Fort Worth, Texas is the fifth-largest city in the state and the 19th-largest city in the U.S. Located in Tarrant County in the northeastern part of Texas, Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, also called the "DFW area." Large cities nearby include Dallas, Arlington, Irving, and Plano.
With 661,850 residents, Fort Worth is one of America's 20 most populous cities. It is also one of the fastest-growing: between 2003 and 2004, the population increased by 3%. Its residents enjoy a thriving economy, with the median annual personal income at $21,240 and a median family income of $47,064.
The Texas farming and ranching industry is based in Fort Worth and provides many jobs. The DFW area is also home to the largest airport in Texas. The following local employers provide the most career opportunities:
- American Airlines
- Wal-Mart Stores
- Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
- Texas Health Resources
Local highlights include the Sundance Square, Fort Worth's 16-block entertainment center. The Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District offers tourists and residents a taste of the old West, boasting shops and restaurants, daily cattle drives through the streets, historic reenactments, and the world's largest country and western music venue. The Cultural District hosts such diverse destinations as the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. The Parks District includes the Fort Worth Zoo, Botanic Garden, Japanese Garden, and Log Cabin Village.
Education and career opportunities are growing rapidly in Fort Worth. The DFW area offers a wide range of degree programs and career training, and plans are in place to double the current size of Fort Worth's business center over the next 40 years.
For more information on colleges and universities in Texas, explore our Texas state page.