What About Dallas and Fort Worth?

What is a "Metroplex" anyway??

The term "Metroplex," a combination of "metropolitan" and "complex," was coined in 1972 specifically to describe the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The change came because the former designation of the area as "North Texas" was deemed to lack identifiability outside the state. According to Wickipedia, the term now designates a contiguous metropolitan area that has more than one principal anchor sity of near equal importance.  (It is this "near equal importance" that makes cities such as Tokyo, Mexico City, New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Chircago and Phoenix NOT metroplexes, though they do have secondary anchor cities within their areas.) 

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex encompasses thirteen counties with a 2011 census of 6,526,548, making it the largest metropolitan area in the South and the fourth largest in the nation.  During the 12-month period from July 2008 to July 2009, the area gained 146,530 new residents, more than any other in the United States.  The area's population has grown by about one million since the last census in 2000.  It has the sixth larges gross metropolitan product (GMP) in the United States, and approximately the tenth larges in the world.

The Metroplex is anchored by two major cities, Dallas on the east and Fort Worth on the west.  In addition, it includes four cities with populations between 200,000 and 499,999, eight with populations of 100,000 to 199,999, and a large number of smller cities, towns, and unincorporated areas. It contains seven major lakes, which provide water and recreational activities for the population.

For more statistics about the Metroplex, go to Wickipedia can provide more information about the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.  Also take a look at our Area Attractions page for detailed information about what to see and do in the area!

As the ninth-largest city and part of the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the nation, Dallas covers approximately 343 square miles and has a population of 1,241,162.  The ultra modern and sophisticated city attracts worldwide travelers, making the area the Number One visitor and leisure destination in Texas. 

Dallas is centrally located and within a four-hour flight from most North American destinations. DFW International Airport is the world's fourth busiest airport, offering nearly 1,750 flights per day and providing non-stop service to 145 domestic and 47 international destinations worldwide annually. In addition, Dallas Love Field Airport is conveniently located 10 minutes from downtown. Once here, visitors can ride DART, one of the fastest-growing light rail systems in the nation or the historic, free McKinney Avenue Trolley from the Dallas Arts District throughout the Uptown area with its restaurants, pubs, boutique hotels and shops.

Throughout the city, a visitor will enjoy the best shopping in the southwest, four-and five-diamond/star hotels and restaurants, the largest urban arts district in the nation, 14 entertainment districts and much more. Blend in moderate weather, year-round sports and true Southern hospitality for a true "taste" of the Dallas difference. Visitors are exposed to a city of success ... where optimism meets opportunity. Its pioneering spirit is alive and well, and the philanthropic contributions from its many residents continue to enrich the community and quality of life.

Dallas is also a leading business and meeting city. In 2012, 18 area businesses were named Fortune 500 companies, including Exxon Mobil, Southwest Airlines and Texas Instruments. 

For an expanded listing of entertainment and other activities in Dallas, be sure to see our Area Information page!

Fort Worth

The "City of Cowboys and Culture" is the 17th largest city in the United States with a population of 792,727, and it welcomes 6.5 million visitors annually to experience both sides of its personality!  It was the fastest-growing large city in the United States from 2000-2006, and was voted one of "America's Most Livable Communities."  The city was established in 1849 as an Army outpost on a bluff overlooking the Trinity River.  Today Fort Worth still embraces its Western heritage and traditional architecture and design.

The city is comprised of seven primary entertainment districts, each offering distinct dining, shopping, entertainment and cultural amenities.  In just a few days you can enjoy a wide range of experiences, including the historical Stockyards area for a true Old West understanding, multiple fine arts museums, Sundance Square and Bass Hall downtown for entertainment of all kinds, and a Class 5 Zoo with more than 7000 native and exotic animals. Activities abound, as varied as watching NASCAR or IndyCar racing at Texas Motor Speedway and  watching your currency being made at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing!

You can order a free Fort Worth Guidebook, or for expanded information about opportunities and activities in the city see our Area Information page.  Enjoy your time in the city "Where The West Begins!"

Buddy White
Buddy White