in Texas.
    Nov 21, 2019 0
  • Samsung / Eng ALvc28
    in a heart beat.. I have live in plano tx and 125k was similar to 180k in bay area
    Nov 21, 2019 10
    • VMware
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      goketsumore
      Housing and daycare by itself is more than 2x . For a family that is a big factor
      Nov 21, 2019
    • CBRE / Data Rana_G
      True
      Nov 21, 2019
  • Boeing booring
    Texas has amazing (but VERY competitive) high schools in Plano, Frisco, Allen, etc. you will have a big ass house too for not that much money. Cons is toll roads everywhere (nj might be similar?) and it’s hot as absolute fuck in the summer even at night. Also it’s a D- to F city for outdoors activities. I had to leave due to that and go back to west coast. No real mountains within 6 hrs drive, skiing you have to fly, and beaches in Houston suck big time. There’s lakes if you are in to boating, but most of the time it’s too damn hot to be outside.
    Nov 21, 2019 2
    • New CiOI38
      @booring - where did you move to? I was in Dallas, felt the same about mountains and ended up in Denver. I concur with everything you said for outdoor types.

      I'll also add that Dallas is called "LA of the south" because it's often very consumeristic and materialistically driven. Literally women there have nothing to do but shop - which made dating hard.
      Nov 22, 2019
    • Boeing booring
      I moved to Seattle — 1 hr from the slopes and trails literally within the city limits. Also close to the ocean but it’s cold water so 🤷‍♂️. People say dating is hard here but I think it’s hard anywhere and I have met way more people that aren’t coworkers, guys and girls alike which extends my circle a bit. I don’t mess with apps though so maybe I’m making it more difficult on myself?
      Nov 22, 2019
  • Amazon wanderer_k
    Also Texas Public schools (colleges) used to offer free tuition if the kid is in top 10%, might want to fact check this. Not to forget, food in general is cheaper too. Summers are tough, yes, but dude you’re not going to be working outside.
    Nov 21, 2019 5
    • It wasn't free tuition, I think you're thinking of the top 10% rule that guaranteed admission to state funded schools. It has changed though, in particular I know UT Austin specifically got a legal exception. It is a silly law in some ways, as the top 10% is a lot harder to be in at a great high school.
      Nov 25, 2019
    • Simpli.fi PoP85
      My ranking would be
      1. UT Austin
      2. Texas A&m
      3. Baylor
      4. UofH
      5. Texas tech

      I'm a little biased because I went to UT:) and I also left out rice which is the most selective school in Texas but it's a small private school so it's hard to compare to public ones
      Nov 26, 2019
  • New XoAY48
    That’s your chance to become true upper middle class. You can buy an actual house and kids go to top rated schools
    Nov 21, 2019 0
  • Simpli.fi PoP85
    What company or at least what Dallas area? Also no state income tax.
    Nov 21, 2019 0
  • Simpli.fi PoP85
    155k is VERY good for Texas. Dallas is an uppity area but you will still be making more than almost any engineers in the area except for some remote fang like companies. Cost of living is going to be significantly cheaper than NJ just take a look on Zillow to see the kind of house you can get for 300k.
    Nov 21, 2019 0
  • New ajtl32
    If your kids are older than 10, and seem really happy in their current school I wouldn’t do it
    Nov 21, 2019 2
    • Plymouth Rock sohail009
      OP
      Well, yeah they are older than 10. But the city I am in, school ranks are not good, while when I did some research in Plano, TX I found school ranks are good and rental as almost same as NJ.
      Nov 21, 2019
    • CBRE / Data Rana_G
      @OP, i live near Plano. Area near UT Dallas has cheap rents too (student communities). You can find very nice 2b2b - 1100 sqft for around 1500 a month.
      Nov 21, 2019
  • Amazon wanderer_k
    PLEASE MOVE. Plano, Frisco, there are countless school districts and your kids will be better off. Also No state income tax, no crazy winters. I’d also ask for relo if they haven’t offered it already.
    Nov 21, 2019 1
    • Plymouth Rock sohail009
      OP
      I actually have asked them relo... which they need to discuses with HM. They will actually offer either relo or adjust same amount in the name of sign-in bonus. But I am assuming that will be no more than 10K, now u name it either relo or sign-in bonus.
      Nov 21, 2019

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