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Arlington is a city in the
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of
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, located in Tarrant County. It forms part of the
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region of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan statistical area, and is a principal city of the metropolis and region. According to the
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's 2019 population estimates, the city had a population of 398,854, making it the second-largest city in the county after
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. Arlington is the 49th-most populous city in the United States, the seventh-most populous city in the state of Texas, and the largest city in the state that is not a county seat. Arlington is home to the
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, a major urban research university, the
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Arlington Assembly
plant used by
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, the
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,
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,
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, and D. R. Horton. Additionally, Arlington hosts the Texas Rangers at
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, the
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Dallas Cowboys
at
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AT&T Stadium
, the
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at
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, the International Bowling Campus (which houses the
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,
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and the
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), and the
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(the original Six Flags) and Hurricane Harbor.


History

European settlement in the Arlington area dates back at least to the 1840s. After the May 24, 1841 battle between Texas General
Edward H. Tarrant
Edward H. Tarrant
and
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of the Village Creek settlement, a trading post was established at Marrow Bone Spring in present-day Arlington (historical marker at ). The rich soil of the area attracted farmers, and several agriculture-related businesses were well established by the late nineteenth century. Arlington was founded in 1876 along the
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. The city was named after
General Robert E. Lee
General Robert E. Lee
's Arlington House in
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. Arlington grew as a cotton-ginning and farming center, and incorporated on April 21, 1884. The city could boast of water, electricity, natural gas, and telephone services by 1910, along with a public school system. From 1892 until 1951, a mineral well drilled exactly in the middle of downtown Arlington, Texas, was a key reason to visit the town. The water was part of the city's brand, also serving as a meeting point for everything from prohibition to the right of women to vote. The well has been paved over. Life in 1920s–1930s Arlington was bustling with controversy and entertainment. In the early 1920s, a tea room known as "Top O' Hill Terrace" opened up along the now-defunct
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to serve dinner and tea to guests traveling through Dallas and Fort Worth. Ownership changed in the late 1920s and shortly thereafter the facilities were secretly converted into casinos and a speakeasy. Known by historians as "Vegas before Vegas," escape tunnels and secret rooms were constructed to hide the
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during police raids. However, the restaurant portion of the facility still existed as a legitimate business and a front. By 1925 the city's population was estimated at 3,031—well under the population of Dallas and Fort Worth at the time. In 1929, a horse-racing track called Arlington Downs was constructed by W.T. Waggoner close by to the speakeasy. Gambling was still illegal, but people were making bets regardless. Waggoner and his sons campaigned to make
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legal, and in 1933 the state issued its first legal gambling permit to Arlington Downs. The track was immensely profitable at that point, making a daily average of $113,000 before inflation with a daily attendance average of 6,700 people. At the end of the 1937 season, the state legislature repealed their parimutuel gambling laws, and the Downs were sold to commercial developers. In the 1940s, the Arlington Downs was used as a rodeo and event venue. Top O' Hill Terrace evaded the police until 1947, when famous Texas Ranger M. T. "Lone Wolf" Gonzaullas caught the gambling operation in full-swing and had the place shut down. The 1940s brought
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to the forefront of the United States, and many families from around Texas moved to Arlington to find jobs. Before World War II, the city's population had grown to over 4,000. The war kick-started a manufacturing revolution in Texas. Arlington was between the biggest aerospace engineering hubs in Texas at the time, Dallas and Fort Worth. In 1956, the Top O' Hill Terrace property was purchased by the Bible Baptist Seminary and converted into what is now Arlington Baptist University. The underground tunnels and original structures are still standing. In 1958, the Arlington Downs was completely destroyed by commercial developers. All that is left is an original concrete water trough and a Texas historical landmark marker placed in 2016. Large-scale industrialization began in 1954 with the arrival of a
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. and
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aerospace
development gave the city one of the nation's greatest population growth rates between 1950 and 1990. Arlington became one of the "
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s", the extremely fast-growing
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suburbs
of the post-World War II era.
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population figures for the city date the population boom: 7,692 (1950), 90,229 (1970), 261,721 (1990), 365,438 (2010) and almost 374,000 by 2011.
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served as mayor from 1951 to 1977 during this period of robust economic development. Six Flags Over Texas opened in Arlington in 1961. In 1972 the
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baseball team relocated to Arlington and began play as the Texas Rangers and in 2009 the
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Dallas Cowboys
also began to play at the newly constructed Cowboys Stadium, now
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AT&T Stadium
. In October 2019, Arlington was chosen out of several major U.S. cities to become the permanent home of the $150 million National Medal of Honor Museum. Construction of the museum is set to be completed in 2024.


