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Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex

Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex

The Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, officially designated the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget,[3] is a metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Texas encompassing 13 counties. It is the economic and cultural hub of North Texas. Residents of the area also refer to it as DFW, or the Metroplex.

The Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex's population is 7,539,711 according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2018 population estimates,[4] making it the most populous metropolitan area in both Texas and the South, the fourth-largest in the U.S., and the tenth-largest in the Americas. In 2016, Dallas–Fort Worth ascended to the number one spot in the nation in year-over-year population growth.[5]

The region's economy is primarily based on banking, commerce, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare and medical research, and transportation and logistics. In 2019, Dallas–Fort Worth is home to 25[6] Fortune 500 companies,[7][8] the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the United States behind New York City (70) and Chicago (34).[9] In 2016, the metropolitan economy surpassed Houston to become the fourth-largest in the nation. Currently the region boasts a GDP of just over $613.4 billion in 2019.[10] As such, the metropolitan area's economy is ranked the 10th largest in the world. The DFW metroplex encompasses 9,286 square miles (24,100 km2) of total area: 8,991 sq mi (23,290 km2) is land, while 295 sq mi (760 km2) is water, making it larger in area than the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined.

Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington
Downtown Dallas, Texas, in 2012
Downtown Dallas, Texas, in 2012
AT&T Stadium in Arlington
AT&T Stadium in Arlington
CountryUnited States
Principal cities
  • Dallas
  • Fort Worth
  • Arlington
  • Plano
  • Garland
  • Irving
  • McKinney
  • Frisco
  • Denton
  • Richardson
  • Allen
 • Urban
1,407.0 sq mi (3,644.2 km2)
 • Metro
9,286 sq mi (24,059 km2)
Highest elevation
1,368 ft (417 m)
 • Density634/sq mi (245/km2)
 • Urban
5,121,892 (6th)
 • MSA
6,366,542 (4th)
 • CSA
6,807,747 (7th)
MSA/CSA/Urban: 2010
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)214, 254, 469, 682, 817, 903, 940, 972

Origin of the term

A portmanteau of metropolis and complex, the term metroplex is credited to Harve Chapman, an executive vice president with Dallas-based Tracy-Locke which was one of three advertising agencies that worked with the North Texas Commission (NTC) on strategies to market the region.[11] The NTC copyrighted[12] the term "Southwest Metroplex" in 1972 as a replacement for the previously-ubiquitous "North Texas", which studies had shown lacked identifiability outside the state. In fact, only 38 percent of a survey group identified Dallas and Fort Worth as part of "North Texas", with the Texas Panhandle also a perceived correct answer, being the northernmost region of Texas.[13]

Metroplex counties

Counties in the Dallas–Fort Worth, TX–OK Combined Statistical Area   Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington, TX MSA   Sherman-Denison, TX MSA   Athens, TX μSA   Granbury, TX μSA   Corsicana, TX μSA   Durant, OK μSA   Gainesville, TX μSA   Bonham, TX μSA   Mineral Wells, TX μSA

Counties in the Dallas–Fort Worth, TX–OK Combined Statistical Area[15]   Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington, TX MSA   Sherman-Denison, TX MSA   Athens, TX μSA   Granbury, TX μSA   Corsicana, TX μSA   Durant, OK μSA   Gainesville, TX μSA   Bonham, TX μSA   Mineral Wells, TX μSA

The Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex is formed by a combination of two separate metropolitan divisions. The Dallas–Plano–Irving MDA and Fort Worth–Arlington-Grapevine MDA come together to form one full metropolitan area.[14]

Dallas–Plano–Irving Metropolitan Division[15]

  • Collin County

  • Dallas County

  • Denton County

  • Ellis County

  • Hunt County

  • Kaufman County

  • Rockwall County

Fort Worth–Arlington-Grapevine Metropolitan Division[15]

  • Johnson County

  • Parker County

  • Tarrant County

  • Wise County

Metroplex cities, towns, and CDPs

Note: Cities and towns are categorized based on the latest population estimates from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (as of January 1, 2018).[16] No population estimates are released for census-designated places (CDPs), which are marked with an asterisk (*). These places are categorized based on their 2010 census population.[17]

Places with more than 100,000 inhabitants

Northern Dallas metropolitan area at night – astronaut photo, courtesy NASA (November 15, 2012)

Northern Dallas metropolitan area at night – astronaut photo, courtesy NASA (November 15, 2012)

Places designated "principal cities" by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are italicized.[18]



  • Fort Worth (829,560)


  • Arlington (383,950)

  • Plano (281,390)

  • Irving (237,490)

  • Garland (236,030)


  • Grand Prairie (189,430)

  • McKinney (179,970)

  • Frisco (172,940)

  • Mesquite (143,350)

  • Carrollton (132,330)

  • Denton (130,990)

  • Richardson (110,140)

