How do you measure the ‘awesomeness’ of a city? Cultural and entertainment districts? Low unemployment? New jobs? Available housing? These are all metrics used by the magazine Money to choose Arlington as the “Best Big City” in the South, and we couldn’t agree more!
You may think that the big sports and adventure parks are the only big entertainment in the city, but leadership in Arlington has been working hard to invest in other options. Downtown Arlington was recently named a Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts. Over the last several years, the city has encouraged the growth of small businesses in this area and added features such as the Arlington Music Hall and the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.
Job opportunities in the area also contributed to the distinction bestowed upon the city by Money. A recent expansion of the GM facility is obviously a large contributing factor to the low unemployment in the city (4.1% according to Money). Texas Health Resources also provides a significant amount of jobs in Arlington, and the commute from Arlington to job opportunities in Dallas and Fort Worth makes Arlington an advantageous place to live if you like having a job!
The city of Arlington has done its fair share to create desirable housing spaces through improved schools and traffic options. The city is home to one of the top most challenging high schools in the U.S. according to The Washington Post. The bike lanes throughout the city add to both the traffic infrastructure and the other outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the city. Talks are already in the works to link the bike trails in the city and public transit options to Fort Worth and Dallas systems.
If you’re impressed by the hard work done by the city, you might look into one of our communities in the quieter south Arlington. While Arlington schools are awesome and growing, the Mansfield ISD schools our homes feed have their own accolades. Fannin Farms West provides access to the entertainment and job opportunities in Arlington while offering a sense of peacefulness and solitude.
Until Next Time,