As of October 2020, the population of Arlington is about 400,000 people. It is the 7th most populous city in the state of Texas and the 49th most populous city in the United States.
The city covers a total area of 99.5 square kilometers (258 square miles).
The average altitude is 184 metres (604 feet) above sea level.
Caddo Indians, the first known settlers in the region, were the victims of westward expansion.
An early white settlement (1840), on an Indian council site, was called Bird’s Fort.
Continuing disputes between Indians and would-be settlers ultimately led to the Battle of Village Creek (1841), in which more than 200 Indian lodges were burned and the Caddo routed.
The Republic of Texas in 1843 signed a peace treaty with nine Indian tribes at what is now Arlington.
The city itself was laid out by railroad men in 1876 and named after General Robert E. Lee’s Arlington House in Arlington County, Virginia.
From 1892 until 1951, a mineral well drilled exactly in the middle of downtown Arlington, was a key reason to visit the town. The water was part of the city’s brand, also serving as a meeting point for everything from prohibition to the right of women to vote. The well has been paved over but not forgotten.
Once known for its cotton ginning and agricultural products, Arlington is primarily an industrial and commercial centre – it has automotive and aerospace industries that developed after 1950, with an accompanying rapid increase in population.
The Cathedral of Saint Thomas More located at 3901 Cathedral Lane is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington Virginia and the seat of Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. The cathedral is a modern design and is constructed with a basilica floorplan. The exterior is red brick with three doors at the front. The doors are in shallow porticos formed by barrel arches that extend to the roof and contain a stained glass window above each door.
The Arlington Museum of Art is a non-collecting art museum located in downtown Arlington. It is a non-collecting museum that focuses on presenting exceptional quality exhibitions and shows that will inspire, challenge, and inform all visitors, both local inhabitants and tourists. It also offers art-related adult workshops, children’s classes, film screenings, and lectures.
AT&T Stadium, formerly Cowboys Stadium, is a retractable roof stadium in Arlington. It serves as the home of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) and was completed on May 27, 2009. It is also the home of the Cotton Bowl Classic and the Big 12 Championship Game. The stadium seats 80,000, making it the fourth largest stadium in the NFL by seating capacity.
Globe Life Park in Arlington is a multi-purpose stadium in Arlington, located between Dallas and Fort Worth. Originally built as a baseball park, it was home to the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers Baseball Hall of Fame from 1994 until 2019 when the team vacated the stadium for Globe Life Field. It was constructed as a replacement for nearby Arlington Stadium and opened in April 1994 as The Ballpark in Arlington.
The International Bowling Museum is located inside the International Bowling Campus in Arlington. The design and fabrication of the new facility was awarded to Museum Arts Inc., a Dallas company. The World Bowling Writers (WBW) International Bowling Hall of Fame and United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame are at this location, along with many exhibits on both the history of bowling and its current status as the nation’s No. 1 participatory sport.
Planetarium at the University of Texas at Arlington is one of the three largest planetariums in Texas, located on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington. With its 18-meters (60-foot) dome projection surface, fully digital projection system, and advanced software, UTA Planetarium provides unparalleled views of the night sky, the solar system, stars, and distant galaxies—complemented with Dolby® surround sound.
Six Flags Over Texas is a 86-hectare (212-acre) theme park located in Arlington, Texas, east of Fort Worth and west of Dallas. It is the first amusement park in the Six Flags chain. The park opened on August 5, 1961, following just a year of construction and an initial investment of US$10 million by real estate developer Angus G. Wynne, Jr.
Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is the largest water park in North Texas. It offers more than 40 rides and attractions. From heart-pounding rides like Typhoon Twister, Tsunami Surge, and Wahoo Racer to thrilling attractions for the little swimmers with Hook’s Lagoon—an interactive water playhouse.
River Legacy Park is a 526-hectare (1,300-acre) urban oasis following the curves of the Trinity River in north Arlington. The Park’s ecological diversity of bottomland forest, wetlands and prairie provides abundant habitat for countless birds, fish, mammals and native plants.
For retail shopping, Arlington is home to the Parks Mall at Arlington, which houses numerous stores, eateries, an ice skating rink, and a movie theatre. It is one of the leading shopping destinations in the Metroplex.
The city lies approximately 19 km (12 miles) east of downtown Fort Worth and 32 km (20 miles) west of downtown Dallas.
Johnson Creek, a tributary of the Trinity River, and the Trinity River itself, flow through Arlington.