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Stats & Fun Facts

Population

Dallas is the 9th largest city in the US and the third largest in Texas with a population of 1,241,162.

Metropolitan Statistical Area

The Dallas-Fort Worth Arlington MSA consists of 12 counties: Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise and has a population of 6,700,991. The Dallas-Plano-Irving MD (metropolitan division) is slightly smaller with a population of 4,426,611 and is composed of 8 counties: Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall.

Location

Dallas is located in the Central Time Zone in North Central Texas, 35 miles east of Fort Worth, 245 miles north, northwest of Houston and 300 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico.

Elevation

450-750 feet

Taxes (Sales, Hotel Occupancy)

Sales - 8.25%; Hotel Occupancy - 13%

Annual Visitors

22.6 million annual visitors to the City of Dallas, with 44.1 million visiting the Metro area

Hotel Rooms

There are more than 30,000 hotel rooms in the city of Dallas; with over 75,000 available throughout the area.

Accessibility

Dallas is centrally located and within a four-hour flight from most North American destinations. It is served by two airports; Dallas/Ft. Worth International and Dallas Love Field that combined provide more than 2,000 flights daily. AMTRAK also provides daily service to Dallas via Union Station.

City Miles Drive Time
Austin, TX 195 3 hours
Fort Worth, TX 30 40 min.
Houston, TX 240 4 hours
Kansas City, MO 489 8½ hours
Little Rock, AR 320 5 hours
Memphis, TN 452 8½ hours
New Orleans, LA 520 8 hours
Oklahoma City, OK 207 3½ hours
San Antonio, TX 275 4½ hours
Shreveport, LA 187 3 hours
Texarkana, TX 180 3 hours
Topeka, KS 501 8 hours
Tulsa, OK 258 4½ hours
Wichita, KS 363 6 hours

Climate

Average minimum temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12.7 degrees Celsius); average maximum temperature is 76 degrees Fahrenheit (24.4 degrees Celsius). Dallas has an average annual rainfall of 33.3 inches (84.6 centimeters)

Business Climate

The Dallas area is home to 18 Fortune 500 companies including Exxon Mobil, JC Penney, AT&T, Texas Instruments, and others. The Dallas area is also home to seven of the world's most admired companies.

Sports & Recreation

Dallas is home to five professional sports teams: The Dallas Cowboys (NFL); Dallas Stars (NHL); Dallas Mavericks (NBA); FC Dallas (MLS) and the Texas Rangers (MLB) plus NASCAR and Indy racing. The area is also home to more than 200 golf courses.

Dallas Fun Facts

  • The frozen margarita machine was invented in Dallas
  • The integrated circuit computer chip (which became the microchip) was invented in Dallas in 1958
  • The 52 foot 'Big Tex' statue that greets visitors at the annual State Fair of Texas is the tallest cowboy in Texas.
  • With the roof enclosed, the entire Statue of Liberty could fit into the Cowboys Stadium.
  • During the winter holiday season, the Galleria Dallas is home to the country's tallest indoor Christmas tree.
  • The largest permanent model train exhibit in the country is on display in the lobby of Dallas Children's Medical Center.
  • The Dallas Arts District is the largest urban arts district in the United States.
  • The Trinity River Corridor Project, when completed, will be more than 10 times the size of New York's Central Park.
  • Highland Park Village Shopping Center, developed in 1931 has the distinction of being the first planned shopping center in America.
  • The first convenience store, 7-eleven, got its start in Dallas and the corporation is headquartered there today.
  • Lamar Hunt, founder of the American Football League and son of oil tycoon H.L. Hunt, was a noted Dallas resident when he coined the phrase 'Super Bowl'.
  • A few celebrities from the area: Angie Harmon, Luke and Owen Wilson, Nastia Luikin, Lee Trevino, Norah Jones, Erykah Badu, Jessica Simpson
  • A few of the movies/TV series filmed in the area: Dallas; Silkwood; Places in the Heart; RoboCop; Born on the Fourth of July; Walker, Texas Ranger; Prison Break (more listed at http://www.dallasfilmcommission.com/)
  • The Dallas area is the largest metropolitan area in the nation not on a navigable body of water.
  • The Dallas-Fort Worth Arlington Metroplex is the No. 1 visitor and leisure destination in Texas.
  • The Dallas Public Library permanently displays one of the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, printed on July 4, 1776, and the First Folio of William Shakespeare's "Comedies, Histories & Tragedies."
  • The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is home to 23 of the richest Americans.
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