By the Numbers
The City of Grand Prairie, Texas, offers relaxation, family fun, friendly neighbors and a smart place to live and do business. With its 2017 population at 190,682, 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
- Residential and Commercial Development
- Municipal Employees
- Operating Budget
- Parks and Recreation
- Property Taxes
- Retail Taxes
- Top Employers
- Top Tax Payers
- Contact Information for Utilities
- Municipal Energy Usage
- Solid Waste and Recycling
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 190,682.
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
Residential and Commercial Development (2016)
|New Single-Family Building Permits Issued||397|
|Value of Average Single-Family Permit||$308,908|
|New Commercial/Industrial Square Feet||4.8 million|
|Population (U.S. Census American Community Survey 2016 Estimate)||190,682|
|Racial Breakdown (2010 Census)|
|57.3%||Total Non-Hispanic Population|
|0.16%||Other Race or 2 or More Races|
|Hispanic of Any Race|
|Land Area||81 sq. mi.|
|Average Household Income||$56,028|
More Information: Economic Development Department Demographics Data
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.
|Main Library Total Collection||124,632|
|Betty Warmack Library Total Collection||84,388|
|Tony Shotwell Library Total Collection||7,329|
|Computer hours used per hour||79,544|
|Books checked out per year (physical)||307,491|
|Books checked out per year (Ebooks)||11,131|
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
Municipal Employees (2016)
|Police/Fire Civil Service||475|
Operating Budget (2016-2017): Total Appropriations and Reserves
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.
The Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department was named best in the nation in 2017 when it was awarded the National Recreation and Park Association's Gold Medal in the Class II division for cities of population between 150,001 and 400,000.
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 (2016)
|Acres of Park Land||5,010|
|Number of Park Sites||58|
|Rounds of Golf Played||81,723|
|Special Event Attendees||251,947|
Property Tax Rates
|Property Tax Rates (2017) Per $100 Assessed Property Value|
|City of Grand Prairie||$.669998|
|Grand Prairie ISD||$1.595|
|Cedar Hill ISD||$1.516|
*The rates by county are listed in detail below:
|Dallas County||Tarrant County|
|City of Grand Prairie||$.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 (2016)
|Active Adult Center||0.125%|
|Street and Alley Improvements||0.250%|
|Crime Control District||0.250%|
|TOTAL Sales Tax||8.25%|
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
Top Employers (2016)
|Grand Prairie ISD||4,100|
|Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control||2,500|
|City of Grand Prairie||1,300|
|Bell Helicopter-Textron Inc.||1,200|
|Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie||950|
|Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division||900|
|Republic National Distributing||700|
|Bureau of Prisons Admin.||650|
|Siemens Energy & Automation||500|
|Pitney Bowes Presort Services||450|
|Forterra Pipe & Products Inc.||550|
|General Motors LOC Center||500|
Top Taxpayers (2016)
|Grand Prairie Premium Outlets LLC|
|Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.|
|Lockheed Martin Corp.|
|Oncor Electric Delivery|
|2803 Riverside Apt Investors LLC|
|Mars Partners Ltd.|
|MBS-Stone Lake LTD|
|PRCP-Dallas St Laurent LP|
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
|Municipal Airport Takeoffs/Landings||61,835|
|Grand Connection Bus Passengers||49,331|
|Contact Information for Utilities|
|Gas Utility (Atmos Energy)||1-800-460-3030|
|Electricity - www.powertochoose.com||1-866-797-4839|
|Cable (Time Warner)||1-888-892-2253|
|Grand Prairie Disposal||817-261-8812|
|Water Production (average gallons/day)||25.7 million|
|Miles of Water Lines||893|
|Miles of Collection Line||872|
|Solid Waste/Recycling (2016)|
|Garbage Disposed||198,529 tons|
|Commercial Recycling (at landfill)||97,768 tons|
|Residential Recycling||5,907 tons|
|Municipal Energy Usage for Calendar Year 2016
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. 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.
|Average Relative Humidity|
|6 a.m.||82 percent|
|6 p.m.||53 percent|
|Average Annual Rainfall||33.7 inches|
|Average Temperature||High 76.3°F
|Summers (April-October)||80-98° F|
|Winters (November-March)||32-70° F|