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THE SUBURBS

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SOME OF THE best housing values can be found outside of Dallas and Fort Worth in many of the surrounding communities. Here’s a rundown of our neighbors in an alphabetical listing, from Allen to Rowlett.



Allen

A town that is rapidly moving from rural living to industry and business.

Population: 14,500

Square miles: 28

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: North Texas Water District (Lake Lavon)

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 2 fire stations; 1 police station; 1 public library

Major shopping areas: 1 mall; 4 strip centers

Number of child-care centers: 8

Education: 3 elementary, 1 junior high; 1 high school



ARLINGTON

Home of the Texas Rangers. Arlington’s population is booming, and the rate of construction is booming along with it. Ground has been broken for the largest shopping mall in Texas.

Population: 246,000+

Square miles: 82.4

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Arlington

Electricity: Texas Electric

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 11 fire stations; 1 police station; 4 libraries

Major shopping areas: 4

Number of child-care centers: 50

Education: 31 elementary; 9 junior high; 4 high schools



Balch Springs

Many of the residents of Balch Springs aredescendants of East Texas farmers. Severalof the city’s services are geared towardsenior citizens.

Population: 18.000

Square miles: 9

Form of government: council mayor

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Dallas

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: lane Star

Community services: 1 fire station; 1 police station; 1 public library

Major shopping areas: 3 strip centers

Number of child-care centers: 5

Education: either Mesquite 1SD or Dallas ISD



BEDFORD

This H-E-B city boasts a great deal of new construction, both residential and commercial, but still manages to retain its small-town atmosphere.

Population: 48,470

Square miles: 10.1

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Bedford

Electricity: Texas Power & Light Gas: lone Star

Community services: 1 fire station; 1 police station; 1 public’library

Major shopping centers: 11

Number of child-care centers: 5

Education: 5 elementary; 2 junior high; 1 high school



CEDAR HILL

This town enjoys close proximity to downtown Dallas yet thrives in a rural atmosphere.

Population: 13,500

Square miles: 39

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Dallas

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 2 fire stations: 1 police station; 1 public library

Major shopping areas: 3 strip centers

Number of child-care centers: 4

Education: 3 elementary; 1 middle school; 1 junior high; 1 high school

COLLEYVILLE

A small but affluent community with close ties_to_Fort_Worth.

Population: 8,700

Square miles: 11

Form of government: council-mayor

Telephone: Southwestern Bell, General Telephone

Water: Trinity River Authority

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 2 fire stations; 1 police station

Major shopping areas: 2

Number of child-care centers: 2

Education: 2 elementary; 1 junior high; high school located in Grapevine



Denton

Denton’s motto; “Get away to it all” reflects the city’s easy access to area lakes, as well as excellent schools and shopping, without the hassles of big city living.

Population: 58,050

Square miles: 32 8

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: General Telephone

Water: City of Denton: then 26 percent of water will be supplied from Lake Ray Roberts, scheduled for completion in 1987 (providing adequate water supply until 2005).

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 4 fire stations; 1 police station; 1 public library

Major shopping areas: 17

Number of child-care centers: 20

Education: 8 elementary; 2 junior high; 1 high school; 2 universities (North Texas State University, Texas Woman’s University)

DESOTO

As a huge new industrial park nears completion. DeSoto is shifting from a country town to an industrial center.

Population: 27,000

Square miles: 21

Form of government: council manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Dallas

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 2 fire stations; 1 police station; 1 public library

Major shopping areas: 2 under construetion

Number of child-care centers: 12 (including churches) Eucation: 7 elementary; 2 junior high; 1 high school



DUNCANVILLE

Duncanville offers new residential areas and retail centers. The soon-to-be-com-pleted Joe Poole Lake is two miles away.

Population: 37,500

Square miles: 14.5

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Duncanville

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 2 fire stations; 1 police station; 1 public library

Number of child-care centers: 15

Education: 6 elementary; 2 junior high, 1 high school



EULESS

Sister city to Bedford and Hurst, Euless is the smallest of the three but catching up rapidly as the Mid-Cities boom continues.

