Garland is a major city in Texas, located in the northeast corner of the Metroplex, that is continuously expanding. Only 30 minutes from downtown Dallas, Garland began in 1891 when two cotton-farming communities named Embree and Duck Creek rivaled over which town should receive the local post office. To finally settle this dispute, Congressman Joe Abbott decided to move the post office between the two towns, causing them to merge into the new city of Garland. In the early 1900s, the city’s population rapidly grew as an agricultural boom occurred, drawing in out-of-towners for miles around. War production then gave the city its largest economic boost. By 1950, Garland’s population had risen to more than 10,000 people and it steadily rose with the constant development of the DFW Metroplex. Today, Garland has an estimated 235,500 residents, which makes it the 12th most populous city in the state.
Garland is a bustling city with an excellent mix of commerce, arts & culture, entertainment, and good people. Despite the fact that it’s one of the largest cities in Texas, the cost of living in Garland is a whole 12% lower than the country average. The city is home to many major companies, like Sherwin Williams, Sears Logistics, U.S. Foodservice, and Ecolab to name a few. With the many employment opportunities, things to do, and the low cost of living, Garland continues to be a popular destination for homebuyers looking for the perfect place to settle down.
Residents of Garland enjoy such attractions as the Landmark Museum at Heritage Crossing, where visitors can see an interesting collection representing decades of Garland history, focusing on the period between 1850 and the present. Garland is also home to the Granville Arts Center, which features two theaters that offer anything from Broadway touring shows to symphony concerts. Recreation in the city ranges from water parks, to golfing, to boating and fishing. Garland contains six recreation centers, four swimming pools, a tennis center with 13 courts, more than 40 playgrounds for the kids, the famous Firewheel Golf Park, and the beautiful Lake Ray Hubbard. At the Lake, visitors enjoy spending the day relaxing on the boat. Whether you are fishing, skiing, or just floating around, it’s always a fun time on Lake Ray Hubbard.
Most students in Garland attend Garland Independent School District, which is made up of 71 campuses and is among the 100 largest districts in the country. Because of GISD’s refusal to use attendance zones, parents are given the choice to send their children to any school within the district. The district, by the way, is recognized across the state for its efficiency in balancing academic progress and fiscal responsibility. Smaller portions of the city are served by Plano Independent School District, Mesquite Independent School District, Dallas Independent School District, and Richardson Independent School District as well.
Garland has many beautiful neighborhoods and communities within its borders. A few of the most popular neighborhoods include Meadowood, Camelot, Brentwood Village, and Firewheel Estates. Firewheel Estates is the home of Firewheel Town Center, a 1 million-square-foot open-air shopping mall located on the northeast corner of President George Bush Turnpike and State Highway 78.
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