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Dallas is one of the ten largest cities in the United States and the heart of the 2nd largest metropolitan area in Texas. It is the county seat of Dallas County and small portions of the city also extend into the neighboring counties of Collin County, Denton County, Rockwall County, and Kaufman County. Dallas is the largest city of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, a large metropolitan area in North Texas. As of the 2000 census, Dallas had a total population of 1,188,580 and the Metroplex had a population of 5,222,000, making it the largest metropolitan area in Texas, the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and one of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the world.

Fort Worth is the sixth-largest city in the state of Texas, located about 30 miles west of Dallas on the West Fork Trinity River and forming part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 534,694. It is the county seat of Tarrant County.

Dallas/Ft. Worth City Info


  • Population (year 2000): 1,188,580, Est. population: 1,211,467 (+1.9% change)
  • Males: 598,991 (50.4%), Females: 589,589 (49.6%)
  • Elevation: 463 feet
  • County: Dallas
  • Land area: 342.5 square miles

Fort Worth:

  • Population (year 2000): 534,694, Est. population: 567,516 (+5.3% change)
  • Males: 263,720 (49.3%), Females: 270,974 (50.7%)
  • Elevation: 612 feet
  • County: Tarrant
  • Land area: 292.5 square miles

Dallas/Ft. Worth Weather and Climate:

  • Average daily temperature — January: 45.5 F, July: 86.2 F
  • Average annual rainfall — 37.5'
  • Average annual snowfall — 2.6'

Distances to other Metropolitan Areas from Dallas/Ft. Worth:

  • Atlanta, GA —  782 miles
  • Austin, TX — 196 miles
  • Charleston, SC —  1103 miles
  • Chicago, IL —  968 miles
  • Little Rock, AR — 320 miles
  • Memphis, TN — 453 miles
  • Miami, FL — 1316 miles
  • New Orleans, LA — 521 miles
  • Washington, DC — 1330 miles

Dallas/Ft. Worth Safety Phone # and Major Hospitals:

  • Ambulance: 911; Police: 911; Fire: 911
  • Baylor Center For Restorative Care (3504 Swiss Ave)
  • Baylor Heart And Vascular Center (621 N Hall Street)
  • Baylor Institute For Rehab At Gaston (3505 Gaston Ave)
  • Baylor University Medical Center (3500 Gaston Ave)
  • Children Medical Ctr Of Dallas (1935 Motor Street)
  • Dallas Southwest Medical Center (2929 S Hampton Rd)
  • Doctors Hospital (9440 Poppy Dr)
  • Green Oaks Hospital (7808 Clodus Fields Drive)
  • Healthsouth Medical Center (2124 Research Row)
  • Ihs Hospital At Dallas (7850 Brookhollow Rd)
  • Kindred Hospital Dallas (9525 Greenville Avenue)
  • Kindred Hospital-White Rock (9440 Poppy Drive 5th Floor)
  • Lifecare Hospital Of Dallas (6161 Harry Hines Boulevard........)
  • Margaret Jonsson Charlton Meth Hosp (3500 W Wheatland Rd Box 225357)
  • Mary Shiels Hospital (3515 Howell Street)
  • Medical City Dallas Hospital  (7777 Forest Lane)
  • Methodist Medical Center (1441 N Beckley Ave)
  • North Dallas Rehabilitation Hospital (8383 Meadow Rd)
  • Our Children House At Baylor (3301 Swiss Ave)
  • Parkland Health And Hospital System (5201 Harry Hines Boulevard........)
  • Presbyterian Hospital Of Dallas (8200 Walnut Hill Lane)
  • Rhd Memorial Medical Center (7 Medical Parkway)
  • Select Specialty Hospital-Dallas (#7 Medical Parkway 3 West)
  • St Paul University Hospital (5909 Harry Hines Boulevard........)
  • Timberlawn Mental Health System (4600 Samuell Boulevard........ Po Box 151489)
  • Zale Lipshy Univ Hosp (5151 Harry Hines Boulevard........)

Dallas/Ft. Worth Top Tourism Draws and Seasons:

  • Dallas Zoo
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • The Science Place
  • The Movie Studios at Las Colinas
  • Palace of Wax/Ripley's Believe it or Not!
  • Galleria Ice Skating Center
  • Old City Park
  • Legends of the Game Baseball Museum
  • Dallas World Aquarium & Zoological Center
  • Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden
  • Meadows Museum
  • White Rock Lake
  • Six Flags over Texas
  • Deep Ellum
  • The Texas Motor Speedway
  • Taste of Dallas -- JULY
  • Mesquite Championship Rodeo -- APRIL
  • Texas State Fair —SEPT/OCT
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Billy Bob's Texas
  • The Fort Worth Zoo
  • Kimbell Art Museum
  • Berger's Lake
  • Forest Park Miniature Train
  • Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
  • Fort Worth Water Gardens
  • Cowtown Coliseum
  • The Ballpark at Arlington
  • Medieval Times Dallas

