Garland is a large city northeast of Dallas and is a part of the 4th largest region in the nation, the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. It is located almost entirely within Dallas County, except a small portion located in Collin County. As of January 2013, the population is 231,618.
In 2008, Garland was ranked #67 on CNN and Money magazine’s list of the “Top 100 Places to Live.”
The Garland Independent School District, a recognized district by the Texas Education Agency, serves most areas of the Garland community. Three additional school districts (Richardson ISD, Mesquite ISD, and Plano ISD) serve smaller areas of Garland.
In the 2000s, Garland added several noteworthy developments, mostly in the northern portion of the city. Hawaiian Falls waterpark opened in 2003, and the Garland Independent School District’s Special Events Center, an arena and conference facility, opened in 2005, as did Firewheel Town Center, an outdoor mall with more than 100 stores. The City of Garland is home to one of the finest municipally-owned golf facilities in the nation. Firewheel Golf offers 63 holes of golf and has gained national recognition as a PGA Tour Qualifying site.
Patty Granville Arts Center is a complex owned and operated by the city. Also included as part of the complex is the Plaza Theatre and the Atrium. The Atrium provides civic, community and commercial organizations the opportunity to house banquets, receptions, trade shows, and conventions.
The Garland Landmark Museum is housed in the former 1901 Santa Fe depot. Inside are historical artifacts and documents representing the period from 1850 to the present.
Fun fact: The animated television series King of the Hill was created by former Garland resident Mike Judge, who used elements of Garland as an inspiration for its setting — the fictional (and similar-sounding) town of Arlen.
Other well-known former and current Garland residents include singer LeAnn Rimes, actress Crystal Bernard, and musician Dean Sams of the band Lonestar.
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