Arlington grew out instead of up. It is the only one of the seven largest cities in Texas that was never a county seat, so the city core never became prominent. Historic architecture consists of the occasional two-story brick building and heritage houses repurposed for commercial use. The Greek Revival-styled Vaught House on Abram Street and the rambling Thornton Inn are such examples. Knapp Heritage Park on Front Street is preserved as a window to Texas pioneer life.
Arlington’s true landmarks are its monuments to modern life. The AT&T Stadium, home to the Dallas Cowboys, can accommodate more than 100,000 fans. Globe Life Park in Arlington is the base for baseball’s Texas Rangers. Located in oil-rich Texas, Arlington of course has ties to the industry, but its most famous derrick is a model derrick at the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park.
Single family homes dominate the Arlington housing market with 94,585 such properties. These detached homes define the city’s real estate landscape – there are only 4,251 multi-family assets and 4,485 unclassified residential properties. Retail and service structures in the city number 4,480. Arlington also comprises 467 industrial properties and 410 mixed-use options.
Arlington grew so fast and was so car-centric that it was America’s largest city without a public transportation system until 2013. The Metro Arlington Express (MAX) now offers Wi-Fi-enabled bus services for Arlingtonians.
Established school districts pre-dated much of the real estate where Arlington newcomers bought homes. The city’s public school students therefore attend five different independent school districts. High school graduation rates in Arlington are 85% – nearly 20 percentage points higher than the Texas average, and 26 points higher than the national average. The University of Texas at Arlington, one of 10 post-secondary educational institutions in the city, is the largest college in North Texas.
Texas Health Resources, a non-profit hospital network, is the city’s largest employer with 25 medical facilities. Texas Health treats more patients than any other health care delivery system in North Texas.
FBI statistics reveal a slightly greater risk of crime in urban Arlington than Texas a whole, with a 1 in 29 chance for property crime versus 1 in 35, and a 1 in 198 chance of violent crime against 1 in 243 across Texas.
The University of Texas at Arlington is a center for culture and it has College Park Center for live performances, Mainstage Theatre, The Gallery at UT for art exhibitions, and the Planetarium Dome Theater – the 3rd largest astronomical observatory in Texas. The Arlington Museum of Art is a non-collecting museum that champions creativity in North Texas. Arlington Music Hall is a state-of-the-art indoor performance venue and Levitt Pavilion Arlington in Founders Square offers free weekly musical performances outdoors. And Arlingtonians don’t just like to watch: Theatre Arlington is one of America’s biggest community theaters.
With more than 50 high-end shopping destinations and over two dozen restaurants, Arlington Highlands is the place to head for a day out with friends. While downtown, J. Gilligan’s Bar & Grill is a favorite stop for pub grub. When it is time to play, Arlingtonians have been heading out to Six Flags Over Texas for over 50 years. The city is also the world headquarters for bowling, and the history of the sport can be explored on the International Bowling Campus.
Arlington has been home to major league baseball’s Texas Rangers since the franchise first came to Texas in 1972. The Dallas Cowboys, “America’s Team,” followed in 2009, which means the sporting eyes of Texas are always on Arlington.