The city of Dallas has a population of 1.3 million people, making it the 9th largest city in the U.S. (and 3rd in Texas). And while its growth may be slowing down a little, especially when compared to other cities in the Metroplex, the Dallas job market remains consistently strong. Several major corporations—including ExxonMobil, AT&T, JCPenney, and Southwest Airlines—are headquartered in Dallas or its suburbs.
Health care is also a major industry, with Baylor Healthcare System and Texas Health Resources employing more than 35,000 people combined. Quite a leap for a city that, just a century ago, was known for its production of saddles and cotton gin machinery. Dallas also has a rich tradition of art and music that can be traced back to its early years. In fact, the bars and music venues of Deep Ellum are direct descendants of the jazz and blues clubs that sprang up there during the 1920s and 1930s.