Geography

According to the
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, the city of Arlington has a total area of ; of it was land, and of it is water. The city lies approximately east of
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downtown Fort Worth
and west of
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downtown Dallas
. Johnson Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River, and the Trinity River itself, flow through Arlington. Arlington borders Kennedale,
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,
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and
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, and surrounds the smaller communities of Dalworthington Gardens and Pantego.


Climate

Arlington falls in the Cfa (
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) region of the
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system which is a climate zone characterized by hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. *The highest recorded temperature was in 1980. *The lowest recorded temperature was in 1899. *The maximum average precipitation occurs in May. *Severe weather generally occurs April and May months. *Located in the famous . *Winters are typically mild with snow seldom occurring (snowless years are not unusual).


2012 Tornado

During the April 3, 2012 tornado outbreak, a severe thunderstorm produced an EF-2 tornado in Eastern Kennedale which moved North East across 287 near Stagetrail Drive and continued in a North North-Eastern direction. The tornado had a maximum path width of 150 yards estimated path length of 4.6 miles, and estimated maximum wind speeds of 135 MPH. The tornado caused damage to numerous businesses including the Green Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center which had a large portion of its roof torn off and sustained damage to exterior walls. Eighteen homes were destroyed, and 291 others were damaged as well. There were eight injuries which occurred due to this tornado, one of which was serious.


Demographics

At the census of 2010, there were 365,438 people, 133,072 households, and 90,099 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,811 people per square mile (1,472/km2). There were 144,805 housing units at an average density of 1,510 per square mile (5,833/km2). The 2011 estimated racial makeup of the city (based on the 2010 census) was 59%
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, 18.8%
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or
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, 6.8%
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, 0.7%
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, 0.1%
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, 11.3% from
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, and 3.3% from two or more races.
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or
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of any race were 27.4% of the population. There were 133,072 households, out of which 40% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 48% were married couples living together, 15% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32% were non-families. 25% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.7 and the average family size was 3.3. In the city, the 2010 population was spread out, with 31% under the age of 20, 8% from 20 to 24, 30% from 25 to 44, 23% from 45 to 64, and 8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 104 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94 males 18 and over. The median income for a household in the city was estimated to be $50,655 in 2011. Individual males working full-time year-round had a median income of $41,059 versus $35,265 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,317. About 16% of Arlington families in general and 31% of female-headed families with no husband present were living below the poverty line. 20% of the Arlington population as a whole, including 28% of individuals under age 18 and 8% of those age 65 or over were living in poverty. 43% of Arlington renters and 28% of homeowners were paying 35% or more of their household income for housing costs in 2011. During the 2018
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estimates, Arlington had a population of 392,462. The racial makeup of the city was 39.1% non-Hispanic white, 22% Black or African American, 0.3% American Indian or Alaska Native, 6.8% Asian American, 0.1% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 0.3% from some other race, 2.3% from two or more races, and 29.2% Hispanic or Latino of any race. Approximately 20.8% of the population were foreign-born from 2014 to 2018.


Economy


Top employers

According to Arlingon's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), the top employers in the city are:


