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Pros and Cons of Moving to Fort Worth, TX

Skyline of Fort Worth and long horn cows Written by Marquette Carney

Hey, you there! A little birdie told me you were thinking of moving to Fort Worth TX.

And while I think that’s a great decision, there are a few things you should know before you make the jump. 

Like any city on Earth, Fort Worth has its pros and its cons. 

And it’s extremely important for you to know what they are so you can make an informed decision. 

So, allow me to guide you on this journey while I share with you the pros and cons to moving to this popular Texas city. 

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Con #1, Tornado Season. 

If you’re a fan of the 1996 film Twister, you’ll be happy to know that the star of that movie makes an appearance in Texas just about every year. 

And when I say star, I’m referring to the Tornado.

All jokes aside, Fort Worth Texas is no stranger to Tornados. And these windy giants normally make themselves known in the spring. 

In fact, the frequency of tornados here is much higher than the national average. Fort Worth’s tornado frequency is even higher than the average for the state of Texas.  

But, if heavy winds don’t deter you, just make sure you heed this advice–if one of these tornados happens to blow you to a foreign land, getting back home should be easy. 

Just follow the yellow brick road. 

Con #2, Allergies.

Tornado season isn’t the only season you have to worry about. In Forth Worth, there’s another season you must be aware of. One even scarier than tornado season. 

Yes, I’m talking about allergy season. 

I know, pollen seems to be a harmless enemy. But if you think that, you’ve never experienced Fort Worth TX pollen. 

This stuff could be easily made into a Netflix horror movie. In fact, I think the M. Night Shamalan film “The happening” was loosely based on the allergy season in Fort Worth. 

But that’s beside the point.

Fort Worth has been ranked 17th worst metropolitan area for allergies in the nation. Meaning you’ll want to get a pandemic amount of tissue just to combat the runny noses. 

This is just my theory but I think all of that sneezing is causing the tornado problem in Fort Worth.

But I failed my metrology exam so what do I know. 

Con #3, Heat. 

People who like seasons definitely won’t be a fan of Fort Worth. 

Because this place gets hot. I”m talking over 100 degrees in the summertime hot. 

And if you’re one of those unfortunate individuals who have leather car seats, you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers. 

This type of heat can be a miserable experience for some people, but for others, it’s the perfect scenario. 

Whichever camp you fall into, just make sure you’re aware of this little fact before you make the move. 

Con #4, Cost of Living. 

It can be rather expensive to live at a place like Fort Worth. 

For instance, the cost of living in this city is 2% higher than the national average. I know, that’s not a huge gap, but for people who don’t have a lot of resources, every little bit counts. 

Outside of the cost of living, recreational activities can also set back those with a tight budget. 

Sports and museums can be pretty costly if you’re looking to give your kids something to do. 

But don’t let this point deter you because there’s something on the pros list that balances it out. You just have to stick around to find out what it is. 

Con #5, Roads. 

Fort Worth is definitely a popular area to move to in Texas. 

Roughly 900,000 residents call this city home. And when you have a city of almost 1 million people, there’s one thing you’re destined to run into. 

Traffic. 

And when it comes to traffic, Fort Worth has it in abundance. 

No matter what time of day, you’re bound to run into it. 

Part of the reason for this is due to the roads not being able to sustain the constant influx of new people moving to the area. 

And to make matters worse, a lot of new toll booths have been added to the roads, making it take even longer to get to your destination. 

So if you plan on moving to the area, make sure to keep a comfortable pillow in the car because you might be in it for a while. 

Ok, that’s enough with all the negative talk.

Hopefully, I haven’t talked you out of moving to Fort Worth because there are some pretty cool pros to outweigh some of these cons. 

And be sure to listen to the whole list because I saved the best for last. 

Pro #1, Property Value. 

I pointed out previously that the cost of living in Fort Worth is slightly higher than the national average. 

But if you can swing it, buying property in the beautiful city could be a very wise investment. 

For the last 20 years, the property value in Fort Worth has consistently risen and is expected to grow by 7.9% within the year. 

Meaning you can make a pretty penny on your home if you ever decide to sell. 

Pro #2, Job Opportunities. 

This is one of the reasons why so many people are flocking to this city. 

The job market is very strong. 

It’s even been voted the 4th strongest job market in the US which means you’ll most likely be gainfully employed if you decide to move. 

And if that wasn’t good enough, Fort Worth is also located only 30 minutes from Dallas, which is the 3rd best city in the US for job seekers. 

Worst case scenario, you can just have a complete career change and become a cowboy. Because there’s plenty of them in  Fort Worth. 

Pro #3, Schooling Options. 

Sure, public schools are nice. But if you want your child to have a different type of education experience, Fort Worth has plenty of options to go around. 

There are a vast number of private schools and charter schools in the area. 

At the time of this recording, Fort Worth has over 60 top private schools in the area. 

Including schools such as Fort Worth Christian school, Trinity Vale, and Fort Worth County Day. 

I could list more schools here…but they’re pretty private so let’s move on. 

Pro #4, Plenty of Space. 

Even though Fort Worth is home to almost 1 million residents, there’s still plenty of space to go around. 

And with such a huge amount of space, you’ll have your choice of parks, jogging trails, and even plenty of options for a home. 

Whether you want to live near the heart of the city or in a quieter suburban area, you’ll find a home that fits your individual needs.

Ok, folks, I told you I’m saving the best pro for last. 

But before I give you that closure you desire, I have some news to share. 

Here at Home and Money, we make the whole process of getting a home easier (even if you’re a first-time home buyer). 

We have a whole team that will connect you to the perfect agent so you can finally get that dream home. Plus, we’ll equip you with your very own personal concierge if you’re a first time home buyer–Which, if you’ve ever purchased a home, you know is a HUGE help considering how complicated the process can be

Best of all, this service is absolutely free!

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Ok, now for the moment of truth. 

Pro #5, Endless Activities. 

Now, this. This is the reason why people move to Fort Worth and never want to leave. 

Because when you live in a place like this, it’s impossible to be bored for long. 

Fort Worth offers tons of places to have fun by yourself or with your family. 

You’ll find a long list of parks, museums, shopping centers, food spots, and a laundry list of other things to do. 

A few local favorites are the sundance square plaza and the stockyard. 

At these locations, you’ll find comedy shows, shopping centers, and tons of other experiences to make you never want to leave the area. 

So if your current city doesn’t offer you many things to do, what are you waiting for? Move to Fort Worth already. Just make sure you have allergy medications on hand. 


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