Irving, Tex.

America’s Best Places Rank: 50th
Population: 197,830*
Mayor: Beth Van Duyne

Why it’s ranked: Irving is in the center of a broad metroplex that stretches among Dallas, Plano, and Fort Worth. Dallas and Plano also ranked high on our list as areas with great parks, golf courses, large numbers of restaurants, and a low rate of violent crime. Irving itself is home to one of America’s first large-scale, master-planned developments, the 12,000-acre Las Colinas, which hosts the headquarters of six of the 500 largest companies in the world and offices of roughly 2,000 other businesses, as well as residential areas, hotels, and four golf courses.

How it ranked:
Percent with bachelor's degrees: 30.6*
Percent under poverty level 15.1*
Median household income: $47,269*
Violent crime rate: 298.3°
Property crime rate: 4,162.6° School score: 69.28◊
Pro sports teams:
Foreclosure rate: .005 ı
Percent Unemployment: 7.7`
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 9.1∞
Restaurants: 460ª
Air Quality Index: 109ª

* U.S. Census Bureau 2005-09 estimates
° Sperling's BestPlaces, 2009 crimes per 100,000 people
ı RealtyTrac, Jan.-Jun. 2011
` percent unemployment Jan-May 2011 Avg: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
∞ Total Park Acres: The Trust for Public Land, Center for City Park Excellence FY 2010
ª Onboard Informatics
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