Dallas/Ft. Worth Major Shopping Areas:

  • Downtown Dallas
  • McKinney Avenue/Uptown
  • North Dallas
  • Stonebriar Center
  • Irving/Las Colinas
  • Grapevine Mills
  • West End MarketPlace
  • Fort Worth Town Center
  • Galleria Mall (Dallas)
  • Hulen Mall (Fort Worth)
  • NorthPark Center (Dallas)
  • Ridgmar Mall (Fort Worth)
  • Sundance Square (Fort Worth)
  • Valley View Center (Dallas)
  • Grapevine Historic Main Street District (Fort Worth)

Dallas/Ft. Worth Major Dining Areas:

  • Downtown Dallas
  • West End
  • Deep Ellum
  • McKinney Avenue/Uptown
  • Greenville Avenue
  • Irving/Las Colinas
  • Medieval Times Dallas

Dallas/Ft. Worth Famous Landmarks & Historic Places:

  • Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza
  • Fair Park
  • Reunion Tower
  • Dallas Museum of Natural History
  • Pioneer Plaza
  • Swiss Avenue Historic District
  • Stockyards National Historic District — Fort Worth
  • Log Cabin Village — Fort Worth
  • Thistle Hill House — Fort Worth
  • Grapevine Historic Main Street District — Fort Worth

Dallas/Ft. Worth Famous Natives and Residents:

  • Erykah Badu
  • Clyde Barrow
  • Ramsey Clark
  • Tom C. Clark
  • Dimebag Darrell
  • Emily Erwin
  • Martie Erwin
  • Morgan Fairchild
  • Melinda Gates
  • Angie Harmon
  • Michael Huffington
  • Norah Jones
  • Christian Kane
  • Marvin Lee Aday
  • George McFarland
  • Phil McGraw
  • Julie Miller
  • Michael Nesmith
  • Ashlee Simpson
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Aaron Spelling
  • Sharon Tate
  • Lee Trevi?o
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan
  • Luke Wilson
  • Owen Wilson
  • Robin Wright-Penn
  • Vanilla Ice

Notable Moments in Dallas/Ft. Worth History:

  • 1841 -- Dallas was first settled.
  • 1846 -- While Dallas County was established five years later in 1846 and was named after George Mifflin Dallas, who was the eleventh United States Vice President at the time, the origin of the city's name is debatable. Dallas was so called by its residents at least as early as 1843.
  • 1855 -- A group of European artists and musicians set up a utopian community west of Dallas called La Reunion. When that venture collapsed in 1857, many of the artists moved to Dallas where they established the base of the artist culture that exists today in the Deep Ellum neighborhood near downtown.
  • 1856 -- Dallas was incorporated as a town
  • 1871 -- Dallas became a city; and railroads were beginning to approach the area; Dallas city leaders did not intend to be left out. They paid the Houston and Central Texas railroad line $5000 to build its North-South tracks through Dallas, rather than through Corsicana, 20 miles (32 Km) to the east.
  • 1873 -- Dallas leaders tricked the Texas & Pacific Railroad into running its East-West line though Dallas, by having a rider attached to a state law, requiring the Texas & Pacific Railroad to build their tracks through Browder Springs—just south of Main Street. The North-South and East-West routes intersected in Dallas in 1873, thus ensuring its future as a commercial center.
  • Dallas quickly became the center of trade in cotton, grain, and even buffalo. As it entered the 20th century,
  • Dallas transformed from an agricultural center to a center of banking, insurance, and other businesses.
  • 1930 -- Oil was discovered 100 miles (160 km) east of Dallas and the city quickly became the financial center for the oil industry in Texas and Oklahoma.
  • 1958 -- The integrated-circuit computer chip was invented in Dallas by Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments.
  • 1970s -- In the 1970s, Reunion Arena and Reunion Tower (a trademark of the skyline) were named in honor of the La Reunion colony. Today, Dallas is home to a healthy theater community, with room for both traditional and experimental works. Dallas is also boasts an active music scene, with numerous venues in the
  • Deep Ellum and lower Greenville Avenue areas.
  • 1980s  -- When the oil industry mostly relocated to Houston, Dallas was beginning to benefit from a burgeoning technology boom (driven by the growing computer and telecom industries), while continuing to be a center of banking and business.
  • 1990s -- Dallas became known as Texas' Silicon Valley, or the 'Silicon Prairie.'

