Dallas is the third largest cities in Texas, with just over 1.2 million inhabitants, but it’s arguably the top city both for visiting and settling down. Dallas is a leading business center for the country, with the 3rd highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the U.S, and it’s ranked 14th in the world in terms of GDP. The Dallas area also has a storied history, dating back to the 18th century when it was claimed by France, then Spain, then Mexico, and finally the Republic of Texas in 1836. Today, Dallas remains famous for its strong Southwestern roots, boasting some of the best barbeque in the country.
Though the car remains the primary form of transportation, Dallas boasts an impressive public transit system, known as DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit). DART’s light rail was the first to open in the southwest, and remains one of the fastest growing networks in the US. There’s also a dedicated system of city buses and highways, and much of the city has been re-designed in the mid-20th century to be more accessible by car, bike and pedestrian. There are over 800 miles of bike lanes within the city, and Dallas has a Walk Score of 47.