Dallas is the ninth most populous city in the United States and the third most populous city in the state of Texas. The city is home to the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation. According to Forbes Magazine’s annual list of “The Richest People in America” published September 21, 2011, the city itself is now home to 17 billionaires, up from 14 in 2009. Dallas is currently the third most popular destination for business travel in the United States.
Dallas’ neighborhoods are Central Dallas,anchored by Downtown, the center of the city and the epicenter of urban revival, along with Oak Lawn and Uptown, areas characterized by dense retail, restaurants, and nightlife; East Dallas, home to Deep Ellum, a trendy arts area close to Downtown, the homey Lakewood neighborhood, historic Vickery Place and Bryan Place, and the architecturally significant neighborhoods of Swiss Avenue and Munger Place Historic District; Midtown Dallas, currently undergoing construction of new high-rise apartments, restaurants, and retail; South Dallas, a distinct neighborhood southeast of Downtown, lays claim to the Cedars, an eclectic artist hotbed south of downtown. Dallas is known for its barbecue, authentic Mexican, and Tex-Mex cuisine. The City of Dallas maintains and operates 406 parks on 21,000 acres of parkland.
Dallas is a center of education for much of the south central United States. In addition to those located in the city, the surrounding area also contains a number of universities, colleges, trade schools, and other educational institutions.