A city of 10 square miles and about 49,000 residents, Bedford is part of the mid-cities area between Fort Worth and Dallas. According to a 2014 survey of residents conducted by the city, 93 percent of respondents said the quality of life in Bedford was excellent or good. Public safety services, the library and parks also scored high. Several public schools in the city administered by the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District receive high ratings, and the district as a whole is rated highly. Several private and religious schools also are located in the city. For higher education, there are than 40 colleges and universities within 50 miles of Bedford, including the University of Texas at Arlington, North Lake College and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.

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With Fort Worth just 14 miles to the west and Dallas 24 miles to the east, Bedford, Texas, is an ideal location for commuters who work in the city but want to live in the suburbs. Bedford has an inventory of single-family homes built from the 1950s to today. While you'll likely pay a bit more for a house in Bedford than you will in other parts of the metro area, you will enjoy a significantly lower crime rate, as well.

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