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Best Cities 2010: Fort Worth, TX

City: Fort Worth 

State: Texas

Best Cities Overall Rank: 53

About Fort Worth:

Bonnie and Clyde hid out from the law in Fort Worth's Stockyards Hotel.

Fort Worth is rich in Southwest history, with daily cattle drives and weekend rodeos at the Fort Worth Stockyards. It also boasts 10,923 acres of parkland.

County: Tarrant

Population: 703,073

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

Newspaper with the largest circulation: Fort Worth Star Telegram 

Fort Worth blogs:


My DFW Mommy

Extra Credit

Fort Worth's Facebook page: Follow Fort Worth on Facebook 

Fort Worth's Twitter page: Follow Fort Worth on Twitter


Education rank: 80

High School graduation rate 2008: 75.6%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 3

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.43

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 9

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 1.28

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 260

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 15.80

Total Expenditures Per Student: $8,231


Health rank: 85

Quality children's hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.14

Quality Pediatricians: 1

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.14

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


Safety rank: 37

Violent Crimes, 2008: 4,601

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 654.41

Sex Offenders: 1,124

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 159.9


Economy rank: 41           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 25.1             

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 8.7           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 390.86

Median Home List Price: $149,900                         


Recreation Rank: 39

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 10,923           

Parkland per 100,000: 1,553.60