Dallas-Plano-Irving Metroplex

Business Climate

  • Major Business Clusters: Aerospace & Aviation, Food Processing, Financial Services, Information Technology, Manufacturing

  • Major Employers: AT&T, BAE Systems, Capital One Finance, Celanese, Dean Foods, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Energy Future Holdings, Flexjet, Flextronics, Fluor, Frito-Lay North America, Fujitsu America, GE Energy, Gulfstream Aerospace, Honeywell, J.C. Penny, Kimberly-Clark, Lockheed Martin, Maxim Integrated, Peterbilt Motors, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, Torchmark Corporation

Metro Area/Talent

  • Region Population: 5,057,998

  • Workforce Population: 2,613,200

  • Higher Education: Collin County Community College District, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas County Community College District, Navarro College, North Central Texas Community College District, Paris Junior College, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Women's University, The University of Texas at Dallas, Trinity Valley Community College, University of North Texas, University of North Texas at Dallas

  • Health-Related Education: Parker University, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas


  • Interstate Highways: I-20, I-30, I-35, I-45

  • Airports: Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Dallas Love Field

  • Railroad Carriers: BNSF Railway, Kansas City Southern, Union Pacific Railroad

  • Foreign Trade Zones: Three -  No. 39 Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, No.113 Ellis County, No.168 Dallas/Fort Worth

Counties and Quick Links

Metropolitan Area: Dallas-Fort Worth Region

Collin County: AllenFriscoMcKinneyPlano

Dallas County: DallasGarlandGrand PrairieIrving-Las ColinasMesquiteRichardson

Denton County: CarrolltonDentonFlower MoundFriscoLewisville

Other Counties: Ellis County, Hunt County, Kaufman County, Rockwall County

Sources: Metropolitan Areas, Office of the Governor Economic Development & Tourism, Texas Health and Human Services, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Texas Workforce Commission