  • Lewisville (104,780)

Places with 10,000 to 99,999 inhabitants

  • Addison

  • Allen

  • Anna

  • Azle

  • Balch Springs

  • Bedford

  • Benbrook

  • Burleson

  • Cedar Hill

  • Celina

  • Cleburne

  • Colleyville

  • Coppell

  • Corinth

  • Crowley

  • DeSoto

  • Duncanville

  • Ennis

  • Euless

  • Farmers Branch

  • Fate

  • Flower Mound

  • Forest Hill

  • Forney

  • Glenn Heights

  • Grapevine

  • Greenville

  • Haltom City

  • Highland Village

  • Hurst

  • Keller

  • Lancaster

  • Little Elm

  • Mansfield

  • Midlothian

  • Mineral Wells (partial)

  • Murphy

  • North Richland Hills

  • Prosper

  • Red Oak

  • Rockwall

  • Rowlett

  • Royse City

  • Sachse

  • Saginaw

  • Seagoville

  • Southlake

  • Terrell

  • The Colony

  • Trophy Club

  • University Park

  • Watauga

  • Waxahachie

  • Weatherford

  • White Settlement

  • Wylie

Places with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants

  • Aledo

  • Alma

  • Alvarado

  • Alvord

  • Annetta North

  • Annetta South

  • Annetta

  • Argyle

  • Aubrey

  • Aurora

  • Bardwell

  • Bartonville

  • Blue Mound

  • Blue Ridge

  • Boyd

  • Briar*

  • Briaroaks

  • Bridgeport

  • Caddo Mills

  • Campbell

  • Celeste

  • Chico

  • Cockrell Hill

  • Combine

  • Commerce

  • Cool

  • Cooper

  • Copper Canyon

  • Corral City

  • Cottonwood

  • Crandall

  • Cresson (partial)

  • Cross Roads

  • Cross Timber

  • Dalworthington Gardens

  • Decatur

  • DeCordova

  • Dennis

  • DISH

  • Double Oak

  • Eagle Mountain*

  • Edgecliff Village

  • Everman

  • Fairview

  • Farmersville

  • Ferris

  • Garrett

  • Glen Rose

  • Godley

  • Granbury

  • Grandview

  • Grays Prairie

  • Gun Barrel City

  • Hackberry

  • Haslet

  • Hawk Cove

  • Heath

  • Hebron

  • Hickory Creek

  • Highland Park

  • Hudson Oaks

  • Hutchins

  • Italy

  • Josephine

  • Joshua

  • Justin

  • Kaufman

  • Keene

  • Kemp

  • Kennedale

  • Knollwood

  • Krugerville

  • Krum

  • Lake Bridgeport

  • Lake Dallas

  • Lake Worth

  • Lakeside

  • Lakewood Village

  • Lavon

  • Leonard

  • Lincoln Park

  • Lone Oak

  • Lowry Crossing

  • Lucas

  • Mabank (partial)

  • Maypearl

  • McLendon-Chisholm

  • Melissa

  • Milford

  • Millsap

  • Mobile City

  • Nevada

  • New Fairview

  • New Hope

  • Newark

  • Neylandville

  • Northlake

  • Oak Grove

  • Oak Leaf

  • Oak Point

  • Oak Ridge

  • Ovilla

  • Palmer

  • Pantego

  • Paradise

  • Parker

  • Pecan Acres*

  • Pecan Hill

  • Pelican Bay

  • Pilot Point

  • Ponder

  • Post Oak Bend City

  • Princeton

  • Providence Village

  • Quinlan

  • Rendon*

  • Reno

  • Rhome

  • Richland Hills

  • Rio Vista

  • River Oaks

  • Roanoke

  • Rosser

  • Runaway Bay

  • Saint Paul

  • Sanctuary

  • Sanger

  • Sansom Park

  • Scurry

  • Shady Shores

  • Springtown

  • Sunnyvale

  • Talty

  • Union Valley

  • Van Alstyne (partial)

  • Venus

  • West Tawakoni

  • Westlake

  • Weston

  • Westover Hills

  • Westworth Village

  • Willow Park

  • Wilmer

  • Wolfe City

Unincorporated places

  • Ables Springs

  • Acton

  • Avalon

  • Bolivar

  • Brock

  • Cash

  • Copeville

  • Elizabethtown

  • Elmo

  • Floyd

  • Forreston

  • Garner

  • Greenwood

  • Heartland

  • Ike

  • Lantana

  • Lillian

  • Merit

  • Paloma Creek

  • Peaster

  • Poetry

  • Poolville

  • Rockett

  • Sand Branch

  • Savannah

  • Slidell

  • Telico

  • Westminster

  • Whitt

  • Trumbull


Historical populations – Dallas MSA (1950–1980)
U.S. Decennial Census [33]
2011 estimate [34]
Historical populations – Fort Worth MSA (1950–1970)
U.S. Decennial Census [35]
2011 estimate [36]
Historical populations – Dallas–Fort Worth (1980–2010)
U.S. Decennial Census [37]
2011 estimate [38]

As of the 2010 United States census,[19] there were 6,371,773 people. The racial makeup of the MSA was 50.2% White, 15.4% African American, 0.6% Native American, 5.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 10.0% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.5% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $48,062, and the median income for a family was $55,263. Males had a median income of $39,581 versus $27,446 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $21,839.

