Dallas Facts

Dallas, Texas is a city of great diversity, opportunities, and contrasts. From mundane to amazing, here are a few facts about our dynamic hometown and the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metropolitan area.


Quality of Life


  • Dallas’ cost of living is 6.1 percent below the national average and the sixth-lowest among 27 metropolitan areas. Local housing is 21.4 percent below the U.S. average of 100.

  • The average business commute time in and around Dallas is 26 minutes, relatively short compared to major U.S. metropolitan areas.

  • Hispanic Magazine recently ranked Dallas #4 among the top U.S. cities for Hispanics. Just over 2.3 million inhabitants of Dallas, Texas are Hispanic, making it the largest minority group. Several organizations such as the area's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Bar Association, DFW Hispanic Bankers, a society for Hispanic engineers, and the DFW Minority Business Development Council make for an excellent support system for Latino professionals.

  • The City of Dallas, Texas maintains and operates 41 community and neighborhood recreation centers, 232 playgrounds, 173 basketball courts, 112 volleyball courts, 126 play slabs, 258 neighborhood tennis courts, 258 picnic areas, 69 miles of hiking and biking trails including Katy Trail, six 18-hole golf courses, two driving ranges, a 100-acre zoo, 260 acres at Fair Park, and 477 athletic fields.

  • Dallas, Texas is home to seven major professional sports teams including football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer.

  • Dallas, Texas has the highest number of shopping centers per capita in the United States and North Park Mall draws in more revenue per unit area than any other retail complex in the U.S.

  • The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area has more restaurants per capita than any other metropolitan area in the United States.




  • Dallas, Texas holds the highest municipal bond rating among large cities in the United States.

  • Dallas, Texas has expanded its Convention Center facilities to more than 1 million square feet. The center is now capable of accommodating up to four major conventions at one time and provides rooftop helicopter landing facilities.

  • While many cities across the country are encountering water shortages, the long-term water-supply plan developed by Dallas, Texas water utilities has ensured that the citizens will have sufficient water supply well through 2050.


Business Climate


  • Total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for DFW reached $295 billion in 2005. If DFW were a nation, it would rank #21 among all nations for GDP in the world.

  • The DFW Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) had the sixth-highest net migration of young, single, college-educated individuals among all U.S. metropolitan areas from 1995 to 2000.

  • Twenty-two Fortune 500 headquarters call DFW home.

  • Texas is the #1 state in the U.S. and DFW the #2 metropolitan area for corporate relocations, according to Site Selection Magazine.

  • DFW has one of the most diverse economies in the nation, reporting between 4 and 22 percent of the workforce in each of the major industrial sectors except mining, which has less than 1 percent.

  • DFW has no personal or corporate income tax and no state property or unitary tax.


Health Care


  • DFW is home to 90 hospitals, with more than 15,000 beds and more than 11,000 physicians practicing a total of 78 specialties.

  • The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Texas - (a medical school and research university for graduate level science adjacent to Parkland Hospital) - is home to 15 members of the National Academy of Sciences and four Nobel Laureates: three in and one in chemistry.

  • The DFW region is a leading medical center for burns and trauma care and a leading transplant center of the Southwest.


Arts and Culture


  • The arts in Dallas, Texas add $57.6 billion to the annual economy and the cultural budget per capita is $7.23.

  • Dallas, Texas houses the largest Urban Arts District in the United States. The district is home to the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Dallas Museum of Art. Construction is now under way on the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, which will be composed of five venues: the Winspear Opera House, the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, the City Performance Hall, the Grand Plaza and the Annette Strauss Artist Square.

  • Fair Park is home to the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the world and the tallest Ferris wheel in North America. The park hosts the largest state fair in the country, the State Fair of Texas, and is home to the largest cowboy in the world: Big Tex, a 52-foot speaking cowboy statue.

  • Dallas, Texas is home to renowned art collections, including the $20 million Hamon Building collection; the $38 million Reves collection at the Dallas Museum of Art; 400 pieces of Egyptian and Nubian art at the DMA; the African-American Museum of Art; the Museum of Africa, Asia, and The Pacific with rare collections of Indonesian art and textiles; the Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum of the Americas; the Museum of Europe; the Meadows Museum of Art at SMU featuring 15th- through 20th-century Spanish art.




  • DFW International Airport is the third busiest in passenger activity in the world, serving more than 59 million passengers in 2005.

  • Dallas Love Field Airport, located three miles from downtown Dallas,Texas is a central hub for regional business and commuter travel.

  • The Dallas, Texas region is served by eight international and 19 domestic airlines, including DFW International Airport-based American Airlines and Love Field-based Southwest Airlines.

  • Direct flight time from DFW to nearly any city in the continental U.S. takes four hours.

  • DFW’s central location is equally close to North America’s five largest business centers: Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, and Toronto.


Adapted from the Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s fact sheet and Wikipedia’s Facts on Dallas, Texas. (2006, February 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Facts_on_Dallas%2C_Texas&oldid=38654795.