|— City —|
|City of Arlington|
|Cowboys Stadium, University of Texas at Arlington, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Lake Arlington, Six Flags Over Texas|
|Tarrant County, Texas|
|County||Tarrant City Type: City|
|• Type||Council-Manager |
|• City Council||Mayor Robert Cluck
|• City Manager||Trey Yelverton|
|• City||99.7 sq mi (258.2 km2)|
|• Land||96.5 sq mi (249.9 km2)|
|• Water||3.2 sq mi (8.3 km2)|
|Elevation||604 ft (184 m)|
|• City||365,438 (50th)|
|• Density||3,872/sq mi (1,494.9/km2)|
|• Metro||6,145,037 (as part of Dallas metropolitan area)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||682, 817, 214, 469, 972|
|GNIS feature ID||13723202|
Arlington is a city in Tarrant County, Texas (USA) within the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area. According to the U.S. Census Bureau's estimate, the city had a population of almost 374,000 at the end of 2011,3 making it the third largest municipality in the Metroplex. Arlington is the fiftieth most populous city in the United States of America and the seventh most populous city in the state of Texas;4 it is also the largest city in the state that is not a county seat.
Located approximately 12 miles (19 km) east of downtown Fort Worth and 20 miles (32 km) west of downtown Dallas, Arlington is home to the University of Texas at Arlington, a doctoral-granting institution, and a General Motors assembly plant. Additionally Arlington hosts the Texas Rangers' Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Cowboys Stadium, the International Bowling Campus (which houses the United States Bowling Congress, International Bowling Museum and the International Bowling Hall of Fame), the headquarters for American Mensa, and the theme parks Six Flags Over Texas (the original Six Flags) and Hurricane Harbor. The city borders Kennedale, Grand Prairie, Mansfield and Fort Worth, and surrounds the smaller communities of Dalworthington Gardens and Pantego. Arlington is the headquarters of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region IV.
Arlington is the largest city in the United States without a public transit system.5
European settlement in the Arlington area dates back at least to the 1840s. After the May 24, 1841 battle between Texas General Edward H. Tarrant (Tarrant County is named after him) and Native Americans of the Village Creek settlement, a trading post was established at Marrow Bone Spring in present-day Arlington (historical marker at ). The rich soil of the area attracted farmers, and several agriculture-related businesses were well established by the late nineteenth century.
Arlington was founded in 1876 along the Texas and Pacific Railway.6 The city was named after General Robert E. Lee's Arlington House (in present-day Arlington County, Virginia). Arlington grew as a cotton-ginning and farming center, and incorporated in 1884. The city could boast of water, electricity, natural gas, and telephone services by 1910, along with a public school system. By 1925 the population was estimated at 3,031, and it grew to over 4,000 before World War II.
Large-scale industrialization began in 1954 with the arrival of a General Motors assembly plant. Automotive and aerospace development gave the city one of the nation's greatest population growth rates between 1950 and 1990. Arlington became one of the "boomburbs," the extremely fast-growing suburbs of the post-World War II era. U.S. Census Bureau population figures for the city tell the story: 7,692 (1950), 90,229 (1970), 261,721 (1990), 365,438 (2010)7 and almost 374,000 by 2011.3 Tom Vandergriff served as mayor from 1951 to 1977 during this period of explosive development. Six Flags Over Texas opened in Arlington in 1961. In 1972 the Washington Senators baseball team relocated to Arlington and began play as the Texas Rangers and in 2009 the Dallas Cowboys also began to play at newly constructed Cowboys Stadium.
Cathy Brown of The Dallas Morning News said in 1998 that "In addition, since Arlington's shirt collar is getting bluer, the flavor of the entire city is changing. The North Central Texas area now has Colleyville, Southlake, Grapevine to be what Arlington used to be. The decisions which produced the fade to blue were made too long ago for any of us today to alter."8
Arlington is the largest city in the world without a fixed bus-route, light-rail or commuter train system of mass transit.9
Arlington is located at 10.(32.705033, -97.122839)
Arlington falls in the CFa (Humid, Subtropical) region of the Köppen climate classification system which is a climate zone characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters.
- The highest recorded temperature was 113 °F (45 °C) in 1980.
- The lowest recorded temperature was −8 °F (−22 °C) in 1899.
