Arlington (Texas)

Arlington is in the Prairies and Lakes region of Texas. With a city population estimated over 359,000 it is Texas' 7th largest. It is third largest city in the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex. This city is south of the sprawling DFW International Airport.


The city was founded in 1875 and is named after Lee's Arlington House (of present-day Arlington County, Virginia). After the arrival of the railroad in 1876, Arlington grew as a cotton-ginning and farming center, and incorporated in 1884. The city could boast of water, electricity, natural gas, and telephone services by 1910, along with a public school system. By 1925 the population was estimated at 3,031, and it grew to over four thousand before World War II.

Large-scale industrialization began in 1954 with the arrival of a General Motors assembly plant. Automotive and aerospace development gave the city one of the nation's greatest population growth rates between 1950 and 1990. Arlington became one of the "boomburgs," the extremely fast-growing suburbs of the post-World War II era. U.S. Census Bureau population figures for the city tell the story: 7,692 (1950), 90,229 (1970), 261,721 (1990), and 365,438 (2010). DFW Airport opened in 1974 which also contributed to unparalleled growth in the region.

Get in

By plane

All the major American carriers, and many international ones as well, provide scheduled passenger service into the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, located about 12 miles north of the city on Hwy. 360.

By train

By car

Well served by major highways, if you are coming by car, you will more than likely arrive via a major interstate highway. East/West Interstate 20 is located directly south of town. North/South Interstate 35, which splits to an east (35E) and west (35W) highway near Waco, are within a few miles of the city.

By bus

Arlington used to have a Greyhound bus terminal, but it closed on October 31, 2011. However Turimex Internacional which is a Mexican trans-border bus line with services to various points in Mexico does have a bus stop in Arlington which is located at 2105 Sherry St. in Arlington.

Get around

Travel within Arlington is mainly car-oriented, and for years there was no public transit at all. Since 2013, there is now one bus route, operated by Metro ArlingtonXpress (MAX). It provides connecting service between central Arlington and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) station on weekdays.





Shopping malls

Many hotels with shuttle service will offer rides to the closest mall.








Stay safe

Arlington is a generally safe town, though the areas of Dalworthington Gardens, Pantego, and the areas north of IH-30 are MUCH better developed and safer than other parts of the city. Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor water park, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and the Dallas Cowboys' new stadium are situated in a highly modernized, pleasant location along IH-30; as you travel immediately south from there, the area is quite industrialized and deteriorated. One would be wise not to venture through East Arlington on foot at night. The 'danger zone' essentially is surrounded by IH-30 to the north, IH-20 to the south, Cooper Street/FM 157 to the west, and State Hwy. 360 to the east.

Located on the north side of IH-20, Arlington's main shopping centers - The Parks at Arlington Mall and newly-built Arlington Highlands mall - are very safe zones that are constantly bustling with people due to all the restaurants and commerce in this area.

If you are visiting the campus of UT Arlington during the day you shouldn't run into any problems, though after hours (even before sundown) assault and robbery are not uncommon on the campus outskirts, particularly south and east of campus. As mentioned before, West Arlington (Dalworthington Gardens and Pantego) are by far the safest areas of the city, though they are mostly residential.


Go next

Routes through Arlington

Midland Fort Worth  W  E  Dallas Shreveport
I-20 Fort Worth  W  E  Dallas Grand Prairie
Wichita Falls Fort Worth  N  S  Mansfield Beaumont

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