A Brief Overview of Dallas, Texas

With a population of 1.2 million, Dallas is ranked as the ninth largest city by population in the United States.  The Dallas-Fort Worth Area boasts 7 million people. It is the third largest city by population in Texas. The city is located in North Central Texas and is in Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall Counties. The city has the third most Fortune 500 companies in the United States. The Dallas Metropolitan area boasts an economy with a gross domestic product of over 500 billion dollars annually.

Dallas is home to many tourist attractions including the African American Museum, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, the Dallas Holocaust Museum, the Dallas World Aquarium, the Dallas Zoo, the Munger Place Historic District, the Dallas Museum of Biblical Art, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas Historical District, and White Rock Lake.

Also, the yearly State Fair of Texas brings in hundreds of millions of dollars every year to the city.

Dallas is home to many sports teams including the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Wings, Dallas Tornado, and FC Dallas.

If you like to golf, you will feel right at home. Not only does Dallas have excellent weather for golf, but the city is also home to eight excellent golf courses: The Golf Club of Dallas, Dallas National Golf Club, Stevens Park Golf Course, Cedar Crest Golf Course, Sleepy Hollow Golf, Brook Hollow Golf Club, Keeton Park Golf Course and Luna Vista Golf Course.

At any given time there are well over 200,000 college students enrolled in Dallas area schools. Dallas hosts many medical schools including the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas Woman’s University, and the T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences-Dallas Center.

Other schools in the area are Paul Quinn College, the University of North Texas at Dallas, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Criswell College.

The largest newspaper is the Dallas Morning News. Dallas also boasts an international airport, the DFW Airport.

Dallas hosts a yearly Comic Con which attracts over fifty thousand people and is considered to be the largest cultural event in the state.

Dallas has robust city services. The Fire Department is one of the largest in the nation and has around 2000 members and 57 stations. The Fire Chief is David Coatney.

The Police Department was recently in the national headlines due to an attack on the police department by a gunman. The Interim Police Chief is David Pughes. The department responds to hundreds of thousands of calls a year.

Dallas is a very fit city. Dallas has close to forty CrossFit facilities.

Dallas is home to a rich art community. Visitors frequent the city to visit the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Bishop Arts District, the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, and The Nasher Sculpture Center.

The mayor of Dallas is Mike Rawlings. He is the 61st mayor of Dallas. A Boston College graduate, he has led the city to record growth and a 4.1 percent unemployment rate.

Ted Cruz and John Cornyn are the Senators for Texas. The Representatives include Congressman Sam Johnson, Congressman John Ratcliffe, Congressman Jeb Hensarling, Congressman Kenny Marchant, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Congressman Pete Sessions, and Congressman Marc Veasey.