- The maximum average precipitation occurs in May.
|Climate data for Arlington, TX|
|Record high °F (°C)||93
|Average high °F (°C)||54.7
|Average low °F (°C)||35.1
|Record low °F (°C)||−2
|Precipitation inches (mm)||2.41
|Source: NWS Dallas/Fort Worth1212|
As of 2010 there were 365,438 people, 133,072 households, and 90,099 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,811 people per square mile (1,472/km²). There were 144,805 housing units at an average density of 1,510 per square mile (5,833/km²).11 The 2011 estimated racial makeup of the city (based on the 2010 census) was 65% White, 20% Black or African American, 1% Native American, 9% Asian, less than 1% Pacific Islander, 5% from other races, and 2% from two or more races. 30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.13
Of the 133,072 households tallied for 2010, 40% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 48% were married couples living together, 15% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32% were non-families. 25% of all households were made up of individuals and 5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.7 and the average family size was 3.3.14
In the city the 2010 population was spread out with 31% under the age of 20, 8% from 20 to 24, 30% from 25 to 44, 23% from 45 to 64, and 8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 104 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94 males 18 and over.15
The median income for a household in the city was estimated to be $50,655 in 2011. Individual males working full-time year-round had a median income of $41,059 versus $35,265 for females.16 The per capita income for the city was $25,317.11
About 16% of Arlington families in general and 31% of female-headed families with no husband present were living below the poverty line. 20% of the Arlington population as a whole, including 28% of individuals under age 18 and 8% of those age 65 or over were living in poverty.16
43% of Arlington renters and 28% of homeowners were paying 35% or more of their household income for housing costs in 2011.17
Arlington is the 50th largest city in the United States by population.18
The Arlington City Council has been presided over by Mayor Robert Cluck since 2003, following the six-year reign of Mayor Elzie Odom.
The Arlington City Council is composed of a Mayor Robert Cluck and eight City Council members. Elections are conducted every spring in May. State Representative Leo Berman of Tyler formerly resided in Arlington and served on the city council, including a stint as mayor pro tempore from 1979 to 1985.19
According to Arlington's most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city’s various funds had $572.8 million in Revenues, $425.8 million in expenditures, $2.213 million in total assets, $835 million in total liabilities, and $297.7 million in cash in investments.20
The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:21
|City Manager||Trey Yelverton|
|Director of Community Development & Planning||Jim Parajon|
|Code Compliance Services Assistant Director||Mike Bass|
|Director of the Convention Center||Mark Wisness|
|Finance and Management Resources Director||April Nixon|
|Fire Chief||Don Crowson|
|Chief Information Officer||Dennis John|
|Library Director||Cary Siegfried|
|Director of Municipal Court||David Preciado|
|Director of Parks & Recreation||Pete Jamieson|
|Police Chief||Will Johnson|
|Director of Public Works & Transportation||Keith Melton|
|Director of Water Utilities||Walter Pishkur|
|Director of Workforce Services||Cindy Bezaury|
|Medical Director||Cynthia Simmons|
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains the Arlington Ecological Services Field Office (ARLES) on Northeast Green Oaks Boulevard in far northeastern Arlington; while it is one of the oldest Ecological Services Field Stations in the United States, today its activities are focused primarily on the illegal trafficking in exotic species through Dallas/Fort-Worth International Airport. The office is not staffed or funded for nor active on the protection and enhancement of local urban-area endangered species habitat, nor on the enforcement of the related provisions of the Endangered Species Act.22
The United States Postal Service (USPS) operates the Arlington Main Post Office.2324 Other post offices operated by the USPS include Bardin Road,25 East Arlington,26 Great Southwest,27 Oakwood,28 Pantego,29 and Watson Community.30
Arlington is home to The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), the Southeast Campus of Tarrant County College, and Arlington Baptist College. The University of Phoenix and Texas Tech University also have a presence in Arlington near Interstate 20.
The University of Texas at Arlington is the second largest institution of the University of Texas System. The university has a current enrollment of 33,806 students as of Spring 2013,32 and is a valuable asset to the city of Arlington and its economy. Buildings within the academic core of the UT Arlington campus are among the oldest structures in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, including Preston Hall, Ransom Hall, College Hall, Brazos House, and the original Arlington High School.
Arlington's residents live in the following four independent school districts (or ISDs), listed in descending order with respect to number of population served: Arlington ISD, Mansfield ISD, Grand Prairie ISD and Kennedale ISD. Parts of Arlington located in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD's jurisdiction currently have no residents, but this is being developed into as many as 4,000 homes.33 In Texas, school district boundaries do not always follow city and county boundaries because all aspects of school district government apparatus, including district boundaries, are separated from city and county governments. Not all city of Arlington residents are in the AISD, and not all AISD students are residents of Arlington.
Arlington Classics Academy is a K-7 charter school in Arlington with two campuses.
