Dallas is where some people like to say “the East begins.” Metropolitan, fast-paced, and ever-growing and changing, it’s a city whose residents like to work hard and play harder.
Dallas was founded by John Neely Bryan in November of 1841, and it was formally incorporated as a city in February of 1856. As railroad construction expanded across the country, the city’s location established it as a thriving center of business and trading by the late 1800s.
Since then, Dallas has continued to grow as an epicenter of business and culture, drawing people from around the country and the world to its posh environs, both urban and suburban.
Dallas Population Growth:
With a population of 1.318 million (2016), Dallas is the most populous city in the DFW metroplex, the third most populous city in Texas, and the ninth most populous city in the United States.
Dallas Real Estate Growth:
According to Zillow, the median price of homes listed in Dallas in 2017 was $385,000, and the median home value was $172,000. The homeownership rate in Dallas is 41.7% owners, 58.3% renters, and the vacancy rate is 10.6%. The top three highest appreciating Dallas neighborhoods are W. Northwest Hwy./Boedeker Dr., Eastern Ave./ Caruth Blvd., and Kings Hwy./N. Montclair Ave.
Major Attractions in Dallas:
- Reunion Tower: The icon of Dallas is located in the heart of the city and has a landmark observation deck that features light shows, a 360-degree view of the city, and two popular restaurants.
- Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden: A 66-acre botanical garden located in East Dallas that has a variety of nature exhibits as well as concerts and family fun.
- Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza: This downtown Dallas museum pays homage to President John F. Kennedy and is located just steps from the site of his assassination.
- Dallas World Aquarium: A sprawling aquarium and zoo located in the West End Historic District.
- Perot Museum: A science and natural history museum housed in an architecturally fascinating building.
- Dallas Museum of Art: A world-class art museum located in the city’s bustling Arts District.
- Nasher Sculpture Center: Indoor/outdoor sculpture museum located in the Arts District.
- George W. Bush Presidential Center: Site of former President George W. Bush’s presidential library and museum, the George W. Bush Policy Institute, and the George W. Bush Foundation.
- AT&T Performing Arts Center: Features multiple venues for the arts, including ballet, symphony, opera, and theater.
- American Airlines Center: Home to the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars and a popular venue for concerts and other large events.
Big Businesses in Dallas:
The following Fortune 500 companies have headquarters in Dallas (as of 2017):
- Energy Transfer Equity
- Tenet Healthcare
- Southwest Airlines
- Texas Instruments
- Jacobs Engineering
- Dean Foods
- Builders Firstsource
- 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 (AT&T 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.
Photo credit: Attorney Michael Farah