Counties

The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan statistical area is comprised of 12 counties. The region has had tremendous growth during the past severel years, gaining over 1.5 million residents. The MSA contains three of the nation’s top 25 counties in terms of population growth during the 1990s, including Dallas (#8), Tarrant (#13) and Collin (#19). Dallas and Tarrant counties accounted for over 50 percent of the growth.

 

Infrastructure

The region’s transportation network continues to evolve to meet the needs of a growing populace. Traffic congestion has increased over the years, but metroarea civic leaders are taking proactive steps to improve mobility. Additional tollway miles are planned, including the Trinity Parkway in Dallas and the extension of the Airport Freeway in Tarrant County. Public transportation is gaining more popularity. The DART light rail system is expected to extend further into suburban Dallas. The business community has easy connections to major commercial centers around the globe via Dallas- Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field, home to Southwest Airlines. The Metroplex’s strategic location on Interstate 35, the NAFTA Superhighway, ensures the region’s status as a national distribution hub.

Largest Counties: Dallas-Fort Worth MSA

Dallas 2,313,000 Denton 515,000
Tarrant 1,565,000 Johnson 141,000
Collin 603,000 Ellis 124,000

1 international airport

• Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
• Hub for Delta Air Lines
• Home to American Airlines

1 regional airport

• Dallas Love Field
• Home to Southwest Airlines

13 other airports

4 interstate freeways

• I-20, I-30, I-35 and I-45

13 other airports

4 interstate freeways

• I-20, I-30, I-35 and I-45