Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex

The Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, officially designated the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget,[3] is a metropolitan area in the U.S. state of Texas encompassing 11 counties. It is the economic and cultural hub of North Texas. Residents of the area also refer to it as DFW, or the Metroplex.

Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington
Downtown Dallas, Texas, in 2012
Downtown Fort Worth, Texas, in 2007
AT&T Stadium in Arlington
CountryUnited States
Principal cities
1,407.0 sq mi (3,644.2 km2)
9,286 sq mi (24,059 km2)
Highest elevation
1,368 ft (417 m)
  Density634/sq mi (245/km2)
5,121,892 (6th)
6,366,542 (4th)
6,807,747 (7th)
 MSA/CSA/Urban: 2010
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
  Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)214, 254, 469, 682, 817, 903, 940, 972

The Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex's population is 7,539,711 according to the U.S. Census Bureau's 2018 population estimates,[4] making it the most populous metropolitan area in both Texas and the South, the fourth-largest in the U.S., and the tenth-largest in the Americas. In 2016, Dallas–Fort Worth ascended to the number one spot in the nation in year-over-year population growth.[5]

The region's economy is primarily based on banking, commerce, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare and medical research, and transportation and logistics. In 2019, Dallas–Fort Worth is home to 25[6] Fortune 500 companies,[7][8] the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the United States behind New York City (70) and Chicago (34).[9] In 2016, the metropolitan economy surpassed Houston to become the fourth-largest in the nation. Currently the region boasts a GDP of just over $613.4 billion in 2019.[10] As such, the metropolitan area's economy is ranked the 10th largest in the world. The DFW metroplex encompasses 9,286 square miles (24,100 km2) of total area: 8,991 sq mi (23,290 km2) is land, while 295 sq mi (760 km2) is water, making it larger in area than the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined.

Origin of the term

A portmanteau of metropolis and complex, the term metroplex is credited to Harve Chapman, an executive vice president with Dallas-based Tracy-Locke which was one of three advertising agencies that worked with the North Texas Commission (NTC) on strategies to market the region.[11] The NTC copyrighted[12] the term "Southwest Metroplex" in 1972 as a replacement for the previously-ubiquitous "North Texas", which studies had shown lacked identifiability outside the state. In fact, only 38 percent of a survey group identified Dallas and Fort Worth as part of "North Texas", with the Texas Panhandle also a perceived correct answer, being the northernmost region of Texas.[13]

Metroplex counties

The Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex is formed by a combination of two separate metropolitan divisions. The Dallas–Plano–Irving MDA and Fort Worth–Arlington–Grapevine MDA come together to form one full metropolitan area.[14]

Dallas–Plano–Irving Metropolitan Division[15][16]

Fort Worth–Arlington–Grapevine Metropolitan Division[15][17]

Metroplex cities, towns, and CDPs

Note: Cities and towns are categorized based on the latest population estimates from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (as of January 1, 2018).[18] No population estimates are released for census-designated places (CDPs), which are marked with an asterisk (*). These places are categorized based on their 2010 census population.[19]

Places with more than 100,000 inhabitants

Places designated "principal cities" by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are italicized.[20]





Places with 10,000 to 99,999 inhabitants

Places with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants

Unincorporated places


Historical populations – Dallas MSA (1950–1980)
U.S. Decennial Census
2011 estimate
Historical populations – Fort Worth MSA (1950–1970)
U.S. Decennial Census
2011 estimate
Historical populations – Dallas–Fort Worth (1980–2010)
U.S. Decennial Census
2011 estimate

As of the 2010 United States census,[21] there were 6,371,773 people. The racial makeup of the MSA was 50.2% White, 15.4% African American, 0.6% Native American, 5.9% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 10.0% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 27.5% of the population.

The median income for a household in the MSA was $48,062, and the median income for a family was $55,263. Males had a median income of $39,581 versus $27,446 for females. The per capita income for the MSA was $21,839.

