Dallas, Texas Education and City Information

With an estimated population of nearly 1.3 million in 2014, Dallas is the third largest city in Texas and among the 10 largest cities in the country. Dallas is home to a dozen nonprofit colleges and universities, including Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas Baptist University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

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Information about Dallas, Texas

Situated on the Trinity River, Dallas straddles several counties, including Collin, Dallas, Denton, Kaufman and Rockwall. The city has a fairly diverse population, with almost 51 percent of residents identifying themselves as white in the 2010 U.S. Census, 25 percent as black or African American and nearly 3 percent as Asian. Additionally, more than 42 percent of residents claimed to be of Hispanic or Latino descent.

There's a lot to do and see in Dallas, from events - including the Texas State Fair - at Fair Park to exhibits at the Dallas Museum of Art and concerts and dance and theater performances at the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Nature lovers can enjoy the Dallas Zoo, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, or Dallas World Aquarium, while sports enthusiasts can catch a game featuring the NFL's Dallas Cowboys, MLB's Texas Rangers, NBA's Dallas Mavericks, NHL's Dallas Stars or MLS' FC Dallas.

Dallas Educational Opportunities

U.S. News & World Report ranked Southern Methodist University in Dallas 61st among national universities in 2016. This private university, with an enrollment of nearly 11,300 students as of Fall 2014, confers bachelor's through doctoral degrees, as well as postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates.

Dallas Baptist University also was ranked by U.S. News in 2016, rating 35th among regional universities in the West. This private university enrolled just over 5,400 students as of Fall 2014. Other small, private nonprofit schools in Dallas include Criswell College, Dallas Christian College, Parker University and Paul Quinn College.

Although it offers some bachelor's degree programs, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas is primarily a graduate school, and several of its graduate programs are nationally ranked by U.S. News, including physician assistant (15th), biochemistry (12th) and biological sciences (19th). This public university also was ranked the country's 21st best medical school for primary care and 25th best for research.

Students seeking a 2-year education have several large community colleges to choose from in Dallas. These include Richland College, with an enrollment of nearly 19,400 in Fall 2014; El Centro College, with more than 10,500 students; and Mountain View College, which enrolled over 8,900 students.

Dallas Economy

Major industries in Dallas encompass the sectors of telecommunications, food manufacturing, IT services, logistics, media, and building design and construction. Several Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, Dean Foods, Texas Instruments, Southwest Airlines and Energy Future Holdings Corp., are headquartered in Dallas. Additionally, the city is among the country's popular destinations for business travel, with the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center offering more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space.

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