Arlington has long been the home of the Texas Rangers baseball team, who made Arlington Stadium their first home upon moving to Dallas/Fort Worth from Washington, D.C., in 1972. In 1994, the Rangers built a new stadium, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers' made two trips to the World Series, 2010 and 2011 World Series, the first of which they lost to the San Francisco Giants in 5 games, and the second of which they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in 7 games.
The Dallas Cowboys football team moved from Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas to the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium which is walking distance from the Rangers Ballpark. Completed in 2009, it has attracted high-profile sporting events to Arlington, including the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, the Super Bowl XLV in 2011 and 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball South Regional Championships in 2013.
The Experience Arlington Visitors Information Center is located next to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and adjacent to Cowboys Stadium. Visitors can pick up discounts, Arlington Visitors Guide, maps and more.
As in the rest of Texas, Friday night high school football is a widespread obsession with fans of all ages. Arlington High School owns the city's only state football championship, having won it in 1951 under head coach Mayfield Workman. Lamar High School nearly pulled off the same feat in 1990, but had to settle for a state runner-up title. In recent years, Bowie High School, Martin High School and Mansfield Summit High School (a Mansfield ISD school located within Arlington) have enjoyed some success.
The University of Texas at Arlington used to field a football team, but the program was canceled in 1985 due to funding issues and waning attendance. The football vacancy at the campus stadium, Maverick Stadium, was quickly filled by Arlington High and subsequently Bowie High School. Cravens Field, on the campus of Lamar but funded by Martin High School, and Wilemon Field, on the campus of Sam Houston, are home to the other four teams in the city. Both have enjoyed a history of close and dramatic games.
High school teams in various other sports have state championships to their credit, including:
- Arlington, volleyball (1970, 1976, 1982)
- Bowie, girls' basketball (2005)
- Martin, baseball (1993)
- Martin, boys' wrestling (2004)
- Martin, girls' soccer (1992, 1998)
- Martin, volleyball (1996, 2005)
- Mansfield, girls basketball(1999–2002) (campus located in Arlington city limits at the time of the state championships)
- Mansfield Summit, girl's basketball (2009) (campus located in Arlington City limits)
Several individual state titles have also been won by Arlington students including the following:
- Arlington, boys' wrestling, 112 weight class (2007)
- Arlington, girls' wrestling, 215 weight class (2007)
- Arlington, boys' wrestling, 152 weight class & all around state champion (2005)
- Bowie, boys' wrestling, 152 weight class (2007)
- Bowie, boys' wrestling, 145 weight class (2006)
- Lamar, boys' wrestling, 152 weight class (2003)
- Lamar, boys' wrestling, 152 weight class (2004)
- Martin, boys' wrestling, 130 weight class (2006)
- Martin, boys' wrestling, 112 weight class (2004)
- Martin, boys' wrestling, 135 weight class (2004)
- Martin, boys' wrestling, 275 weight class (2004)
- Mansfield girls track, high jump 6'1" jump (2000) (Brie Madden lived in Arlington but attended Mansfield at the time, also located in Arlington city limits)
Arlington is the home of several notable athletes. 1998 American League Rookie of the Year Ben Grieve graduated from Martin High School in 1994. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Vernon Wells grew up in Arlington and attended Bowie High School, San Francisco Giants outfielder Hunter Pence attended Arlington High School and played collegiate baseball at University of Texas at Arlington, and Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey also played for UTA. Lamar High School alumnus Jeremy Wariner won two gold medals in the 2004 Athens Olympics, and the 2005 world championship in the 400 meters in Rome. UTA also produced Doug Russell, who won two gold medals in swimming at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968 and for whom a park on campus is named and Rick Stone, All-Southland Conference track athlete at UTA who later became a United States Department of Justice "Law Enforcement Officer of the Year" and the most highly decorated officer in Dallas Police Department history with multiple awards including the Medal of Valor.35 . Champion bodybuilder (Mr. Olympia 1998–2005) and former Arlington police officer, Ronnie Coleman resides in Arlington. Houston Comets Guard Erin Grant grew up in Arlington and attended Mansfield high school where she became the first high school basketball player to win four state championships. She currently holds the Big 12 assist record. NFL wide receiver Mark Clayton, now with the St. Louis Rams, graduated from Sam Houston High School in 2000 and was part of the University of Oklahoma's 2001 national championship team. Jared Connaughton, sprinter for the 2008 Canada olympic team, was a sprinter for the UT Arlington team.
