About North Texas


  • Dallas is the 9th largest city in the U.S. with a population of 1,197,816[1]
  • Population of Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex: 6,371,773


Dallas has a rich history in agriculture and petroleum. In its beginning, Dallas relied on farming – mainly cotton—as its core industry. In the 1930s petroleum was discovered east of Dallas near Kilgore, Texas. Dallas' proximity to the discovery put it at the center of the nation's petroleum market. Post WW II, the telecommunications revolution was strong in Dallas, and still drives a large portion of the local economy. The city is sometimes referred to as the heart of "Silicon Prairie" because of a high concentration of telecommunications companies in the region, including Texas Instruments, Nortel Networks, Alcatel Lucent, AT&T, Ericsson, Nokia, Cisco Systems, Sprint, and Verizon Communications.

Other industries include:

  • Retail
  • Oil and Gas
  • Real Estate



  • There are 31,234 nonprofits registered in the 16 counties that make up North Texas. (State of the Sector 2012, CNM)
  • Of those nonprofits, 23,327 (83%) have budgets of $100,000 and less, but there are also 511 nonprofits in North Texas with budgets over $5 million. (State of the Sector 2012, CNM)
  • Nonprofits in North Texas serve a variety of missions with 28% serving Human Services, 22% are religion-related/spiritual development and 19% serve education. (State of the Sector 2012, CNM)
  • 102,154 people are employed by nonprofits in North Texas, 3.15% of all private employment (Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Employment Data Project)
  • Nonprofits in North Texas reported $27.2 billion in revenue and $178.7 billion in assets. (State of the Sector 2012, CNM) 


  • 30% of Dallas residents in 2009 had an income below the federal poverty level[2]
  • 24% of children in Texas are living in poverty[3]
  • 80% of children in Dallas Independent School District are living in poverty[4] 

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