The Dallas metropolitan area, known as the Silicon Prairie or the Telecom Corridor, is a leader in the telecommunications and computer technology industries. With a metro area population of 5.7 million, Dallas (1.2 million), Fort Worth (585,000), and Arlington (359,000) also play major roles in the Texas farming and ranching industries.
In 2004, the average personal income for Dallas area residents was $35,502, 7% over the national average. According to the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, personal income has grown 9.1% over the past 35 years, an impressive 21% over the nation average.
Dallas is the home of:
- Several major defense manufacturers such as Lockheed Martin
- Brinker International (the area's largest employer)
- Baylor Healthcare
The Dallas-Fort Worth area has over 5,700 telecommunications companies and major manufacturers, including:
- The regional offices of Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T
- Texas Instruments
- Frito Lay
- Dr. Pepper
- Radio Shack
- Pier 1
The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport serves as the headquarters for both American Airlines and Southwest Airlines.
Dallas's impressive skyline includes architecture by I.M. Pei, and the city boasts the largest number of shopping centers per capita in the U.S. Dallas and Fort Worth are both historically rich cities, and Fort Worth is the location of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
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