County 2017 Estimate 2010 Census Change Area Density
Collin County 969,603 782,341 +23.94% 841.22 sq mi (2,178.7 km2) 1,153/sq mi (445/km2)
Dallas County 2,618,148 2,368,139 +10.56% 871.28 sq mi (2,256.6 km2) 3,005/sq mi (1,160/km2)
Denton County 836,210 662,614 +26.20% 878.43 sq mi (2,275.1 km2) 952/sq mi (368/km2)
Ellis County 173,620 149,610 +16.05% 935.49 sq mi (2,422.9 km2) 186/sq mi (72/km2)
Hood County 58,273 51,182 +13.85% 420.64 sq mi (1,089.5 km2) 139/sq mi (53/km2)
Hunt County 93,872 86,129 +8.99% 840.32 sq mi (2,176.4 km2) 112/sq mi (43/km2)
Johnson County 167,301 150,934 +10.84% 724.69 sq mi (1,876.9 km2) 231/sq mi (89/km2)
Kaufman County 122,883 103,350 +18.90% 780.70 sq mi (2,022.0 km2) 157/sq mi (61/km2)
Parker County 133,463 116,927 +14.14% 903.48 sq mi (2,340.0 km2) 148/sq mi (57/km2)
Rockwall County 96,788 78,337 +23.55% 127.04 sq mi (329.0 km2) 762/sq mi (294/km2)
Somervell County 8,845 8,490 +4.18% 186.46 sq mi (482.9 km2) 47/sq mi (18/km2)
Tarrant County 2,054,475 1,809,034 +13.57% 863.61 sq mi (2,236.7 km2) 2,379/sq mi (919/km2)
Wise County 66,181 59,127 +11.93% 904.42 sq mi (2,342.4 km2) 73/sq mi (28/km2)
Total 7,399,662 6,426,214 +15.15% 9,277.78 sq mi (24,029.3 km2) 798/sq mi (308/km2)

Combined Statistical Area

The Dallas–Fort Worth, TX–OK Combined Statistical Area is made up of 20 counties in north central Texas and one county in southern Oklahoma. The statistical area includes two metropolitan areas and seven micropolitan areas. As of the 2010 Census, the CSA had a population of 6,817,483 (though a July 1, 2015 estimate placed the population at 7,504,362).[22] The CSA definition encompasses 14,628 sq mi (37,890 km2) of area, of which 14,126 sq mi (36,590 km2) is land and 502 sq mi (1,300 km2) is water.


Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

Micropolitan Statistical Areas (μSAs)


As of the census[21] of 2000, there were 5,487,956 people, 2,006,665 households, and 1,392,540 families residing within the CSA. The racial makeup of the CSA was 70.41% White, 13.34% African American, 0.59% Native American, 3.58% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 9.62% from other races, and 2.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.83% of the population. It is home to the fourth-largest Muslim population in the country.

The median income for a household in the CSA was $43,836, and the median income for a family was $50,898. Males had a median income of $37,002 versus $25,553 for females. The per capita income for the CSA was $20,460.


The metroplex overlooks mostly prairie land with a few rolling hills dotted by man-made lakes cut by streams, creeks and rivers surrounded by forest land. The metroplex is situated in the Texas blackland prairies region, so named for its fertile black soil found especially in the rural areas of Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Hunt, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties.

Many areas of Denton, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant, and Wise counties are located in the Fort Worth Prairie[23] region of North Texas, which has less fertile and more rocky soil than that of the Texas blackland prairie; most of the rural land on the Fort Worth Prairie is ranch land. A large onshore natural gas field, the Barnett Shale, lies underneath this area; Denton, Tarrant and Wise counties feature many natural gas wells. Continuing land use change results in scattered crop fields surrounded by residential or commercial development.

South of Dallas and Fort Worth is a line of rugged hills that goes north to south about 15 miles (24 km) that looks similar to the Texas Hill Country 200 miles (320 km) to the south.