Culture


Arts and entertainment

Arlington is home to
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, a nationwide theme park that includes many notable attractions.
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also opened
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, a waterpark, after the previous location, Wet 'n Wild, was sold to them in the mid-1990s. With the relocation of the U.S. Bowling Congress, and the Bowling Proprietors Association of America and the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, Arlington became the world headquarters for bowling. The
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and
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are located on the International Bowling Campus in Arlington. For retail shopping, Arlington is home to the Parks Mall at Arlington, which houses numerous stores, eateries, an ice skating rink, and a movie theatre. In addition, the Arlington Highlands was completed in mid-2007, serving as a shopping and entertainment hotspot with places such as Bar Louie, BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, Chuy's,
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, Improv Comedy Club, Piranha Killer Ramen, Pluckers Wing Bar, Studio Movie Grill, and World Market, among others. The Arlington Highlands is located on
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at Matlock Rd. The Lincoln Square located near the AT&T Stadium also houses several stores, restaurants, and a Studio Movie Grill. Arlington is also home to Theatre Arlington, one of the largest community theatres in the nation, which produces quality live theatre year-round and offers theater classes for all ages. The Mainstage Theatre at UT Arlington is another well-known venue for live theatre in Arlington. The Arlington Museum of Art in downtown and the Gallery at UT Arlington are the city's designated art venues. In 2016, the city's art museum hosted a public art project called "The Star of Texas" to promote their new slogan as the "American Dream City." Community artists were chosen to paint a large star sculpture with their interpretation of the city. Today, these stars can still be seen throughout the city – most notably in the downtown and entertainment districts. In the mid-2010's, art murals began to appear in downtown Arlington, giving the area an artistic atmosphere. The Planetarium Dome Theater at UT Arlington is one of the largest in Texas. Levitt Pavilion Arlington opened in 2009 and offers 50 free concerts per year in downtown Arlington featuring a diverse range of music genres. Notable performers have included Asleep at the Wheel, the Band of Heathens, the Killdares, Pentatonix, the Polyphonic Spree, the Quebe Sisters, and Ray Wylie Hubbard. The and
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AT&T Stadium
are also destinations for live concerts in Arlington. On July 4, the all-volunteer non-profit Arlington
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Parade Association puts on the annual parade through Downtown Arlington and UT Arlington's College Park District, featuring floats and entries from local schools, businesses, and organizations. The parade is broadcast on local radio stations as well as on the AISD TV station and website. The parade began in 1965 as decorated bicycles ridden through Randol Mill Park organized by citizen Dottie Lynn and Church Women United. It has grown to around 75,000 spectators a year enjoying the festivities. Due to the
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COVID-19 pandemic
in 2020, the parade was canceled for the first time in 55 years. Texas Live! is a $250 million mixed-use district featuring dining, entertainment, and a 302-room hotel with a convention center. The new 200,000-square-foot district is located immediately outside the new Globe Life Field. Texas Live! opened in August 2018.


Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official tourism identity for the city of Arlington, Texas. The Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACVB) is tasked with pursuing conventions, meetings, tour groups, reunions, and individual leisure travelers to increase city revenues from sale and lodging taxes. The Arlington CVB also supports local stakeholders that pursue high-profile special events and sporting events to fill hotels, Arlington Convention Center,
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AT&T Stadium
,
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, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, and other venues around the city.


Sports


Professional sports

Arlington has long been the home of the Texas Rangers baseball team, who made
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their first home upon moving to Dallas/Fort Worth from Washington, D.C., in 1972. In 1994, the Rangers built a new stadium,
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. The Rangers made trips to both the
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and
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, both of which they lost, the first to the
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in 5 games, and the second to the
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in 7 games. In 2016, residents voted to construct a new stadium and by 2017, construction began on the $1.1 billion
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across the street from Globe Life Park. Globe Life Field serves as the new home of the Texas Rangers, however the debut of the park was delayed by the postponement of the 2020 season. In 2020 due to the
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, Arlington became the first city since 1944 to hold every
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World Series
game in a single city at
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. The
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Dallas Cowboys
football team moved from
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in
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, in 2009 to the $1.3 billion
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AT&T Stadium
, which is within walking distance of the Rangers Ballpark. Completed in 2009, it has attracted high-profile sporting events to Arlington, including the
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,
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in 2011, the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball South Regional Championships, and the 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Final Four; the stadium was also the site of the first College Football Championship Game in January 2015 (covering the 2014 season). The Dallas Cowboys rent AT&T Stadium from the City of Arlington for $167,500 per month over a thirty-year period, a sum far less than market value; in the exchange the Cowboys have complete control over the facility's calendar and the revenues collected therefrom, including naming rights, billboard advertising, concession sales and most of the surrounding parking. The
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became the first
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(WNBA) franchise in North Texas in 2015. They were known as the Tulsa Shock while based in
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
, but reinvented their brand after relocating to North Texas. The Wings play home games at the
College Park Center College Park Center (CPC) is an indoor, multi-purpose arena on The University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA or UT Arlington) is a public research university in Arlington, Texas Arlington is a city in the U. ...
in Arlington. The
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is a
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football team based in Arlington. The team was established in 2019, and play in the renovated
Globe Life Park in Arlington Choctaw Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Arlington, Texas, between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, Fort Worth. Originally built as a baseball park, it was home to the Texas Rangers (baseball), Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball and the T ...
. The inaugural home opener drew 17,026 fans. The
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North Texas SC
of
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also calls Arlington and Globe Life Park in Arlington home since May 2020.