County2017 Estimate2010 CensusChangeAreaDensity
Collin County969,603782,341+23.94%841.22 sq mi (2,178.7 km2)1,153/sq mi (445/km2)
Dallas County2,618,1482,368,139+10.56%871.28 sq mi (2,256.6 km2)3,005/sq mi (1,160/km2)
Denton County836,210662,614+26.20%878.43 sq mi (2,275.1 km2)952/sq mi (368/km2)
Ellis County173,620149,610+16.05%935.49 sq mi (2,422.9 km2)186/sq mi (72/km2)
Hood County58,27351,182+13.85%420.64 sq mi (1,089.5 km2)139/sq mi (53/km2)
Hunt County93,87286,129+8.99%840.32 sq mi (2,176.4 km2)112/sq mi (43/km2)
Johnson County167,301150,934+10.84%724.69 sq mi (1,876.9 km2)231/sq mi (89/km2)
Kaufman County122,883103,350+18.90%780.70 sq mi (2,022.0 km2)157/sq mi (61/km2)
Parker County133,463116,927+14.14%903.48 sq mi (2,340.0 km2)148/sq mi (57/km2)
Rockwall County96,78878,337+23.55%127.04 sq mi (329.0 km2)762/sq mi (294/km2)
Somervell County8,8458,490+4.18%186.46 sq mi (482.9 km2)47/sq mi (18/km2)
Tarrant County2,054,4751,809,034+13.57%863.61 sq mi (2,236.7 km2)2,379/sq mi (919/km2)
Wise County66,18159,127+11.93%904.42 sq mi (2,342.4 km2)73/sq mi (28/km2)
Total7,399,6626,426,214+15.15%9,277.78 sq mi (24,029.3 km2)798/sq mi (308/km2)

Combined Statistical Area

The Dallas–Fort Worth, TX–OK Combined Statistical Area is made up of 20 counties in north central Texas and one county in southern Oklahoma. The statistical area includes two metropolitan areas and seven micropolitan areas. As of the 2010 Census, the CSA had a population of 6,817,483 (though a July 1, 2015 estimate placed the population at 7,504,362).[20] The CSA definition encompasses 14,628 sq mi (37,890 km2) of area, of which 14,126 sq mi (36,590 km2) is land and 502 sq mi (1,300 km2) is water.


Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise counties)

  • Sherman-Denison (Grayson County)

Micropolitan Statistical Areas (μSAs)

  • Athens (Henderson County)

  • Bonham (Fannin County) (delineated and added in 2015)

  • Corsicana (Navarro County)

  • Durant, OK (Bryan County, Oklahoma)

  • Gainesville (Cooke County)

  • Granbury (Hood County) (delineated and added in 2018)

  • Mineral Wells (Palo Pinto County)


As of the census[19] of 2000, there were 5,487,956 people, 2,006,665 households, and 1,392,540 families residing within the CSA. The racial makeup of the CSA was 70.41% White, 13.34% African American, 0.59% Native American, 3.58% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 9.62% from other races, and 2.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.83% of the population. It is home to the fourth-largest Muslim population in the country.

The median income for a household in the CSA was $43,836, and the median income for a family was $50,898. Males had a median income of $37,002 versus $25,553 for females. The per capita income for the CSA was $20,460.


The metroplex overlooks mostly prairie land with a few rolling hills dotted by man-made lakes cut by streams, creeks and rivers surrounded by forest land. The metroplex is situated in the Texas blackland prairies region, so named for its fertile black soil found especially in the rural areas of Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties.

Many areas of Denton, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise counties are located in the Fort Worth Prairie[21] region of North Texas, which has less fertile and more rocky soil than that of the Texas blackland prairie; most of the rural land on the Fort Worth Prairie is ranch land. A large onshore natural gas field, the Barnett Shale, lies underneath this area; Denton, Tarrant and Wise counties feature many natural gas wells. Continuing land use change results in scattered crop fields surrounded by residential or commercial development.

South of Dallas and Fort Worth is a line of rugged hills that goes north to south about 15 miles (24 km) that looks similar to the Texas Hill Country 200 miles (320 km) to the south.


