One of the largest Metro areas in the nation, the cosmopolitan city of Dallas continues to garner national accolades for its vibrant and growing international economy. ¬†Dallas was recently selected as the best city in North America for business by Fortune Magazine in recognition of rapid expansion of high-tech and financial industries. Nearly a dozen Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in the area, taking advantage of high-level support services. Often called the “Silicon Prairie” for its concentration of high-tech companies, Dallas leads Texas in the number of workers employed in the manufacture of computer and electronic products.

Situated in the central Southwest, Dallas is served by four major interstates and 13 other federal highways. The efficient transportation network that serves this region allows a company with a regional metro address to access 96 percent of the nation’s population within two days by ground transportation or to reach any domestic city in four or less hours by air. Commuters also enjoy mass transit options that enable them to work in densely populated urban areas but return in the evening to quiet enclaves or rural acreage. The area is consistently distinguished as the leading business and financial center for the Southwest.


Strong support for education is evidenced throughout the region in the abundant options for private education, excellent public school systems and outstanding offerings for higher education. Local schools have earned state and national recognition, with several high schools earning national recognition for their educational programs. For higher education, systems like the Dallas County and Collin County community college districts offer convenient two-year programs or an affordable start on a four-year degree. The University of Texas at Dallas is known for its excellent computer science, engineering, management, and behavioral sciences programs. High SAT scores and an impressive percentage of National Merit Scholars are just indicators of the university’s enviable reputation. UTD is also recognized for its graduate programs in international management, economics, and political economy. North Texas University serves Dallas and Ellis counties with opportunities for undergraduate and graduate studies at the main campus in Denton but also at the Dallas campus. Other respected public institutions include Texas A&M University, Texas Private colleges are abundant and include options like Amberton University, Argosy University, the Art Institute of Dallas, Baylor University, Criswell College, DeVry University, Parker College of Chiropractic, Paul Quinn College, Southern Methodist University, Wade College, and a number of others.

State-of-the-art healthcare services are available in nationally acclaimed hospitals and medical centers throughout the region, anchored by some of the nation’s most highly respected health systems. Major teaching hospitals, research centers, community hospitals, specialized care centers, long-term care, rehabilitation, family practice clinics, walk-in and emergency care, skilled nursing, hospice, and home health are some of the elements of the comprehensive healthcare network. Skilled physicians in every specialty and nearly all subspecialties are available in private and group practice .Both cities take a proactive approach to health through community outreach, health screenings, workshops and classes, nutritional counseling, and fitness programs.

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