College sports

The
UT Arlington Mavericks The UT Arlington Mavericks (abbreviated UT Arlington, UTA, and Mavs) are the athletic teams that represent the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, Texas. The Mavericks currently compete in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference in 1 ...
are the athletic teams representing The
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. The Mavericks compete in the
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in 15 varsity sports; UTA was a founding member of the Southland Conference in 1963 and participated in the league until the end of the 2011–12 athletic year. They joined the Western Athletic Conference for one year before moving to the Sun Belt Conference. A new arena called the
College Park Center College Park Center (CPC) is an indoor, multi-purpose arena on The University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA or UT Arlington) is a public research university in Arlington, Texas Arlington is a city in the U. ...
is now the host facility for basketball and volleyball home games as well as other university activities. The arena opened February 1, 2012, and seats approximately 7,000 people. Baseball home games are held at the Clay Gould Ballpark and softball home games are at the ; both facilities completed $5.5 million in upgrade cost in early 2015. The Mavericks' team name selection was made in 1971, predating the National Basketball Association's expansion franchise Dallas Mavericks' starting choice in 1980.
Arlington Baptist College Arlington Baptist University is a private Baptist Baptists form a major branch of Protestantism, Protestant Christianity distinguished by baptizing professing Christianity, Christian believers only (believer's baptism, as opposed to infant b ...
also competes in a number of sports. They are known as the Patriots and is an active member in the
National Christian College Athletic Association The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) is an association of Christian Christians () are people who follow or adhere to Christianity, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus in Christia ...
, Southwest Region, Division II, and is a member of the
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. The sports Arlington Baptist competes in range from: basketball (men and women's), golf (men and women's), cross country (men and women's), Track & Field (men), volleyball (women), softball (women), and baseball (men).


High School sports

Every high school in Arlington is home to a variety of sport programs, some ranking among the state and nation best. Arlington High School and The Oakridge School own the city's only state football championships, having won it in 1951 and in 2011. Lamar High School was state runner up in 1990. As of 2020, All Arlington ISD schools will use Globe Life Park as a home Football Field While Renovations happen at Wilemon and Cravens Field. Also happening at the same time will be the construction of Glaspie Field on the Campus of Martin High School. Martin and Seguin will share Glaspie, Cravens Field, on the campus of Lamar will be Shared by Crosstown Rivals Arlington High and Lamar, and Wilemon Field, on the campus of Sam Houston, will remain the home of Bowie and Sam Houston High School.
Mansfield Timberview High School Mansfield Timberview High School, or THS, is a secondary school located in Arlington, Texas, Arlington, Texas. It is a Mansfield Independent School District campus. Its mascot is the wolf. Timberview High School was named an AVID National Demonstr ...
's boys basketball 2017 5A state title is the city's most recent boys basketball state title victory. Bowie High School's 2005 girls basketball 5A state title is the city's most recent girls state title victory.


Arlington athletes

Arlington is the home of several notable athletes. 1998 American League Rookie of the Year
Ben Grieve Ben Grieve (born May 4, 1976) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He batted left and threw right. In his nine-season career, he played with the Oakland Athletics (–), Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Devil Rays (–), Milwaukee Brew ...
graduated from Martin High School in 1994.
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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
outfielder
Vernon Wells Vernon Michael Wells III (born December 8, 1978) is an American former professional baseball center fielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the New Y ...

Vernon Wells
grew up in Arlington and attended Bowie High School,
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outfielder
Hunter Pence Hunter Andrew Pence (born April 13, 1983), nicknamed "The Reverend", is an American former professional baseball Professional baseball is organized baseball Baseball is a bat-and-ball games, bat-and-ball game played between two o ...

