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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 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

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 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

2017

New Single-Family Building Permits Issued: 261

Value of Average Single-Family Permit: $312,450

New Commercial/Industrial Square Feet: 2,203,142 

Demographics

Population (U.S. Census American Community Survey 2017 Estimate): 187,050
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 32.2
Average Household Income $57,734

More Information: Economic Development Department Demographics Data

Employers

Top Employers (2017) 

  1. Grand Prairie ISD
  2. Lockheed Martin Corp.
  3. Poly-America Inc.
  4. City of Grand Prairie
  5. Bell Helicopter-Textron Inc.
  6. Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie
  7. Forterra Pipe and Products Inc.
  8. Triumph - Vought
  9. Republic National Distributing
  10. Bureau of Prisons Admin.
  11. Airbus Helicopters
  12. Walmart
  13. Siemens Energy & Automation
  14. Pitney Bowes Presort Services

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.

Libraries

Grand Prairie Libraries 

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.

2017

  • E-resources: 75,038
  • Physical Materials: 123,421
  • Number of Visits: 624,432
  • Cardholders: 90,060

Municipal Employees

2017

  • Police/Fire Civil Service: 512
  • General: 818
  • Seasonal/Part-Time:  374
  • Crossing Guards: 85

Operating Budget

2017-2018: Total Appropriations and Reserves

General Fund $132,805,965
Enterprise Funds $112,749,481
Other $84,411,610
TOTAL $329,967,056

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, five 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), and hiking and biking trails

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.

EpicCentral

EpicCentral is a 172-acre park site located off George W. Bush Tollway (Highway 161). Reflecting innovation and community investment, EpicCentral is home to Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, The Summit recreation center for adults ages 50+, The Epic “reimagined recreation center” for all ages, Grand Prairie's Public Safety Building, and future home of PlayGrand Adventures all-inclusive playground. Amenities include five lakes, a grand lawn, boardwalk, and pad sites for future retail opportunities.

Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark

Epic Waters and The Epic

The Epic

Golf

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.

Prairie Lakes Golf Course

Lake Parks 

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. 

Lynn Creek Park

More Information: Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department

Property Tax Rates

Property Tax Rates (2017) Per $100 Assessed Property Value

City of Grand Prairie $.669998
Grand Prairie ISD $1.505
Arlington ISD $1.3687
Cedar Hill ISD $1.516
Mansfield ISD $1.54
Dallas County* $.656736
Tarrant County* $.627889

*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  $.244
Dallas County School Equalization $.0100    
Parkland Hospital $.2794 Tarrant County Hospital $ .224429
Dallas County Community College $.124238 Tarrant County College $.140060
Grand Prairie ISD $1.595 Arlington ISD $1.36867
Cedar Hill ISD $1.516 Mansfield ISD $1.54

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

2017

City 1.000%
EPIC 0.250%
Street Improvements 0.250%
Parks Improvements 0.250%
Crime Control District 0.250%
State
6.25%
TOTAL Sales Tax
8.25%

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

Taxpayers

Top Taxpayers (2017)

  1. Grand Prairie Premium Outlets LLC
  2. Lockheed Martin Corp.
  3. Poly America LP
  4. Bell Helicopter-Textron Inc.
  5. Duke Realty PS
  6. Republic Beverage
  7. Oncor Electric Delivery
  8. CHI/Wildlife 5 LP
  9. 2803 Riverside Apt Investors LLC
  10. Office Depot of Texas LP

Tourism

Lone Star Park 

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, experience water fun year-round at Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark, 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

Transportation

Infrastructure

The following major arterial roads run through Grand Prairie:

  • George W. Bush Tollway / State Highway 161 (North-South)
  • State Highway 360 (North-South)
  • Interstate I-20 (East-West)
  • Interstate I-30 (East-West)


Airport

The Grand Prairie Municipal Airport has a 4,000-foot-long, 75-foot-wide lighted, concrete runway, repair service and cargo handling, a helipad, and support facilities for training, private aviation and business flying activities. In 2017 there were 77,389 takeoffs/landings.

Aerial view of Airport 

Grand Connection Transit

The city's "Grand Connection" transit system serves those who are at least 60 years of age or have a physical or mental disability.

  • Grand Connection Bus Passengers: 49,929

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 (2017)

  • Water Production (average gallons/day) 25.5 million
  • Fire Hydrants 7,638
  • Miles of Water Lines 914
  • Miles of Collection Line 897
  • Customer Accounts 47,960

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° F
Winters (November-March) 32-70° F