Dallas is the 9th largest city in the U.S. and the third largest in Texas with a population of 1,299,543.

Parks and Recreation (Dallas area)

  • More than 21,000 acres of parks
  • 17 lakes
  • Six public golf courses
  • Nearly 62 miles of jogging and bike trails
  • Fair Park — home to the State Fair of Texas, Cotton Bowl Stadium, nine museums, and six performance facilities
  • White Rock Lake — more than nine miles of hike/bike trails; picnic areas; adjacent to Dallas Arboretum


Average minimum temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit (12.7 degrees Celsius); average maximum temperature is 76 degrees Fahrenheit (24.4 degrees Celsius). Dallas has an average annual rainfall of 33.3 inches (84.6 centimeters)


  • Coldest Month – January (36-55 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Warmest Month – July (77-96 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Annual Rainfall – Approximately 33 inches
  • Days of sunshine per year – 232

Demographic Breakdown


Dallas is centrally located and within a four-hour flight from most North American destinations. It is served by two airports; Dallas/Ft. Worth International and Dallas Love Field that combined provide more than 1,900 flights daily. AMTRAK also provides daily service to Dallas via Union Station.

Public Transportation

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) – bus and light rail service. (Economical unlimited travel passes available for UT Southwestern students.)

Sports & Recreation

Dallas is home to five professional sports teams: The Dallas Cowboys (NFL); Dallas Stars (NHL); Dallas Mavericks (NBA); FC Dallas (MLS) and the Texas Rangers (MLB), plus NASCAR and Indy racing. The area is also home to more than 200 golf courses.