Hunter Pence
attended Arlington High School and played collegiate baseball at The
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, and
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pitcher
John Lackey John Derran Lackey (born October 23, 1978) is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher who played in Major League Baseball from 2002 through 2017 for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Ch ...
also played for UTA. Lamar High School alumnus
Jeremy Wariner Jeremy Matthew Wariner (born January 31, 1984) is a retired Americans, American Track and field, track athlete specializing in the 400 metres, 400 meters. He has won four Olympic games, Olympic medals (three Gold medal, gold, one Silver medal, si ...
won two gold medals in the
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, and the 2005 world championship in the 400 meters in Rome. UTA also produced Doug Russell, who won two gold medals in swimming at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968 and for whom a park on campus is named. Champion bodybuilder (Mr. Olympia 1998–2005)
Ronnie Coleman Ronnie Dean Coleman (born May 13, 1964) is an American retired professional bodybuilder. The winner of the Mr. Olympia title for eight consecutive years, he is regarded as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. Alongside his eight Mr. Oly ...
resides in Arlington.
Houston Comets The Houston Comets were a Women's National Basketball Association The Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) is a professional basketball league in the United States. It is currently composed of twelve teams. The league was founded o ...
Guard Erin Grant grew up in Arlington and attended Mansfield high school. NFL wide receiver Mark Clayton, now with the St. Louis Rams, graduated from Sam Houston High School in 2000 and was part of the University of Oklahoma's 2001 national championship team.
Jared Connaughton Jared Connaughton (born July 20, 1985) is a Canadian Canadians (french: Canadiens) are people identified with the country of Canada. This connection may be residential, legal, historical or cultural. For most Canadians, many (or all) of thes ...
, sprinter for the 2008 Canada Olympic team, was a sprinter for the UT Arlington team.
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Myles Garrett
, defensive end for the Cleveland Browns and 1st overall pick in the
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, graduated from Martin High School in 2014.


Government


Local

The Arlington City Council has been presided over by Mayor Jeff Williams since May 2015, following the 12-year incumbency of Mayor Robert Cluck. The Arlington City Council is composed of the Mayor and eight City Council members. Elections are conducted every spring in May. Even though City Officials are officially elected Non-Partisan, it is known they are Republicans based on voting in the Republican Primary every 2 years. The Mayor/Council Members are subject to a combined maximum of 3 terms. City Council Members as of February 2019 * District 1: Helen Moise first elected May 2018; term ends May 2020 * District 2: Sheri Capehart *first elected May 2000; term ends May 2020, legally not eligible to run again * District 3: Marvin Sutton first elected May 2019; term ends May 2021 * District 4: Andrew Piel first elected May 2019; term ends May 2021 * District 5: Ignacio Nunez first elected June 2019; term ends May 2021 * District 6: Robert Shepard (Represents the whole city) *first elected May 2008; term ends May 2020, legally not eligible to run again* * District 7: Victoria Farrar-Myers (Represents the whole city) first elected May 2016; term ends May 2020 * District 8: Barbara Odom-Wesley (Represents the whole city) first elected May 2019; term ends May 2021 According to Arlington's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended in September 2016, the city's various funds had $553.8 million in revenues, $479.0 million in expenditures, $2.925 billion in total assets, $1.024 billion in total liabilities, and $382.5 million in cash in investments. The Arlington Police Department had 871 employees and a budget of $118 million as of 2020. Fire protection is provided by the Arlington Fire Department, and emergency medical services are provided by
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, which also provides medical support to
AT&T Stadium AT&T Stadium, formerly Cowboys Stadium, is a retractable roof stadium in Arlington, Texas, United States. It serves as the home of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) and was completed on May 27, 2009. It is also the home ...

AT&T Stadium
. The city of Arlington is a voluntary member of the
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association, the purpose of which is to coordinate individual and collective local governments and facilitate regional solutions, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and enable joint decisions.


