Frequently Answered Questions

What are Dallas’ competitive advantages?

Dallas’ location in the center of the North American continent, a diverse workforce, low cost of living, low taxes, and great quality of life are a few reasons why companies and individuals choose to invest in Dallas. Read more about Dallas’ competitive advantages.

What are the demographic characteristics for the City of Dallas?

The Economic Development Research Department publishes a number of documents that include useful business information such as local economic reports, recent property developments, demographics and quality of life information. View all statistics and research published or see a list of supplemental research resources.

What is Dallas’ cost of living compared to other U.S. cities?

The cost of living in Dallas is low compared to other major U.S. cities. Visit the Cost of Living page or download the PDF to see how other cities compare to Dallas, and to see how Dallas rates on a few specific basic expenses.

What foreign companies are located in Dallas?

See the list of some of the most well-known Fortune 500 companies that call Dallas home.

Does the City of Dallas offer assistance in finding office space and warehousing unit availability for new or expanding international companies?

Yes, the City of Dallas Office of International Business can help you locate office or warehouse space to meet your company’s needs in Dallas. Please email us with the following information:

Full name and contact information
Company name and details (i.e. address, website, industry, country of origin, etc.)

  • Description of space required:Office (Class, A, B, or C) or Warehouse (Industrial, Light Industrial, etc.)
  • Square Feet
  • Location in City (if there is a preference)
  • Other special requests: Specific dock or ceiling measures, refrigeration, air conditioning, etc.

How do I contact an international representative?

Email the International Staff with information such as when you will be in Dallas and the purpose of your visit. We will have a representative contact you to help arrange your meetings and requested tours, as well as assist you with any questions you may have.

Who do I contact to answer my visa and immigration questions?

The Office of International Business can assist in referring you to appropriate legal advisors to address your individual questions. Please email us for more information.

Other Useful Websites:

What is the CDRC and how do I apply for an EB-5 Visa?

The EB-5 visa is available to foreign national who are interested in investing in the United States.  Learn more about the program and the targeted areas, or view Frequently Asked Questions about the CDRC.

How do I apply for an Exemption of Goods Exported From Texas?

For businesses in Dallas County, fill out this application (with the final page notarized) then file the papers between January 1st and April 30th at the Dallas Central Appraisal District.  For questions, contact Steve Wise, Special Assessments Supervisor at 214-631-7406.