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Dallas is the 9th largest city in the US and the third largest in Texas with a population of 1,288,457.
Dallas is located in the Central Time Zone in North Central Texas, 30 miles east of Fort Worth, 240 miles north, northwest of Houston and 300 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico.
Dallas is the county seat of Dallas County. Some portions of the city also extend into Collin, Denton, Kaufman and Rockwall counties.
Dallas is part of the largest metropolitan area in the southern United States and is the largest inland metropolitan area in the US without a navigatable link to the sea.
The city's elevation varies between 450-750 feet above sea level.
Sales - 8.25%; Hotel Occupancy - 13%
Dallas attracts 22.5 million annual visitors, contributing to the total 68.4 million who visit the Metroplex area each year.
35,000 hotel rooms in Dallas provide accommodations for any preference and price point.
Dallas is within a four-hour flight from almost all North American destinations. It is served by two airports, Dallas Fort Worth International and Dallas Love Field, providing more than 2,200 daily flights combined. AMTRAK also provides daily service to Dallas via Union Station.
For those that prefer to drive, below are the closest major cities to Dallas, the distance and the approximate drive time between them.
|Austin, TX||195||3 hours|
|Fort Worth, TX||30||40 minutes|
|Houston, TX||240||4 hours|
|Kansas City, MO||489||8.5 hours|
|Little Rock, AR||320||5 hours|
|Memphis, TN||452||8.5 hours|
|New Orleans, LA||520||8 hours|
|Oklahoma City, OK||207||3.5 hours|
|San Antonio, TX||275||4.5 hours|
|Shreveport, LA||187||3 hours|
|Topeka, KS||501||8 hours|
|Tulsa, OK||258||4.5 Hours|
|Wichita, KS||363||6 hours|
Snow days: 1.3
Snowfall: 1 inch
Rain days: 81 days
Rainfall: 39.1 inches
Temperature – January: 56°/37°
Temperature – April: 77°/56°
Temperature – July: 96°/77°
Temperature – October: 79°/58°
Snowfall: 11.2 inches, February 11, 2010
Rainfall: 5.28 inches, June 11, 2009
Coldest temperature: -3°, January 18, 1930
Hottest temperature: 112°, July 22, 2018, and June 27, 1980
The Dallas area is home to 22 Fortune 500 companies, including Exxon Mobil, JC Penney, AT&T, Texas Instruments, and others.
The Dallas area is home to several professional sports teams: Dallas Cowboys (NFL); Dallas Stars (NHL); Dallas Mavericks (NBA); Texas Rangers (MLB); Dallas Wings (WNBA); FC Dallas (MLS); Dallas Jackals (rugby); Arlington Renegades (XFL) plus NASCAR and Indy racing. The area is also home to horse racing and more than 200 golf courses.