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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 2018 population at 189,430, 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

2018

New Single-Family Building Permits Issued: 272

Value of Average Single-Family Permit: $300,673

New Commercial/Industrial Square Feet: 2,159,434

Demographics
Demographics 
 Population 189,430 
 Average Age 32.3 
 Average Household Income $59,863 
 Land Area 81 square miles 
 Racial Breakdown (2010 Census)
57.3% Total Non-Hispanic Population 
29.11% White 
19.63% African American 
0.40% American Indian 
6.46% Asian 
0.70% Pacific Islander 
0.16% Other Race or 2 or More Races 
42.70% Hispanic of Any Race 

More Information: Economic Development Department Demographics Data

Employers

Top Employers (2018) 

  1. Grand Prairie ISD
  2. Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
  3. Poly-America Inc.
  4. City of Grand Prairie
  5. Bell Helicopter-Textron
  6. Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie
  7. Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division
  8. Republic National Distributing
  9. Wal-Mart
  10. Arnold Transportation Services
  11. Airbus Helicopter
  12. Forterra Pipe & Products Inc.
  13. Siemens Energy & Automation Inc.
  14. Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Department of Justice
  15. General Motors LOC Center
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.

2018

  • E-resources: 73,014
  • Physical Materials: 130,427
  • Number of Visits: 493,759
Municipal Employees

2018

  • Police/Fire Civil Service: 504
  • General: 1,329
  • Seasonal/Part-Time: 355
  • Crossing Guards: 90
Operating Budget
 2018-2019 Total Appropriations and Reserves
 General Fund  $138,695,486
 Enterprise Funds  $113,963,773
 Other Funds  $130,332,687
 TOTAL  $382,991,946
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 (2018) Per $100 Assessed Property Value
 City of Grand Prairie $0.669998 
 Grand Prairie ISD $1.595 
 Arlington ISD $1.3687 
 Cedar Hill ISD $1.3760 
 Mansfield ISD $1.54 
 Dallas County $0.6567 
 Tarrant County $0.4584 

Average Annual City Property Tax Paid on a $128,111 Home with Homestead Exemption: $858.34

 Dallas County* Tarrant County*
 City of Grand Prairie $.669998   City of Grand Prairie  $.669998
 Dallas County $.2431   Tarrant County $.234 
 Dallas County School Equalization $.0100     
 Parkland Hospital $.2794   Tarrant County Hospital  $.224429
 Dallas County Community College $.124  Tarrant County College  $.13607
 Grand Prairie ISD $1.595   Arlington ISD  $1.36867
 Cedar Hill ISD $1.516   Mansfield ISD  $1.54

 

*Visit the Dallas Central Appraisal District (DCAD) Property Tax Estimator and DCAD Tax Rates web pages and the Tarrant Appraisal District Property Tax Estimator and TAD Tax Rates web pages for more information on calculating your property taxes.

Retail Tax Rates
 Retail Tax Rates (2018)
 City 1.000% 
 EPIC 0.250% 
 Street Improvements 0.250% 
 Park Improvements 0.250% 
 Crime Control District 0.250% 
 State 6.250% 
 TOTAL Sales Tax 8.250% 

 

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 29,000 students within the Dallas County portion of Grand Prairie. The district boasts 43 campuses:

  • 2 Early Education Schools (Prekindergarten)
  • 22 Elementary Schools
  • 7 Middle Schools
  • 4 High Schools
  • 2 Early College High Schools
  • 3 Grades 6-12 Campuses
  • 1 Disciplinary Alternative Education School
  • 1 Charter School Partnership

The district employs more than 4,198 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