Headquarters of AMR Corporation and American Airlines

Headquarters of AMR Corporation and American Airlines

The cities of Dallas and Fort Worth are the two central cities of the metroplex, with Arlington being a third economically important city; it is a center for sporting events, tourism and manufacturing. Most other incorporated cities in the metroplex are "bedroom communities" serving largely as residential and small-business centers, though there are several key employers in these regions. Due to the large number of smaller, less well-known cities, metroplex residents commonly divide the region roughly in half along Texas Interstate 35, which runs north-south, splitting into two 'branches' (I-35E in Dallas and I-35W in Fort Worth) through the metroplex. They refer to places as being on the "Dallas side" or the "Fort Worth side", or in "the Arlington area", which is almost directly south of the airport. It is nominally between the two major east-west interstates in the region (I-20, passing to the south of both downtowns, and I-30, connecting Dallas and Fort Worth city centers).

Dallas and its suburbs have one of the highest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the United States. Business management and operations is a major part of the economy. The metroplex also contains the largest Information Technology industry base in the state (often referred to as Silicon Prairie or the Telecom Corridor, especially when referring to US-75 through Richardson, Plano and Allen just north of Dallas itself). This area has a large number of corporate IT projects and the presence of numerous electronics, computing and telecommunication firms such as Microsoft, Texas Instruments, HP Enterprise Services, Dell Services, Samsung, Nokia, Cisco, Fujitsu, i2, AT&T, Frontier, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, CA, Google, and Verizon in and around Dallas. On the other end of the business spectrum, and on the other side of the metroplex, the Texas farming and ranching industry is based in Fort Worth. According to the Dallas Business Journal 's 2006 Book of Lists, American Airlines is the largest employer in the metroplex. Several major defense manufacturers, including Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter Textron, and Raytheon, maintain significant operations in the metroplex, primarily on the "Fort Worth side." They are concentrated along State Highway 170 near I-35W, commonly called the "Alliance Corridor" due to its proximity to the Fort Worth Alliance regional airport. ExxonMobil, the #2 corporation on the Fortune 500 listings, is headquartered in Irving, Texas. Toyota USA, in 2016, relocated its corporate headquarters to Plano, Texas. Southwest Airlines hold their headquarters in Dallas. The airline has more than 53,000 employees as of October 2016 and operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. In October 2016, Jacobs Engineering, a Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest engineering companies, relocated from Pasadena, California to Dallas.[22]

Changes in house prices for the metroplex are publicly tracked on a regular basis using the Case–Shiller index; the statistic is published by Standard & Poor's and is also a component of S&P's 20-city composite index of the value of the U.S. residential real estate market.

Higher education

Notable colleges and universities

Public universities
SchoolEnrollmentLocationMascotAthletic Affiliation
University System
University of Texas at Arlington
42,496ArlingtonMavericksNCAA Division I
(Sun Belt)
University of Texas System
University of North Texas September 2015 11 (Hurley Administration Building).jpg
University of North Texas
37,979DentonMean GreenNCAA Division I FBS
University of North Texas System
UTD Visitor Center.jpg
University of Texas at Dallas
26,793RichardsonCometsNCAA Division III
(American Southwest)
University of Texas System
Texas Woman's University
15,472DentonPioneersNCAA Division II
(Lone Star)
Women's sports only
Texas A&M University–Commerce
12,385CommerceLionsNCAA Division II
(Lone Star)
Texas A&M University System
UNT Dallas Campus.jpg
University of North Texas at Dallas
3,030DallasTrailblazersNo Athletics
University of North Texas System
Private universities
SchoolEnrollmentLocationMascotAthletic Affiliation
SMU Library.JPG
Southern Methodist University
11,643University ParkMustangsNCAA Division I FBS
Texas Christian University
10,394Fort WorthHorned FrogsNCAA Division I FBS
(Big 12)
Mahler Student Center, Dallas Baptist University.jpg
Dallas Baptist University
5,445DallasPatriotsNCAA Division II
(Lone Star)
Non–Football, compete in the Missouri Valley Conference at the Division I level for baseball
Texas Wesleyan University
3,378Fort WorthRamsNAIA
Carpenter Hall front.JPG
University of Dallas
2,387IrvingCrusaders [39]NCAA Division III
Non–Football, compete in Texas Rugby Union at the Division II level for Rugby
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
2,012WaxahachieLionsNAIA NCCAA
(Sooner and Central States Football League)
Paul Quinn College
(Red River)


**Presidential Election Results**
201653% 1,217,01846% 1,062,196
201257% 1,202,58543% 896,612
200855% 1,190,15045% 970,130
200462% 1,190,36238% 732,787
200062% 973,07038% 587,889

Since the late 20th century and the realignment of party affiliations, white conservatives have shifted to the Republican Party, and its national candidates have won in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, including in presidential elections. Democratic voters dominate a majority of areas in the large cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, and Arlington (especially areas east of Interstate 35W).[23][24] Republicans dominate North Dallas, western Fort Worth and the rest of Tarrant County, most suburbs, and the rural areas of the metroplex.


Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

DFW freeway map

DFW freeway map

The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (IATA airport code: DFW), located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, is the largest and busiest airport in the state of Texas. At 17,207 acres (6,963 ha) of total land area, DFW is also the second-largest airport in the country and the sixth-largest in the world. It is the third-busiest airport in the world in terms of aircraft movements and the world's seventh-busiest by passenger traffic, transporting 62.9 million passengers in FY 2014.[25] Based in Fort Worth, American Airlines' headquarters are adjacent to DFW. Recently having regained the title as the largest airline in the world in terms of both passengers transported and fleet size, American is a predominant leader in domestic routes and operations.[26]

Love Field Airport (IATA airport code: DAL) is located in northwest Dallas. Based in Dallas, Southwest Airlines is headquartered next to Love Field.

The Dallas–Fort Worth area has thousands of lane-miles of freeways and interstates. The metroplex has the second-largest number of freeway-miles per capita in the nation, behind only the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As in most major metropolitan areas in Texas, most interstates and freeways have access or frontage roads where most of the businesses are located; these access roads have slip ramps allowing traffic to transition between the freeway and access road. North-south interstates include I-35 and I-45. East-west routes include I-30 and I-20. I-35 splits into I-35E and I-35W from Denton to Hillsboro: I-35W goes through Fort Worth while I-35E goes through Dallas. (This is one of only two examples of an interstate splitting off into branches and then rejoining as one; the other such split is in Minneapolis-St. Paul where I-35E goes into St. Paul and I-35W goes through Minneapolis.) I-30 connects Dallas and Fort Worth, and I-45 connects Dallas to Houston. The "multiple-of-5" numbers used for the interstate designations are notable, as these numbers were designed to be used for major multi-state arteries of the U.S. Interstate Highway System. The North Texas region is the terminus for two of them, and I-45 is located only within Texas.

HOV lanes exist along I-35E, I-30, I-635, US 67, and US 75. I-20 bypasses both Dallas and Fort Worth to the south while its loop, I-820, goes around Fort Worth. I-635 splits to the north of I-20 and loops around east and north Dallas, ending at SH 121 north of DFW Airport. I-35E, Loop 12, and Spur 408 ultimately connect to I-20 southwest of Dallas, completing the west bypass loop around Dallas. A large number of construction projects are planned or are already underway in the region to alleviate congestion. Due largely to funding issues, many of the new projects involve building new tollways or adding tolled express lanes to existing highways, which are managed by the North Texas Tollway Authority. It was originally established to manage the Dallas North Tollway and oversees several other toll projects in the area.

Public transit

Map of rail public rail transit in the Dallas–Fort Worth area

Map of rail public rail transit in the Dallas–Fort Worth area

Public transit options continue to expand significantly throughout the metroplex. However, it is limited in several outlying and rural suburbs. Dallas County and portions of Collin and Rockwall counties have bus service and light rail operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), covering thirteen member cities. DART's rail network currently sprawls for 93 miles throughout the area. The Red Line extends north to Plano and southwest to Westmoreland Road. The Blue Line reaches from Rowlett in the northeast to the University of North Texas at Dallas campus near I-20 in the south. The 28-mile Green Line, which opened in December 2010, connects Carrollton in the northwest through Downtown Dallas to Pleasant Grove in the southeast. The Orange Line, which completed expansion in 2014, parallels the Red Line from Plano to Downtown Dallas and the Green Line from Downtown Dallas to Northwest Hwy before extending through the Las Colinas area of Irving to reach DFW International Airport.

Denton County has bus service limited to Denton, Highland Village, and Lewisville (with commuter service to downtown Dallas) provided by the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA). The A-train, a diesel commuter rail line, parallels I-35E to connect Denton, Highland Village, Lewisville, and Carrollton. Several smaller towns along this line, Corinth, Shady Shores, and Lake Dallas, voted to abstain from DCTA and do not have stations. There is an across-the-platform transfer in Carrollton to the DART Green Line. A-Train service began June 20, 2011.[27]

Tarrant County has bus services operated by Trinity Metro (formerly the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, popularly known as 'The T'), available only in Fort Worth. It additionally operates TEXRail commuter rail, which serves to connect downtown Fort Worth with DFW Airport and the DART Orange Line. The diesel commuter train that serves Fort Worth and its eastern suburbs is operated as the Trinity Railway Express; it connects downtown Fort Worth to downtown Dallas, where it links to the DART light rail system. A station near its midpoint, Centerport, also serves DFW Airport via a free airport shuttle bus. The TRE is jointly owned by FWTA and DART.[28] Amtrak serves two stations in the Metroplex - Dallas Union Station and Fort Worth Central Station. Both are served by the Texas Eagle route, which operates daily between Chicago and San Antonio (continuing on to Los Angeles three days a week), though only the latter station is served by the Fort Worth-Oklahoma City Heartland Flyer.

