Grand Prairie is a vibrant and amicable city hemmed within the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. With an estimated population of over 175,396, Grand Prairie is Texas' 15th most populous city. Did you know that Grand Prairie is famous for its Christmas light display which is over 2 miles long and is decorated by more than 3 million lights?
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Interesting facts about Grand Prairie!
Grand Prairie is the 15th most populous city in Texas.
In 1909, Grand Prairie was included as a city.
In 1863, Alexander McRae Dechman established the town of Grand Prairie as Dechman.
Grand Prairie has Council-Manager type government.
The residents of GP are called Grand Prairians.
The racial and ethnic composition include 52.6% White, 0.8% Native American, 20.0% Black, 6.5% Asian, 0.1% non-Hispanic, 42.7% Hispanic or Latino, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.2% of two or more races.
The city is bordered to the east by Dallas, to the southeast by Cedar Hill and Midlothian, to the southwest by Mansfield, to the west by Arlington, to the northwest by Fort Worth and Irving to the north.
Grand Prairie is in Central Standard Time Zone. (UTC-6).
Grand Prairie has humid subtropical climate.
Geographically, Grand Prairie is located in 3 separate counties.
Airbus Helicopters maintains its headquarters in GP.
Six Flags operates a corporate office in the city of Grand Prairie.
Some confusion at the Postal Service offices resulted in the renaming of the city from Dechman to Grand Prairie.
Notable singer Selena Gomez was born in GP.
Prairie Light is Over 2 miles long Christmas light display of more than 3 million lights.
The regular floods in the city is mainly due to the overflowing of Johnson Creek that flows through GP.
Recently, a Grand Prairie city law was enacted that prevents smoking in sports arenas, restaurants, health care facilities, hospitals, and city-owned facilities.
Grand Prairie is to Texas' biggest Flea Market - Traders Village.
Grand Prairie has one of the top ranked golf courses in Texas - Tangle Ridge.
Grand Prairie AirHogs is the city's own professional baseball Team named after the city's history with aeronautics.
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