Settlement in the Arlington area started in the mid-1800's. A trading post established in 1841, followed by a Texas Ranger post in 1848. The city was founded in 1876 and incorporated in 1884. Initially, Arlington was a cotton processing and farming center because the city provided access to the Texas and Pacific Railway. Arlington experienced a rapid growth period when General Motors opened an assembly plant in the community. According to census records, Arlington grew from a population of 7,692 in 1950 to a population of more than 365,000 in 2010.
Arlington summers are hot and sunny, with an average of 228 days of sunshine and an average summertime high of 95 °F. The coolest month is January, with low temperatures averaging around 31 °F. It rarely snows in Arlington, but the area receives as much as thirty-eight inches of rainfall per year. Get more Arlington weather information using these links.
Arlington is one of 13 member-cities of the Dallas region's transit agency, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Currently, Arlington is experimenting with a local bus transit system called MAX, and voters will decide whether to continue supporting a local transit system. The Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is 30 miles from downtown Arlington, with more than 20 airlines providing direct flights across the nation and around the world. Shuttle service to the airport is provided by many Arlington area hotels.
Arlington is a great place to live, with affordable housing, low unemployment, and a cost of living index that is 12% lower than the national average. Determine your budget requirements with these cost of living calculators.
Four independent school districts administer primary and secondary education in Arlington. The Arlington Independent School District is the largest of the four, with more than 63,000 students attending 56 elementary schools, 13 middle schools and 10 high schools. The other three districts include Mansfield ISD with 30 schools, Grand Prairie ISD with 39 schools and Kennedale ISD with 5 schools.
Owning a home in Arlington is not difficult to attain. Starter homes are on the market for around $60,000 and the average home in Arlington is priced around $150,000. The most affordable homes can be found in central Arlington, and more expensive homes tend to be located in the neighborhoods to the west of central Arlington. Explore the homes currently available in Arlington, Texas using the following links.
Arlington hotels offer a wide range of amenities and price ranges. Many hotels are pet-friendly and offer complimentary breakfast. The Thornton Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in the historical Thornton house, serves complimentary wine and cheese upon arrival. Breakfast is also included in the rates and served every morning. The Sanford House Inn and Spa is a luxurious Boutique Hotel located in historic downtown Arlington, offering 12 elegant accommodations, including one-bedroom cottage suites, two-bedroom villas, and spacious manor house rooms. Find more great places to stay with the following links.
Arlington features more than 650 restaurants catering to a wide variety of tastes. For a touch of southern style home cooking, Babe's Chicken Dinner House is rated by locals as one of Arlington's best restaurants. For brunch or dinner, The Sanford House, central Arlington is hard to beat. Chop House Burgers, located near the University of Texas at Arlington serves up great burgers and was even featured on the show "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. If you're still hungry, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen features signature Louisiana style dishes with a deep Cajun influence. Explore more dining experiences in Arlington, Texas using these links.
Arlington offers year-round fun for all ages and budgets. Sports lovers will gravitate toward the Entertainment District where you will find the Dallas Cowboys football stadium and Globe Life Park, Major League Baseball's home of the Texas Rangers. Nearby is the International Bowling Museum and the original Six Flags theme park. The Levitt Pavilion’s performing arts stage presents an array of programs in music, dance and performance art. Most shows are free at this outdoor venue. The Downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market, open every Friday and Saturday from 8AM to 1PM is a community-oriented market focusing on Texas foods, arts, crafts, services and wares. Explore more things to do in Arlington by checking out these links.