As of 2016 the Taiwanese airline EVA Air operates a shuttle bus service from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to Richardson, so that Dallas-based customers may fly on its services to and from Houston.[29]

Largest area employers

Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex[30]

CompanyNo. of employees
Type of business
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.34,000Retail
American Airlines27,000Commercial airline
Texas Health Resources22,296Health care
Dallas Independent School District19,740Education
Baylor Health Care System16,500Health care


The cities of Dallas and Fort Worth have their own newspapers, The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, respectively. Historically, the two papers had readership primarily in their own counties. As the two cities' suburbs have grown together in recent years (and especially since the demise of the Dallas Times Herald in 1991), many sites sell both papers. This pattern of crossover has been repeated in other print media, radio, and television. Since the 1970s all of the television stations and most of the FM radio stations have chosen to transmit from Cedar Hill so as to serve the entire market, and are programmed likewise. There has been a rise in "80–90 move-ins", whereby stations have been moved from distant markets, in some cases as far away as Oklahoma, and relicensed to anonymous small towns in the metroplex to serve as additional DFW stations. According to RadioTime, the market has 38 AM stations, 58 FM stations (many of them class Cs), and 18 full-power television stations. Dallas–Fort Worth is the fifth-largest television market in the United States, behind only New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Two metroplex AM radio stations, 820 WBAP and 1080 KRLD, are 50,000-watt stations with coverage of much of the North American continent and beyond during nighttime hours.

The South Asian population (Indian Sub-continent) has increased considerably in the DFW metroplex. They have the FM 104.9 radio channel and 700 AM radio.[31] Recently Sony TV, a subsidiary of Sony TV Asia, launched its FTA (free to Air OTA) channel on 44.2 station in DFW. It was one of the two locations they chose in USA; the other being NYC, where there is also a large South Asian demographic.

TV stations

The following are full-powered stations serving the Dallas–Fort Worth television market. Network owned-and-operated stations are highlighted in bold.

ChannelCall Sign
Primary Network AffiliationSubchannel(s)City of LicenseOwner
2.1KDTNDaystarNoneDenton, TXWord of God Fellowship
(Community Television Educators of DFW, Inc.)
(Fox 4)
FoxNoneDallasFox Television Stations
(NW Communications of Texas, Inc.)
(NBC 5)
NBC5.2 Cozi TVFort WorthNBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
(Station Venture Operations, LP)
(WFAA-TV Channel 8)
ABC8.2 AccuWx
8.3 Justice Network8.4 Quest
DallasTegna Media
(WFAA-TV, Inc.)
(CBS 11)
CBS11.2 DecadesFort WorthCBS Corporation
(CBS Stations Group of Texas, Inc.)
PBS13.2 KERA Kids
13.3 Create
DallasNorth Texas Public Broadcasting
18.1KPFW-LDHope Channel broadcastingNoneDallasIglesia JesuCristo es mi Refugion, Inc.
(Sale to DTV America Corporation pending)
20.1KBOP-LDInfomercial20.2 Infomercial
20.3 3ABN (Spanish)
20.4 3ABN
DallasRandolph W. Weigner
(D.T.V., LLC.)
(TXA 21)
Independent21.2 MeTVFort WorthCBS Corporation
(Television Station KTXA Inc.)
22KNAV-LPHot TV NetworkNone
(low-power analog)
DeSoto, TXTuck Properties
(Univision 23)
Univision23.2 Bounce TV
23.3 Escape
23.4 LAFF
Garland, TXUnivision Communications
(KUVN License Partnership, LP)
25.1K25FW-DHSNNoneCorsicana, TXVentana Television, Inc.
Guide US TV26.2 Soul of the South TV
26.3 Almavision
26.4 HSN2
Britton, TXMako Communications, LLC
MyNetworkTV27.2 Movies!
27.3 Buzzr
27.4 Heroes and Icons
27.5 Light TV
DallasFox Television Stations
(NW Communications of Texas, Inc.)
28.1KHPK-LDSonLife28.2 Guide US TV
28.3 Shop LC
28.4 Soul of the South TV
DeSoto, TXMako Communications, LLC
(Estrella TV KMPX 29)
Estrella TV29.2 Inmigrante TVDecatur, TXLiberman Broadcasting
(Liberman Television of Dallas License LLC)
31.1K31GL-DSonLife31.2 Hot TV Network
31.3 Hot TV Network
31.4 RTV
DeSoto, TXMako Communications, LLC
The CW33.2 Antenna TV
33.3 This TV33.4 Charge
DallasTribune Broadcasting
(Sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group pending)
(Access 34)
HSN34.2 Shop LC
34.3 HSN2
34.4 Jewelry TV
34.5 Infomercial
Dallas & Mesquite, TXMako Communications, LLC
(KVFW 38)
Infomercial38.3 RTN
38.4 Rev'n
Fort WorthCMMB America
(New York Spectrum Holding Company, LLC)
(Telemundo 39)
Telemundo39.2 TeleXitosDallasNBCUniversal
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
TVC+Latino [40]44.3 Diya TV - America's first South Asian broadcast television network
44.4 SAB TV (Indian)
DallasDilip Viswanath
(Univision 23)
(mirror broadcast of KUVN-DT)
Garland, TXUnivision Communications
(KUVN License Partnership, LP)
(Texas 47)
Independent47.2 Comet
47.3 Charge
47.4 TBD
47.5 SonLife
Greenville, TXLondon Broadcasting Company
(KTXD License Company, LLC)
(UniMás 49)
UniMás49.2 GetTV
49.3 Grit
Irving, TXUnivision Communications
(UniMas Dallas, LLC)
51.1KHFD-LDThe Walk TV51.2 Cornerstone Television
51.4 Global Christian Network
Cedar Hill, TXRandall & Adrienne Weiss
52.1KFWDSonLife52.3 QVC Plus
52.4 Evine
Fort WorthNRJ Holdings LLC
(NRJ TV DFW License Co, LLC)
(Azteca 55)
Azteca América55.2 MBC America (Korean)
55.3 SBTN (Vietnamese)
55.4 QVC
55.5 VietFace TV (Vietnamese)
55.6 Biz Television
55.7 Spanish-language infomercials
Lake Dallas, TXNorthstar Media, LLC
(Northstar Dallas License, LLC)
58.1KDTX-TVTBN58.2 Hillsong Channel
58.3 JUCE TV
58.4 Enlace
58.5 Smile
DallasTrinity Broadcasting Network
(Trinity Broadcasting of Texas, Inc.)
(Ion Television)
Ion Television68.2 qubo
68.3 Ion Life
68.4 Ion Shop68.5 QVC 68.6 HSN
Arlington, TXIon Media Networks
(Ion Media Dallas License, Inc.)

