Moving from Minneapolis, MN to Dallas, TX

Moving from Minneapolis to Dallas

If you’re moving from Minneapolis to Dallas, you’re in for a drastic change. Although Minneapolis is a fairly large city with a population of 382,578, Dallas’s population is much larger at 1,197,816. That’s quite a difference, especially considering that Minneapolis is Minnesota’s largest city, and Dallas is only Texas’s third-largest city. Although it may take some time to get used to Dallas, you’ll learn to love the many eclectic things that the city has to offer.

Traveling to Dallas and what to expect when you arrive

If you decide to drive from Minneapolis to Dallas, be prepared for a long trip. Minneapolis and Dallas are about 950 miles apart, and driving there can take anywhere from 15-17 hours. Don’t worry about the long drive, though! There are plenty of great cities along the way where you might be able to stop and have some fun including Des Moines, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; and Tulsa, Oklahoma. Then, before you know it, you’ll be in Dallas!

Dallas Weather

Unlike the extremely cold winters and fairly hot summers that you’re used to in Minneapolis, Dallas experiences very hot temperatures in the summers and cool, mild winters. In the summer, Dallas’s temperatures can get as high as 100F with heat indexes reaching even higher. In the winter, Dallas’s average low temperatures rarely drop below 35F. Snowfall is also extremely rare in Dallas, usually occurring about twice a year, although the amount differs depending where you are in the city.

Getting Around

If you’re used to commuting via public transportation in Minneapolis, you should have no problem learning to get around Dallas. Like Minneapolis’s Metropolitan Council, the transportation authority in Dallas, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), provides several buses around the city as well as a light rail system with one rail line going uptown and the other going downtown. On the other hand, if you usually drove around Minneapolis, it should be very simple for you to get used to Dallas. Dallas is located where four major interstates merge--Interstates 20, 30, 35E and 45, and it is also connected to several other U.S. Highways and freeways to make driving easy.

Dallas Schools

If you have children, you’ll be glad to know that Dallas operates some of the top schools in the whole country. In particular, Dallas’s magnet school, the School for the Gifted and Talented, was ranked by Newsweek in 2006 and 2007 as the number one school in the U.S. in a list of both public and private schools. Although Dallas’s schools are great, it may take a little time for your kids to get used to going to Dallas schools if they attended school in Minneapolis. That’s very understandable considering Minneapolis Public Schools have a total student enrollment of over 32,000, and The Dallas Independent School District has a total student enrollment of over 157,000. The Dallas Independent School District is composed of 151 elementary schools, 38 middle schools, and 39 high schools. Dallas is also home to several private schools as well as several great colleges and universities.


Although Minneapolis has a thriving artistic culture, you’ll be pleased, and maybe a little surprised to find out that Dallas also offers a rich culture of the arts itself. Dallas boasts several museums and symphonies in the city including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center where the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Wind Symphony perform, The Trammell and Margaret Crow Museum of Asian Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and The Dallas Children’s Theater. Additionally, under the AT&T Dallas Center of the Performing Arts, Dallas offers the Winspear Opera House where the Dallas Opera and Texas Ballet Theater are based and the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre where the Dallas Theater Center and the Dallas Black Dance Theater are based.

You’ll love moving from Minneapolis to Dallas, so, come on down and experience all that the Big D has to offer!

Looking for a moving service? U-Pack has locations that service both cities, and our prices are usually comparable to truck rental.