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Life in Dallas

Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas and the ninth-largest in the United States.  The population is around 1.2 million. The city is the largest economic center of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan complex, and is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States.


Dallas's iconic skyline contains several buildings over 700 feet in height. Although some of the architecture dates from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, most of the notable architecture is from the modernist and postmodernist eras.  Examples of modernist architecture include Reunion Tower, the JFK Memorial, Dallas City Hall and Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.


Central Dallas is anchored by Downtown, along with Oak Lawn and Uptown (areas characterized by retail, restaurants, and nightlife).  Downtown Dallas has a variety of districts, including the West End Historic District, the Arts District, the and the Farmers Market District.  "Hot spots" include Uptown, Turtle Creek, and West Village.  East Dallas is home to Deep Ellum (a trendy arts area), the homey Lakewood neighborhood, and the architecturally significant Swiss Avenue.



Dallas and the surrounding area is mostly flat, with elevations around 500 feet. The western edge of the Austin Chalk Formation (a limestone escarpment known as the "White Rock Escarpment") runs roughly north-south through Dallas County.  Dallas, like many other cities, was founded along a river. The Trinity River is the major waterway through the city and its path is paralleled by Interstate 35E.  White Rock Lake, a reservoir constructed at the beginning of the 20th century, is Dallas's other significant water feature. The lake and surrounding park are a popular destination among boaters, rowers, joggers, and bikers.  The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden are located on the lake's eastern shore.



Dallas has a humid climate, though it is located in a region that tends to receive dry winds from the north and moist air from the south.  Summer weather is hot and humid, with average highs in the 90s and sometimes over 100°F.  Winters in Dallas are generally mild, with daytime highs from 55 °F to 70 °F and lows between 30 °F and 45 °F.  Strong cold fronts occasionally occur, plummeting nightly lows below 30 °F.  Snow accumulation is usually seen at least once every winter and has an annual average of 2.5 inches.  Spring and autumn bring pleasant weather to the area. Vibrant wildflowers (such as the bluebonnet, Indian paintbrush and other flora) bloom in spring.  Spring weather can be quite volatile, with occasional thunderstorms, but temperatures themselves are mild.  Fall weather is usually pleasant and dry.


We hope you take the time to visit Dallas and learn more about opportunities available here.


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