Dallas, Texas

Located in the north-central part of Texas is the city of Dallas. It is one of the main cities that hold significant cultural and historical importance to the US, especially after the assassination of American president John F. Kennedy in 1963. It is situated with no link to any ocean or sea but is still considered one of the most prominent cities in the US. Many movies and TV shows depicted the city of Dallas to be a hub for old western culture. It continues to be the largest inland metropolitan city in the country and an attraction for millions to live in or visit.

Geography Of Dallas

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Dallas skyline reflected in Trinity River at sunset.

Dallas covers an area of more than 385 square miles with altitudes ranging between 450 feet and 550 feet above sea level. The primary landforms of the area are prairies, rolling hills, tree-lined creeks, and several rivers. However, the surrounding area of the city is mostly flat. Dallas is located along the Trinity River, the major waterway, and deepens through the inland, reaching Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties. Fifty-foot earthen levees flank both sides of the river, protecting the city from floods. Another landform in the city is White Rock Lake. With the surrounding park and the botanical gardens that cover an area of 66 acres, it is sought after by nature lovers, hikers, bikers, joggers, boaters, and rowers.

Neighborhoods

Dallas is divided into several areas. The first one, and the main one, is Central Dallas. It consists of the downtown, Oak Lawn, and Uptown, characterized by medium to upper-class residents, retail shops and commercial centers, restaurants, and nightlife.The southern part of Dallas comprises mainly residential structures and is occupied by lower middle class and lower class people. The area contains several neighborhoods like Oak Cliff, founded in the mid-1800s, the Bishop Art District, Cedars, a hotbed for artists, and Fair Park, which hosts the annual State Fair of Texas. Highland Park, University Park, and Cockrell Hill are three separate municipalities within the boundaries of Dallas.

Climate In Dallas

Dallas and almost all the cities in north Texas are suffering from an unexpected huge amount of snow.
Dallas during the winter in 2021 when unexpectedly heavy snowfall was receieved. Editorial credit: Marouanesitti / Shutterstock.com

The climate in Dallas is subtropical. It is mainly warm and humid, especially during the summer. Temperatures soar in the summer reaching over 100 F with very humid weather. Winters are mild, and the temperatures drop to half at times ranging between 55 F and 70 F in the day and between 35 F and 50 F at night. Naturally, Spring and Autumn have moderate temperatures. People in the spring witness the blooming of colorful wildflowers.  Spring and autumn bring pleasant weather. Vibrant wildflowers (such as the bluebonnet and Indian paintbrush) are planted along the highways throughout Texas and bloom in the spring. Springtime weather can be quite volatile, but temperatures themselves are mild. The weather is also generally pleasant between late September and early December. However, the spring can be quite violent with the arrival of thunderstorms that include powerful lightning, hail, rain, and at times tornadoes. The average annual rain precipitation is about 37.1 inches. 

History Of Dallas

The Dallas County Courthouse also known as the Old Red Museum. Editorial credit: f11photo / Shutterstock.com

The Dallas area was the home to the Caddo Native American tribe. In the 16th century, the Spanish Empire occupied the territories and claimed them to be part of its empire. French invaders also occupied several areas and claimed some areas to be under the rule of the French monarchy. This continued till 1819, when the Adams-Onis treaty took place, making the northern boundaries of New Spain end at the Red River. This situated Dallas within the Spanish dominion until 1821, after the Mexicans declared independence. Thus Dallas was now part of the Mexican State of Coahuila y Tejas. Another form of independence took place in 1836 when the republic of Texas broke off from the rule of Mexico. The Republic of Texas continued to exist until its annexation by the US in 1845 independently.

John Neely Bryan was one of the first settlers. He built a cabin in 1841 on the riverbank. Mr. Bryan was a well-known lawyer and a trader in Tennessee. After Bryan, many German and Swiss immigrants came to the city for permanent residence. Many African Americans also moved to the city when the civil war ended. The 1870s witnessed the arrival of railroads; thus, the area started to see commercial, economic, and demographic growth. The main industries affected by this growth were the production of grain, leather, and cotton, the oil industry, and insurance. In the early 1900s, Dallas was home to one of the biggest Cotton Exchange in the world. The 1930s saw the discovery of nearby oil fields that contributed to the city’s economy. Another boom took transpired after World War II with the formation of large plants. The plants specialized in several industries like aircraft, electronics, and automobile assembly. 1963 put Dallas in the global spotlight. On November 22, 1963, the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated while driving through the city with his motorcade. In 1974, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport opened, drawing the attention of tourists, business owners, and investors to the city and the entire area.

Economy Of Dallas

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Busy highways in Dallas. Editorial credit: ShengYing Lin / Shutterstock.com

Dallas and Fort Worth combined are home to many corporations. It contains one of the largest corporate headquarters concentrations in the entire country. The top employers in the city are the construction industry, Health care, food accommodation, manufacturing, retail trade, scientific and technical services, and finance. Although there are 15 billionaires and many millionaires, the city still has an above-average unemployment rate and below-average Household annual income. The rate is 7.5% compared to 6%, the national average. Many are tempted to live in Dallas because of its 0% income Tax rate. The median household income is about $45,400 compared to the US average, $53,500.

Demographics Of Dallas

Almost one-quarter of all Texans live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As of 2022, the population is 1,348,886 people, with a density of 3,970.4 per square mile. It is the 3rd largest city in the state and the 9th in the country. 62.6% are white, 24.28% are African American, 6.91% are from other races, 3.39% are Asian, 2.42% are mixed, and only 0.34% are Native Americans. Dallas has a large Hispanic community, with the most considerable portion being Mexican. White Hispanics represent just less than a third of the population in Dallas. The city is also home to many immigrants from other regions like Russia and East Africa.

Attractions In Dallas

 Klyde Warren Park.
Water fountain, splash pad at children area in Klyde Warren Park in Dallas.

The City of Dallas contains many touristic attractions. There are 406 parks over 21,000 acres, with the most significant park being Fair Park, with an area of 260 acres. The parks contain 17 lakes that are very beautiful in the spring and the summer. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens are among the most beautiful attractions in the city, with 66 acres of exhibitions showcasing countless vibrant and colorful flowers and plant life.Hundreds of recreational facilities are located all over the city, like swimming pools, playgrounds, jogging and biking trails, sports fields and courts, golf courses, athletic fields, and driving ranges.

The famous Dallas Zoo and the Dallas Water Aquarium are one of the tourist-populated attractions in the spring and summer where people from all over the world come to visit these spectacular sites. Dallas is also home to major cultural and historical museums like the sixth-floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, John F Kennedy Memorial, Perot Museum of Nature and science, and the Dallas Museum of Art. These museums are home to renowned art collections that draw national and global attention from art enthusiasts.  

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