Dallas and Fort Worth together may be known as the Metroplex but they’re like peas and carrots. They go together beautifully but each has a very distinct identity. It’s each city’s unique appeal that attracts thousands of relocating families and individuals to the area every year.

Consider that the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the Dallas population at 1,257,676 a gain of 5% since 2010 while neighboring Fort Worth also grew to a total population of 777,992 an increase of 6.8% in the same time frame. With low cost of living affordable housing a temperate climate top companies employment opportunities a renowned restaurant scene and two airports that together offer more than 2,000 flights daily it’s easy to see why the Dallas/Fort Worth area is a great place to put down roots – in whichever Metroplex city you choose to make your home.

With ten major metro areas and thirteen counties the DFW Metroplex covers a vast geographical area the largest metro in the South. Major metros include Dallas Fort Worth Arlington Plano Irving Garland Carrollton Denton McKinney and Richardson and counties include Collin Dallas Delta Denton Ellis Hood Hunt Johnson Kaufman Parker Rockwall Tarrant and Wise – with many smaller communities in between. All in all the Metroplex is 9286 square miles – making it larger than Rhode Island and Connecticut combined!

Both Dallas and Fort Worth offer plenty of recreational opportunities that speak to the area’s overall quality of life including more than 200 golf courses hundreds of area parks fun entertainment venues like the Fort Worth Stockyards and Six Flags and renowned cultural amenities like the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center the Kimbell Art Museum the Dallas Museum of Art the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and much more. Two new parks in Dallas are already world-renowned: the Klyde Warren Park and the Trinity Overlook Park at the site of the Margaret Hunt Hall Bridge by acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava.

The Metroplex is home to five professional sports teams including the Dallas Cowboys (NFL); Dallas Stars (NHL); Dallas Mavericks (NBA); FC Dallas (MLS) and the Texas Rangers (MLB) plus NASCAR and Indy racing – giving residents many occasions to cheer their favorite teams and enjoy the excitement of live sports. In 2011 the Sporting News named Dallas for the first time the “Best Sports City” in the United States over cities like Boston Philadelphia and Chicago.