The cities of Dallas and Fort Worth are the two central cities of the metroplex, with Arlington being a third economically important city; it is a center for sporting events, tourism and manufacturing. Most other incorporated cities in the metroplex are "bedroom communities" serving largely as residential and small-business centers, though there are several key employers in these regions. Due to the large number of smaller, less well-known cities, metroplex residents commonly divide the region roughly in half along Texas Interstate 35, which runs north-south, splitting into two 'branches' (I-35E in Dallas and I-35W in Fort Worth) through the metroplex. They refer to places as being on the "Dallas side" or the "Fort Worth side", or in "the Arlington area", which is almost directly south of the airport. It is nominally between the two major east-west interstates in the region (I-20, passing to the south of both downtowns, and I-30, connecting Dallas and Fort Worth city centers).

Dallas and its suburbs have one of the highest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the United States. Business management and operations is a major part of the economy. The metroplex also contains the largest Information Technology industry base in the state (often referred to as Silicon Prairie or the Telecom Corridor, especially when referring to US-75 through Richardson, Plano and Allen just north of Dallas itself). This area has a large number of corporate IT projects and the presence of numerous electronics, computing and telecommunication firms such as Microsoft, Texas Instruments, HP Enterprise Services, Dell Services, Samsung, Nokia, Cisco, Fujitsu, i2, AT&T, Frontier, Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, CA, Google, and Verizon in and around Dallas. On the other end of the business spectrum, and on the other side of the metroplex, the Texas farming and ranching industry is based in Fort Worth. According to the Dallas Business Journal 's 2006 Book of Lists, American Airlines is the largest employer in the metroplex. Several major defense manufacturers, including Lockheed Martin, Bell Helicopter Textron, and Raytheon, maintain significant operations in the metroplex, primarily on the "Fort Worth side." They are concentrated along State Highway 170 near I-35W, commonly called the "Alliance Corridor" due to its proximity to the Fort Worth Alliance regional airport. ExxonMobil, the #2 corporation on the Fortune 500 listings, is headquartered in Irving, Texas. Toyota USA, in 2016, relocated its corporate headquarters to Plano, Texas. Southwest Airlines hold their headquarters in Dallas. The airline has more than 53,000 employees as of October 2016 and operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. In October 2016, Jacobs Engineering, a Fortune 500 company and one of the world’s largest engineering companies, relocated from Pasadena, California to Dallas.[24]

Changes in house prices for the metroplex are publicly tracked on a regular basis using the Case–Shiller index; the statistic is published by Standard & Poor's and is also a component of S&P's 20-city composite index of the value of the U.S. residential real estate market.

Higher education

Notable colleges and universities

Public universities
School Enrollment Location Mascot Athletic Affiliation
University System

University of Texas at Arlington
42,496 Arlington Mavericks NCAA Division I
(Sun Belt)
University of Texas System

University of North Texas
37,979 Denton Mean Green NCAA Division I FBS
University of North Texas System

University of Texas at Dallas
26,793 Richardson Comets NCAA Division III
(American Southwest)
University of Texas System

Texas Woman's University
15,472 Denton Pioneers NCAA Division II
(Lone Star)
Women's sports only

Texas A&M University–Commerce
12,385 Commerce Lions NCAA Division II
(Lone Star)
Texas A&M University System

University of North Texas at Dallas
3,030 Dallas Trailblazers No Athletics
University of North Texas System

UT Southwestern
2,235 Dallas N/A N/A University of Texas System
Private universities
School Enrollment Location Mascot Athletic Affiliation

Southern Methodist University
11,643 University Park Mustangs NCAA Division I FBS

Texas Christian University
10,394 Fort Worth Horned Frogs NCAA Division I FBS
(Big 12)

Dallas Baptist University
5,445 Dallas Patriots NCAA Division II
(Lone Star)
Non–Football, compete in the Missouri Valley Conference at the Division I level for baseball

Texas Wesleyan University
3,378 Fort Worth Rams NAIA

University of Dallas
2,387 Irving Crusaders NCAA Division III
Non–Football, compete in Texas Rugby Union at the Division II level for Rugby

