Eat that, Bid Apple. Sorry, Chicago. Dallas is No. 1. Our fair city just took first place in USA Today’s Best International Skyline reader’s choice poll, coming out ahead of No. 2 Chicago for ultimate bragging rights. USA Today cited our skyline’s colorful lighting, and pointed out that people flying in to DFW and Love Field airports get a great view at night. The top 10 finishers: 1) Dallas, 2) Chicago, 3) Rio de Janeiro, 4) Toronto, 5)New York, 6) Washington, D.C., 7) St. Louis, 8) Hong Kong, 9) San Francisco, and 10) Seattle.
–Dallas Morning News, September 9, 2014
Dallas a Magnet for Foreign Students
Dallas-Fort Worth ranks among the top areas in the country for attracting foreign students and retaining students who study science, technology, engineering or math, according to a new Brookings Institutionreport. The region ranked seventh of 118 metro destinations for foreign students in the nation, with 25,353 student visa holders in 2008 to 2012. New York-Newark-Edison ranked first with 101,586 foreign students, and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana ranked second with 68,271. The Dallas-Fort Worth area has the most foreign students in Texas. The largest number of DFW student transplants hail from Hyderabad, India, the IT hub of India, and the No. 2 hometown is Kathmandu, Nepal. The largest numbers of foreign students in Dallas-Fort Worth are studying at UT Arlington, UT Dallas, University of North Texas, Texas A&M University at Commerce and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Ruiz said. Almost 56 percent of foreign students in DFW are studying for a master’s degree, and the most popular major is business followed by engineering and computer-related degrees.
–Dallas Business Journal, September 10, 2014
Facts About Dallas
- Dallas’ cost of living is 6.1 percent below the national average and the sixth-lowest among 27 metropolitan areas. Local housing is 21.4 percent below the U.S. average of 100.
- The average business commute time in and around Dallas is 26 minutes, relatively short compared to major U.S. metropolitan areas.
- Hispanic Magazinerecently ranked Dallas #4 among the top U.S. cities for Hispanics. Just over 2.3 million inhabitants of Dallas, Texas are Hispanic, making it the largest minority group. Several organizations such as the area’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Bar Association, DFW Hispanic Bankers, a society for Hispanic engineers, and the DFW Minority Business Development Council make for an excellent support system for Latino professionals.
- The City of Dallas, Texas maintains and operates 41 community and neighborhood recreation centers, 232 playgrounds, 173 basketball courts, 112 volleyball courts, 126 play slabs, 258 neighborhood tennis courts, 258 picnic areas, 69 miles of hiking and biking trails including Katy Trail, six 18-hole golf courses, two driving ranges, a 100-acre zoo, 260 acres at Fair Park, and 477 athletic fields.
- Dallas, Texas is home to seven major professional sports teams including football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer.
- Dallas, Texas has the highest number of shopping centers per capita in the United States and North Park Mall draws in more revenue per unit area than any other retail complex in the U.S.
- The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area has more restaurants per capita than any other metropolitan area in the United States.
–SMU Cox School of Business published information
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