Southern Dallas County is home to an expanding, vibrant economy of 13 cities and about 60 square miles of unincorporated area. The Southern half of Dallas County is home to just over 1.05 million residents, about 40 percent of the 2.61 million people who make Dallas County their home.
This economic activity is taking place is one of the greenest areas in the Dallas region. The County has established one of the largest county open space systems in the state with the system now containing almost 3,500 acres of environmentally unique land, of which 2,800 are located in Southern Dallas County. Additionally, the County is helping build a comprehensive trail system (over 100 miles presently exist in the County) so that it will be possible to travel from neighborhoods to major employers, retail areas, entertainment areas, universities, light rail stations, and parks without the use of a car.
Dallas County has one of the lowest property tax rates in the State. Its fiscal policies and management practices have allowed it to be regarded as one of the best run counties in the country by Governing magazine, and it is one of only a few counties in the United States to have a “AAA” bond rating from both Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. The County has achieved this while recognizing that it is essential to invest in infrastructure, quality of life amenities, and business growth and retention activities.
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