Population: 42,260

Square miles: 16.5

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Euless

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: lone Star

Community services: 1 fire station; 1 police station; 1 public library

Major shopping areas: 4

Number of child-care centers: 8

Education: 6 elementary; 2 junior high; 1 high school



GARLAND

This former Dallas suburb still possessessome of the original small-town charm inits downtown square and gingerbreadhouses.

Population: 175,275

Square miles: 56 square miles

Form of government: council manager

Telephone: General Telephone, Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Garland

Electricity: Garland Power & Light, Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 6 fire stations; 1 police station; 3 public libraries

Major shopping areas: 7

Number of child-care centers: 50

Education: 33 elementary; 10 junior high; 5 high schools



Grand Prairie

This independent city boasts the largest wax museum in the United States as well as the largest flea market in the world. JoePoole Lake, a 7,500-acre lake, is in the process of being completed.

Population: 96,000

Square miles: 71

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Grand Prairie

Electricity: Texas Electric

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 8 fire stations, 1 police station; 1 public library

Number of child-care centers: 25

Education: 16 elementary; 6 middle schools;2 high schools



GRAPEVINE

Grapevine is a rural community at heart, but its lake attracts boating enthusiasts and picnickers from the entire Metroplex,

Population: 22,500

Square miles: 32

Form of government: council manager

Telephone: General Telephone

Water: City of Grapevine

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 4 fire stations; 1 police station: 1 public library

Major shopping areas: 5 strip centers

Number of child-care centers: 4.

Education: 4 elementary; 2 junior high; 1 high school



HaLtom City/north richland HILLS/RlCHLAND HILLS/WATAUGA

These four cities have grown together to form a residential, retail, and industrial stronghold in northeast Tarrant county.

Population: 93,540 (Haltom City: 30,690; North Richland Hills: 36,500; Richland Hills; 8.350: Watauga: 18.000.)

Square miles: 45.3 (Haltom City: 16.5; North Richland Hills; 18.9; Richland Hills; 3-9; Watauga: 6.)

Form of government: four individual council-manager governments

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: Haltom City: City of Fort Worth: North Richland Hills: Trinity River Authority. Richland Hills: wells, supplemented by City of Fort Worth; Watauga: City of North Richland Hills.

Electricity: Texas Electric

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 8 fire stations; 4 police stations: 4 public libraries

Major shopping areas: 2 malls. 26 strip centers

Education: 17 elementary; 6 junior high; 2 high schools



Hurst

The matron of the Mid-Cities is home to a majority of the area’s retail businesses.

Population: 45,240

Square miles: 9.7

Form of government: council manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Hurst

Electricity: Texas Electric

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 2 fire stations; 1 police station: 1 public library

Major shopping areas: 9

Number of child-care centers: 9

Education: 17 elementary; 5 junior high; 1 high school; 1 community college



IRVING

The fourth largest city in the Metroplex is a sophisticated urban center with a small-town personality.

Population: 141,550

Square miles: 67 9

Form of government: council manager

Telephone: General Telephone

Water: City of Irving

Electricity: Texas Power & light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 9 fire stations; 1 police station; 3 public libraries (new central library)

Major shopping areas: 5

Number of child-care centers: 5

Education: 16 elementary; 6 junior high; i high schools; University of Dallas; Devry Institute of Technology; North Lake Community College



LANCASTER

A community with a strong sense of family and history despite rapid urbanization.

Population: 20,550

Square miles: 24

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Lancaster

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 2 fire stations; 1 police station; 1 public library

Number of child-care centers: 6, in addition to 3 church-run facilities

Education: 5 elementary; 2 junior high; 1 high school; 1 community college



LAS COLINAS

Part of the city of Irving, Las Colinas is an all-new community that includes a vast commercial center, including unique retail and residential areas. The population doubles during working hours as people from outlying areas flood into the business park.

Population: 50,000 (day); 22,000 (night)

Square miles: 26

Form of government: part of the City of Irving

Telephone: General Telephone

Water: City of Irving

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 2 fire stations; private security system works with the City of Irving

Major shopping areas: 1



LEWISVILLE

Formerly a bedroom community, Lewisville is becoming more independent as large industries move into the immediate area. The downtown area is experiencing a revitalization.

Population: 40,000

Square miles: 37

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: General Telephone

Water: lake Lewisville and five wells

Electricity: Texas-New Mexico Power Co.

