Profile: Dallas, Texas
Population: 1.2 million
USDA Hardiness Zone: 8
Major Airport: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Companies With a Major Presence: Swank Capital, Kimberly-Clark Corp., J.C. Penney Co., Exxon Mobil Corp., 7-Eleven Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc.
They say Dallas is where the east ends and Fort Worth is where the west begins. Add a dose of Southern hospitality and the energy of a fashion-forward, sports-crazed business mecca, and you start to get a flavor of today's Dallas.
History buffs will savor the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, which chronicles the history of President John F. Kennedy's 1963 assassination.
With a population of more than 1.2 million, Dallas (or "Big D") is the ninth largest city in the U.S. and the third largest in Texas (behind Houston and San Antonio). As a metropolitan area, however, it's the second most populous in the state.
Freeways and suburban sprawl rule here, but several manmade lakes and nature preserves offer a welcome green respite.
As in much of Texas, the summer heat scorches, but sunny skies for an average 232 days a year means you'll have plenty of opportunities to bike, play golf or dine alfresco.
As a metropolitan area, Dallas is a leading U.S. corporate center thanks to 23 Fortune 500 corporate headquarters and a diversified economy that has helped it to weather recent economic woes better than its peer cities.
Dallas's central U.S. location and air access through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport — the world's third busiest based on takeoffs and landings — means you can reach most key business centers around the nation in about three hours. Short hops from in-town Dallas Love Field offer frequent flights to other major Texas cities.