10 Things to Know About the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro

Nestled in North Texas, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. A quarter of all Texans call this area home and it is with great reason. Though this metro got its start as a major cotton and oil producer, it now boasts a diverse economy with dominant sectors in banking, commerce, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare and medical research, and transportation and logistics. The metro area is home to 22 Fortune 500 companies, the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the United States. Ready to make this bustling southern metro your next home? Check these 10 things you need to know about the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metroplex!

A map infographic of the Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington, Texas metro area.

Dallas is a hot city. And I don’t mean just literally, Dallas is one of the fast-growing cities in the country. Dallas is rated a “beta” global city, which means it is a “primary node in the global economic network.” Many people are flocking to Dallas for its increasing opportunities as it is ranked #10 by Forbes as best places for business and careers and #15 in job growth. This has also lead to their flourishment in education. Dallas was ranked #48 for education, having some of the best schools in the country.

  • Median Listing Price: $199,959
  • Best neighborhood: Preston Highlands
  • Biggest employers: AT&T, Dallas ISD, Bank of America

Things to Do in Dallas

  • Visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
  • See animals at the Dallas Zoo
  • Visit the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza
  • Eat some good local Mexican food at El Fenix 

Fort Worth, also known as Cowtown, was originally known for its abundance of cattle, but now it serves as a great destination to get a taste of the American West. Fort Worth offers more than 92 attractions in a 10-mile radius of downtown, earning itself as one of the Top 10 Best Downtowns in the country. Fort Worth also has a rich cultural scene with art galleries, historic districts, and theaters.

  • Median Listing Price: $173,780
  • Best Neighborhood: Wedgwood
  • Biggest employer: American Airlines, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth ISD

Things to Do in Fort Worth

  • Attend the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
  • Get your feet wet at the Fort Worth Water Gardens
  • Visit the Kimbell Art Museum
  • Enjoy serenity and nature at the Japanese Garden

Arlington, a suburb of Dallas, is the entertainment capital of Texas, as it is home to Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor, the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park in Arlington and the Dallas Cowboys’ $1 billion AT&T Stadium Complex. Other than entertainment, Arlington is home to many great higher-level institutions and independent school districts.

  • Median Listing Price: $190,402
  • Best Neighborhood: Dalworthington Gardens
  • Biggest Employers: Arlington ISD, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Health Resources

Things to Do in Arlington

  • Seek thrills at Six Flags Over Texas
  • Cheer on the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium
  • Hike trails at River Legacy Parks
  • Eat some Texas country-style fried chicken at Babe’s Chicken Dinner House