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What is the job market like in Dallas and the general cost of living?

 

Why am I asking this?

 

Let's just say a lot has happened in my life as of late - cross-country move (NY to WA), great awesome boyfriend who is a Canadian transplant. He's applying to a job in Dallas soon and if he gets it obviously we're moving - again. The really ironic part of this whole thing is said boyfriend is the same guy I dated in 2002 who got me hooked on mini painting! So I see mini painting creeping back into my future as soon as we make a permanent landing someplace. We're trying to sell his house in Canada right now and living in an apartment in Bellevue WA while he works in Seattle. His job he is currently at, ends at the end of September so he's been applying to all sorts of programmer jobs since March.

 

So yeah my life has been a hair crazy - but it's a GOOD crazy. :bday:

 

And I want to paint again! He's already promised me a Studio all to myself once he buys a house again! :devil:

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Grats on everything. And good luck with the job market.

 

A plus side if you move down that way, you'd be an hour or so from Reaper studios.

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What is the job market like in Dallas and the general cost of living?

 

I routinely see Programmer/Analyst jobs where they need somebody to ride herd on a database offering 90K per year.

 

Cost of Living: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result.jsp?country=United+States&city=Dallas%2C+TX

 

Cost of Living Dallas versus Seattle: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_cities.jsp?country1=United+States&country2=United+States&city1=Seattle%2C+WA&city2=Dallas%2C+TX

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My understanding is Dallas is high on pay and decent on cost, there are higher and lower cost large city's, It's my second choice after Arkansas for IT work.

 

 

What is the job market like in Dallas and the general cost of living?

 

I routinely see Programmer/Analyst jobs where they need somebody to ride herd on a database offering 90K per year.

 

Cost of Living: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/city_result.jsp?country=United+States&city=Dallas%2C+TX

 

Cost of Living Dallas versus Seattle: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/compare_cities.jsp?country1=United+States&country2=United+States&city1=Seattle%2C+WA&city2=Dallas%2C+TX

 

 

I think that's more of the normal line for dba's and programmers and not just in Dallas, I see that all the time in my neck of the woods.

 

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I know that Texas has no state income tax; however, don't think that you will skate scott free. From what I have heard about property taxes, they can be really nasty. That can affect how much house you can buy or in what neighborhood. And I am sure the sales tax and what not could be fairly high as well. Despite that, Texas is being very proactive in trying to convince businesses to relocate there. Now is a good opportunity to move out of the darkness and back into the light. :devil:

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Texas Sales Tax rates (vary by municipality) but in and around DFW (which is about 12 major municipal taxing authorities) they are in the neighborhood of 7.5 to 8.5%. You can ballpark figure the tip at a restaurant by just doubling the sales tax on the receipt.

 

Property taxes in Dallas County: http://www.dallascad.org/ http://www.dallascad.org/TaxRates.aspx

 

Property taxes in Tarrant County: http://www.tad.org/ http://www.tad.org/Webpages/taxrates.cfm

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Good to know about the taxes. I know his property taxes on his house in Delta BC are very high. Whether he sells or not depends on where he lands his job. He could end up back in Vancoucer BC, in which case I end up moving to Canada and we keep his current house. The whole process hangs in the balance of where he finds a job. However I know he's still trying for the job there in the Dallas area so we'll see where we end up in the long run.

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Taxes are high here in Delta and the rest of the Greater Vancouver area because of the extremely high property values here, some of the highest in North America.

 

Best of luck with your boyfriend getting a job in Dallas. That's a lot closer to Reaper. ::):

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Just a huge update to this.

We are living in Chandler AZ now! My Boyfriend got a job down here in the Phoenix area.

So no, I haven't forgotten about all of you. I've just been busier than a one-legged man in a kickboxing tournament!

I've been unpacking the house, and getting things organized.

 

Darsc Zacal: Oh how well I know. My boyfriend put his house on the market on November 1st. He bought the house 11 years ago for like $215K. Property values in his area of Delta went up so much that it's assessed now for $615K!!! He has it up for $630K. Oh and how about Delta having the highest gas prices in all of North America? That was on the news a few weeks before we moved. When I did the math Y'all we're paying something insidious like $7 a gallon for gas! We always made sure to go into Canada with a full tank and then would fill up on our way south to seattle again once we crossed the border.

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Chandler? I am in Phoenix! (really close to Imperial Outpost Games)

 

We are always looking to meet new gamers/painters*. Let me know once you get settled. We have been trying to work out a monthly paint night with forum members (three forum members and a few of my gamer buddies met in October).

 

*assuming that they are safe to bring into a home with kids and a gaming group that is not looking for creepiness. :)

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