Dallas, Texas

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Dallas (pronounced /ˈdæləs/) is the third-largest city in Texas[4][5] and the ninth-largest in the United States. As of 2009, the population of Dallas was about 1.3 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.[6] The city is the largest economic center of the 12-county Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area that according to the March 2010 U.S. Census Bureau release, had a population of roughly 6.5 million as of July 2009.[7] The metropolitan area is the largest metropolitan area in the South and fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States.[8]

Founded in 1841 and formally incorporated as a city in February, 1856, the city's economy is primarily based on banking, commerce, telecommunications, computer technology, energy, and transportation, home to several Fortune 500 companies.[9] Located in North Texas and a major city in the American South, Dallas is the core of the largest inland metropolitan area in the United States that lacks any navigable link to the sea.[10] The city's prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, and its position along numerous railroad lines. Dallas developed a strong industrial and financial sector, and a major inland port, due largely to the presence of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the largest and busiest in the world.[11] It was rated as a beta world city by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network.[12]

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