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Best Cities 2010: Arlington, TX

City: Arlington 

State: Texas

Best Cities Overall Rank: 60

About Arlington:

Arlington is home to Cowboys Stadium and the original Six Flags theme park, "Six Flags Over Texas."

Arlington is home to the 1,300 acre, family-friendly River Legacy Park, where you'll find picnic areas, paved hike/bike trails, a meditation area, river overlooks, water fountains, restrooms, a playground and a canoe launch.

County: Tarrant 

Population: 374417

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Star Telegram 

Arlington blogs:

A Hapa Household

A Little Help, Please!

Wet Behind the Ears

Arlington's Facebook page: Follow Arlington on Facebook 

Arlington's Twitter page: Follow Arlington on Twitter 


Education rank: 70

High School graduation rate 2008: 74.5%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 0

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 3

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 0.8

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 260

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.5

Total Expenditures Per Student: $7,653


Health rank: 97

Quality children's hospitals: 0

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0

Quality Pediatricians: 0

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 3


Safety rank: 31

Violent Crimes, 2008: 2,262

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 604.14

Sex Offenders: 570

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 152.24


Economy rank: 46           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 25.6 

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8.7           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 390.86

Median Home List Price: $134,900                                  


Recreation Rank:  51

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 4,681           

Parkland per 100,000: 1,250.21