Arlington is home to Six Flags Over Texas, a nation-wide theme park that includes many notable attractions. Six Flags also opened Six Flags Hurricane Harbor, a waterpark, after the previous location, Wet 'n Wild, was sold to them in the mid 90's.
With the relocation of the U.S. Bowling Congress, and the Bowling Proprietors Association of America and the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, Arlington became the world headquarters for bowling.
The brothers Vinnie Paul Abbott and Darrell Abbott are the two most notable musicians from Arlington who formed the metal group Pantera. Ever since Darrell died on December 8, 2004 friends, family, and the community participate in the Ride For Dime event every year on August 20, Darrell's birthday. This attraction includes music, a ride by his cemetery, and booze.
For retail shopping, Arlington is home to The Parks Mall at Arlington, which houses numerous retail outlets and a movie theatre. In addition, The Arlington Highlands was completed in mid-2007, serving as an entertainment hotspot with places such as Studio Movie Grill, Piranha Killer Sushi, BJ's Brewhouse, The Improv Theatre, Blackfinn, Plucker's, World Market and Dave and Busters, among others. The Arlington Highlands is located on I-20 at Matlock Rd.
Arlington is also home to Theatre Arlington, one of the largest community theatres in the nation which produces quality live theatre year round and offers theater classes for all ages.
Levitt Pavilion opened in 2009 and offers 50 free concerts per year in downtown Arlington.
On July 4, the Arlington 4th Of July Parade Association puts on the annual parade through Downtown, Arlington featuring floats and entries from local school, businesses, and organizations. The parade is broadcast on local stations as well as on via AISD TV.
For additional entertainment options and an inside perspective on Arlington Texas' new restaurants, events and activities like the first annual Texas Food Truckin' Fest, visit Experience Arlington's Arlington Insider Blog.
Arlington Municipal Airport (GKY) is located entirely within Arlington and is a public use airport owned by the City of Arlington. It serves as a reliever airport for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field (though it lacks scheduled airline service) and is currently used for general aviation purposes. Several companies operate aircraft services on the airport property, including the Bell Helicopter division of Textron.
Arlington is the largest city in the United States not served by a comprehensive public transportation system. Voters have eschewed funding a fixed-route bus transit system three times (while still finding the money for professional football and baseball stadiums), though the first such attempt was back in 1980 and no attempts at passage have been made in the last ten years (nor were any of the attempts made with the assistance of sophisticated professional political guidance as was used in the bond elections for funding the professional football and baseball stadiums, calling into question the seriousness of the transit-funding efforts).
All of the Texas cities identified in the most recent (2010) US Census Bureau's ranking of the 15 fastest-growing US cities in Arlington's class (i.e. having populations of 150,000 people or greater), as well as several of the smaller ones, are served by public transit systems.36 However Arlington does have four transit services targeting individual demographic groups: "Handitran" serves senior citizens and the disabled; Arlington hotels pay for a tourist-oriented shuttle-bus system for their guests; the University of Texas at Arlington runs a limited shuttle service for college students; and lastly Mission Arlington, an Arlington-run charity serving the severely indigent, has a bus service that circulates people needing social services or transportation to employment.
The city is served by two Interstate Highways, I-20, also known as Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway, and I-30, also named Tom Landry Memorial Highway. Other limited-access freeways include State Highway 360, which is named for the founder of Six Flags Over Texas, Angus G. Wynne, running along the eastern border, and U.S. Highway 287, which traverses the southwestern portion of the city. In most cases, the memorial names are not used in reference to these roadways.
The Union Pacific Railroad now owns and operates the original Texas and Pacific (later Missouri Pacific) transcontinental rail route though Arlington; it offers no passenger stops in Arlington, its Arlington freight service is primarily to the local General Motors assembly plant, and most of its lengthy and numerous freight trains are merely passing through town to and from points far away.3738
Arlington and Bad Königshofen, Germany have been sister cities since 1952. Arlington operates the Bad Königshofen outdoor family aquatic center, named after its sister city. In return, Bad Königshofen has a recreational park named after Arlington. The relationship between the two cities dates to 1951, when the German town manager, Kurt Zuhlke, visited Arlington as part of a study tour in the U.S.citation needed
Experience Arlington, formerly known as the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau, is the official tourism identity for the city of Arlington, Texas. Experience Arlington is tasked with pursuing conventions, meetings, tour groups, reunions and individual leisure travelers to increase city revenues from sale and lodging taxes. EA also supports local stakeholders that pursue high-profile special events and sporting events to fill hotels, Arlington Convention Center, Cowboys Stadium, College Park Center, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, and other venues around the city. EA offers complimentary services and lodging discounts to large groups and individual travelers.
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