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Regional Overview

The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area, the official title designated by the United States Office of Management and Budget, encompasses 12 counties within the U.S. state of Texas. The area is divided into two distinct metropolitan divisions: Dallas–Plano–Irving and Fort Worth–Arlington. Residents of the area informally refer to it as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, DFW, or The Metroplex. It is the economic and cultural hub of the region commonly called North Texas or North Central Texas.

Night images of Dallas highways and Fort Worth buildings.

According to U.S. Census estimates, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex population is 6,526,548 making it the largest metropolitan area in the South. During the 12-month period from July 2008 to July 2009, the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area gained 146,530 new residents, more than any other metropolitan area in the United States. The area’s population has grown by about one million since the last census was administered in 2000.

The Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is by population, the largest metropolitan area in Texas, the largest in the South, the fourth-largest in the United States, and the tenth-largest in the Americas. The 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 U.S. states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined. It is also the sixth largest gross metropolitan product (GMP) in the United States, and approximately tenth largest by GMP in the world.

Counties of the DFW metroplex


Note: Cities and towns are categorized based on the latest population estimates from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (as of January 1, 2012). No population estimates are released for Census-designated places (CDPs), which are marked with an asterisk (*). These places are categorized based on their 2012 census population.


Cities of over 100,000 inhabitants


POPULATION (2012 estimates)

Dallas 1,241,162
Fort Worth 777,992
Arlington 375,600
Plano 272,068
Garland 233,564
Irving 225,427
Grand Prairie 181,824
McKinney 143,223
Mesquite 143,195
Frisco 128,176
Carrollton 125,409
Denton 121,128
Richardson 103,297

Cities with 10,000 to 99,999 inhabitants

Blue DFW radius map

Source: Wikipedia & City of Arlington, TX