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Best Cities 2010: Dallas, TX

City: Dallas

State: Texas

Best Cities Overall Rank: 22

About Dallas: Sports lovers are in luck: Dallas has all of the four major sports in the United   States (Rangers, Cowboys, Stars, Mavericks) and great places to take the whole family to a game.

This welcoming city is characterized by large amounts of retail, restaurants, and nightlife spots. The city's economy is primarily based on banking, commerce, telecommunications, computer technology, energy, and transportation. Dallas is also one of the major centers of education for much of the south central United States. The city boasts a number of universities, colleges, trade schools, and other educational institutions.

County: Dallas

Population: 1,279,910

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitor's bureau website

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Dallas Morning News

Dallas blogs:

Dallas News Moms

June Cleaver Nirvana

Dallas's Facebook page: Follow Dallas on Facebook

Dallas's Twitter page: Follow Dallas on Twitter

 

Education rank: 37

High School graduation rate 2008: 65.2%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 20

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 1.56

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 35

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 2.73

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 260

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 13.9

Total Expenditures Per Student: $10,401

 

Health rank: 40

Quality children's hospitals: 4

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.31

Quality Pediatricians: 6

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.47

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.33

 

Safety rank: 46

Violent Crimes, 2008: 11,420

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 892.25

Sex Offenders: 1436

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 112.2

 

Economy rank: 36

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 25.60      

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8.69    

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 396.07

Median Home List Price: $205,000                       

 

Recreation Rank:  21

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 29401        

Parkland per 100,000: 2297.11

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