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Money magazine has named Arlington as the “Best Big City” in the South.

1. Arlington’s Entertainment District

2. Arlington’s Job Opportunities

3. Arlington’s Education Options

3. Arlington’s Education Options

Arlington’s Thriving Downtown

5. Arlington’s Affordable Housing

6. An Exciting Time at UT Arlington

7. Viridian and River Legacy Park

7. Viridian and River Legacy Park

7 Reasons Money Magazine Selected Arlington as ‘Best Big City’ in the South
By Ryan Hunt
Posted on November 04, 2016, November 04, 2016

Last week, the City of Arlington launched a new website titled "Live in Arlington" for new home buyers looking to call The American Dream City their place of residence.

In its latest edition, Money magazine has named Arlington as the "Best Big City" in the South.

Here are seven excerpts from the article that highlight why Money magazine selected The American Dream City as one of America's top cities:

1. Arlington's Entertainment District

"Tucked between Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington is known as the Entertainment Capital of Texas, and for good reason," the Money article stated. "It's home to four professional sports teams-Dallas Cowboys football, Texas Rangers baseball, Dallas Wings basketball, and Dallas Charge softball-theme parks, music venues, comedy clubs, and, not least, the International Bowling Hall of Fame. Still, there's more to this city than fun and games."

2. Arlington's Job Opportunities

"Professionally there are a lot of options," says local Redfin agent Tara Anthony. While Arlington itself has many large employers, including a major General Motors assembly plant and hospital system Texas Health Resources, "there are job opportunities in either direction," she says. AT&T and Bank of America are top employers in Dallas, 20 miles to the east, while American Airlines parent AMR and Lockheed Martin are 15 miles west, in Fort Worth."

3. Arlington's Education Options

"Arlington is also a sweet spot for parents looking for top-ranked schools, including standout public charter school Uplift Summit International Preparatory, named one of the top 20 most challenging high schools in the U.S. by the Washington Post."

Back in September, Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos was named 2016 Superintendent of the Year for Texas by the Texas Association of School Boards.

4. Arlington's Thriving Downtown

"The downtown has also been getting a makeover: Here residents can enjoy some of the old, such as the circa-1949 Arlington Music Hall, alongside the new, like the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, an outdoor venue that plays host to more than 50 free outdoor concerts a year."

5. Arlington's Affordable Housing

"The median home price in Arlington is just shy of $169,000, vs. around $240,000 for the national metro-area median, and its home price appreciation-up 10% in the past year-is among the strongest in the country."

6. An Exciting Time at UT Arlington

"There's also a lot happening on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. The school plans to break ground this fall on a $125 million Science and Engineering Innovation complex, further bolstering its reputation as a major health-science research institution."

7. Viridian and River Legacy Park

"In Viridian, a master-planned community on the city's north side, new single-family houses start at around $350,000. Residents have access to five lakes and miles of bike paths that connect with nearby River Legacy Parks, a 1,300-acre nature preserve."

For more information about what makes The American Dream City such a great place to live, the Live in Arlington website offers users an extensive video tour of the City's options for shopping, dining and activities families can enjoy throughout Arlington.

Key information about Arlington's neighborhoods, schools and city services can also be found on the website, along with the popular attractions the City has to offer as the entertainment capital of Texas.

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