The city is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area, known as the Metroplex. It covers 300 square miles, is filled with Art-Deco era architecture and includes a population center of about 725,000 residents.
As its name implies, Fort Worth began as an army outpost along the Trinity River. The body of water now weaves its way through the city, surrounded by hiking and biking trails that encourage an active lifestyle.
Fort Worth gained national prominence as a trading and cattle center on the Old Chisholm Trail, becoming the center of cattle drives and the ranching industry. Today the city is affectionately called "Cowtown" by locals and tourists alike.
Fort Worth earned the distinction as one of "America's Most Livable Communities" during the early 2000's. The city is considered the ninth-safest among urban centers with populations over 500,000. Temperatures average 84 degrees in the summer months and 43 degrees in the winter time.
Job prospects are strong in technical, natural gas and aerospace industries. Major companies headquartered in Fort Worth include American Airlines/American Eagle, RadioShack and Lockheed Martin.
The city has a higher-than-average concentration of restaurants, bars and libraries compared to other cities on the "America's Most Livable Communities," an annual report by Partners for Livable Communities. Sundance Square is a popular entertainment, restaurant and shopping district filled with eclectic bars, street performers, festivals and cafes. The area was originally a saloon district known as Hell's Half Acre back in the early days of Forth Worth. Here you'll find the infamous mural commemorating a Chisholm Trail cattle drive. It's the perfect spot to begin your Forth Worth adventure.