Dallas has become a high-tech Mecca. In fact, the city ranks second in the U.S. as a high-tech business center. The entire North Texas region is one of the fastest growing high-tech regions in the nation. It is home to hundreds of leading edge companies, with more than 230,000 people employed in technology related fields.
The Dallas INFOMART is the nation's first successful business technology market center. It is home to more than 100 high-tech companies and hosts more than 1,000 trade shows annually.
Rather watch sports than participate? It's sports heaven here, with the Dallas Cowboys football team and the Texas Rangers baseball. A new sports arena, the home for the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, Dallas Stars Hockey team, and the Dallas Sidekicks soccer team. Racing fans can enjoy the action at the Texas Motor Speedway, or watch the horses run at Lone Star Park.
The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is blessed with great arts. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra holds court at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. The Bass Performance Hall is a Fort Worth treasure. Fabulous art exhibits can be found at the Dallas Museum of Art. Music, dance and theater events are held at a variety of locations, including major New York touring shows at the Fair Park Music Hall. The Coca Cola Starplex is and outdoor amphitheater where concerts by major artists are held almost year round. Plus, Dallas/Fort Worth boasts an abundance of small clubs featuring musical acts ranging from jazz to rock to country-western. Whatever your musical taste, you'll find a home for it here.
More interested in science? The region is home to several science museums, including The Science Place and TI Founders IMAX Theater in Dallas, the Dallas Museum of Natural History, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History.
Eating and shopping could also qualify as major pursuits in Dallas. From home cooking and soul food to international cuisine, food is entertainment. Some of the world's greatest food is available here. And if you're into cooking, are you in for a treat. Ethnic markets and the largest working farmer's market in the US provide you with the fresh ingredients to create your own spectacular dishes.
From huge shopping malls, including a Galleria, to small specialty shops, Dallas offers an amazing array of shopping experiences. Tired of staying home? Dallas has two airports, including DFW, which handles 60 million passengers a year. The city's central location means you can travel almost anywhere in the continental US by air in about four hours. Plus, plenty of popular vacation spots are a short hop - New Orleans, Mexico, and Las Vegas.
The population of the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area is expanding rapidly. The Dallas/Fort Worth population grew by 25% during the past decade to 5,037,345 people. From 1999 to 2000, more than 106,000 new jobs were created in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. There is no personal income tax, no corporate income tax, no state property tax, and no unitary tax. Texas is a right-to-work state, which keeps unionization at a minimum. What's more, the region has the fifth lowest cost of living of the major US metropolitan areas.
This northern "suburb" of Dallas has fast grown to be a major city in its own right. Plano has earned a national reputation as one of the best places in the country for employers to do business and for families to live and work and was also found to be the 8th safest city in the US in 1996 according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Flourishing with shopping centers and restaurants galore, Plano has become a great place to settle. With an excellent quality of life, award winning school, and expanding business community, it's easy to see why Plano has seen such tremendous growth over the past two decades. Named by D Magazine as one of the "Best Places in the Metroplex" to live.
Listed in the book "50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family" as one of the fabulous cities.
The city of Richardson houses over 78,000 residents, a work force of nearly as many employees, and over 500 high tech companies. Geographically, Richardson consists of 27.4 square miles contained within the City's boundaries, of which, 18.2 are located within Dallas County, with the remainder falling within the confines of Collin Co. In addition, Richardson has two nationally acclaimed public school systems, one State university, two community colleges, two public university satellite campuses, a flourishing hospitality industry, a renowned orchestra and thriving arts and culture community to enhance quality of life and business. It is also home to the Telecom Corridor.
The intersection of Preston Road and State Highway 121 is the southern gateway to the city of Frisco. Frisco is ten minutes north of Legacy Business Park, home of J.C. Penney, Electronic Data Systems, Murata Business Machines, Dr. Pepper, Fina, and Frito Lay. Both Dallas/Fort Worth and Love Field Airports are within a 45-minute drive, making the trip to either coast only four hours away!
Frisco is approximately 71 square miles with a population of 40,000 residents
Located over 36.6 miles in northwest Dallas County, southeast Denton County, and a tiny slice of western Collin County, Carrollton is a thriving community of businesses, light industry, and family neighborhoods. Carrollton's estimated population is over 109,000
Much of the city enjoys easy access to the Dallas area freeway system allowing residents reasonable commutes to employment opportunities in Dallas and the other neighboring communities. Southern Carrollton is served by the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District while students from the northern neighborhoods attend schools in the Lewisville ISD.
The City of Lewisville is 20 miles north of Downtown Dallas and 34 miles northeast of Downtown Fort Worth. Situated in southeast Denton County, Lewisville is a dynamic growth area with a region encompassing nine counties and spanning 100 miles with a population of over four million. The close proximity to Dallas, Fort Worth and DFW International Airport offers easy access or all parts of the Metroplex, Texas, the USA, and the World.
Lewisville encompasses 43 square miles nestled between two beautiful lakes, Lewisville Lake and Grapevine Lake.
The Town of Addison is a 4.3 square mile town located on the northern edge of Dallas County, 10 miles north of downtown Dallas, 15 miles from D/FW Airport and 9 miles from Love Field Airport. Because of its convenient location on the Dallas North Tollway, proximity to airports and unique amenities, corporations such as Pizza Hut, Mary Kay Cosmetics, and CompUSA have chosen to make Addison their home. With more than 135 restaurants, 21 hotels (with more under construction), Prestonwood Mall, The Galleria and Valley View Mall all located within 5 square miles, Addison is also a haven for visitors. Hotels catering to every pocketbook from the budget wise to luxury minded offer visitors to Addison first class service.
Grapevine is the oldest settlement in Tarrant County, originating under the Lone Star flag in 1844, a year before Texas became a part of the United States. Just north of DFW airport, 21 miles northwest of Dallas and 19 miles northeast of Fort Worth. Downtown Grapevine is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The City of McKinney serves as the county seat of Collin County and is located in Central Collin County, just 30 miles north of Dallas. Both the city and the county are named for Collin McKinney, land surveyor, patriot, legislator, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and author of the law creating counties in the northern part of Texas.
McKinney is located at the top of the North Dallas Technology Corridor. As the county seat of Collin County, one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, McKinney is experiencing phenomenal residential and commercial growth. McKinney residents enjoy a pristine quality of life in several master-planned communities, as well as easy access to all the action in Dallas. Building upon the rich heritage that includes the second largest historic district in the state of Texas, McKinney today combines a progressive business climate with a dedication to preserving the highest quality of life for its residents. This ability to celebrate the past while nurturing future growth has made McKinney one of the fastest growing communities in the Dallas area.
McKinney's population surpassed the 50,000 mark in 2000. The city is especially proud of its two major master-planned communities, Eldorado of McKinney and Stonebridge Ranch.
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