Moving from Salt Lake City, UT to Dallas, TX

Change of scenery sets the stage for new adventures in Big D 

Are you trading the brisk mountain air of Salt Lake City for humid and sprawling Dallas? As you can imagine, the change will involve more than just climate. The good news is that both cities were ranked among the country’s top 40 places to live in 2021 by U.S. News & World Report, so it shouldn’t be hard to find almost anything you could want in your new hometown. 

See how Big D stacks up against SLC, then learn about an easy and affordable way to complete your long-distance move. 

Get ready for more space and more people 

With a population of 1.3 million (7.3 million in the metropolitan area), Dallas is the ninth most-populous U.S. city and the third-largest in Texas. The Dallas-Fort Worth area population has grown by 1.2 million since 2005 and shows no signs of slowing down.  

This might seem overwhelming compared to Salt Lake City, which has 204,000 residents and 2.5 million in the metro area. But again, with growth comes options. You’ll never run out of places to go or things to see in Dallas! 

LDS membership reaches far and wide 

While 60 percent of Salt Lake City residents are part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, only 1 percent of Dallas-Fort Worth residents listing a religious affiliation identify as Mormon, according to the Pew Research Center. However, 1 percent is a lot of people in Texas. The Dallas Texas LDS Temple lists a membership of more than 362,000. 

It’s a job-seeker’s market 

Dallas is a great place to be if you’re looking for work. The metro area is a perpetual leader nationwide for job growth. Industries from oil and gas and technology to aerospace, health care, education and retail are working to keep up with demand. Plus, the average annual salary in Dallas is above the national average while the area’s unemployment rate is below the national average. 

Leave your snow shovel behind 

While Salt Lake City gets up to 60 inches of powder per year — with some of it still showing up in May — Dallas rarely sees snow. Instead, you can expect mild falls and winters with hot, humid summers. 

Fun things to do 

Skiing and winter sports are big in SLC. So are the NBA’s Jazz, the Sundance Film Festival, Museum of Fine Arts, the Hogle Zoo and watching the Tabernacle Choir in Temple Square. In Dallas, though you won’t have snow-covered days for playing in the mountains, you can check out the Dallas Arboretum and the Dallas Zoo Lights Festival, as well as Gaylord Texan Resort’s Winter Wonderland to catch holiday vibes. 

The rest of the year, you can watch the local teams compete in any of the four major sports. Enjoy live entertainment and a variety of top-notch food (don’t miss the Tex-Mex and barbecue). And if you’re a fan of Lagoon Amusement Park just outside of Salt Lake City or of the local water parks, the Dallas metro area has several of its own, including the massive Six Flags over Texas. 

Make an easier, more confident move with U-Pack 

The farther you’re moving, the more challenging it becomes. U-Pack® can help. Our long-distance relocation specialists will help plan your 1,200-mile move so you can save time and money while gaining peace of mind. We’ll even handle the driving! With more than 240 service centers nationwide, we’ve got you covered. Get your free quote today and learn more.