Dallas and Fort Worth may be two of the largest cities in Texas, but the mid-cities region – the 30-mile area between them – is growing most rapidly as a preferred place to live and work.
The municipalities that make up the mid-cities, Arlington (population 375,000), Irving (215,000), and Grand Prairie (175,000), as well as Grapevine, Southlake, Colleyville, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Haltom City, Watauga and Keller, collectively account for a population of 1.2 million, roughly equivalent to Dallas and considerably larger than Fort Worth.
Things to Do
Certainly, the attractions found in the mid-cities area rival those of any major city. Arlington is home to both an NFL and MLB team – the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers, respectively – not to mention Six Flags Over Texas (an amusement park with more than 65 rides), and Legacy Park, where residents can enjoy paddling, biking, and running trails.
Other noteworthy attractions include: NRH20, a popular family water park; Lone Star Park, which offers thoroughbred and quarter horse racing; and Verizon Theatre, which hosts Broadway productions and family shows, as well as concerts by internationally renowned touring acts.
A pair of major shopping destinations is among the nine malls in the region, Southlake Town Center and Grapevine Mills, the latter featuring the Sea Life Center Aquarium and the newly opened Legoland Discovery Center, one of only five in the United States.
Life in the Mid Cities
Beyond attractions, though, residents invariably focus on overall quality of life when telling of the region's greatest attributes.
Amber Tinsley, who lives in Bedford and is vice president of marketing and events at American Jewelry & Estates Experts, describes herself as a "boomerang" after having grown up in the area, gone away for school and returned to pursue a career.
“I love being in the middle of Fort Worth and Dallas. I’m never far from anyplace I want to go,” Tinsley says, adding that Bedford and surrounding communities are economical besides being a "nice, safe neighborhood where you can get to know your neighbors.”
Stacey Vitale, an EHS process analyst with Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth, echoes those sentiments about living in Hurst.
"The area is so easy to navigate and convenient to everything. You can get to the airport really quickly,” she says, referring to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the largest hub of Fort Worth-based American Airlines. “And it’s close to downtown for whenever I want to do something social downtown.”
The region keeps growing, thanks in part to a revamp of the highway system and a concerted effort by local communities to bring residents together via intramural sports programs and other community-oriented activities.
“In a few years it’s going to be even more amazing,” says Tinsley. “If you want to be in an area that takes care of itself and where everyone works together, this is it.”
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