2018 Awards
WalletHub.com
#2 Happiest City in Texas
#10 Happiest City in U.S
Top 50 Best Place to Retire in U.S
#5 Best City for First Time Home Buyers in Texas
#21 Best City for First Time Home Buyers in U.S
Top 50 in U.S. Best Place to Raise a Family
#13 in U.S. Best City for Hispanic Entrepreneurs

MoveHub.com
Least Hipster City in U.S

Self-made.io
#1 Best Place to Retire in America

MoneyWise
#9 of Top 20 Inexpensive Places to Retire in U.S.

Dallas Business Journal
#5 Easiest Place to Sell a Home in Texas

Getrealtor.com
#3 Best Move in DFW

Epic Waters
Water Park Associations Leading Edge Award
#5 Travel Channel’s Most Incredible Indoor Water Parks in the U.S.
#2 in the Five Indoor Waterparks for the Most Fun in Texas, as ranked by Texas Hill Country

The Knot
Ruthe Jackson Center - 2018 Best of Weddings

The Epic
Texas Recreation and Parks Association Recreation Facilities Design Award

The Big Event
3CMA SAAVY Best in Nation for Recurring Special Event

FBI
10th Safest Major City in Texas (of 34 cities with 100,000+ population)

Farmers Market
#1 in Texas and in top 10 nationally for third year by American Farmland Trust

City of Grand Prairie
Playful City USA

D Magazine
Historic Downtown Poised for Greatness

VisitDFW.com
Named Best Visitor Center in DFW

Housing Department
2018 NUSA Best Neighborhood Program Award for the Housing Department’s “Future Builders” program

Information Technology Department
2018 Excellence Award from the Texas Association of Governmental Information Technology Managers (TAGITM)
2017 Awards
National Recreation and Park Association
Gold Medal Award – Best in Nation (pop. category 150,001-400,000)

3CMA City County Communication and Marketing Association 
President's Award – Most Outstanding Marketing Program – "Grand Prairie Libraries. Educate. Everyone.
Savvy Best in America – Best Branding/New Logo/Etc.  "Grand Prairie Libraries. Educate. Everyone.

Texas Festival and Events Association (TFEA)
Gold – Best Outdoor Billboard – Prairie Lights 
Gold – Best Event Promotional Photograph – Prairie Lights
Gold – Best Misc. Printed Materials (Multiple Pages) – Main Street Fest
Gold – Best Misc. Printed Materials (Single Page) – Main Street Fest
Gold – Best Emergency Preparedness & Risk Management Plan for an Event – Main Street Fest
Silver – Best Misc. Printed Material (Single Page) – Prairie Lights
Silver – Best Event Program – Main Street Fest
Silver – Best Cover Design – Main Street Fest
Silver – Best Outdoor Billboard – Main Street Fest
Silver – Best Event Invitation – Main Street Fest
Silver – Best Outdoor Billboard – Flight of the Monarch
Silver – Best Event Program – Flight of the Monarch
Bronze – Best Volunteer Program – Main Street Fest
Bronze – Best Event Website – Main Street Fest
Bronze – Best Misc. On-Site Décor – Flight of the Monarch

Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO)
Award of Honor – Print Category – Special Publication

American Heart Association
Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award
2016 Awards
National League of Cities
City Cultural Diversity Awards Program-Best in Nation for Mayor's Community Table

Dallas Morning News 5-15-16
#12 Tangle Ridge Golf Course in top 25 best mid-priced golf courses in state
#48 best golf course in Texas open to public regardless of pricing

Golf Digest (July 2016)
Top 20 Golf Eats in America – Eddlemon's at Prairie Lakes

State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) Leadership Awards
First Place for Outstanding Environmental Public Education and Outreach Program

3CMA City County Communication and Marketing Association
Award of Excellence – Community Involvement – Reinventing the Library

Forbes Magazine
Top 25 List of Best Places to Retire in 2016
2015 Awards
WalletHub.com, leading online finance analyst
#1 – best place to start a career in USA
#4 – best monthly median starting salary in USA
#5 – best number of entry-level jobs per 10,000 residents in USA
#6 – best housing affordability in USA
#6 – best workforce diversity in USA
#16 – best annual job growth rate in USA
#18 – best median annual income in USA

City Manager Tom Hart named Top Administrator of the Year
American Society for Public Administration

Texas Citizens on Patrol Association
Large Agency of the Year – Grand Prairie Police Citizens on Patrol

American Heart Association
Gold Standard for EMS service
Air North Texas
Outstanding Outreach Award
Outstanding Initiative Award

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program
10th Safest Large City in Texas (of 34 cities with 100,000 or more population)

Keep Texas Beautiful 
Governor's Achievement Award for best grass roots efforts
2014 Awards
Texas Citizens on Patrol Association Large Agency of the Year – Grand Prairie Police Citizens on Patrol

3CMA City County Communication and Marketing Association 
Savvy Best in America – Best Use of a Promotional Item  Waggin' Wagon Mobile Adoption Trailer
Savvy Best in America – Graphic Design: Art – Waggin' Wagon Mobile Adoption Trailer
Savvy Best in America – Graphic Design: Other – Waggin' Wagon Mobile Adoption Trailer