Five Reasons to Make the Move to Fort Worth

Making the choice to get your MBA likely means leaving a full-time job for full-time school, and maybe even relocating to a new city. If you live out of state or in Texas but outside Dallas-Fort Worth and are considering TCU for your MBA program, you may be wondering if a move is worth the risk. Here are five reasons Fort Worth is a great place to live:

Robust economy. According to Business Insider, the part of Texas that encompasses Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio produces more than $700 billion in economic output, more than Sweden or Saudi Arabia. This area ranks among the 25 largest economies in the world.

Corporate connections. Dallas-Fort Worth is home to 10,000 corporate headquarters, the largest corporate headquarters concentration in the United States. While other U.S. regions have floundered, the diversified local corporate base has buoyed the corporate economy. Forbes ranks the D-FW metropolitan area as the No. 13 best place for business and careers, with the technology, financial services and defense industries driving the job market.

Rapidly growing population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area recorded the nation’s largest increase in population between July 1, 2011, and July 1, 2012, adding 131,879 people to the area. Steve Murdock, former census director, told the Star-Telegram that the population burst in Texas cities is “absolutely driven by jobs.”

Activities for families, couples and singles. Dallas-Fort Worth is jam-packed with entertainment, culture and some of the best food in the country. Named by as the No. 1 best downtown in the United States, Fort Worth boasts a world-class zoo and aquarium, state-of-the-art parks, botanical gardens, live music, art, nightlife, fairs and festivals and much more. Sports fan? Professional baseball, basketball, football, hockey and soccer teams all call Dallas-Fort Worth home. Not to mention the TCU Horned Frogs’ sports teams!

Affordability. Since Texas residents do not pay state income taxes, your paycheck goes farther, especially when you take into account the state's affordable housing. According to the Dallas Morning News, average home prices are lower in D-FW than average prices nationwide. In Dallas-Fort Worth, the median price for a pre-owned single-family home was $181,800 in the second quarter of 2013, compared to a national median price of $203,500. Home prices have increased in Dallas-Fort Worth, up 12.2 percent between 2012 and 2013. However, cities such as Sacramento and Atlanta saw home prices spike nearly 40 percent during the same year. 

Before you make the move, it’s important to do your research. Bring your family to town for a visit. Check out some of the area’s entertainment venues and local restaurants. Tour the TCU campus and meet staff and professors in the Neeley School of Business. Experience a slice of D-FW—we’re convinced you’ll love it here!
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