People fishing on dock at Loyd Park
Entrance of Grand Prairie Premium Outlets
Grand Prairie Municipal Airport
Fire and Police vehicles in front of Lake Parks Operations Center
Public Safety Building at sunset
Aerial view of American Eurocopter
Prairie Lakes Golf Course aerial view
Street in Grand Prairie
Uptown on Main Street at night
Johnson Bridge at night

About Grand Prairie, Texas

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The City of Grand Prairie, Texas, offers relaxation, family fun, friendly neighbors and a smart place to live and do business. With its 2016 population at 184,620, Grand Prairie is the 15th largest city in Texas and in the top 150 nationwide.

Generally speaking, our residents are 30 something, dual income homeowners. In Grand Prairie, families who have lived here for generations welcome newcomers who come to Grand Prairie for the same reasons the natives don't leave—location and hometown atmosphere. 

 

Development Assets

Central Location
Grand Prairie, Texas, is centrally located in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area. The community stretches 26 miles long by about eight miles at its widest point. The city covers about 81 square miles (100 square miles including extraterritorial jurisdiction) and has an estimated population of 184,620.

Near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Interstate highways
The city's northern border lies 5 to 10 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The eastern boundary is 12 miles west of downtown Dallas and the western 15 miles east of Fort Worth. Passing east and west through Grand Prairie and linking the city with major markets are Interstate 30, a strong entertainment and business corridor, and Interstate 20, developing as a significant retail and corporate location.

Site of One of Largest Industrial Districts
Because of its central location and proximity to air and highway transportation infrastructure, Grand Prairie also is a well-established distribution center. Much of the Great Southwest Industrial District's approximately 80-million square feet lies in Grand Prairie. Quick access to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, large local markets of Dallas and Fort Worth, rail and interstate highways continue to attract new construction of warehouse, distribution and manufacturing buildings.

Land Availability, Recreational Amenities
Recent industrial, hotel and multifamily development has taken up large tracts in the north Great Southwest Industrial District, yet additional land remains there, nearby and southward. The southernmost section of the city, amid hill country-like vistas around Joe Pool Lake, is attracting high-end residential housing and plans for resort development.

More Information: Grand Prairie Economic Development Department

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Residential and Commercial Development (2015)

New Single-Family Building Permits Issued 424
Value of Average Single-Family Permit $257,280
New Commercial/Industrial Square Feet 6.6 million

 

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Demographics

Population (NCTCOG's 2016 estimate) 184,620
Racial Breakdown (2010 Census)
57.3% Total Non-Hispanic Population
29.11% White
19.63% African American
0.40% American Indian
6.46% Asian
0.07% Pacific Islander
0.16% Other Race or 2 or More Races

42.70%

Hispanic of Any Race
Land Area 81 sq. mi.
Average Age 31.3
Average Household Income $56,028

 

More Information: Economic Development Department Demographics Data

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Healthcare 

A variety of healthcare services are available in Grand Prairie and the immediate area. A variety of physicians, surgeons, dentists, orthodontists, optometrists and ophthalmologists have offices in Grand Prairie. The Dallas-Fort Worth area offers more than 65 hospitals, with specialties ranging from asthma to pulmonary rehabilitation, pediatrics to geriatrics, sports medical to psychiatry, cancer to cardiovascular surgery.

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Libraries (2015)

Main Library Total Collection 91,300
Betty Warmack Library Total Collection 35,839
Tony Shotwell Library Total Collection  6,575
Cardholders 83,130
Computer hours used per hour  87,006
 Books checked out per year (physical)  270,986
Books checked out per year (Ebooks) 11,725

 

Grand Prairie has a main public library, 901 Conover Drive, as well as two branch libraries, Betty Warmack Branch on 760 Bardin Road and Tony Shotwell Branch inside Tony Shotwell Life Center at 2750 Graham St.