Southwestern Assemblies of God University
2,012 Waxahachie Lions NAIA NCCAA
(Sooner and Central States Football League)

Paul Quinn College
600 Dallas Tigers NAIA
(Red River)


Presidential Election Results
Year Republican Democratic
2016 53% 1,217,018 46% 1,062,196
2012 57% 1,202,585 43% 896,612
2008 55% 1,190,150 45% 970,130
2004 62% 1,190,362 38% 732,787
2000 62% 973,070 38% 587,889

Since the late 20th century and the realignment of party affiliations, white conservatives have shifted to the Republican Party, and its national candidates have won in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, including in presidential elections. Democratic voters dominate a majority of areas in the large cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, and Arlington (especially areas east of Interstate 35W).[25][26] Republicans dominate North Dallas, western Fort Worth and the rest of Tarrant County, most suburbs, and the rural areas of the metroplex.


The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (IATA airport code: DFW), located between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, is the largest and busiest airport in the state of Texas. At 17,207 acres (6,963 ha) of total land area, DFW is also the second-largest airport in the country and the sixth-largest in the world. It is the third-busiest airport in the world in terms of aircraft movements and the world's seventh-busiest by passenger traffic, transporting 62.9 million passengers in FY 2014.[27] Based in Fort Worth, American Airlines' headquarters are adjacent to DFW. Recently having regained the title as the largest airline in the world in terms of both passengers transported and fleet size, American is a predominant leader in domestic routes and operations.[28]

Love Field Airport (IATA airport code: DAL) is located in northwest Dallas. Based in Dallas, Southwest Airlines is headquartered next to Love Field.

The Dallas–Fort Worth area has thousands of lane-miles of freeways and interstates. The metroplex has the second-largest number of freeway-miles per capita in the nation, behind only the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As in most major metropolitan areas in Texas, most interstates and freeways have access or frontage roads where most of the businesses are located; these access roads have slip ramps allowing traffic to transition between the freeway and access road. North-south interstates include I-35 and I-45. East-west routes include I-30 and I-20. I-35 splits into I-35E and I-35W from Denton to Hillsboro: I-35W goes through Fort Worth while I-35E goes through Dallas. (This is one of only two examples of an interstate splitting off into branches and then rejoining as one; the other such split is in Minneapolis-St. Paul where I-35E goes into St. Paul and I-35W goes through Minneapolis.) I-30 connects Dallas and Fort Worth, and I-45 connects Dallas to Houston. The "multiple-of-5" numbers used for the interstate designations are notable, as these numbers were designed to be used for major multi-state arteries of the U.S. Interstate Highway System. The North Texas region is the terminus for two of them, and I-45 is located only within Texas.

HOV lanes exist along I-35E, I-30, I-635, US 67, and US 75. I-20 bypasses both Dallas and Fort Worth to the south while its loop, I-820, goes around Fort Worth. I-635 splits to the north of I-20 and loops around east and north Dallas, ending at SH 121 north of DFW Airport. I-35E, Loop 12, and Spur 408 ultimately connect to I-20 southwest of Dallas, completing the west bypass loop around Dallas. A large number of construction projects are planned or are already underway in the region to alleviate congestion. Due largely to funding issues, many of the new projects involve building new tollways or adding tolled express lanes to existing highways, which are managed by the North Texas Tollway Authority. It was originally established to manage the Dallas North Tollway and oversees several other toll projects in the area.

Public transit

Public transit options continue to expand significantly throughout the metroplex. However, it is limited in several outlying and rural suburbs. Dallas County and portions of Collin and Rockwall counties have bus service and light rail operated by Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), covering thirteen member cities. DART's rail network currently sprawls for 93 miles throughout the area. The Red Line extends north to Plano and southwest to Westmoreland Road. The Blue Line reaches from Rowlett in the northeast to the University of North Texas at Dallas campus near I-20 in the south. The 28-mile Green Line, which opened in December 2010, connects Carrollton in the northwest through Downtown Dallas to Pleasant Grove in the southeast. The Orange Line, which completed expansion in 2014, parallels the Red Line from Plano to Downtown Dallas and the Green Line from Downtown Dallas to Northwest Hwy before extending through the Las Colinas area of Irving to reach DFW International Airport.

