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Dallas City Guide


In 1841, Dallas was established as a permanent settlement. Dallas was formally incorporated as a city on February 2, 1856. With the construction of railroads, Dallas became a business and trading center and was booming by the end of the 19th century. It became an industrial city, attracting workers from across the US.


Dallas is the ninth most-populous city in the United States. City of Dallas Total Residents is approximately 1,281,031.


Median Age: 32.4 

Ages 18 to 24: 11.8%

Ages 25 to 44: 35.3%

Ages 45 to 64: 17.7%

Ages 65 or older: 8.6%

Total Households: 484,335

Median Household Income: $50,100

Public Schools

The Dallas Independent School District serves approximately 154,000 students in pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade, in 230 schools. 

Higher Education: 

Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Theological Seminary 

Parker University 

Paul Quinn College

Southern Methodist University 

Texas A&M University College of Dentistry 

University of Dallas

University of North Texas at Dallas 


Dominant sectors of its diverse economy include defense, financial services, information technology, telecommunications, and transportation. Dallas is home to 10 Fortune 500 companies within the city limits. In 2008, AT&T relocated their headquarters to Downtown Dallas. Additional Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Dallas in order of ranking include Energy Transfer Equity, Tenet Healthcare, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, HollyFrontier, Jacobs Engineering, Dean Foods, and Builders FirstSource.


In addition to its large number of businesses, Dallas has more shopping centers per capita than any other city in the United States. Dallas is home to many museums such as The Perot, the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, George W. Bush Presidential Center,  The Crow Museum of Asian Art and the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.  Families will enjoy trips to the Dallas World Aquarium, the Dallas Zoo, Texas Discovery Gardens, Dallas Children’s Theater, the Dallas Arboretum, and Klyde Warren Park.  Sports fans will enjoy watching events at the American Airlines Center and the Cottonbowl. Live music is easy to be found at the dozens of music venues around Dallas, such as the Majestic, The Bomb Factory, The Rustic, and the Granada Theater. Dining options in Dallas are almost endless, from food trucks to five-star restaurants, Dallas has it all.