Duncanville is a suburb of Dallas located near Cedar Hill and Desoto that I would highly recommend to live in. However, Duncanville's weaknesses are there are not many rental properties inasmuch as apartment complexes are concerned. Of the few they have, many have income restrictions or are located within a heavy populated area of school age children (can be a huge disadvantage). This city is by far the most welcoming and the most hospitable. The economic status is typically middle to upper middle class. Because of this factor, many of the people there are very grounded and down to earth. The city is perfect to raise a family in because there are many facilities that sponsor events for school aged children. The city itself is highly supportive. Residents have agreed to pay more in house taxes to get bonds approved to better schools and education. It is a city that spreads love to everyone. Duncanville's demographics have changed quite a bit within the last decade. It was highly populated with Anglo Americans primarily, but as the years passed, the cultures mixed. Because of this, culture is appreciated more in this area (especially in schools). There are many housing rental properties available. There are older houses and newer houses. The majority of the houses are very well kept up with beautiful landscaping. However, housing taxes can be a bit extreme. If you are moving to the area and are searching for a nice central location to make a home in, then I recommend Duncanville.
Pros •There is a variety of cultures in the area •The city itself is very supportive of businesses and schools •The school system is pretty strong •Crime is fairly low in the area •Great place to raise a family
Cons •Rental properties are limited in the area •Some rental properties have income restrictions
The People - Who Lives Here?
The city is by far the most welcoming and the most hospitable. The economic status is typically middle to upper middle class. Because of this factor, many of the people there are very grounded and down to earth. The city is perfect to raise a family in because there are many facilities that sponsor events for school aged children.
Social Scene - Bars, clubs, restaurants
Because Duncanville is so family oriented, it is not much to do on the social scene. Your chances in coming across bars and clubs are slim to none. There are several restaurants located along the service road of 67 by Joe Wilson, Cockrell Hill, and Wheatland (Luby's, Pappadeaux, etc.). If you want a larger variety, then you can go further south on 67, and you will find a plethora of restaurants of all variety.
The Value - Rental prices vs. quality of living
Like the saying goes, if you want quality, then you have to pay more. There are some lower end apartment complexes that are much less inexpensive. In Duncanville, the rental prices are pretty reasonable. The best months to rent in are December and June because they tend to have more deals and move in specials during that time frame.
Transportation & Traffic
In Duncanville, public transit is available, but if you work Downtown Dallas or in Cedar Hill, it is best to either car pool or have a car readily available. Traffic is chaotic particularly during peak hours: morning/afternoon. It is best to beat the traffic in the morning by leaving for a commute around 6:00 or 6:30 and wait the traffic out during the afternoon.
Rental Advice & Tips
As aforementioned, it is wise to apartment shop during December or June when the move in specials are on. Also, I always advise renters to purchase renters' insurance (very inexpensive) and test out the property by doing a surprise drive through on a weekend night to get a feel of how the community really is.
Entertainment & Recreation - Things to do
Entertainment and recreation is centered around the school system in Duncanville ISD. They have a wonderful athletics program and the district allows public access to its Natatorium (a swimming facility). The community really comes out to support the games and sporting activities. Duncanville is 15 to 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas where museums, clubs, and concert halls are located.
Recommended Neighborhoods & Areas
I strongly recommend 67 and Main Street as an area to search for a nice apartment property. For houses to rent, I strongly recommend the western end of Wheatland and its surrounding counterparts.
The Essentials - Groceries, gyms, banks
Duncanville has mostly local gyms. There is a 24 hour fitness located in Cedar Hill which is about ten minutes away. There are options when it comes to major banks (Chase and Wells Fargo). Albertsons are very popular in Duncanville; in addition there is a Krogers. They are located in the western Camp Wisdom area and along 67.
In Duncanville, the most popular form of employment is within the school system due to the fact that there are many schools due to the ever growing population. Other corporate jobs are in the Downtown Dallas area.
Duncanville ISD has several exemplary campuses and the teaching/learning quality is excellent. I have taught in the district, and from a teacher's perspective, if I had a child, I would want him/her to attend school in Duncanville ISD. The teachers are committed to excellence, there is rarely negative activity, and the community strongly supports the schools. A popular news reporter (she will remain nameless) frequents events in Duncanville ISD because her twins attend school in the district and she is very happy with the education that they are receiving.
As aforementioned, there is abundant housing for a reasonable to expensive price; but the taxes are pretty expensive if you let it all stack up.
The weather varies a lot in Texas. When there is a storm in Duncanville, the negative side to the storm is the electricity is proned to going off. There are definitely more hot days than there is cold. Snow or ice is rare in this area, but whenever either is present, many businesses shut down because people are not acclimated to driving in those conditions.