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June 24, 2010

The booming Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area added more residents during the past decade than any other city in the United States, according to 

According to the latest Census Bureau figures released Tuesday: 

  • The population of the sprawling Texas metro area grew by about 1.3 million people, or 25 percent, between April 1, 2000, and July 1, 2009.
  • The population is now estimated at 6.5 million residents, but an exact count won't be available until the 2010 census is complete.  

Dallas's attractions include a very favorable business climate, according to Mayor Tom Leppert.  There's no corporate income tax, building costs are relatively reasonable and regulations are minimal. 

"It's a great place to do business," he said, "especially for companies from high-tax states." 

Helping to drive growth is the area's main airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International, the third busiest in the nation.  Its location is far enough south to ensure good weather yet central enough to make it easy to fly to the Northeast, the Midwest and the Pacific Coast.  It is also well positioned for air traffic with Latin American markets. 

"Dallas has no port," said Leppert.  "The airport became a 21st century port." 

Source: Les Christie, "Dallas: Fastest growing U.S. city,", June 22, 2010. 

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