Radio stations

  • Category:Radio stations in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex


The metroplex is one of the 13 American metropolitan areas that has a team in each of the four major professional sports leagues. Major professional sports first came to the area in 1952, when the Dallas Texans competed in the National Football League for one season. In 1960, major professional sports returned when The Dallas Cowboys began competing in the National Football League and the Dallas Texans began competing in the American Football League. (The Texans later relocated to Kansas City and became the Chiefs). In 1972, Major League Baseball's Washington Senators moved to Arlington to become the Texas Rangers, named after the statewide law enforcement agency. The National Basketball Association expanded into North Texas in 1980 when the Dallas Mavericks were added to the league. The fourth sport was added in 1993 when the Minnesota North Stars of the National Hockey League moved to Dallas, becoming the Dallas Stars.

The Major League Soccer team FC Dallas is based in Frisco, and the Dallas Wings of the WNBA play in Arlington. The area is also home to many minor-league professional teams, and four colleges that compete in NCAA Division I athletics. Two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races are hosted annually at Texas Motor Speedway, the Duck Commander 500 and the AAA Texas 500. The metroplex has hosted many premiere sports events on both an annual and one-time basis.

Major professional sports teams

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Dallas Cowboys
Football1960NFLAT&T Stadium
Texas Rangers
Baseball1972^MLBGlobe Life Park in Arlington
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Dallas Mavericks
Basketball1980NBAAmerican Airlines Center
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Dallas Stars
Hockey1993^NHLAmerican Airlines Center
FC Dallas
Soccer1996MLSToyota Stadium
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Dallas Wings
Basketball2015^WNBACollege Park Center
Dallas RattlersLacrosse2018^MLLThe Ford Center at The Star

^- Indicates year team relocated to the area

Other notable professional and amateur teams

Allen AmericansIce hockey2009ECHLAllen Event Center
Lone Star BrahmasIce hockey1999NAHLNYTEX Sports Centre
Mid-Cities Junior StarsIce hockey2013NA3HLDr. Pepper StarCenter
Texas Jr. BrahmasIce hockey2014NA3HLNYTEX Sports Centre
Dallas SnipersIce hockey2011Western States Hockey LeagueDr. Pepper StarCenter
Dallas SidekicksIndoor soccer2012Major Arena Soccer LeagueAllen Event Center
Frisco RoughRidersBaseball2003^Texas LeagueDr Pepper Ballpark
Cleburne RailroadersBaseball2017AAIPBLThe Depot at Cleburne Station
Fort Worth VaquerosSoccer2014NPSLLaGrave Field
Grand Prairie AirHogsBaseball2007AAIPBLQuikTrip Park
Texas LegendsBasketball2010^NBA G LeagueComerica Center
Dallas City FCSoccer2013NPSLRoffino Stadium
Dallas RoughnecksUltimate2015American Ultimate Disc LeagueThe Colony Five Star Complex
FC DallasSoccer1996Women's Premier Soccer LeagueDr. Pink Stadium
FC Dallas U-23Soccer1996Women's Premier Soccer LeagueToyota Soccer Complex
Texas Spurs FCSoccer1998Women's Premier Soccer LeagueWillow Springs Middle School
FC CleburneSoccer2017PDLThe Depot at Cleburne Station
Texas UnitedSoccer2017PDLAirHogs Stadium
Arlington ImpactWomen's American football2015Women's Football AlliancePennington Field
Dallas EliteWomen's American football2015Women's Football AllianceAlfred Loos Stadium
Dallas FueleSports2017Overwatch LeagueBlizzard Arena
Fortis MMAMixed Martial Arts2016Mixed Martial Arts

