Grand Prairie got its name based on maps drawn from around 1850 through 1858 that labeled the area between Dallas and Fort Worth “the grand prairie of Texas”. In order to alleviate the confusion, the Postal Service named the post office “Grand Prairie”. The town of Grand Prairie was eventually incorporated as a city in 1909. During World War I and since, Grand Prairie has had a long history with the defense and aviation industry.
Grand Prairie has a total area of 81.1 square miles
Population estimate: 240,420
Persons under 18 years 28.0%
Persons aged 19-64: 63.3%
Persons 65 years and over, 8.7%
Median Age: 31.4
Median Household Income: $67,237
The Grand Prairie ISD comprises 24 elementary schools, seven middle schools, five senior high schools, three 6-12 schools and one alternative education schools.
Top employers in Grand Prairie are: Grand Prairie Independent School District, Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Poly-America, Inc., Bell Helicopter-Textron, City of Grand Prairie, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Vought Aircraft Industries, and Republic National Distribution.
The Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department was named best in the nation for its 5,000+ acres of parkland, 58 parks, trail systems, community partnerships, hundreds of special events, and unique programming for all ages. Grand Prairie is also home to music and entertainment venues such as: Lone Star Park, Verizon Theatre, Uptown Theater and the Texas AirHogs.