Dallas is dynamic, determined and daring. No wonder the city’s nickname is “Big D.” Things get done in Dallas.
North Texas’ largest metropolitan area was founded in 1841 when Tennessee lawyer John Neely Bryan was traveling by and thought the area had everything necessary for a successful town: plenty of land, Native Americans with whom to do business and a river. Gradually, Dallas grew, and in the 1870s the railroads came to town—an endorsement of the city’s business value and viability. The Federal Reserve Bank opened an office in Dallas in 1914, Southern Methodist University began in 1915, Dallas Love Field Airport in 1927 and Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport in 1973, which is today one of the country’s largest and busiest airports.
Since the city’s inception, Dallas has been a hotbed of opportunity for a variety of private enterprises. In the early days, Dallas depended on farming and the trade routes that had already been established by neighboring Native Americans. When the railroads arrived, however, so did business expansion. By the early 1900s, Dallas became the world’s largest inland cotton market, and with the discovery of oil just east of Dallas in the 1930s, the nation’s petroleum market was soon centered here, as well. As these industries flourished in Dallas, others have been drawn to the area over the years, including engineering, finance, retail, and real estate, telecommunications and computer technology.
Today, Dallas’ diverse industrial base makes the city one of the nation’s leading job generators. The cost of doing business in Dallas is less than the national average, which stimulates entrepreneurship and small business growth. And because the state of Texas has no corporate income tax, Dallas is one of the best places to do business in the entire country. In fact, several Fortune 500 companies, including Exxon Mobil, JC Penney, AT&T, and Texas Instruments, plus numerous other corporations call Dallas home.
In addition to not having any state corporate income tax, there’s no local income tax in Dallas, so people have more disposable income to recycle back into the area’s vibrant economy. Dallas is known as a shopping Mecca, and boasts the country’s first outdoor planned shopping center—Highland Park Village—the first indoor climate-controlled mall—NorthPark Center—the flagship Neiman Marcus department store and the famous Galleria Dallas. Dallas also has no shortage of culinary delights, with restaurants offering traditional Southwestern, Tex-Mex and barbeque to more ethnic fare including Mexican, Thai, Ethiopian, French, Indian and Vietnamese.
Navigating around Dallas is convenient and easy with an ever-expanding and interconnected highway system. DART, or Dallas Area Rapid Transit, has 65 rail stations and 13 bus transfer facilities, including stops at American Airlines Center, UT Southwestern Medical District, Dallas Love Field Airport and DFW International Airport.
DFW is one of the country’s largest and busiest airports. With its central location in North America, local travelers are within four hours of any major city in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. 2,300 daily flights to more than 160 destinations worldwide make DFW one of the world’s most convenient airports.
The arts and culture scene in Dallas is centered around the downtown arts district, which includes the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. Beautiful Klyde Warren Park straddles Woodall Rodgers Freeway to connect Uptown, Downtown and the Dallas Arts District. Other projects include:
These renowned museums, performance halls, parks, and one of the top art schools in the country have shaped Dallas as a leader of culture and commerce.
If sports are your game, then Dallas is ready to play. Dallas has five professional sports teams: the Dallas Cowboys are known as America’s team and have won the Super Bowl five times; the NBA championship Dallas Mavericks and the NHL championship Dallas Stars both call downtown’s American Airlines Center home; for baseball fans, there are the Texas Rangers and for soccer enthusiasts there’s FC Dallas.
Dallasites love to participate in sports and physical activity, too. Katy Trail is a three-and-a-half-mile pathway for walking, running and biking in the heart of downtown. White Rock Lake is a 1,015-acre city lake located about 5 miles northeast of downtown and adjacent to the beautiful Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Throughout the city, there are numerous parks and bike paths.
According to City-Data.com, Dallas is located on the rolling plains of Texas near the headwaters of the Trinity River. The climate is humid and subtropical. Summers are hot and winters are mild, with only the occasional snowfall. Within a 100-mile radius of Dallas, there are more than 60 lakes—the area has a high concentration of man-made lakes—and over 50,000 acres of public parkland. The rainy season falls in April and May, and July and August are the driest summer months.