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"Dallas, the City that Works:
Diverse, Vibrant and Progressive."

Quick Facts:

Population (2004 Census Bureau Est.):
8th Largest City in the United States, 3rd Largest in Texas,
and among nation's 100 Most Ethnically Diverse Communities.

Land Area (square miles):
19th Largest in the US, 3rd Largest in Texas

Cost of Living Index (US Average =100):

Geographic / Climate Information:

   Average Elevation: 463 ft.
   Average Daily Temperature: 65° F
   Average Summer High Temperature: 96° F (July)
   Average Winter Low Temperature: 36° F (January)
   Average Days of Sunshine: 232
   Average Annual Rainfall Total: 33.7 in
   Average Annual Snowfall Total: 2.5 in

   International Trade: 58.3 Billion (Metro)
   Total Employment: 1,059,173 (City)
   Median Household Income: $38,276 (City)

Environmental / Recreational:
   Number of Parks : 406
   Acres of Parkland : 17,196
   Lakes : 17
   Acres of Water: 4,400
   Bike & Jogging Trails: 61.6 miles
   Recreation Centers: 47
   Public Sports Fields: 638
   Public Tennis Courts: 263
   Public Swimming Pools : 21
   Public Spraygrounds : 5
   Family Aquatics Center : 1
   Public Golf Courses: 6

Public Safety:
   Police: 2,977
   Firefighters: 1,670
   Civilian Support Personnel: 821

   Public Library Branches: 24
   Public Library Volumes: 7,629,483
   Public Elementary & Middle Schools: 180
   Public High Schools: 37
   2 Year and Technical/Trade Colleges: 17 (City)  
Public 4 Year Colleges & Universities: 6 (Metro)
   Private Colleges & Universities: 17 (Metro)

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To obtain information or research records related to the history of the City of Dallas, you may contact the
City Archivist at 214-670-5270.

For more Information about the
City's history:

Dallas Municipal Archives
Dallas Library History & Archives
Dallas Historical Society