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Background on Arlington, Texas
Arlington is located in Tarrant County which is part of the Dallas – Fort Worth – Arlington Metro Area. Arlington can be found 12 miles East of Downtown Fort Worth and 20 miles West of Downtown Dallas. The population here in Arlington according to the most recent United States Census Bureau report is estimated to be around 400,000. This makes Arlington the third largest municipality in the metro area as well as the largest city in all of Texas that does not have a county seat. Arlington is just under 100 square miles in size with approximately three miles of that being water. The weather here in Arlington tends to be hot and muggy during the summer months and cold during the winter. The hottest periods of time here go from the beginning of June until mid September when the daily average high is almost 90 degrees. The average low for the summer months is in the high 70’s. The coldest time of the year here starts at the end of November and lasts until the end of February. The daily average high for the winter months is around 64 degrees and the average low is just under 40 degrees.
Interesting things about Arlington
Arlington is home to many large facilities including the University of Texas at Arlington. This major public research university has more than 40,000 students currently enrolled and that number continues to grow each semester. Arlington is also home to the Arlington Assembly plant that is used by General Motors. This automobile factory has been in operation for more than 60 years and to this day continues to manufacture GM’s Chevrolet, GMC as well as Cadillac. Arlington is also home to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region IV as well as Texas Health Resources with is one of the largest faith based nonprofit health systems in all of the United States. There is also American Mensa and D.R Horton located here in Arlington as well.
Points of Interest in Arlington
Six Flags Over Texas is a must see if you live in the Arlington area. This 212 acre theme park is located about 15 miles West of Dallas. This Six Flags is the first and oldest in all of the United States. It opened back in August of 1961 and at that time cost approximately $10 million to build. If you are into thrill rides, this place has those for you. “The Titan” is a 245 foot high roller coaster that is not only the tallest coaster in Texas, it is also the fastest at a whopping 85 miles per hour. The tallest swing ride in the world can be found here as well. The “Texas SkyScreamer” is not for the faint of heart. This ride takes you 400 feet in the air and spins you around at speeds close to 43 miles per hour. Although this ride sounds a bit terrifying it offers up some amazing views of Texas. If you are daring enough, give this ride a go when visiting Six Flags Over Texas.
AT&T Stadium is the home of the Dallas Cowboys. This stadium features a retractable roof that allows for the team to play in inclement weather. The city of Arlington owns this facility. Besides hosting the Dallas Cowboys this stadium hosts the Cotton Bowl Classic as well as various concerts, rodeos, Spartan races and even basketball games. If you live in the Arlington area you need to experience AT&T Stadium at least once!
Major Employers in Arlington
There are several major employers in the Arlington area according to a financial report dating back to 2013. Texas Health Resources and Arlington Independent School District both employ more than 8,000 individuals. The University of Texas at Arlington employs 5,300 while Six Flags Over Texas employs nearly 4,000. Some of the other major employers in the area are General Motors Arlington Assembly, JPMorgan Chase, the Texas Rangers and GM Financial.
Real Estate in Arlington
The homes found here in Arlington are beautiful and very reasonably priced. This area of Texas has many styles of home but the three most prominent styles you will find here are the two story Traditional, the Contemporary as well as the Ranch style. Some of the most prominent subdivisions here are Interlochen West, Arlington Gardens and Cherry Creek Estates. Living in Arlington gives you easy access to Interstate 20 which is a major East-West Interstate Highway that can connect you to several other states.
Arlington, Texas is an absolutely beautiful place to live if you are looking for a city with a booming economy as well as affordable real estate. This city also boasts the oldest Six Flags in the country as well as Interstate 20 that can connect to you to several other cities and states and is easily accessible from pretty much anywhere in Arlington.