Live Large. Think Big. The new slogan of Dallas sums up the essence of a city founded on big dreams and the attitude that anything is possible through hard work. Dallas is now one of the most culturally diverse metropolitan areas in the U.S., offering a thriving culinary scene, hip entertainment districts, world-class shopping, and the largest urban arts district in America.

The People of Dallas

Dallas is the ninth largest city in the United States with a population of 1.2 million, and over 5.7 million in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The population of Dallas is very diverse, well educated and highly productive.

Building on this strong foundation of local resources, Dallas has dramatically grown over the past 20 years. More than $1 billion is slated for developing Dallas’ downtown central business district, making it the city’s largest re-investment since the 1980s. By the end of 2007, the central business district is expected to double its residential population, demonstrating that Dallas is becoming a more interesting place to live and do business in.

The Business Climate of Dallas

Dallas has been rated:

  • Best-Managed Large City by Texas Business magazine
  • Second-Best Managed City in the U.S. by Financial World magazine
  • #1 Labor Market in the Country in 2001 by Site Selection Corporate Relocation magazine

More than 277 companies either expanded operations in or moved to the 12-county North Texas region last year, representing an investment of about $3 billion. More than 110,000 businesses and nearly 6,000 corporate headquarters are located in Dallas, which is among the country’s largest employment centers for high technology as well as the second-leading fashion and apparel center.

A major contributing reason for the robust business climate in Dallas is that the city has no personal or corporate income tax and no state property or unitary tax.

Dallas: Connected to the World

Dallas is the 4th largest industrial market in the nation due to its central location. The area is connected by major Interstate arteries, several airports, an extensive rail line system, and the nearby Gulf of Mexico freight ports. Dallas is just over 3 hours away by air from the major cities in the three nations of Canada, Mexico and the United States. No other city offers that convenience.