You really are deep in the heart of Texas when you’re in Dallas (metaphorically speaking, mind you). It’s equal parts cowboy, southern charm and hipster. Moving to Dallas can be very cheap or very steep depending on where you choose to live. The median listing price for real estate in Dallas is $389,000 and median rent is $1,800 a month. Neighborhoods like up-scale Highland Park will set you back a pretty penny while homes for sale in Uptown Dallas, Elmwood and Junius Heights will give you less sticker shock. The suburban cities of Plano and Richardson are also popular for families.

If you want to live in the trendiest spots, check out Bishop Arts District, Deep Ellum and Greenville Avenue. The bars in Lower Greenville, Oak Lawn and Oak Cliff are where the young crowd mingles Dallas has a median age of only 33 years old, BTW. True to southern tradition, 77 percent of residents are married. More than half of the population owns homes rather than renting.

When it comes to life in Dallas, there are some things you must embrace (aside from Texas pride and Southernisms like ya’ll): cowboy hats and boots, brisket, football (go Cowboys!), Dallas high society, NorthPark and the Galleria, Tex-Mex food, the State Fair of Texas (it’s hard to miss Big Tex, a 55-foot cowboy that presides over the fair).