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 2 fire stations; 1 police station; 1 public library

Major shopping areas: 1; 2 under construction

Number of child-care centers: 20

Education: 12 elementary: 4 junior high: 1 high school



MCKINNEY

Outlet stores and turn-of-the-century architecture characterize this community. Developers are becoming active here, and property values are rapidly increasing.

Population: 19,500

Square miles: 24.2

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: North Texas Municipal Water District

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 2 fire stations; 1 police station; 1 public library

Major shopping areas: 2

Number of child-care centers: 8

Education: 4 elementary; 2 junior high; I high school



Mesquite

Known for the Mesquite Rodeo, this city is also the home of the only municipal airport in southeast Dallas County.

Population: 93,000

Square miles: 40.54

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: Mesquite Municipal Water

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 6 fire stations; 1 police station; 2 public libraries

Major shopping areas: 3

Number of child-care centers: 30

Education: 22 elementary; 4 junior high; 4 high school; 1 community college



WETROCREST

Metrocrest is the name adopted in 1983 to define the four-city area that includes Ad-dison, Carrollton, Coppell, and Farmers Branch. Each city elects its own government and maintains its own public services. All cities are convenient to malls, elegant hotels and restaurants, and business centers.



ADDISON

Population: 9,400

Square miles: 6

Form of government: council-mayor

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Addison

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 2 fire stations; 1 police station

Major shopping areas: 4

Number of child-care centers: 2

Education: students attend Dallas or Carrollton schools



CARROLLTON

Population: 71,100

Square miles: 30

Form of government: council-mayor

Telephone: General Telephone

Water: City of Carrollton

Electricity: Texas Power and Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 5 fire stations, 1 police station, 1 public library

Education: 12 elementary; 3 junior high; 2 high schools (Carrollton/Farmers Branch School District)



COPPELL

Population: 12.000

Square miles: 12

Form of government: council-mayor

Telephone: General Telephone

Water: City of Coppell

Electricity: Texas Power and Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 2 fire stations; 1 police station; 1 public library

Major shopping areas: 2; 3 under construction

Number of child-care centers: 3

Education: 2 elementary; 2 junior high; 1 high school

Farmers Branch

Population: 24,600

Square miles: 12

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Farmers Branch

Electricity: Texas Power and Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 2 fire stations; 1 police station; 1 public library

Major shopping areas: 2

Number of child-care centers: 10

Education: (Farmers Branch and Carrollton share schools) 12 elementary; 3 junior high; 2 high schools; Brookhaven Community Dallas Christian College



PLANO

Originally a community of commuters,Piano has become a self-sufficient, youth-oriented city that is home to several corporate headquarters.



Population: 115,000

Square miles: 64.2

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: General Telephone

Water: City of Piano

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 6 fire stations; 1 police station; 2 public libraries

Major shopping areas: 2

Number of child-care centers: 35

Education: 20 elementary’; 6 junior high; 6 high schools



RICHARDSON

More suburbia next to North Dallas. Richardson boasts an excellent school system and relatively low taxes.

Population: 74.250

Square miles: 28.2

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Richardson

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: lone Star

Community services: 5 fire stations; 1 police station; 1 public library

Major shopping areas: 2 large malls

Number of child-care centers: 31

Education: 35 elementary; 10 junior high; 4 high schools; University of Texas at Dallas



ROCKWALL

Primarily a residential community with activities centered on Lake Ray Hubbard.



Population: 9,000

Square miles: 14.5

Form of government: council manager

Telephone: Southwestern Bell

Water: City of Rockwall

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 1 fire station; 1 police station; 1 public library (county)

Major shopping areas: 2

Number of child-care centers: 6

Education: 3 elementary; 1 junior high; 1 high school

ROWLETT

The town motto is: “Come grow with us.” New residential neighborhoods and retail areas are constantly under construction.

Population: 16,000

Square miles: 17.3

Form of government: council-manager

Telephone: General Telephone

Water: City of Rowlett

Electricity: Texas Power & Light

Gas: Lone Star

Community services: 2 fire stations; 1police station; 1 public library

Major shopping areas: 2

Number of child-care centers: 5

Education: (Garland School District) 2

elementary; 1 junior high; 1 high school

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