Dallas was first settled in 1841, by John Neely Bryan as a trading post near the banks of the Trinity River. As the ninth largest city in the US, Dallas has matured into a culturally diverse city with museums, theaters, gourmet restaurants and huge shopping districts. Today, Dallas is considered by many to be the Southwest’s most metropolitan and cosmopolitan city. The City of Dallas had a population in 2003 estimated by the North Central Texas Council of Governments of 1,211,000 and it covers 384.7 square miles.

The region of Dallas-Fort Worth called “The Metroplex” is the largest landlocked urban region in the nation and it continues to grow at a fast rate. The Metroplex had a 2008 population estimated by the NCTCOG at 6,538,850.

Business. Dallas is the Southwest’s leading business and financial center. It boasts the largest wholesale market in the world and lays claim to being one of the top convention cities in the nation and the number one visitor destination in Texas. It is a national and world leader in retail and wholesale trade, services, tourism, hospitality, transportation, manufacturing, high technology, and communications. In fact, the Metroplex boasts thirty-seven Fortune 500 company headquarters within its boundaries. More than 110,000 businesses and nearly 10,000 headquarters are located in Dallas.

Healthcare. Dallas is a regional center for medicine and health care, and is home to world-class health care centers. The Dallas area has a total of sixty-two hospitals.

Culture. There are more than 110 live performances in the evening. Dallas Arts District, a sixty-acre development and the largest urban arts district in the country, is anchored by the Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center and the new Nasher Sculpture Garden. Beyond the Arts Districts, the area offers more than 150 museums and galleries, over 50 professional and community theaters, and dozens of local symphony and chamber orchestras, ballet groups and opera associations.

Recreation. Dallas has 406 public parks that cover nearly 50,000 acres with more than 60 lakes and reservoirs. In every season, there is something for sports enthusiasts. There is a mild year round climate, except for a couple of months in the summer, and residents can enjoy outdoor activities non-stop! Within 100 miles of DFW there are more than 400 public parks, covering nearly 23,000 acres, and more than 60 lakes and reservoirs, covering approximately 550,000 acres.

(Texas Almanac) There are approximately 150 private and municipal golf courses in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. (Dallas and Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureaus) Dallas is one of the few areas in the nation with seven major league sports teams including Cowboys football, Mavericks basketball, Rangers baseball, Stars hockey, Burn soccer, Sidekicks indoor soccer and Dragoons polo.

In the Dallas metro area, cultural arts contribute over $22 billion to the local economy that is 34.6% of the state total. DFW is also Texas’ most “arts intensive” metro area on a per capita basis, with $6,654 expended per person on cultural arts. (The Perryman Group). Fair Park, just southeast of downtown Dallas, is the site of the State Fair of Texas, the largest annual state fair in the United States and home to a variety of museums and theaters.

Economics. The area has an excellent per capita income and a moderate cost of living. Dallas/Fort Worth has a low cost of living, typically several points below the national average, and considerably lower than major east and west coast cities. (ACCRA)

Housing. The Metroplex offers homes in every price range, environment, and architectural style you could possibly desire. You are sure to find your dream home here in the heart of Texas. Average commute time is 27.5 minutes in DFW. (Census 2000)

Major Airports. DFW International Airport enplanes more than half of all domestic passengers and nearly two-thirds of all cargo in Texas. It offers direct service daily to 147 U.S. destinations and 34 international destinations. DFW Airport has two separate cargo areas serve the airport. In 1993, 725,048 U.S. tons of cargo were handled there. DFW is approximately 40 minutes from downtown Dallas.

Love Field is owned and operated by the City of Dallas. Love Field is the headquarters and home base for Southwest Airlines. Southwest operates 14 gates at Love with about 130 daily departures. Located in the heart of Dallas, seven miles northwest of the downtown central business district, Love Field is 20 minutes from the Dallas Convention Center, West End, Infomart, and the Dallas Market Center. Alliance Airport is an industrial and shipping airport. It has a 9,600-foot runway, 24-hour FAA-operated control tower and fee-simple runway access put global distribution just a liftoff away. Distribution can continue through Santa Fe’s $100-million intermodal and carload “Alliance Transportation Center” or along any of the four interstate and state highways located nearby. Source: Alliance Development Company

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