More Information: Grand Prairie Library System

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Municipal Employees (2015)

Police/Fire Civil Service 437
General 719
Seasonal/Part-Time 165
Crossing Guards 74

 

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Operating Budget (2015-2016): Total Appropriations and Reserves

General Fund $114,262,251
Water/Wastewater $63,469,069
Other $123,096,668
TOTAL $300,827,988

 

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Parks and Recreation

With more than 5,000 acres of parks, well-established and new neighborhoods and lively, competitive athletic programs, Grand Prairie makes businesses and residents feel right at home.

Fifty-eight parks include a senior center, the Ruthe Jackson Conference Center, four recreation centers, a dog park, five public swimming pools (including one indoor pool), two beaches on Joe Pool Lake, a campground, five softball and baseball complexes, 32 tennis courts and 18 soccer fields (four lighted adult, six lighted youth).

With a ¼ cent sales tax devoted to park improvements, a $125 million, 20-year Parks Master Plan will improve every park in Grand Prairie and add valuable new park land on an ongoing basis.

In addition to private golf courses and a country club, the city's two public top-ranked golf courses offer outstanding golf at a great price. The city’s Tangle Ridge Golf Course features bentgrass greens in a Hill Country atmosphere, and Prairie Lakes Golf Course offers one of the best golf values in the area with the largest practice putting green in Texas.

One of the newest lakes in Texas, Joe Pool Lake, is set among the rolling hills of south Grand Prairie. Fishing, boating, swimming and skiing are popular here. The lake’s Lynn Creek Park features boat ramps, picnic sites, beaches, volleyball, a playground, restrooms and loads of natural beauty. The lake parks offer visitors a grand experience – clean beaches, shaded trails and ideal camping. And now you can camp in style at Loyd Park in a fully stocked camping cabin. Loyd Park offers cabins, wooded camp sites, trails, showers and restrooms. On the north shore, just off Lake Ridge Parkway, Lynn Creek Marina features boat slips, rentals, boat ramps and fishing supplies for the angler. Adjacent to the marina, the Oasis – a floating restaurant – overlooks the waters of the lake and serves up delicious fare and beverages. 

More Information: Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department 

 

Parks, Arts & Recreation Department (2015)

Acres of Park Land 5,016
Number of Park Sites 58
Rounds of Golf Played 72,843
Special Event Attendees 258,370
Cemetery Spaces Sold 309

 

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Property Tax Rates

Property Tax Rates (2016) Per $100 Assessed Property Value
City of Grand Prairie $.669998
Grand Prairie ISD $1.595
Arlington ISD $1.39008
Cedar Hill ISD $1.516
Mansfield ISD $1.51
Dallas County* $.654704
Tarrant County* $.626627

*The rates by county are listed in detail below:

Dallas County Tarrant County
City of Grand Prairie $.669998 City of Grand Prairie $.669998
Dallas County $.2431 Tarrant County  
Dallas County School Equalization $.009271    
Parkland Hospital $.2794 Tarrant County Hospital $.227897
Dallas County Community College $.122933 Tarrant County College $.14473
Grand Prairie ISD $1.595 Arlington ISD $1.39008
Cedar Hill ISD $1.516 Mansfield ISD $1.51

Visit the Dallas Central Appraisal District Property Tax Estimator and the Tarrant Appraisal District Property Tax Estimator websites for more information on calculating your property taxes.


Retail Tax Rates (2015)

City 1.000%
AirHogs Ballpark 0.125%
Active Adult Center 0.125%
Parks Improvements 0.250%
Street and Alley Improvements 0.250%
Crime Control District 0.250%
State 6.25%
TOTAL Sales Tax 8.25%

 

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Schools 

The majority of Grand Prairie kids attend schools in the Grand Prairie Independent School District. GPISD is a 58-square-mile district serving more than 26,000 students within the Dallas County portion of Grand Prairie. The district boasts 39 campuses, including 25 elementary schools, seven middle schools, two ninth grade centers, three high schools and two alternative education schools. The district employs more than 3,372 staff members and offers a variety of services and programs designed to help students radiate success.

