The fifteenth most populous city in Texas, Grand Prairie is located in the midst of all of the hustle and bustle of the Dallas-Fort Worth urban area. Its neighborhoods and homes represent the best of southwestern suburban life, with flat, wide community streets, friendly sidewalks, generously sized houses, and elegant landscaping. True to their name, the houses in Grand Prairie are full of grandeur and a charm that goes above and beyond the typical American residence.
Grand Prairie is conveniently situated between a number of small suburbs, such as Arlington, Irving, and Cedar Hill, and the great city of Dallas to the east. Downtown Grand Prairie is home to a lively plethora of shops, small businesses, and restaurants, along with attractions such as the Historic Uptown Theater playhouse and concert venue. Though there is no public transportation in Grand Prairie, several thoroughfares and turnpikes divide the city into its approximately 35 diverse districts and enclaves. Some of the most affluent subdivisions in the city are Florence Hill, Lake Ridge Parkway, Watson Road, Egyptian Way, Mayfield Road, and Timber Court. The Trinity River and Johnson Creek are the main bodies of water that flow through the city of Grand Prairie, offering both views and recreation for the residents in many of the neighborhoods.
The foundation of the economy in Grand Prairie is in sales and retail work, education, government, manufacturing, technology, and professional and business services. The Grand Prairie Independent School District is the largest employer in the city, with over 3,200 employees, which serves a large body of students over several dozen schools. Other major employers in Grand Prairie include Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Poly-America Inc, Bell Helicopter-Textron, Lonestar Park, Vought Aircraft Industries, Siemens Energy and Automation, Hanson Pipe and Products, and Walmart. The local government, represented by the City of Grand Prairie, is also a major source of jobs in the area, employing over 1,200 workers.