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City Summary - Irving, Texas
Incorporated on April 14, 1914, Irving is in Dallas County, approximately 11 miles northwest of Dallas. The city serves as home to more than 205,000 residents, 42.8 percent of which are Hispanic or Latino. Whites account for 32 percent of the population with Asians and African Americans at 13 and 10 percent, respectively. Around 26.5 percent of the population in Irving was born outside of the United States, and around 37.6 percent of all residents speak Spanish as their primary language at home.

Irving serves as home to Las Colinas, which was built in 1972, making it one of the oldest planned communities in the United States. The area is designed as a place to work, live and play with 200,00 square feet of office space and several high-rise, upscale apartment buildings. The Las Colinas Boardwalk offers popular gondola cruises for residents and visitors, and the community is home to the only AAA five-diamond resort in Texas: the Four Seasons. The resort is particularly well-known for golf and has been a stop on the PGA tour since 1986.

The presence of the upscale Las Colinas area in Irving has made its Irving Independent School District a leading Texas school district. The Jack E. Singley Academy of Irving ISD won a silver medal from the "Best High Schools in the United States" rankings from "U.S. News and World Report' in 2011. The private North Hills Preparatory School in Irving also received an honorable mention on the countdown. The city is also home to the University of Dallas and North Lake College and campuses of the University of Phoenix and DeVry University. Overall, education accounts for 5.8 percent of all jobs in Irving.

Professional, scientific and technical services are the largest industry in Irving with 8.5 percent of all jobs. Microsoft and the Archon Group have major offices in Irving. In addition, Commercial Metals, Exxon Mobil, the Fluor Corporation and the NCH Corporation all have their headquarters in the city. Many food and accommodations companies operate corporate locations out of Irving, including Chuck E. Cheese, Hostess Brands, La Quinta Inns and Suites and Omni Hotels. Food and travel accommodations provide 7.9 percent of all jobs.

CitiGroup, CitiFinancial, Citicorp Credit Services and Allstate rank as four of the five largest employers in Irving. Financial services are the fourth largest industry in the city with 7 percent of all jobs. Construction employs 8 percent of all residents in Irving and ranks as the second largest industry.

Dallas and Fort Worth are easily accessible from Irving via the Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus system. DART is also working on plans to expand the Orange Line subway from Dallas-Fort Worth Airport to Irving. Four major highways also travel through the city.
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