As we continue to see more Americans moving to major cities across the United States, it becomes important to do your research on what type of city you are looking to live in. From ensuring that the city is affordable to live into finding a place to live that is realistic for your financial situation, there are several factors to consider. With this in mind, I decided to analyze two major up-and-coming cities, Dallas, Texas and Sacramento, California, to see how they compare to one another.

Sacramento, California
The city of Sacramento, California has seen a significant increase in new residents in recent years. Known as the fifth largest city in California, Sacramento has become an attractive place to live for people who want to live in the sunshine state for several reasons. To begin, Sacramento’s population is approximately 495,000, so residents can get the experience of a city, without having to deal with higher costs of living, like residents in larger cities do. For example, a one-bedroom apartment in Sacramento will cost residents $1,081 per month for rent. While this may not be the most reasonable cost for an apartment, it remains more affordable than some of the other major cities.

Dallas, Texas
Located in one of the largest states in the nation, Dallas, Texas continues to bring more residents in, and are only showing signs of increasing moving forward. The population of Dallas remains at around 1.3 million people, but will only continue to grow. From 2014 to 2015, the population of Dallas skyrocketed, with the city getting approximately more 144,000 residents in that year alone.

Contrary to the price of rent in other major cities, the cost of rent in Texas is lower than the average in the United States. To give an example, SmartAsset found that a one-bedroom apartment will cost approximately $898, which is also $48 below the national average. Unlike major cities that are quickly running out of space, Dallas continues to welcome more residents, helping their economy grow at a steady rate.

How Do They Compare Exactly?
After reading more about each city, you might be wondering how the cities directly compare to one another. To begin, when comparing the cost of living between Sacramento and Dallas, you will find that the California city has higher rent prices than the Texas city, but still falls lower than the average cost of living in cities like New York City.

On the other hand, we found that the population of Dallas, Texas is near twice the size of Sacramento, California’s population. For some residents, living in a city with more than 1 million people can seem overwhelming and crowded, making a destination like Sacramento more appealing.

Both Sacramento, California and Dallas, Texas appeal to Americans around the nation, thanks to their expanding workforce and reasonable cost of living. Depending on your personality, and what you are looking for, one of these cities could be a great choice for your next residence.