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Dallas, Texas Education and City Information

Aug 03, 2020

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 63 percent of residents identifying themselves as white in the 2019 U.S. Census, almost 25 percent as black or African American and more than 3 percent as Asian. Additionally, nearly 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 64th among national universities in 2020. This private university, with an enrollment of nearly 11,900 students as of Fall 2019, 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 2020, rating 281st among national universities. This private university enrolled just over 4,400 students as of Fall 2019. Other small, private nonprofit schools in Dallas include Criswell College, Dallas Christian College, Parker University and Paul Quinn College.

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 20,600 in Fall 2019; El Centro College, with more than 12,900 students; and Mountain View College, which enrolled over 12,200 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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