Grand Prairie Real Estate Information

Situated among Dallas, Ellis, and Tarrant counties on more than 80 square miles, Grand Prairie, Texas, is a large suburban community in the northern part of the state. At the 2000 census, the city was counted as having a population of nearly 130,000, with residents having an annual median household income of almost $47,000. The West Fork of the Trinity River and one of its major tributaries, Johnson Creek, flow through Grand Prairie. Interstates. 20 and 30 run east-west through the city. Real estate is readily available in this desirable suburb just 12 miles west of Dallas and 15 miles east of Forth Worth.

The town is part of the Mid-Cities region and it was first settled in 1863 by a man named Alexander McRae Dechman, who named the city Dechman after himself. In 1876, he traded half of his land to a railroad company to ensure that the railroad would pass through the town. The first post office opened in the town in 1877 under the name misspelled as "Deckman," and because of confusion, later that year the town's name was changed to Grand Prairie. The city incorporated in 1909, and began to take a strong foothold in the early 20th century as a hotbed for the defense and aviation industries. Today, Lockheed Martin continues to operate in the town.

The city's 10 largest employers include the Grand Prairie Independent School District; Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control; Poly-America, Inc.; Bell Helicopter-Textron; Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie; the City of Grand Prairie; Vought Aircraft Industries; Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.; Hanson Pipe & Products; and Wal-Mart. The city maintains properties of parkland encompassing nearly 5,000 acres, including two beaches, 54 parks, four recreation center and five public pools. Tangle Ridge Golf Course and Prairie Lakes Golf Course are found here, and the AirHogs minor-league baseball team and their stadium, Quiktrip Park, is downtown.

Most of the children who live here will be assigned to the Grand Prairie Independent School District, which consists of 23 elementary schools, seven middle schools, two ninth-grade centers, two high schools and two alternative schools. In addition, the Mansfield Independent School District serves portions of the city in Tarrant County and operates six elementary schools within the Grand Prairie city limits. Other school districts serving residents in portions of the city include the Arlington,Cedar Hill, Irving, Mansfield, and Midlothian school districts.