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Things You Should Know Before Moving to Denton, TX

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Low costs of living, an active local music scene and a variety of exciting festivals make this North Central Texas city a great place to relocate! If you love hot summers and the rodeo, read on for more information about the "Red Bud Capital of Texas" to find out if it's the right place for you.

Denton Climate

Denton has a humid subtropical climate, with hot, sticky summers and cool winters. Temperatures range from the 90s in the summer to the 30s in the winter, so be sure to pack a varied wardrobe. Don't forget your raincoat and umbrella, because the city receives ample rainfall--about 40 inches annually. The spring season is prone to severe thunderstorms and flash floods.

While Denton is located in the southern portion of Tornado Alley and occasionally receives warnings, twisters rarely form in the city.

Snowfall is uncommon, but can occasionally occur. The region receives approximately 2 inches of snow a year.

Denton Neighborhoods

Before choosing a part of the city to live, be sure to conduct thorough research on the cost, convenience and crime rates in the area. The city is home to a variety of diverse districts, each with something unique to offer.

Expense is an important factor to consider. Some of the city's wealthiest residents live in the West Oak Street/North Elm Street area, the Ponder neighborhood, Helm Lane, Green Valley, the Pennsylvania Drive/Ridgecrest Circle region, and Cooper Creek. If you are relocating with a family and safety is your primary concern, the sections of the city with the lowest rates of crime include Green Valley, Ponder, the State School Road/North Stemmons Freeway area, East Windsor Drive and Cooper Creek.

Registering Your Car

Upon your arrival in Texas, you will have to update your registration within 30 days to avoid being charged a penalty. You will first need to have your vehicle inspected, at any certified Texas Department of Public Safety inspection station. Be sure to bring proof of Texas auto insurance. You are required to have coverage of $30,000 per injured person, up to a total of $60,000 for everyone injured in an accident, and $25,000 for property damage in the state. To get your plates and registration, you will need proof you own the vehicle (such as a title or previous registration), your proof of insurance, and inspection papers. Non-resident college students attending school in the state and active members of the U.S. Armed Forces are not required to register their vehicles in Texas.

The Texas DMV does not issue driver's licenses. You will have to transfer your license at the Department of Public Safety, no more than 90 days after you move to the state.

Denton Schools

Public education in the city is served by the Denton Independent School District. The system operates 21 elementary schools, seven middle schools, three high schools, and two alternative schools. The district encompasses an 180-square mile radius, including other communities such as Bartonville, Copper Canyon, Shady Shores, Double Oak, Crossroads, and Lincoln Park. There are also several private and parochial schools located in the city.

For options in higher education, the University of North Texas is a public flagship state college with programs in engineering, science, fine arts, liberal arts, performing arts and education. Additionally, the Texas Women's University, which has been co-ed since 1972, is home to the state's largest nursing school, as well as the largest nursing doctoral program in the world.

Denton Employment

Education, health and social services, manufacturing, hospitality and retail are the major sectors contributing to the city's economy and providing jobs to residents.

No matter where you relocate, the pressure of finding a job can be quite stressful. If you are moving to the city without secured employment, you can visit the Workforce Solutions website for job-hunting assistance and resources for North Central Texas region. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you can contact the Denton Chamber of Commerce for information on how to start a business in the city. You can also apply for city jobs at the Denton Government official website.

With any luck, you'll find a job in Denton in no time. Top employers in the city include the Denton Independent School District, University of North Texas, Texas Women's University, Peterbilt Motors, City of Denton, and Denton County.

Living Costs in the City

The cost of living in Denton is low, at eight percent below the national average. Housing is quite affordable, falling 20 percent below the rate of the average American city. The median home price in the city is listed at about $199,900. If you are planning to rent rather than buy, a one-bedroom apartment in the city will cost you about $700 monthly, and a two-bedroom goes for around $800, depending on the size of the unit and available amenities.

Other typical costs in Denton are reasonable as well. Utility costs are 15 lower than average, and healthcare is two percent lower. A trip to the grocery store will cost you about 15 percent less than most other American cities. However, transportation costs are about five percent greater than the national rate.

Denton Moving Resources

There are many moving and storage companies located in Denton that are waiting to help you relocate to your new home. Be sure to do your research and obtain estimates from several different services before choosing one for hire. You can compare online quotes from many different moving companies and other services to aid you in your move, whether you are coming from the next city or overseas. Visit the following pages here at Movers.com to get fast quotes for the following services:

Denton Transportation

Mass transit in the city is operated by the Denton County Transportation Authority. The system provides bus service (DCTA Connect) to Denton as well as the cities of Highland Village and Lewisville. The DCTA also operates the A-train, a commuter rail line that runs from Denton to Carrollton, as well as nine shuttles that serve University of North Texas students. Additionally, the DCTA provides a door-to-door para transit van service to elderly and disabled residents.

Culture and Contemporary Life

City residents celebrate many cultural events and festivals throughout the year, highlighting the history, local music scene and country-western heritage typical of the region. The North Texas Fair and Rodeo is an homage to cowboy culture, with country-rock performances, pageants, and of course, a rodeo. Other festivals in the city include the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival, the Redbud Festival (a tribute to the pink-blossomed trees in the region), and Fiesta on the Square.

The city's hub for entertainment is Denton Square, a downtown area abundant with historic buildings, local shops, restaurants, bars and live music venues. The city's independent music scene has been praised by numerous publications, and was named the best in the country by Paste Magazine in 2008.

Denton Relocation Tips

  • Denton has a subtropical climate, with very high temperatures and high humidity in the summer months. Luckily, the city's utility costs are below the national average to help keep your energy bills manageable.
  • Get moving quotes from several movers in the city before choosing one to hire. You can start today right here at Movers.com.
  • Temperatures can vary greatly in the region, reaching frequent highs of 96 in the summer and lows of 33 in the winter. Be sure to pack a varied wardrobe, complete with light clothing, shorts and sleeveless tops for the summer and sweaters and coats for the winter.

Nicole La Capria  Posted by Nicole La Capria on July 24, 2013

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