There are websites which will show you, using colorful icons, crime stats in any given area. The different colors correspond to different crimes.
Dallas and Fort Worth are both huge cities, but we have something unique here- the "mid-cities". In other places, you are in a developed area. Then, you drive a little while and you are in another developed area (city limits). Here, they are all strung together. You drive and drive and are still in "the city". Living in mid-cities is good because they are convenient to both Dallas and Fort Worth, and job opportunities there are excellent. Hospitals? It seems like we have thousands in the Metroplex (that is what we call Dallas, Fort Worth and the mid-cities combined).
While it is true that we are currently having toll roads put in, those roads have feeder roads that are free. You only have to pay the tolls if you choose to drive in the faster moving lanes.
One thing. Texas beaches are not the greatest. Don't move here for the beaches.
I would suggest you come and check Dallas and see whether you'd like the area. Give me a call and I'd be happy to chat with you further.