Life in North Texas

Living in the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Metroplex


The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area has a population of 6,954,330. One quarter of all Texans live within the DFW Metroplex. The DFW Metroplex has the largest concentration of corporate headquarters in the U.S., including 23 on the Fortune 500 list.

DFW is a haven for sports fans. The area boasts six professional sports teams: Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Texas Rangers (MLB) and Dallas Wings (WNBA) in Arlington; Dallas Stars (NHL), and Dallas Mavericks (NBA), in Dallas; and FC Dallas (MLS) in Frisco. Texas Motor Speedway in north Fort Worth hosts NASCAR and Indy racing. The metroplex is also home to more than 200 golf courses.

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Dallas is the ninth largest city in the U.S. and the third largest city in Texas. Dallas offers urban living downtown and a vast variety of suburban living. The city itself offers a cultural district, lots of fine dining, a vibrant downtown park, and a variety of museums. Dallas is full of fun, food, and adventure for everyone. Dallas hosts the Texas State Fair every October in Fair Park. Featuring a large variety of exhibits and running 24 days annually, the Texas State Fair is both the largest and the longest state fair in the U.S.

Fort Worth

Fort Worth, also called Cowtown, is the fifth-largest city in Texas and the 13th largest city in the U.S. The city offers a vibrant 35-block downtown area where you can enjoy fine dining, BBQ, Tex-Mex, and great ethnic foods, or see a show at the Bass Performance Hall. Fort Worth also has a world-renowned Cultural District and the Fort Worth Zoo (ranked fourth in the U.S). You can explore the true western heritage in the Fort Worth Stockyards, a National Historic District which hosts daily longhorn cattle drives and rodeos. This portion of the city is why Fort Worth is “Where the West Begins.” Billy Bob's Texas, known as the "world's largest honky-tonk," has 32 bar stations spread across a 127,000-square-foot area providing live music and other entertainment. 


The Denton town square has many quaint shops and restaurants, most of them locally owned. Denton is growing, but has kept its great, artsy ambiance. Denton hosts many festivals and functions throughout the year. The Denton Jazz and Arts festival, the Fry Street Fair, Twilight Tunes, Dog Days of Summer, and Cinco de Mayo. View other DFW festival information.

Music fans will recognize Denton as the home town of Grammy Award winning band Brave Combo and the Grammy Award winning 1 O’clock Lab band. It is also the former habitat of UNT alumni Roy Orbison, Pat Boone, and Don Henley.