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The Differences Between Dallas and Arlington

People who have never been to Arlington or Dallas might assume the two cities are similar. They are right next to one another on the map, and they are in what’s known as the “Metroplex” area of North Texas. These two cities, however, are actually quite different in a number of ways.
1) Population. Dallas has many more people than Arlington does. Its population rounds out to approximately 1.26 million, while Arlington’s population is approximately 380,000.

2) Size. Dallas is also much larger than Arlington. The city of Dallas encompasses a whopping 385 square miles, while Arlington measures only about 100 square miles.

3) Traffic. Due to its size and population, Dallas has more highways and much more traffic than Arlington does. Many people actually commute to Dallas from Arlington to go to their daily jobs.

4) Museums. Arlington does have a small museum of art, but Dallas has more museums and of various types. The museums in Dallas include the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas Museum of Art, and more.

5) Botanic gardens and zoos. Unfortunately, Arlington does not have any botanic gardens, nor does it have any zoos. Dallas, however, has the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, as well as the Dallas Zoo and Dallas World Aquarium.

6) Restaurants. Both cities offer a variety of restaurants, but Dallas has more options that are both unique and award-winning. Places like Ziziki’s, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, and La Duni Latin cafe make Dallas a desirable place for both the city’s natives and visitors.

7) Night clubs. Arlington has a number of bars, including dive bar Caves, and chain World of Beer, but it doesn’t offer much in terms of the true night life experience. Dallas, particularly downtown Dallas, has numerous night clubs and dance clubs for many different tastes.

8) Skyline. While Arlington does not have a skyline, Dallas has one of the most gorgeous skylines in the country. It is made up of nineteen skyscrapers, all of which are a sight to behold during the day and also when they’re lit up at night.