It might not be Paris, but the city of Dallas has a passionate influence on romance, nonetheless. Hundreds of thousands
of relationships have been created through the years by Dallas-based, industry pioneer Match.com, and the company continues
to pave the way for people worldwide to meet someone special.
So what brought the purveyor of love and romance to Big D? Dallas has so much to offer…
Life in Dallas
- With moderate weather year-round, Dallas offers a variety of outdoor spaces for learning, play and entertainment.
- Dallas' 1,015-acre White Rock Lake Park is a popular destination for hiking and biking. The park houses the 66-acre Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.
- Named the "No. 2 Top U.S. City for Vacation Value" by Hotwire, Dallas attracts travelers to its theme parks, cultural venues and outdoor spaces, including more than 200 golf courses.
- The Dallas Farmers Market is the largest working farmer's market in the U.S.
- While many areas of the country have experienced declines in their local economies, Dallas gained the largest population growth of any U.S. city, according to the U.S. Census Bureau (2008).
- The total population in Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington is 6,300,006 making it the 4th largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
- Prestigious local universities include Southern Methodist University (SMU), Texas Christian University (TCU), University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), University of North Texas (UNT), and University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).
- The Dallas area is home to 26 Fortune 500 headquarters, trailing only New York City and Houston.
Arts & Culture
- More than 300 original public art works are exhibited throughout the city.
- The Dallas Arts District is the largest urban arts district in the U.S. It includes the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and the new AT&T Performing Arts Center.
- The African American Museum in Dallas is the only museum in the Southwest devoted to the preservation and display of African American artistic, cultural and historical materials.
- The Dallas Children's Theater, nationally renown as one of America's top theaters, was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
- Into the music scene? The careers of many well-known musical acts, including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Erykah Badu, Norah Jones, Drowning Pool, Lee Ann Rimes and Jack Ingram were launched in Dallas.
- Designed by architect I.M Pei, the $81.5 million Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is home to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and also houses one of the last handmade Fisk organs by C.B. Fisk.
- The Dallas Public Library permanently displays one of the 26 remaining original copies of the Declaration of Independence and the First Folio of William Shakespeare's "Comedies, Histories & Tragedies."
- There are more than 13 entertainment districts within a short distance of downtown, each offering a unique mixture of arts, culture, shopping, dining and fun: Dallas Arts District, Fair Park, Deep Ellum, Main Street, Greenville Avenue, Knox-Henderson, Uptown, West Village, West End, Oak Lawn, Mockingbird Station, the Bishop Arts District and the new 75-acre mixed use development, Victory Park.
- In the Southwest, only the Dallas area can claim teams from all five major professional sports: the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), Texas Rangers (MLB), Dallas Mavericks (NBA), Dallas Stars (NHL) and FC Dallas (MLS).
- The Dallas area's world-class sports facilities include the Cowboys Stadium and the American Airlines Center.
- There are many places for family entertainment: Six Flags Over Texas, Hurricane Harbor, State Fair of Texas, Malibu Speed Zone, Smirnoff Music Centre—and the list goes on!
- Dallas was founded in 1841 on the banks of the Trinity River.
- The city's diverse economy is primarily based on banking, commerce, telecommunications, computer technology, energy and transportation.
- Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments invented the integrated circuit in 1958.
- DFW International airport opened in 1974 and today is one of the world's busiest airports.
- The first zoological garden in Texas, the Dallas Zoo began welcoming visitors in 1888.
Food & Spirits
- Though many U.S. cities claim to have the most restaurants per capita, Dallas is the clear winner with more than 7,000 restaurants in the area.
- The French Room at the Adolphus was ranked the No. 1 restaurant in the U.S. (2006) by Zagat Survey.
- The frozen margarita machine was invented May 11, 1971 by Dallas restaurateur Mariano Martinez.
- Built in 1931, Highland Park Village, right down the street from the Match.com office, was the first planned shopping center in the U.S.
- The #1 visitor destination in the Dallas-Forth Worth area is NorthPark Center, offering 235 square feet of stores and restaurants.
- Luxury department store Neiman Marcus is based in Dallas.
- The Dallas Market Center—the world's largest market for wholesale merchandise—measures a whopping 5.5 million square feet.