Denton County has bus service limited to Denton, Highland Village, and Lewisville (with commuter service to downtown Dallas) provided by the Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA). The A-train, a diesel commuter rail line, parallels I-35E to connect Denton, Highland Village, Lewisville, and Carrollton. Several smaller towns along this line, Corinth, Shady Shores, and Lake Dallas, voted to abstain from DCTA and do not have stations. There is an across-the-platform transfer in Carrollton to the DART Green Line. A-Train service began June 20, 2011.[29]

Tarrant County has bus services operated by Trinity Metro (formerly the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, popularly known as 'The T'), available only in Fort Worth. It additionally operates TEXRail commuter rail, which serves to connect downtown Fort Worth with DFW Airport and the DART Orange Line. The diesel commuter train that serves Fort Worth and its eastern suburbs is operated as the Trinity Railway Express; it connects downtown Fort Worth to downtown Dallas, where it links to the DART light rail system. A station near its midpoint, Centerport, also serves DFW Airport via a free airport shuttle bus. The TRE is jointly owned by FWTA and DART.[30] Amtrak serves two stations in the Metroplex - Dallas Union Station and Fort Worth Central Station. Both are served by the Texas Eagle route, which operates daily between Chicago and San Antonio (continuing on to Los Angeles three days a week), though only the latter station is served by the Fort Worth-Oklahoma City Heartland Flyer.

As of 2016 the Taiwanese airline EVA Air operates a shuttle bus service from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston to Richardson, so that Dallas-based customers may fly on its services to and from Houston.[31]

Largest area employers

Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex[32]

Company No. of employees
Type of business
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 34,000 Retail
American Airlines 27,000 Commercial airline
Texas Health Resources 22,296 Health care
Dallas Independent School District 19,740 Education
Baylor Health Care System 16,500 Health care


The cities of Dallas and Fort Worth have their own newspapers, The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, respectively. Historically, the two papers had readership primarily in their own counties. As the two cities' suburbs have grown together in recent years (and especially since the demise of the Dallas Times Herald in 1991), many sites sell both papers. This pattern of crossover has been repeated in other print media, radio, and television. Since the 1970s all of the television stations and most of the FM radio stations have chosen to transmit from Cedar Hill so as to serve the entire market, and are programmed likewise. There has been a rise in "80–90 move-ins", whereby stations have been moved from distant markets, in some cases as far away as Oklahoma, and relicensed to anonymous small towns in the metroplex to serve as additional DFW stations. According to RadioTime, the market has 38 AM stations, 58 FM stations (many of them class Cs), and 18 full-power television stations. Dallas–Fort Worth is the fifth-largest television market in the United States, behind only New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia.

Two metroplex AM radio stations, 820 WBAP and 1080 KRLD, are 50,000-watt stations with coverage of much of the North American continent and beyond during nighttime hours.

The South Asian population (Indian Sub-continent) has increased considerably in the DFW metroplex. They have the FM 104.9 radio channel and 700 AM radio.[33] Recently Sony TV, a subsidiary of Sony TV Asia, launched its FTA (free to Air OTA) channel on 44.2 station in DFW. It was one of the two locations they chose in USA; the other being NYC, where there is also a large South Asian demographic.

TV stations

The following are full-powered stations serving the Dallas–Fort Worth television market. Network owned-and-operated stations are highlighted in bold.

