In 2016 DFW ( Dallas Fort-Worth) ascended to the number one spot in the nation in year-over-year population growth. In 2014, the metropolitan economy surpassed Washington, D.C. to become the fifth largest in the U.S., with a 2014 real GDP over $504 billion. As such, the metropolitan area's economy is the 10th largest in the world. In 2013, the metropolitan area led the nation with the largest year-over-year increase in employment and advanced to become the fourth-largest employment center in the nation (behind New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago) with more than three million non-farm jobs. As of January 2017, the metropolitan job count has increased to 3,558,200 jobs. The city's economy is primarily based on banking, commerce, telecommunications, technology, energy, healthcare and medical research, and transportation and logistics. The city is home to the third-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation (behind New York City and Houston)

The Dallas Cowboys were originally known as the Dallas Steers. The name was quickly changed, however, when the team’s general manager decided he didn’t want a castrated mascot.

Sports mogul and longtime Dallas resident Lamar Hunt is famous for coining the term “Super Bowl.” The name originated in a 1966 letter to commissioner Pete Rozelle, in which Hunt wrote "I have kiddingly called it the 'Super Bowl,' which obviously can be improved upon." But the name (obviously) stuck.

Dallas has six professional sports teams, including baseball's Texas Rangers who play in Arlington. The city's professional football team, the Cowboys, have won five Super Bowl titles. Dallas' professional hockey team, the Stars, won the Stanley Cup in the 1998–1999 season. Also playing are the Mavericks, a professional basketball team, and two pro soccer teams, the Burn, an outdoor team, and the Sidekicks, an indoor team. The Mesquite Championship Rodeo has weekly competitions from April through September. Dallas hosts college football's Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day.

The world’s first frozen margarita machine was invented in 1971 in Dallas

The State Fair of Texas has been held in Dallas every year since 1886 with five exceptions. In 1918 the fair was cancelled on account of WWI, and between 1942-1945 due to World War II.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the third busiest in the world, and is larger than Manhattan Island.

German chocolate cake isn’t actually German at all. It’s named after Sam German, the genius who came up with the delicious dark chocolate used in the recipe. The recipe itself was first published as a recipe of the day in The Dallas Morning Star in 1957.

Zoned and developed in 2009, the Dallas Arts District is the largest in the nation. In the heart of Downtown Dallas, the district is made up of 19 city blocks and nearly 70 acres. Here, you’ll find museums, venues, and galleries celebrating various cultures and genres of fine art.

7-Eleven is the largest chain in the world, and it operates in 17 different counties. The convenience store got its start in Dallas and is headquartered there today

Dallas is said to have more per capita retail space that any other city in America, and its 630 shopping centers lend credence to this claim.


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