Arlington, Texas may not be at the top of most people's minds when they're considering a place to live or visit, but as Nikki Stephens, PR & Digital Media Coordinator for the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau explains, the city has quite a bit to offer.
"Arlington is a great place to live!" she declares. "Not only are there a lot of things to see and do in Arlington, but (it) is home to many corporate hubs and major employers, like General Motors, who has manufactured cars in town since the 1950s. Affordable homes and top-rated schools also attract young families looking to lay down a foundation on their future in Arlington."
That's why in 2016, Arlington, which is situated 12 miles east of Fort Worth, made Money magazine's list as "Best in South" among their "Best Big Cities" 2016 list. As Stephens explains, the editors studied the city's population, median home price, average property tax, and unemployment rate (which is lower than the national average.)
Furthermore, the city enjoys diversity and manages to retain small-town charm and friendliness of a suburban area with city attractions. Says Stephens, "Everyone is so nice here; they really love their city and being a good neighbor to everyone, including visitors, is extremely important here."
Among the city's major and varied attractions are Six Flags Over Texas (the amusement park's original location and pictured below), AT&T Stadium, which is a three million square-foot venue that serves as the home to the Dallas Cowboys (pictured above), and Texas Live!, a new entertainment multiplex that is due to open in spring 2018.
Situated across the street from Globe Life Park, the shopping mecca will house a hotel, shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, and even space for sporting events. In fact, the Rangers will be receiving a new ballpark in 2010 in conjunction with Texas Live!, which Stephens predicts "will cement Arlington as Texas' premier sports, entertainment and cultural destination for decades to come."
Arlington was founded in 1876 and named after General Robert E. Lee's home in Arlington County, Virginia. Thanks to construction of the Texas and Pacific Railway, it soon became a thriving community for farmers and cotton growers. It also hides a bit of scandalous history, according to Stephens, which says it was known as "Las Vegas before Las Vegas." The land where Arlington Baptist College is now found was once home to a speakeasy and casino that attracted Bonnie and Clyde and old time Hollywood movie stars like Clark Gable and John Wayne.
The outlaws and movie legends may be long gone, but the friendly ambiance of Arlington remains the same and still beckons tourists and potential new residents, states Stephens. "Everyone is welcome in Arlington, where great food isn't hard to find," she says. "We're more than happy to have you stay longer?in The American Dream City!"