Introduction to Grand Prairie, Texas

Grand Prairie is a Texas city located in Dallas County between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. Only 14 miles west of Dallas and 15 miles east of Fort Worth, the city is bisected by the western fork of the Trinity River. Interstate Highways I-20 and I-30 service Grand Prairie, which is also accessible to Texas State Highways 161 and 360. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport lies just five minutes north of Grand Prairie.

Originally an Indian Trading Post and a stop on the stage coach line from Dallas to Fort Worth, the community founded in 1863 was known as Dechman, named for its founder Alexander McRae Dechman. In 1877, its name was changed to Grand Prairie and in 1902 Grand Prairie became incorporated as a city. A significant milestone in the city's history occurred in 1928 with the construction of Hensley Field on 300 acres two miles east of Grand Prairie's city limits. The field became the site for all army operations in Dallas and led to the arrival of the Naval Reserve Aviation Base in 1940 and a federally operated defense plant, North American Aviation, in 1941. In the ensuing decades, prominent industries included the production of aircraft and aircraft parts, plastics, and machine parts. Tourism also rose in prominence as an industry because of the Grand Prairie's proximity to popular attractions in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.

Grand Prairie Points of Interest

One of Grand Prairie's most notable attractions is Lone Star Park, a horse racing track which first opened its doors in 1997. The track offers both thoroughbred and quarter-horse racing and is home to Lone Star Million Day, a thoroughbred event held each Memorial Day with seven stakes races. Adjacent to Lone Star Park is the state-of-the-art Nokia Theatre, a 28.5-acre live entertainment venue which hosts numerous concerts, musical acts, shows, and family events annually. One of Texas' newest lakes is Joe Pool Lake, a popular venue for fishing, boating, and swimming set among the hills of south Grand Prairie. The lake’s Lynn Creek Park is ideal for picnicking and also includes beaches and a playground.

Within minutes of Grand Prairie are several area attractions which regularly attract tourists to the region. Among these are the following:

  • Six Flags Over Texas
  • Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch
  • Dallas Zoo
  • Fort Worth Stockyards
  • Conspiracy Museum
  • Dallas Arboretum
  • Cavanaugh Flight Museum
  • Grapevine Mills
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Thanks-Giving Square

Sports fans can catch major league baseball action at the Rangers Ballpark in nearby Arlington, where the American League's Texas Rangers play their home games. The neighboring city of Irving is home to the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys. Other Dallas pro teams include the NBA's Mavericks (basketball), the NHL's Stars (hockey) and FC Dallas (Major League Soccer). Fans of arena football can root for the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League. Minor league baseball is also prominent in the area. The Frisco Roughriders are a Class Double-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers, and the Fort Worth Cats are an independent minor league team belonging to the American Association.


Total Population 183,500
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 7.4%
Employed Population 16+ 89,373
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 50.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.4%
Median Earnings25+ $35,890
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,547
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,451


Median Family Income $63,276
% Above Poverty Level 85.3%
% Below Poverty Level 14.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 27 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 20.8%
Median Gross Rent $922
Median House Value $126,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 70.3%
US/American 0%
English 4.2%
Irish 4.2%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Grand Prairie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 6 miles E of Arlington, Texas
County Dallas
Standard Zip Codes 75050, 75051, 75052
P.O. Box Zip Codes 75053, 75054
Phone Area Codes 972
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.745
Longitude -96.997

Grand Prairie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 10.7 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 54 F
Apr Temp 54 to 76 F
Jul Temp 75 to 95 F
Oct Temp 56 to 78 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 55 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 77 to 96 F
Oct Temp 58 to 79 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Distance 24.3 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 54 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 96 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 38.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arlington 379,716 $62,731
Cockrell Hill 4,284 $40,769
Duncanville 39,567 $59,455
Euless 53,220 $65,802
Irving 228,776 $57,926

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Student/teacher ratio: 9.9

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