^- Indicates year team relocated to the area

Division I college athletics

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University of Texas at Arlington
ArlingtonMavericksSun Belt Conference
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University of North Texas
DentonMean GreenConference USA
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Southern Methodist University
University ParkMustangsAmerican Athletic Conference
Andy Dalton.jpg
Texas Christian University
Fort WorthHorned FrogsBig 12 Conference
Joan and Andy Horner Ballpark, Dallas Baptist University.jpg
Dallas Baptist University
DallasPatriotsMissouri Valley Conference (baseball only)

The headquarters for both the Big 12 and Conference USA are located in Irving, and the Southland Conference headquarters are in Frisco.

Sports events hosted

Note: Venues are listed with their current names, not necessarily those in use when an event took place.

Red River RivalryCollege Football1912–presentCotton Bowl
Battle for the Iron SkilletCollege Football1915–presentCotton Bowl, Amon G. Carter Stadium, Ownby Stadium, Texas Stadium, Ford Stadium
Fort Worth ClassicCollege Football1921Panther Park
Dixie ClassicCollege Football1922, 1925, 1934Fair Park Stadium
State Fair ClassicCollege Football1925–presentCotton Bowl
PGA ChampionshipGolf1927, 1963Cedarcrest Golf Course, Dallas Athletic Club
AT&T Cotton Bowl ClassicCollege Football1937–presentCotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium
U.S. OpenGolf1941Colonial Country Club
Byron Nelson Golf ClassicGolf1944–presentMultiple courses in Dallas
Colonial National InvitationalGolf1946–presentColonial Country Club
Pro BowlFootball1973Texas Stadium
The Players ChampionshipGolf1975Colonial Country Club
Dallas Grand PrixAuto Racing1984–1996Fair Park, Addison, Reunion Arena
NBA All-Star GameBasketball1986, 2010Reunion Arena, AT&T Stadium
NCAA Men's Final FourBasketball1986, 2014Reunion Arena, AT&T Stadium
NCAA Women's Final FourBasketball2017American Airlines Center
U.S. Women's OpenGolf1991Colonial Country Club
FIFA World Cup PreliminariesSoccer1994Cotton Bowl
Major League Baseball All-Star GameBaseball1995Globe Life Park in Arlington
Duck Commander 500Auto Racing1997–presentTexas Motor Speedway
Bombardier Learjet 550Auto Racing1997–presentTexas Motor Speedway
Big 12 Championship GameCollege Football2001, 2009, 2010, 2017–presentTexas Stadium, AT&T Stadium
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces BowlCollege Football2003–presentAmon G. Carter Stadium
Frisco BowlCollege Football2017–presentToyota Stadium
Breeders' CupHorse Racing2004Lone Star Park
AAA Texas 500Auto Racing2005–presentTexas Motor Speedway
MLS CupSoccer2005, 2006Toyota Stadium
NHL All-Star GameHockey2007American Airlines Center
CONCACAF Gold CupSoccer2009, 2011, 2013, 2015AT&T Stadium, Toyota Stadium
Cowboys ClassicCollege Football2009–presentAT&T Stadium
Southwest ClassicCollege Football2009–2011AT&T Stadium
First Responder BowlCollege Football2010–presentCotton Bowl
Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio MargaritoProfessional BoxingNovember 13, 2010AT&T Stadium
NCAA Division I Football ChampionshipCollege Football2011–2014Toyota Stadium
Super Bowl XLVFootball2011AT&T Stadium
Heart of Dallas ClassicCollege Football2013Cotton Bowl
College Football Playoff National ChampionshipCollege Football2015AT&T Stadium
WrestleMania 32Wrestling2016AT&T Stadium
NHL Entry DraftHockey2018American Airlines Center
NHL Bridgestone winter ClassicHockey2020Cotton Bowl

See also

  • Dallas/Fort Worth Area Tourism Council

  • Dallas–Fort Worth Property Tax Rates by City and County [41]

  • Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce

  • List of museums in North Texas

  • List of metropolitan statistical areas

  • Texas Triangle


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