Downtown Dallas Best in the Country?

City, Lifestyle

Dallas, Texas, USA skyline over Dealey Plaza | Image by Sean Pavone, Shutterstock

One real estate software provider listed Dallas’ city center as the top downtown in the United States, according to a new report released by StorageCafe, despite well-known challenges faced by residents.

The city was named ahead of others such as Nashville, San Diego, and Austin.

The designation may come as a surprise given the city’s struggles with homelessness and vagrancy, which according to a survey in 2022 were seen by a strong majority of residents as a significant issue. Crime is also on the rise for another year in a row, with at least 17 murders committed within the city limits as of January 23.

That’s ahead of the pace set in 2022, according to the City of Dallas Open Data crime analytics dashboard. Aggravated assaults are also up citywide by a significant margin, and no pivot appears to be on the horizon from the city’s elected leaders.

To conduct the ranking, the survey compared the 30 most populous U.S. cities. Numerous factors were considered, primarily relevant to someone living in an apartment in a downtown setting, including:

  • cost of living (amount spent on groceries, rent-to-income ratio)
  • rental inventory
  • access to amenities within apartment complexes (workout facilities)
  • cultural scene (theaters)
  • restaurants
  • safety (crime rate)
  • shopping.

Texas had three cities in the top 10:

  1. Dallas
  2. Austin
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Boston, MA
  5. Seattle, WA
  6. Nashville, TN
  7. Houston
  8. Columbus, OH
  9. San Diego, CA
  10. Phoenix, AZ

StorageCafe is a nationwide storage space marketplace powered by Yardi, a provider of software solutions for the real estate industry.

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13 days ago

Your heading says it all with a question mark. Really # 1?????? Seattle #5 ????

R Reason
R Reason
13 days ago

Not surprised one bit that “safety (crime rate)” was listed as one of the reasons that makes Dallas the best; in the face of the ongoing negative press by DX news on this topic. Lies matter.

13 days ago

Dallas doesn’t compare to Downtown Fort Worth…Dallas has homeless and crime… Fort Worth has Sundance Square.

13 days ago

This article is soooooo bogus. Downtown Dallas (and the city of Dallas for that matter) is full of mentally ill homeless vagrants, drug dealers and drug addicts, doing their business and consuming drugs in open air, defecating and urinating on the streets and sidewalks. It is a mess. And our Liberal Democrat city government does not give a damn.

Glorias Dixon
Glorias Dixon
13 days ago

This is a joke, right?