In the 2010 census Dallas had a population of 1,197, 816 inhabitants and a population density of 1,198. 61 people per km², which constituted the most populous city in the metropolitan area with a total of 6,810,913 inhabitants as of 1 July 2013. The city is the third largest in Texas after Houston and San Antonio; its metropolitan area is the largest in the Texas state and the country's fourth largest metropolitan area after New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
The origin of the name of the city of Dallas is a mystery, although there are various speculations. The founder John Neely Bryan said he called "Dallas" in reference to the name of his friend Dallas. It was also said to have been named after George Mifflin Dallas, the eleventh Vice President of the United States, who served for the president James Knox Polk. However, there is no evidence that Bryan knew George Mifflin Dallas, and it was chosen years after the city was founded.
In pre-Hispanic times, the Caddo inhabited the Dallas area. In the sixteenth century the Spanish Empire declared the territory as part of the Viceroyalty of New Spain.
Later, France also declared the area as part of its territory until the Adams-Onis Treaty in 1819. The area remained in the hands of Spain until 1821, when the Mexican independence was signed. Texas and what is now Dallas constituted part of the Mexican state of Coahuila and Texas.
In 1836, the Texan state proclaimed itself an independent Republic of Texas. In 1841, John Neely Bryan founded the city of Dallas at the site where several caddoenses paths crossed in a natural ford of Trinidad River. The site was the easiest to cross and the shortest root, planned by Preston, that would connect South Texas with the north. Initially, Bryan wanted to establish Dallas as a business center between the Amerindians and the pioneers. In 1846, Dallas became part of the United States of America when it annexed the territory of the Republic of Texas. That same year Dallas County was created. Dallas declared in 1850 as the permanent seat of Dallas County.
Dallas is a city in Dallas County with parts of the city located in the counties of Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties in the US state of Texas.
The climate of the city is humid subtropical with continental trend. It has a very large temperature range over the year, however the daily variance is small due to moisture. Summer is warm, of average humidity, with temperatures easily reaching over 40° C. Fall and spring are mild and the periods where rainfall is concentrated, although no month receives less the 40 mm of rainfall. In winter temperatures are cold and frost occurs, and occasional snowfall.
The Dallas / Fort Worth is known as the Silicon Valley of Texas, for its high concentration of telecommunications companies; many of these multimillion dollar companies are located in Richardson, in the technological and business area known as the Telecom Corridor.
The epicenter of Silicon Valley is home to more than 5,700 companies and 40,000 employees. This region is home to the national offices of CompUSA and Canadian Nortell and regional offices of Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Ericsson, Fujitsu, MCI, Nokia, Nokia Networks, Rockwell, Sprint and Verizon.
Dallas is known for its barbecue, authentic Mexican food and Tex-Mex food. Famous establishments in the culinary scene include La Calle Doce, Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse, El Fénix, Mi Cocina, Bone Daddy's Barbeque, and La Mansión En Turtle Creek. The French Room was named the best restaurant in the nation by Zagat. On average, people go out to eat 4 times a week, which makes it the third highest rate in the nation, after Houston and Austin. Dallas has more restaurants per capita than New York City.
Dish made from beef , lamb , goat or deer and sometimes rabbit , chicken or fish. It is cooked with various spices steamed.
Crunchy Tacos stuffed with stew to choose fresh vegetables and spices.
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15
Also known as the Hispanic Heritage month, where cultures, heritages and contributions of Spanish speakers in the United States are held.
The State Fair of Texas
September - October
The State Fair of Texas is the largest in the United States; it attracts more than 3 million people from all around. This festival has been held in Fair Park in Dallas since 1886, although initially it was a private event organized by merchants. This massive annual event usually starts on the last Friday of September and continue for 24 days.
Greek Food Festival of Dallas
This festival has been celebrated Greek cuisine in Dallas for decades. It is celebrated with food sales, folk dances, Greek music, art, and a plaza where one can find crafts, goods and other objects belonging to this culture. This event gives the opportunity to know the history and Greek culture
Places of interest
Dallas Zoo was established in 1888, therefore it became the first zoo in the southwestern part of the United States; round 8,000 animals inhabit it. Many of them have been brought from different parts of the world and others have been born in the same zoo. The zoo is divided into two main parts: ZooNorth and Wilds of Africa. Throughout the zoo visitors can see different very brilliant artificial habitats where many species of animals are on display.
Dallas Chinatown is located in North Dallas, in the city of Richardson. Its is actually a place full of Chinese and Asian establishments. People there will find a Chinese market, Chinese bookstores material, ice cream parlors, restaurants and even a local Chinese films stores. You can even find local Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese and Vietnamese cuisine.
Dallas World Aquarium
The name aquarium can be somewhat misleading. As well as serving as artificial habitat for marine and aquatic animals and other wildlife, other species from different ecosystems inhabit here. The aquarium is distributed by geographical topics arranged in different floors. It is correct to call el “World”, since the species in the aquarium come from many parts of the world. Here coexist birds, insects, bats, turtles, snakes, penguins, seahorses, giant octopuses among others.
Six Flags Over Texas
People visit this attraction to ride the games, whether wooden or iron roller coasters, fast tower climbs, playground or family and other attractions. One can enjoy the high-speed roller coasters that accelerate at break-neck speeds filled with amazing twists that cause vertigo in users. The centrifugal force generated by the sudden changes in speed and direction is a delight to many.
Medieval Times Dallas
One would think it was the Quixote or as if you had traveled back in time to Medieval Times as its name implies, as it is a recreational theater show that allows you to relive that period. The Medieval Times Dallas is located at 2021 North Stemmons Freeway in Dallas and can be reached by DART train going down in the Market Center Station. This type of entertainment originated in Mallorca, Spain.
Plaza of the Americas
This luxurious and prestigious Plaza of the Americas opened to the public offers the beauty of a rich place with affordable prices. Woodland around the atrium gives shelter to many food stalls. You can choose from hamburgers, cafes, ice cream and more. This mall also has its jeweler, optical, pharmacy, nursery, etc.