The ninth most populated city in the United States is Dallas, Texas—home to a diverse economy, major interstate junctions, an international airport, world-class sports teams, delicious food, friendly people, and much, much more!
If you are looking to visit Dallas, or even make a move to the city, read on for a capsule overview of the “Big D.”
Originally a part of Spanish territory and then a part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Texas, the land that became Dallas was won when Texas declared independence from Mexico in 1836.
Established near the Trinity River by a man named John Neely Bryan, this area would soon become one of primary importance. Dallas became a chartered city in February of 1856, and a mere four years later the population was approaching 1,000 people.
During the Civil War, Dallas voted to secede from the Union. It was a big supporter of the Confederate Army, going so far as to establish a munitions factory. After the war, many southerners relocated to Dallas to rebuild their lives and their fortunes.
As railroads were built throughout the nation, the leaders of Dallas saw an opportunity to help their city grow further. The Houston and Central Texas Railroad didn’t intend to develop their line through Dallas, but after a hefty payment from city officials, the railroad was rerouted through the city of Dallas.
A few years later, the Texas and Pacific Railways were also routed through the city, paving the way for Dallas to become what it is today.
Because of the railroad, the population of Dallas grew exponentially. Along with the population explosion, many new businesses came to Dallas, ensuring the city’s future as an economic powerhouse.
The railroads brought a great deal to Dallas, but not many people use them for interstate travel anymore. Thankfully, as times changed, Dallas transportation changed along with them.
Transporting more than 2 million passengers each year, the Trinity Railway Express is a popular choice for transportation throughout the Dallas metropolitan area. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) agency operates this railway. DART also runs the passenger buses in Dallas.
If you need to travel further away, you can use Amtrak services from Union Station in Dallas.
Several interstate highways run through the city, including I-20, I-30, I-35E, I-30, I-345, and I-635. There are also several US highways in the Dallas area, such as US-67, US-75, US-77, US-80, and US-175.
The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport provides transportation around the globe.
When it comes to traffic, DFW ranks as the fourth busiest airport in the world.
The airport occupies 27 square miles, making it more expansive than the entire island of Manhattan. It’s so big that it has its own central post office and zip code, as well as on-site emergency services, including an emergency room.
Dallas has another smaller airport as well, Dallas Love Field.
Dallas has a vibrant business community. It ranks second only to New York City when it comes billionaires per capita who live and work there.
Businesses in Dallas include more than twenty Fortune 500 companies, including JCPenney, Exxon Mobil, AT&T, American Airlines, and Texas Instruments.
Dallas remains one of the top 10 cities in the nation for employment growth, so you should have no trouble finding a job there!
Though it’s located in the southern part of the US, Dallas still experiences cold winters. The temperature can get reasonably chilly, but rarely will it dip below 26°F.
If you love snow, Dallas will disappoint. The seasonal average of snowfall is less than two inches.
Summers in Dallas are hot and muggy thanks to elevated humidity levels, and summer temperatures average in the upper 80s.
Dallas is usually sunny, though the forecast varies throughout the year. You can expect around 80 days with rain and clouds each year.
You’re sure to have a great time in Dallas since the city has a vast array of recreational and leisure activities to offer.
If you’re a sports fan, head out to a game: there’s no shortage of teams to cheer for!
Referred to as “America’s Team,” the Dallas Cowboys are a favorite, having brought five Super Bowl titles home.
The Texas Rangers play baseball in the MLB at Globe Life Field in Dallas. If basketball is your preferred option, you can check out the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA or the Dallas Wings of the WNBA.
If hockey is more your speed, the Dallas Stars have been playing in the city since the early 1990s, and in 1999 they brought home the Stanley Cup.
Dallas is home to the stellar Neiman Marcus brand, but there are also plenty of other places to shop that they are beloved by locals and tourists alike.
Choose from the Galleria Dallas, Grand Prairie Premium Outlets, West Village, and the shops at Park Lane, NorthPark Center or Highland Park Village.
Whether you’re looking for something upscale or something affordable yet unique, Dallas shopping options are plentiful.
Dallas is also home to a thriving arts and culture scene. You will find the Winspear Opera House, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas.
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is a beautiful place to spend a relaxing afternoon with the family. Check out White Rock Lake while you’re there, too.
Don’t skip the Dallas World Aquarium and the Dallas Zoo, either. The zoo is one of the oldest in the United States, and it also contains an amusement park inside.