ChannelCall Sign
Primary Network AffiliationSubchannel(s)City of LicenseOwner
2.1KDTNDaystarNoneDenton, TXWord of God Fellowship
(Community Television Educators of DFW, Inc.)
(Fox 4)
FoxNoneDallasFox Television Stations
(NW Communications of Texas, Inc.)
(NBC 5)
NBC5.2 Cozi TVFort WorthNBCUniversal Owned Television Stations
(Station Venture Operations, LP)
(WFAA-TV Channel 8)
ABC8.2 AccuWx
8.3 Justice Network

8.4 Quest

DallasTegna Media
(WFAA-TV, Inc.)
(CBS 11)
CBS11.2 DecadesFort WorthCBS Corporation
(CBS Stations Group of Texas, Inc.)
PBS13.2 KERA Kids
13.3 Create
DallasNorth Texas Public Broadcasting
18.1KPFW-LDHope Channel broadcastingNoneDallasIglesia JesuCristo es mi Refugion, Inc.
(Sale to DTV America Corporation pending)
20.1KBOP-LDInfomercial20.2 Infomercial
20.3 3ABN (Spanish)
20.4 3ABN
DallasRandolph W. Weigner
(D.T.V., LLC.)
21.1 KTXA
(TXA 21)
Independent21.2 MeTVFort WorthCBS Corporation
(Television Station KTXA Inc.)
22KNAV-LPHot TV NetworkNone
(low-power analog)
DeSoto, TXTuck Properties
(Univision 23)
Univision23.2 Bounce TV
23.3 Escape
23.4 LAFF
Garland, TXUnivision Communications
(KUVN License Partnership, LP)
25.1K25FW-DHSNNoneCorsicana, TXVentana Television, Inc.
Guide US TV26.2 Soul of the South TV
26.3 Almavision
26.4 HSN2
Britton, TXMako Communications, LLC
MyNetworkTV27.2 Movies!
27.3 Buzzr
27.4 Heroes and Icons
27.5 Light TV
DallasFox Television Stations
(NW Communications of Texas, Inc.)
28.1KHPK-LDSonLife28.2 Guide US TV
28.3 Shop LC
28.4 Soul of the South TV
DeSoto, TXMako Communications, LLC
(Estrella TV KMPX 29)
Estrella TV29.2 Inmigrante TVDecatur, TXLiberman Broadcasting
(Liberman Television of Dallas License LLC)
31.1K31GL-DSonLife31.2 Hot TV Network
31.3 Hot TV Network
31.4 RTV
DeSoto, TXMako Communications, LLC
The CW33.2 Antenna TV
33.3 This TV

33.4 Charge

DallasTribune Broadcasting
(Sale to Sinclair Broadcast Group pending)
(Access 34)
HSN34.2 Shop LC
34.3 HSN2
34.4 Jewelry TV
34.5 Infomercial
Dallas & Mesquite, TXMako Communications, LLC
(KVFW 38)
Infomercial38.3 RTN
38.4 Rev'n
Fort WorthCMMB America
(New York Spectrum Holding Company, LLC)
(Telemundo 39)
Telemundo39.2 TeleXitosDallasNBCUniversal
(NBC Telemundo License LLC)
TVC+Latino44.3 Diya TV - America's first South Asian broadcast television network
44.4 SAB TV (Indian)
DallasDilip Viswanath
(Univision 23)
(mirror broadcast of KUVN-DT)
Garland, TXUnivision Communications
(KUVN License Partnership, LP)
(Texas 47)
Independent47.2 Comet
47.3 Charge
47.4 TBD
47.5 SonLife
Greenville, TXLondon Broadcasting Company
(KTXD License Company, LLC)
(UniMás 49)
UniMás49.2 GetTV
49.3 Grit
Irving, TXUnivision Communications
(UniMas Dallas, LLC)
51.1KHFD-LDThe Walk TV51.2 Cornerstone Television
51.4 Global Christian Network
Cedar Hill, TXRandall & Adrienne Weiss
52.1KFWDSonLife52.3 QVC Plus
52.4 Evine
Fort WorthNRJ Holdings LLC
(NRJ TV DFW License Co, LLC)
(Azteca 55)
Azteca América55.2 MBC America (Korean)
55.3 SBTN (Vietnamese)
55.4 QVC
55.5 VietFace TV (Vietnamese)
55.6 Biz Television
55.7 Spanish-language infomercials
Lake Dallas, TXNorthstar Media, LLC
(Northstar Dallas License, LLC)
58.1KDTX-TVTBN58.2 Hillsong Channel
58.3 JUCE TV
58.4 Enlace
58.5 Smile
DallasTrinity Broadcasting Network
(Trinity Broadcasting of Texas, Inc.)
(Ion Television)
Ion Television68.2 qubo
68.3 Ion Life
68.4 Ion Shop

68.5 QVC

68.6 HSN

Arlington, TXIon Media Networks
(Ion Media Dallas License, Inc.)

