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map of Dallas County
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Physical Features: Mostly flat, heavy blackland soils, sandy clays in west; drains to Trinity River; Joe Pool Lake, White Rock Lake, Mountain Creek Lake, Lake Ray Hubbard, North Lake.

Economy: A national center for telecommunications, transportation, electronics manufacturing, data processing, conventions and trade shows; foreign-trade zone located at D/FW International Airport, U.S. Customs port of entry; government/services.

locator map for Dallas County

History: Caddoan area. Anglo-Americans began arriving in 1840. Antebellum slaveholding area. County created and organized in 1846 from Nacogdoches, Robertson counties; named for U.S. Vice President George Mifflin Dallas.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 28.3; Black, 23.6; Hispanic, 40.8; Asian, 6.7; Other, 1.2; Two or more races, 2.0.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 40,112; deaths, 15,727; marriages, 17,207; divorces, 7,365.

Recreation: One of the state’s top tourist destinations and one of the nation’s most popular convention centers; State Fair, museums, zoo, West End shopping and tourist district, historical sites, including Sixth Floor museum in the old Texas School Book Depository, site of the assassination of President Kennedy.

Also, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center; performing arts; professional sports; Texas broadcast museum; lakes, Cedar Hill State Park, Audubon center; theme and amusement parks.

Minerals: Sand, gravel, oil and gas.

Agriculture: Horticultural crops, wheat, hay, corn, soybeans, horses. Market value $29.8 million.

Education: Southern Methodist University, University of Dallas, Dallas Baptist University, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, University of North Texas at Dallas, and many other education centers.

DALLAS (1,358,066) county seat; center of state’s largest consolidated metropolitan area and third-largest city in Texas; D/FW International Airport is one of the world’s busiest; headquarters for the U.S. Army and Air Force Exchange Service; Federal Reserve Bank; a leader in fashions and in computer operations; hospitals; many hotels in downtown area offer adequate accommodations for most conventions.

Garland (242,309) varied manufacturing, community college branch, hospitals, performing arts center.

Irving (246,924) finance, technology, tourism, distribution center; Boy Scout headquarters and museum; North Lake College; hospitals; parks; Dragon Boat Festival in May.

Other cities include: Addison (16,501) general aviation airport, theater center; Balch Springs (25,254); part [49,392] of Carrollton (141,615) residential community, distribution center, hospital; Cedar Hill (51,246) residential, light manufacturing, retail, distribution center, Northwood University, community college, state park, Penn Farm, Country Day on the Hill in October; Cockrell Hill (4,412); Coppell (41,790) distribution, varied manufacturing, office center, hike and bike trails; DeSoto (53,506) residential community, light industry and distribution, hospitals; Toad Holler Creekfest in June.

Also, Duncanville (40,,055) construction, health care, manufacturing; library, museums; Juneteeth celebration; Farmers Branch (42,750) distribution center, varied manufacturing, Brookhaven College, hospital; Glenn Heights (13,355, partly in Ellis County); most [123,487] of Grand Prairie (194,168) wholesale trade, aerospace, entertainment, hospital, library, Joe Pool Reservoir, Indian pow-wow in September, Lone Star horse-racing track; Highland Park (8,685); Hutchins (6,059) varied manufacturing; Lancaster (39,001) residential, industrial, distribution center, Cedar Valley College, Commemorative Air Force museum, Cold War air museum, Bear Creek nature preserve, depot, historic town square, Oktoberfest.

Also, Mesquite (140,594)  shipping, rail port hub, retail, hospitals, arts center, championship rodeo July – September, rodeo parade in spring, Summer Sizzle festival in June, community college, historical parks; most [70,654] of Richardson (125,740) telecommunications, software development, financial services, hospital, library, Wildflower Music Festival in May; Rowlett (68,867) residential, manufacturing, government/services, hospital, library, park, hike and bike trails; Sachse (26,312, partly in Collin County) commuting to Dallas, government/services, Fallfest in October; Seagoville (16,903) rural/suburban setting, federal prison, Seagofest in October; Sunnyvale (6,715) tile manufacturing, hospital, Samuell Farm, Sunnyfest on July 4; University Park (25,458); Wilmer (4,883).

Part of Combine (2,211) and part of Ovilla (4,432).

Mary Kay headquarters in North Dallas/Addison

Mary Kay headquarters in Addison/North Dallas. Photo by Robert Plocheck.