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Facts About Dallas-Fort Worth Area

Overview

Dallas-Fort Worth is one of the nation’s leading business centers, a major transportation hub, the home of rich cultural programs and the location of diverse sports events. Each year Dallas hosts nearly 30 million domestic visitors, including many high-profile dignitaries.

Population and Size

The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the nation's fourth largest metropolitan area and home to more than six million residents, almost two million of them first- and second-generation Americans. One million are schoolchildren, and more than 161,600 are college and university students.

Industry

Eighteen Fortune 500 companies located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area include such industry giants as ExxonMobil, AT&T, AMR Corp. (American Airlines), Fluor Corporation, Kimberly-Clark, JCPenney, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, Dean Foods, Tenet Healthcare and GameStop. Dallas ranks sixth in the number of Fortune 500 company headquarters and is the fifth largest media market in the United States.

Philanthropy

Dallas ranks number five among metropolitan areas in charitable giving.

Transportation

DFW International Airport, serving nearly 60 million passengers a year, connects Dallas and Fort Worth directly with 144 U.S. markets and 50 international destinations. Love Field, 15 minutes from SMU, is the home of Southwest Airlines, which serves seven million passengers annually and will offer nonstop flights nationwide in 2014. One of the busiest rail stations of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System (DART) is adjacent to the SMU campus.

Arts and Culture

Dallas offers top-tier museums and performance facilities, including the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Perot Museum of Nature and Science and SMU’s Meadows Museum.

Sports

The Dallas area is home to the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, Texas Rangers, FC Dallas, Lone Star Park, Texas Motor Speedway and professional golf tournaments.