Facts Facts of Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas is on Trinity River in northeast Texas. Dallas is the ninth largest city in the United States of America and third largest city in the state of Texas. Dallas is at the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, which is the fifth largest metropolitan area in the country.

Population

  • Total population in 2010, according to United States Census Bureau: 1,197,816.
  • Dominant race: Hispanic and White.
  • Languages spoken: English and Spanish.

Geography

  • Total area covered: Dallas has as a total area of 385.8 square miles. 340.5 square miles is land and 45.3 square miles is of water.
  • Dallas, Texas has highest risk of natural disasters. It ranks the worst for floods, tornadoes, hail, tornadoes, wind and sometimes hurricanes.
  • The Trinity River is 710 mile Long River that flows within Texas, the river flows to southeast from Dallas. There are three famous creeks: Bachman Branch, Turtle creek and White Rock Creek.
  • Bahama Beach Water Park is a beautiful place to relax and enjoy.

Climate

  • General climate of Dallas: It has a humid subtropical climate.
  • Best time to visit the city is between September to February.

History and Culture

  • Dallas was found by John Neely Bryan in 1841.
  • Dallas became an official city of US in February 1856.
  • President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, on November 22, 1963.
  • The city hosts different types of cultural festivals such as: Dallas International Festival, Dallas Video Festival, Dallas Wine and Food Festival, Deep Ellum Arts Festival, GrapeFest, Greek Food Festival, Irving International Health Fair, International Guitar Festival, Taste of Dallas and more
  • It also has many carnivals throughout the year some of the famous are Fairpark Friendship Center, Deep Ellum Film Festival and Borkowski Fair.

Economy

  • Median household income in 2009 was $39,829.
  • Cost of living index in Dallas is 94.6 which is less than average, U.S. average is 100.
  • Unemployment rate as of 2012 is 7.6%.
  • Dallas has 12 Fortune 500 companies, including Halliburton, Irving, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instrument, ExxonMobil, JCPenney and many more.
  • Dallas, Texas has over one million square feet convention center and many companies have their headquarters at the convention.
  • Most common occupation is construction.

Famous for

  • Dallas is famous for its barbecue, Tex-Mex cuisine, Ribs and Mexican.
  • In 2005, Dallas was ranked fifth with the most Fortune 500 headquarters.
  • Dallas is ranked a “Gamma World City” by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network.
  • Dallas is home for many sports such as baseball, football, hockey and soccer.
  • Well-known tourist attractions are Cotton Bowl, Dallas World Aquarium, Dallas Zoo, John F. Kennedy Memorial, Mesquite Rodeo, Dallas Museum of Art, Fair Park, Reunion Tower and many more recreational centers.

Few quick facts you need to know when you are traveling to this city:

  • Common mode of transportation: Many people drive their own car alone, some carpool with others, while some of them use the public transportation.
  • Crime rate: 12.6 per 1,000 people.
  • Airport: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Dallas Love Field (DAL) are two commercial airports at Dallas.
  • Public transportation: Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is a public transit, which provides rails, buses and HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes to commuters.
  • Nearby cities: Arlington, Grand Prairie, Irving, Hurst, Euless, and Bedford.
  • Hotels: Grand Hyatt, Hotel Palomar Dallas, Rosewood Mansion, The Joule, Ritz-Carlton Dallas, Adolphus Hotel and many more.

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