With its three area codes (214, 469, and 972), Grand Prairie is the large suburb in between the bigger cities of Fort Worth and Dallas. Draped across Dallas, Tarrant, and Ellis Counties, it’s the fifteenth most populated city in Texas with more than 196,000 residents. Grand Prairie has become popular with Texans and others moving to The Lone Star State because of its affordability and proximity to Dallas and Fort Worth.
Grand Prairie’s 52 square miles is located within reach of near several major freeways, including Interstates 20 and 30. These freeways make proximity to other parts of the DFW Metroplex accessible, like Irving and Arlington. Residents can live here in a quieter but modern suburb while enjoying the benefits of living in the bigger cities, too—if you want to, of course.
Why People Love Grand Prairie
Grand Prairie boasts other great amenities, such as:
• Affordable housing, making it an ideal place for families raising children and singles not yet ready to buy a home.
• Diverse and growing economy, with strong job growth, low unemployment, a strong manufacturing sector, growing retail and service industries, and employers such as Lockheed Martin, Airbus Helicopters, Bell Helicopter-Textron, Vought Aircraft Industries, Mission Foods, General Motors, Republic National Distribution (wine and spirits), and Walmart, among others.
• Top-rated school districts that include 43 campuses throughout the area
• Available outdoor recreation, including Lake Ridge Park, Joe Pool Lake, Loyd Park, and more opportunities for boating, camping, fishing, and hiking.
• Cultural attractions and community events, such as the Grand Theater, a multi-use arts center that hosts the schedule of the Grand Prairie Arts Council, and the Grand Prairie Farmer’s Market, part of the Grand Prairie
Parks, Arts & Recreation
• For higher education, Grand Prairie is close to three universities and three community colleges:
o University of Texas at Arlington
o University of North Texas at Dallas
o University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
o Residents of Dallas County are zoned to Dallas College, formerly Dallas County Community College District or DCCCD).
o Tarrant County Junior College is for residents of Tarrant County
o Residents of Ellis County are zoned to Navarro College
Residents also enjoy a diverse population, with clean and safer streets. It’s a dense suburban area with parks and high homeownership among both families and young professionals.
Visiting Grand Prairie
Even if you live in another city in the Lone Star State, Grand Prairie is also a great place to visit for a day trip, a weekend, or a week. The City has a wide range of activities ranging from family-friendly to work-related for adults.
Golfers can choose from five golf courses that offer golf experiences from basic to executive.
Fans of horse racing will enjoy Lone Star Park, Texas’ newest race facility. Located on Beltline Road, just ½ mile north of I-30 in Grand Prairie, it hosts two annual racing seasons with a full schedule of stakes races. The Lone Star Park Charitable Foundation also uses 100% of donations to support local area charities.
Families can enjoy one of the newest additions to Grand Prairie, Chicken N Pickle. A combination of fast-casual dining and sports, Chicken N Pickle offers family-friendly fun seven days a week. Located at 2965 S. Hwy 161 in Grand Prairie, families can choose between pickleball, cornhole, ping pong, stand-up Battleship, Jenga, and bocce combined with dining for a fun afternoon.
You can keep up with events in Grand Prairie on the city’s Event Calendar and the Grand Prairie Tourist Information Center.
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