Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas and the ninth-largest in the United States, with a population of more than 1.3 million. The DFW Metroplex region, with a population of more than 6 million, enjoys a predominately warm and sunny climate, diversity of housing and employment options and myriad cultural and recreational enrichment opportunities. The region is bolstered by the bustling DFW International Airport and a corporate culture that supports several company headquarters, particularly in the banking, computer technology, telecommunications and energy sectors.
Besides the sporting events, museum exhibitions and live performances that take place year-round, Dallas Fair Park plays host to the annual State Fair of Texas for three weeks each October.
Dallas ISD complements the vibrant city by striving to prepare its students to be productive citizens, and aiming to be the best urban district in the country. Dallas ISD is the 14th-largest school district in the U.S., and one of the most-improved urban school districts. Serving more than 157,000 students, and employing more than 20,000 professional and support staff, Dallas ISD is one of the citys largest employers and a crucial component of the region.