List of mayors


Federal representation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains the Arlington Ecological Services Field Office (ARLES) on Northeast Green Oaks Boulevard in far northeastern Arlington. While it is one of the oldest Ecological Services Field Stations in the United States, today its activities are focused primarily on the illegal trafficking of exotic species through Dallas/Fort-Worth International Airport. The office is not staffed or funded for nor active on the protection and enhancement of local urban-area endangered species habitat, nor on the enforcement of the related provisions of the Endangered Species Act. The
United States Postal Service The United States Postal Service (USPS; also known as the Post Office, U.S. Mail, or Postal Service) is an independent agency A regulatory agency or regulatory authority, is a Public benefit corporation Public-benefit corporation is a te ...
(USPS) operates the Arlington Main Post Office. Other post offices operated by the USPS include Bardin Road, East Arlington, Great Southwest, Oakwood, Pantego, and Watson Community. The
National Transportation Safety Board The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an Independent agencies of the United States government, independent U.S. government investigative agency responsible for civil transportation accident investigation. In this role, the NTSB inv ...
operates the Arlington Aviation field office in Arlington.


Education


Colleges and universities

Arlington is home to several public and private colleges and universities.


Public institutions

The
University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA or UT Arlington) is a public In public relations Public relations (PR) is the practice of managing and disseminating information from an individual or an organization An organization, ...
(UTA or UT Arlington) is the largest university in
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. The university has over 40,000 students and is a valuable asset to the city of Arlington and its economy. Buildings within the academic core of the UT Arlington campus are among the oldest structures in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, including Preston Hall, Ransom Hall, College Hall, and the original Arlington High School. The Southeast Campus of
Tarrant County College Tarrant County College (TCC) or Tarrant County College District (TCCD) is a Public college, Public community college in Tarrant County, Texas. It offers Associate of Arts, an Associate of Science, an Associate of Applied Science, and Associate o ...
is located in Arlington.


Private institutions

Arlington Baptist University (ABU) is a private 4-year
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affiliated with the
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that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. ABU traces its founding to J. Frank Norris, the controversial
Independent Baptist Independent Baptist churches (some also called Independent Fundamentalist Baptist or IFB) are Christianity, Christian congregations, generally holding to conservative (primarily Christian fundamentalism, fundamentalist) Baptist beliefs. The ter ...
minister.
Kaplan College Brightwood College, formerly Kaplan College, was a system of for-profit colleges in the United States, owned and operated by Education Corporation of America. Main qualifications offered included health, business, criminal justice, information te ...
, along with a branch of University of Phoenix is located in Arlington as well. The flagship campus of Ogle School (a cosmetology school) is located in Arlington.


Primary and secondary schools

Arlington's residents live in five independent school districts (or ISDs): Arlington Independent School District, Arlington ISD, Mansfield Independent School District, Mansfield ISD, Grand Prairie Independent School District, Grand Prairie ISD, Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, and Kennedale Independent School District, Kennedale ISD. In Texas, school district boundaries do not always follow city and county boundaries because all aspects of school district government apparatus, including district boundaries, are separated from city and county governments. Not all city of Arlington residents are in the AISD, and not all AISD students are residents of Arlington. There are currently ten AISD high schools. Arlington has dozens of private and public charter schools not affiliated with any ISDs.


