Garland, located 15 miles northeast of downtown Dallas in Dallas County, is the tenth largest city in Texas with a population of 229,600 (80,306 households) residing within 57 square miles. In 2008, CNN and Money magazine listed Garland within the Top 100 Places to Live in the US.
The average appraised value for a home in Garland is $103,092; median gross rent is $852. The median age of a Garland resident is 31.7; median household income is $51,255.
Garland has a strong industrial base with more than 4,500 businesses. Raytheon is one of Garland's major employers.
For retail, Firewheel Town Center is an outdoor shopping mall with more than 100 stores.
The City of Garland also owns and operates a theatre arts complex.
Garland ISD is one of the largest school districts in Texas and serves Garland, Rowlett, and Sachse. More than 57,000 students are enrolled in its 68 schools. Parts of Garland also extend into 7 other school districts. Garland has several private schools as well. Higher education is available at Amberton University, a private, upper-division and graduate-level institution.
For those interested in sports, Garland offers the private golf courses of Oak Ridge Country Club and Eastern Hills as well as one of the best public golf courses in Texas (Firewheel Golf Course), tennis, swimming, and other team sports. The city's frontage on Lake Ray Hubbard provides boating, fishing, and water sports, and other area lakes are within close driving distance. Garland has 59 public parks (more than 2,300 acres). Five recreation centers, 2 senior citizen centers, 4 swimming pools, a 13-court tennis center with pro shop, 40 playgrounds, 73 athletic fields, 4 group picnic pavilions, a marina, and more than 20 miles of trails (video) are available to the residents of Garland.
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