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Overview

Introduction to Irving, Texas

Irving is a Texas city located twelve miles west of Dallas in west central Dallas County. Located on Texas State Highway 183 and easily accessible to Interstate Highways I-30 and I-35, the city houses a portion of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Irving is home to the national headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America.

Irving began in 1889 as a settlement called Gorbit. In 1894 the name of the settlement was changed to Kit, and its location was shifted to accommodate an anticipated railroad route. When the route did not follow its original plan, Julius Otto Schulze and Otis Brown promoted a third town site in 1903. They named the town Irving, most likely after Washington Irving, who happened to be Mrs. Brown's favorite author. By 1912 the growing town boasted a population of 500, and in 1914, Irving became incorporated. The city continued its growth throughout the 20th century. In 1956 the University of Dallas in Irving was founded, and by the end of the 1970s the city's population was well over 100,000. In 1971, Texas Stadium was built to accommodate the city's prized resident, the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys.

Irving Places of Interest

The Irving Arts Center combines big time entertainment and cultural events in a single complex. Within the complex are two state-of-the art theaters; four galleries; meeting and classroom facilities; and an outdoor sculpture garden located on a ten-acre site. More than 300 performances and 20 rotating exhibits are featured annually. Other cultural and entertainment sites in or around Irving include the following:

  • Mustangs of Las Colinas: A breathtaking sculpture of nine larger-than-life bronze mustangs galloping across a granite stream
  • National Scouting Museum: The Official Museum of the Boy Scouts of America
  • Las Colinas Flower Clock: A larger-than-life sized clock where fresh flowers bloom year-round
  • Mandalay Canal Walk at Las Colinas: A tree-lined cobblestone walkway reminiscent of a European village
  • Amon Carter Museum: One of the nation's premiere museums of American and Western art
  • Casa Mañana Theatre (Fort Worth): The nation's first permanent theater-in-the-round
  • Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Center (Fort Worth): The newest theatre venue in the Dallas/Fort Worth area
  • Majestic Theater (Dallas): Originally opened in 1921 and recently renovated and restored
  • Fair Park Music Hall (Dallas): Home to a series of summer musicals and also the State Fair of Texas in October
  • Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas): One of the world's most celebrated and acoustically superior concert halls
  • Fort Worth Water Gardens: A beautifully landscaped five-acre park located in downtown Fort Worth

Located in Irving is Texas Stadium, renowned home park of the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. Current plans are for the Cowboys to relocate to a new stadium in nearby Arlington in 2009. Arlington is currently home to another professional sports team, Major League Baseball's Texas Rangers. Other area sports teams include the Dallas Mavericks (NBA basketball), Dallas Stars (NHL hockey) and FC Dallas of Major League Soccer.

People

Total Population 228,776
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 7.1%
Employed Population 16+ 116,018
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 49.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 35%
Median Earnings25+ $34,242
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,425
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,884

Wealth

Median Family Income $57,926
% Above Poverty Level 84.9%
% Below Poverty Level 15.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 2%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.4%
Median Gross Rent $922
Median House Value $143,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 69.5%
US/American 0%
English 4.1%
Irish 4.7%

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

Irving Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 8 miles W of Dallas, Texas
County Dallas
Standard Zip Codes 75038, 75039, 75060, 75061, 75062, 75063
P.O. Box Zip Codes 75014, 75015, 75016, 75017
Company Zip Codes 75037
Phone Area Codes 972
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.813
Longitude -96.948

Irving Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station DALLAS LOVE AP
Distance 6.3 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
Station FERRIS
Distance 26.3 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 56 F
Apr Temp 53 to 76 F
Jul Temp 72 to 96 F
Oct Temp 55 to 79 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
Station WAXAHACHIE
Distance 28.1 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
Cockrell Hill 4,284 $40,769
Dallas 1,260,688 $46,902
Euless 53,220 $65,802
Farmers Branch 31,052 $64,962
Grand Prairie 183,500 $63,276
Highland Park 8,916 $250

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

Irving Public Libraries

Library
Irving Public Library
801 W IRVING BLVD
Irving, Texas
(972) 721-2628
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Irving Hospitals

LAS COLINAS MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
6800 N MACARTHUR BLVD
(972) 969-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

BAYLOR MEDICAL CENTER AT IRVING
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1901 N MACARTHUR BLVD
(972) 579-8100
Emergency Service: Yes

IRVING COPPELL SURGICAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
440 WEST INTERSTATE 635
(972) 868-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Irving High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

NIMITZ H S
100 W OAKDALE
972-273-8600
A Title I School.
Serves 2,550 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

IRVING H S
900 N O'CONNOR RD
972-273-8300
A Title I School.
Serves 2,544 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

MACARTHUR H S
3700 N MAC ARTHUR BLVD
972-261-2100
A Title I School.
Serves 2,542 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

NORTH HILLS SCHOOL
606 E ROYAL LN
972-501-0645
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 885 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.1

UNIVERSAL ACADEMY
2616 N MACARTHUR BLVD
972-255-1800
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 642 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

UNIVERSAL ACADEMY - FLOWER MOUND
2616 N MACARTHUR ACADEMY
972-513-1608
A Charter School.
Serves 591 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.8

WINFREE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL (IR
1711 W IRVING BLVD STE 310
972-251-2010
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 473 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 43

WINFREE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL (LE
1711 W IRVING BLVD STE 310
214-222-2200
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 372 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 35.4

WINFREE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL (RI
1711 W IRVING BLVD STE 310
972-234-9855
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 363 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 38.2

WINFREE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL (GR
1711 W IRVING BLVD STE 310
817-481-5803
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 290 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 25.2

UNION BOWER CENTER FOR LEARNING
101 E UNION BOWER RD
972-273-6180
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 243 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.8

UNIVERSITY SCHOOL
1404 W WALNUT HILL LN
972-753-6165
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 203 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 22.6

GILBERT TRANSITIONAL
707 EDMONDSON DR
972-554-3750
A Non-traditional School
A Title I School.
Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.9

THE ACADEMY OF IRVING ISD
4601 N MACARTHUR BLVD
972-258-5300
A Title I School.

ALL CAMPUSES
901 N O'CONNOR RD
972-273-6025

SECONDARY REASSIGN CTR
3207 W PIONEER
972-313-4600
A Non-traditional School

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