Transportation

On July 2, 1902, the first Dallas/Fort-Worth "Interurban" electric trolley came to Arlington; this popular service ran between those three cities and points in between until Christmas Eve, 1934, providing easy transportation for both business and pleasure. The track ran through Arlington along what is now Abram Street. In the era of private operation of passenger trains prior to the Amtrak era,
Texas and Pacific Railway The Texas and Pacific Railway Company (known as the T&P) was created by federal charter in 1871 with the purpose of building a southern transcontinental railroad between Marshall, Texas, and San Diego, California. History The T&P had a signifi ...
trains such as the ''Texas Eagle (MP train), Texas Eagle'' and the ''Louisiana Eagle'' made stops in Arlington, on trips between Fort Worth and Dallas. Amtrak's ''Texas Eagle'' (Chicago-San Antonio) makes stops at Fort Worth Central Station 14 miles to the west and Dallas Union Station 18 miles to the east. Arlington Municipal Airport (Texas), Arlington Municipal Airport (GKY) is located entirely within Arlington and is a public use airport owned by the City of Arlington. It serves as a reliever airport for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field (though it lacks scheduled airline service) and is currently used for general aviation purposes. Several companies operate aircraft services on the airport property, including the Bell Helicopter division of Textron. For many years, Arlington had the notorious distinction of being the largest city in the United States that was not served by a public transportation system. Between 1980 and 2013, voters rejected three separate ballot proposals to bring public transportation to the city, though certain political and economic realities particular to North Texas made successful passage of those measures arguably more difficult in Arlington than in other parts of the state or country. On August 19, 2013, the two-year pilot project known as the Metro Arlington Xpress (MAX) bus began offering weekday bus service between
College Park Center College Park Center (CPC) is an indoor, multi-purpose arena on The University of Texas at Arlington The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA or UT Arlington) is a public research university in Arlington, Texas Arlington is a city in the U. ...
(on the campus of The
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) and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) CentrePort Station near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, DFW Airport, with a single stop near the Arlington Entertainment District. From the TRE station, riders could take the TRE to Fort Worth, Dallas and points in between, all of which are served by comprehensive public transit systems. The MAX program was funded primarily by the City of Arlington and The University of Texas at Arlington, with contributions from local businesses. The service was run through a tri-party agreement between the City of Arlington, the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit. City Council extended the MAX bus service beyond the original two-year pilot timeframe through annual contracts until December 31, 2017. The MAX was officially shut down on December 29, 2017, a few weeks after Via debuted in Arlington. The City of Arlington has a lower than average percentage of households without a car. In 2015, just 4.7 percent of Arlington households lacked a car, which dropped to 3.7 percent in 2016. The national average is 8.7 percent in 2016. Arlington averaged 1.89 cars per household in 2016, compared to a national average of 1.8. In January 2017, Arlington was part of a Texas state-wide designation as an Automated Vehicle Proving Ground by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In August 2017, Arlington launched the first autonomous vehicle shuttle service in the United States offered by a municipal government to the general public on a continuous basis. Named Milo, the autonomous electric shuttles provide service during major events at Globe Life Park and AT&T Stadium, connecting remote parking areas to the stadiums. Arlington also offers an on-demand rideshare service, in partnership with the company Via (company), Via, which began in December 2017. Riders can request a pickup from a six-passenger van within a designated service area, which covers key destinations within Arlington as well as connecting to the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort Station. Beginning January 19, 2021, this service was expanded citywide. Additionally, Arlington has four transit services targeting individual demographic groups: "Handitran" serves senior citizens and the disabled; Arlington hotels pay for a tourist-oriented shuttle-bus system for their guests; The University of Texas at Arlington runs a limited shuttle service for college students; and lastly Mission Arlington, an Arlington-run charity serving the severely indigent, has a bus service that circulates people needing social services or transportation to employment. The city is served by two Interstate Highways, Interstate 20 in Texas, I-20, also known as Ronald Reagan Memorial Highway, and Interstate 30 in Texas, I-30, also named Tom Landry Memorial Highway. Other limited-access freeways include Texas State Highway 360, State Highway 360, which is named for the founder of
Six Flags Over Texas "Six flags over Texas" is the slogan A slogan is a memorable motto or phrase used in a clan, political slogan, political, Advertising slogan, commercial, religious, and other context as a repetitive expression of an idea or purpose, with the ...
, Angus G. Wynne, running along the eastern border, and U.S. Route 287 in Texas, U.S. Highway 287, which traverses the southwestern portion of the city. In most cases, the memorial names are not used in reference to these roadways. The city also has a tollway, The 360 Tollway, which connects Mansfield to Arlington and Grand Prairie. The tollway is also known as the Rosa Parks Memorial Parkway, named after the civil rights activist. Near US-287, where the tollway ends, the tollway is also named "Senator Chris Harris Memorial Highway" after the local legislator who aided the extension. The Union Pacific Railroad now owns and operates the original Texas and Pacific (later Missouri Pacific Railroad, Missouri Pacific) transcontinental right-of-way and rail route through Arlington (parallel to which the Interurban originally ran); it offers no passenger stops in Arlington, its Arlington freight service is primarily to the local General Motors assembly plant, and most of its lengthy and numerous freight trains are merely passing through town to and from points far away.


Notable people


See also


References


Bibliography


External links


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