Moving to Fort Worth from another state
Moving Preparation - November 2, 2018
No matter what state you come from and how many times you have visited Fort Worth, TX, moving to a new state is always a challenge. It doesn’t have to be hard or sad, but it certainly is a challenge. Since you probably don’t know exactly what you are getting yourself into, we’re here to help you out. We would like to share a few things everyone moving to Fort Worth should know.
We’ll take a look at:
- Good places to live
- How to make moving to Fort Worth easier
- What you can do for a living
- The cost of living
- Driving in Fort Worth
- Fort Worth weather
- Popular attractions
Where to look for a new home
When your trustworthy moving crew asks you “whereto”, you’ll need to give them an address. If you prefer that small-town feel, don’t be discouraged by the fact that Fort Worth is among the country’s top 25 most populated cities. Its neighborhoods possess a small-town charm and laid back atmosphere. In addition, residential neighborhoods have low crime rates, which is always important for new residents. There are plenty of family homes, apartments, townhouses, and even ranches you can choose from.
The best neighborhoods to live after moving to Fort Worth are:
- Arlington Heights
- Mira Vista
- Tcu-West Cliff
- Cultural District
Finding someone to help you move to Fort Worth
Now that you have found your new home in Fort Worth (or at least temporary accommodation) you can start making plans on how to get your belongings there. One option is renting a truck and asking friends and family for help. But that works better in case of local moves. Long distance relocation requires more skill.
Move to Fort Worth with a reliable moving company
Cross country movers with experience would do a much better job. Moving to another state is far more complex than moving to another neighborhood. Long distance moves should be executed by someone who knows how to protect your goods during such a long ride.
Therefore, look for reputable, licensed movers, capable of assisting you every step of the way. Also, we strongly recommend letting them pack your fragile belongings. The rest you can pack yourself if your budget does not allow otherwise. Additionally, the movers should give you the option of using their packing materials, suitable for moving long distances.
To get an idea of the container shipping costs, note that shipping a container from NYC to Fort Worth costs $364+, while shipping from Los Angeles to Fort Worth costs $392+.
Seeking employment in Fort Worth
A lot of people move to this city because of work. Fort Worth has a low unemployment rate, which means your chances of finding a job soon look pretty good. Although we recommend getting a job first, and then moving to Fort Worth, some people do the opposite and succeed.
You can look for a job in IT, airlines, healthcare, education, service industry, and many other fields. Also, the aerospace industry is what this city is known for. The highest paying professions belong to the health sector. XTO Energy, American Airlines, BNSF Railway, and many other establishments always need talented employees. In addition, numerous small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) can be found in this city.
How much does it cost to live in Fort Worth?
The cost of living here is 14% below the US average. Both buying and renting a property here is more affordable compared to other major cities in Texas. Rental prices for a 1 bedroom apartment in the City Centre start at around $650, and $500 for a location outside the City Centre. If you’re looking to buy, a square meter (10.7 square feet) will cost you around $1,812 in City Centre and $1,295 outside the Centre.
Many restaurants in Fort Worth are relatively cheap, but you can also find affordable specials in fine dining restaurants on certain days of the week. You can buy groceries at numerous farmers’ markets, organic food shops, independent grocery stores, as well as the usual supermarket chains. A meal at an inexpensive restaurant costs $10 – $15, including a drink. A loaf of bread is $1.10 – $2.76, takeout coffee is $3.00 – $5.00, while a bottle of Coke costs $1.20 – $2.50.
You can get in and out of Fort Worth easily using buses and commuter trains. The last bus goes at midnight, every day except on Sundays when it goes at 10 pm. A single bus ticket for an adult costs $1.75. A monthly season ticket, unlimited is $90, while a one day ticket is $3.50.
Driving after moving to Fort Worth
In Fort Worth, most people commute to work using their own vehicles. Rush hour traffic jams do occur, however, they are not as bad as the ones in Dallas. Those who are moving to Fort Worth from another state can keep their current license. Just make sure to update your address. Local and state taxes, license, title and registration fees cost $665 per year, on average.
Expect warm, sunny weather
If you’re coming from a cold state, the weather should be among your top reasons for moving to Texas. The city gets an average of 229 sunny days per year! The summers can be pretty hot, while the rest of the year is mild and pleasant. In the summer, the average high is over 95 degrees. On the other hand, winter temperatures range from 40 to 60 degrees, with little snow in some places.
There’s entertainment, too
The city has a lot to offer entertainment-wise. There are ballets, symphonies, operas, art museums, and popular concert venues. Going to Stockyards National Historic District or Sundance Square, located in the city’s downtown area, will make you feel like a time traveler visiting the Old West. We also highly recommend the relaxing Fort Worth Water Gardens, the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, the Fort Worth Zoo, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the Fort Worth Bass Performance Hall.