Radio stations

  • Category:Radio stations in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex


The metroplex is one of the 13 American metropolitan areas that has a team in each of the four major professional sports leagues. Major professional sports first came to the area in 1952, when the Dallas Texans competed in the National Football League for one season. In 1960, major professional sports returned when The Dallas Cowboys began competing in the National Football League and the Dallas Texans began competing in the American Football League. (The Texans later relocated to Kansas City and became the Chiefs). In 1972, Major League Baseball's Washington Senators moved to Arlington to become the Texas Rangers, named after the statewide law enforcement agency. The National Basketball Association expanded into North Texas in 1980 when the Dallas Mavericks were added to the league. The fourth sport was added in 1993 when the Minnesota North Stars of the National Hockey League moved to Dallas, becoming the Dallas Stars.

The Major League Soccer team FC Dallas is based in Frisco, and the Dallas Wings of the WNBA play in Arlington. The area is also home to many minor-league professional teams, and four colleges that compete in NCAA Division I athletics. Two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races are hosted annually at Texas Motor Speedway, the Duck Commander 500 and the AAA Texas 500. The metroplex has hosted many premiere sports events on both an annual and one-time basis.

Major professional sports teams

Club Sport Founded League Venue

Dallas Cowboys
Football 1960 NFL AT&T Stadium

Texas Rangers
Baseball 1972^ MLB Globe Life Park in Arlington

Dallas Mavericks
Basketball 1980 NBA American Airlines Center

Dallas Stars
Hockey 1993^ NHL American Airlines Center

FC Dallas
Soccer 1996 MLS Toyota Stadium

Dallas Wings
Basketball 2015^ WNBA College Park Center
Dallas Rattlers Lacrosse 2018^ MLL The Ford Center at The Star

^- Indicates year team relocated to the area

Other notable professional and amateur teams

Club Sport Founded League Venue
Dallas Renegades Football 2019 XFL Globe Life Park
Allen Americans Ice hockey 2009 ECHL Allen Event Center
Lone Star Brahmas Ice hockey 1999 NAHL NYTEX Sports Centre
Mid-Cities Junior Stars Ice hockey 2013 NA3HL Dr. Pepper StarCenter
Texas Jr. Brahmas Ice hockey 2014 NA3HL NYTEX Sports Centre
Dallas Snipers Ice hockey 2011 Western States Hockey League Dr. Pepper StarCenter
Dallas Sidekicks Indoor soccer 2012 Major Arena Soccer League Allen Event Center
Frisco RoughRiders Baseball 2003^ Texas League Dr Pepper Ballpark
Cleburne Railroaders Baseball 2017 AAIPBL The Depot at Cleburne Station
Fort Worth Vaqueros Soccer 2014 NPSL LaGrave Field
Grand Prairie AirHogs Baseball 2007 AAIPBL QuikTrip Park
Texas Legends Basketball 2010^ NBA G League Comerica Center
Dallas City FC Soccer 2013 NPSL Roffino Stadium
Dallas Roughnecks Ultimate 2015 American Ultimate Disc League The Colony Five Star Complex
FC Dallas Soccer 1996 Women's Premier Soccer League Dr. Pink Stadium
FC Dallas U-23 Soccer 1996 Women's Premier Soccer League Toyota Soccer Complex
Texas Spurs FC Soccer 1998 Women's Premier Soccer League Willow Springs Middle School
FC Cleburne Soccer 2017 PDL The Depot at Cleburne Station
Texas United Soccer 2017 PDL AirHogs Stadium
Arlington Impact Women's American football 2015 Women's Football Alliance Pennington Field
Dallas Elite Women's American football 2015 Women's Football Alliance Alfred Loos Stadium
Dallas Fuel eSports 2017 Overwatch League Blizzard Arena
Fortis MMA Mixed Martial Arts 2016 Mixed Martial Arts