Interesting facts about Dallas/Ft. Worth:

  • There are four theories as to the origin of the city's name; it was named:
    1. after George Mifflin Dallas;
    2. after George Dallas' father Alexander James Dallas, a commodore who was stationed in the Gulf of Mexico and was the United States Secretary of the Treasury around the end of the War of 1812;
    3. in a town-naming contest in 1842;
    4. after the friend of the son of Dallas' founder, John Neely Bryan, whose son later stated that his father had said he had named it 'after my friend Dallas' a person whose identity is not certain.
  • Some items invented in Dallas
    1. The nation's first convenience stores, the vast 7-Eleven chain, now in 18 countries, started here in 1922.
    2. Henry Garrett invented the first car radio in the early 1920s and possibly the first automatic electric traffic light.
    3. In 1931, Highland Park Village opened, the first shopping center with stores surrounding a central parking area.
    4. In 1938, Hillcrest State Bank opened the first drive-up bank window.
    5. The first integrated circuit, which became the microchip, was invented by Jack Kilby in 1958 at Texas Instruments.
    6. The idea for the ubiquitous ATM machine came from Don Wetzel in the 1960s.
    7. The frozen margarita was invented by Dallas restauranteur Mariano Martinez in 1971.
    8. Inspired by his daughter's Super Ball, Dallas' Lamar Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, coined 'Super Bowl.'
    9. Barney, the lovable purple dinosaur of Public Broadcasting, comes from Dallas area, as does the smart, history-loving dog, Wishbone.
  • The Dallas-Fort Worth area has more residents - 5,221,801 - than 31 U.S. states. For example, Arizona has about 5.1 million residents.

Dallas/Ft. Worth Population and Demographics:


  • Population (year 2000): 1,188,580
  • Median resident age: 30.5 years
  • Median household income: $37,628 (year 2000)
  • Median house value: $89,800 (year 2000)
  • Races in Dallas:
  • Hispanic (35.6%)
  • White Non-Hispanic (34.6%)
  • Black (25.9%)
  • Other race (17.2%)
  • Two or more races (2.7%)
  • American Indian (1.0%)
  • Asian Indian (0.6%)
  • Vietnamese (0.6%)
  • Ancestries: German (6.1%), English (5.8%), Irish (5.0%), United States (4.1%), Subsaharan African (1.5%), French (1.5%).

Fort Worth:

  • Population (year 2000): 534,694
  • Median resident age: 30.9 years
  • Median household income: $37,074 (year 2000)
  • Median house value: $71,100 (year 2000)
  • Races in Fort Worth:
  • White Non-Hispanic (45.8%)
  • Hispanic (29.8%)
  • Black (20.3%)
  • Other race (14.0%)
  • Two or more races (2.7%)
  • American Indian (1.1%)
  • Vietnamese (1.0%)
  • Ancestries: German (7.4%), English (6.5%), United States (6.5%), Irish (6.2%), French (1.8%), Scotch-Irish (1.6%).

Dallas/Ft. Worth Colleges and Universities:

  • Southern Methodist University
  • Richland College
  • Mountain View College
  • Dallas Baptist University
  • El Centro College
  • The University Of Texas Southwest Med Ctr-
  • Art Institute Of Dallas
  • Dallas Theological Seminary
  • Parker College Of Chiropractic
  • Ati Career Training Center
  • Paul Quinn College 
  • Ess College Of Business
  • Court Reporting Institute-Wheeler Institute Of Thanks 
  • Ultrasound Diagnostic School
  • American Trades Institute
  • Pci Health Training Center
  • Dallas Christian College 
  • Texas Barber College And Hairstyling School 
  • Wade College
  • K D Studio 

Dallas/Ft. Worth Economy & Business:
Companies based in the Dallas city limits:

  • 7-Eleven
  • Amresco
  • Belo Corporation
  • Blockbuster Video
  • Brinker International
  • Centex
  • Central and Southwest Electric Utility
  • CompUSA
  • Dean Foods
  • Excel Communications
  • Greyhound Bus Lines
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Kinko's
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Perot Systems
  • Pizza Hut (owned by Yum! Brands, Inc.)
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Taylor Publishing
  • Texas Instruments
  • Wyndham International

Dallas/Ft. Worth Hispanic Community Resources:

  • Churches:
    1. Iglesia Ni Cristo
    (817) 451-0650
    7200 John T White Rd
    Fort Worth, TX 76120
    2. Hispanic Institute of Ministry
    (214) 381-6643
    9508 Scyene Rd
    Dallas, TX 75227
    3. San Pablo United Methodist Church
    (817) 923-3103
    4270 College Ave
    Fort Worth, TX 76115
  • Newspapers:
    1. Al Dia — Dallas
    2. Diario La Estrella — Fort Worth
  • Radio Stations:
    1. KHCK 1480 AM
    2. KESS 1270  AM
    3. KFJZ 870  AM
    4. KNAX 1630 AM
    5. KLNO 94.1 FM
  • Television Stations:
    1. KSTR 49 TeleFutura
    2. KUVN 23 Univision
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament - Dallas, TX
I have been 5 times, once in florida, twice in nc and twice in dallas and have just loved it all 3 places, i have taken my kids, nephew and mother and we have just had a ball every time. My 3 daughters and i are going back again this month for a girls night out and i cant wait. I am also going to take my grandson when he gets a little bit older. Very exciting and the food is so good and we love eating with our hands makes you feel like you are really back in those times, plus the knights are all very nice and really nice to look at.
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Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament - Dallas, TX
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