Students who reside in Tarrant County and Grand Prairie attend Arlington Independent School District, which has 50 elementary, 12 junior high and six high schools. Of these, six elementary schools are actually in Grand Prairie.

Small portions of town lie in other school districts such as Cedar Hill ISD, Irving ISD, Mansfield ISD and Midlothian ISD. To attend a GPISD school, kindergarten children must be five years old on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year. Special early childhood programs are available for children ages 3-5 who are handicapped or developmentally delayed, and for infants from birth to age two who are blind or deaf.

The GPISD Education Center is located at 2602 S. Belt Line Road.

More Information: Grand Prairie ISD Website

 


 

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Top Employers (2015)

Grand Prairie ISD 3,700
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control 2,600
Poly-America Inc. 2,000
City of Grand Prairie 1,250
Bell Helicopter-Textron Inc. 1,200
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie 950
Hanson Pipe & Products Inc. 950
Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division 900
Republic National Distributing 700
Bureau of Prisons Admin. 650
Airbus Helicopters 600
Walmart 600
Siemens Energy & Automation 500
Pitney Bowes Presort Services 500

 

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Top Taxpayers (2015)

Grand Prairie Premium Outlets LLC
Poly-America LP
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
Duke Realty
Lockheed Martin Corp.
Prologis
Catellus Development Corp.
Mars Partners Ltd.

 

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Tourism

Remember how it was to be a kid? Life was an adventure, and you were always shooting for new things to do. Grand Prairie offers a variety of attractions that encourage visitors to experience life as an adventure.

Tourists can play the horses at Lone Star Park, rummage through the 161-acre flea market at Traders Village, come face to face with lifelike figures at Louis Tussauds Palace of Wax, explore fascinating oddities from around the world at Ripley's Believe It Or Not!, dance in the aisles at Verizon Theatre concerts, swing with abandon at Tangle Ridge and Prairie Lakes golf courses, and, to cap it all off, play on the beaches and camp under the stars at the 7,500-acre Joe Pool Lake. Grand Prairie even has a minor league baseball team, the Grand Prairie AirHogs, that plays in a 87,000-square-foot stadium located in the city's entertainment district between Lone Star Park and Verizon Theatre.

Grand Prairie is a playground for children of any age.

More Information: Grand Prairie Tourism

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Transportation (2015)

Municipal Airport Takeoffs/Landings 66,748
Grand Connection Bus Passengers 49,082

 

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Utilities

 

Contact Information for Utilities
Gas Utility (Atmos Energy) 1-800-460-3030
Electricity - www.powertochoose.com 1-866-797-4839
Water Service 972-237-8200
Southwestern Bell 800-464-7928
Cable (Time Warner) 1-888-892-2253
Grand Prairie Disposal 817-261-8812

 

Utilities (2015)
Water Production (average gallons/day) 23.9 million
Fire Hydrants 7,489
Miles of Water Lines 804
Miles of Collection Line 798
Customer Accounts 46,395

 

Solid Waste/Recycling (2015)
Garbage Disposed 182,300 tons
Commercial Recycling (at landfill) 88,319 tons
Residential Recycling 448 tons

 

Municipal Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2015

The City of Grand Prairie, Texas purchases natural gas from ATMOS. In Calendar Year 2015, the City purchased a total of 21,412.2 thousand cubic feet (MCF) of natural gas.

The City purchases electricity from GEXA Energy.[1] In calendar year 2015, the City purchased a total of 37,171,559 kilowatt hours.

The City purchases water from City of Dallas, City of Fort Worth, and the City of Midlothian. In calendar year 2015, the City purchased a total of 8,491,613,699 of water.

The total cost of natural gas, electricity and water purchased by the City in the calendar year 2015 is $18,189,328.

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Weather

Average Relative Humidity
6 a.m. 82 percent
noon 56 percent
6 p.m. 53 percent
midnight 73 percent
Average Annual Rainfall 33.7 inches
Average Temperature High 76.3°F
Low 54.6°F
Summers (April-October) 80-98°degrees F
Winters (November-March) 32-70 degrees°F

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