^- Indicates year team relocated to the area

Division I college athletics

School City Mascot Conference

University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington Mavericks Sun Belt Conference

University of North Texas
Denton Mean Green Conference USA

Southern Methodist University
University Park Mustangs American Athletic Conference

Texas Christian University
Fort Worth Horned Frogs Big 12 Conference

Dallas Baptist University
Dallas Patriots Missouri Valley Conference (baseball only)

The headquarters for both the Big 12 and Conference USA are located in Irving, and the Southland Conference headquarters are in Frisco.

Sports events hosted

Note: Venues are listed with their current names, not necessarily those in use when an event took place.

Event Sport Year(s) Venue
Red River Rivalry College Football 1912–present Cotton Bowl
Battle for the Iron Skillet College Football 1915–present Cotton Bowl, Amon G. Carter Stadium, Ownby Stadium, Texas Stadium, Ford Stadium
Fort Worth Classic College Football 1921 Panther Park
Dixie Classic College Football 1922, 1925, 1934 Fair Park Stadium
State Fair Classic College Football 1925–present Cotton Bowl
PGA Championship Golf 1927,


Cedarcrest Golf Course, Dallas Athletic Club
AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic College Football 1937–present Cotton Bowl, AT&T Stadium
U.S. Open Golf 1941 Colonial Country Club
Byron Nelson Golf Classic Golf 1944–present Multiple courses in Dallas
Colonial National Invitational Golf 1946–present Colonial Country Club
Pro Bowl Football 1973 Texas Stadium
The Players Championship Golf 1975 Colonial Country Club
Dallas Grand Prix Auto Racing 1984–1996 Fair Park, Addison, Reunion Arena
NBA All-Star Game Basketball 1986, 2010 Reunion Arena, AT&T Stadium
NCAA Men's Final Four Basketball 1986, 2014 Reunion Arena, AT&T Stadium
NCAA Women's Final Four Basketball 2017 American Airlines Center
U.S. Women's Open Golf 1991 Colonial Country Club
FIFA World Cup Preliminaries Soccer 1994 Cotton Bowl
Major League Baseball All-Star Game Baseball 1995 Globe Life Park in Arlington
Duck Commander 500 Auto Racing 1997–present Texas Motor Speedway
Bombardier Learjet 550 Auto Racing 1997–present Texas Motor Speedway
Big 12 Championship Game College Football 2001, 2009, 2010, 2017–present Texas Stadium, AT&T Stadium
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl College Football 2003–present Amon G. Carter Stadium
Frisco Bowl College Football 2017–present Toyota Stadium
Breeders' Cup Horse Racing 2004 Lone Star Park
AAA Texas 500 Auto Racing 2005–present Texas Motor Speedway
MLS Cup Soccer 2005, 2006 Toyota Stadium
NHL All-Star Game Hockey 2007 American Airlines Center
CONCACAF Gold Cup Soccer 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 AT&T Stadium, Toyota Stadium
Cowboys Classic College Football 2009–present AT&T Stadium
Southwest Classic College Football 2009–2011 AT&T Stadium
First Responder Bowl College Football 2010–present Cotton Bowl
Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito Professional Boxing November 13, 2010 AT&T Stadium
NCAA Division I Football Championship College Football 2011–2014 Toyota Stadium
Super Bowl XLV Football 2011 AT&T Stadium
Heart of Dallas Classic College Football 2013 Cotton Bowl
College Football Playoff National Championship College Football 2015 AT&T Stadium
WrestleMania 32 Wrestling 2016 AT&T Stadium
NHL Entry Draft Hockey 2018 American Airlines Center
NHL Bridgestone winter Classic Hockey 2020 Cotton Bowl

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