Living the American Dream in Garland
Garland, the 12th-most populous city in Texas, is a short drive northeast from downtown Dallas. First established in the late 1800s with a population of less than 500, Garland has grown to a current population of over 225,000 residents at the last census.
The city was named for President Grover Cleveland’s attorney general, Augustus H. Garland. After the city was incorporated in 1891, it expanded to include churches, mills, cotton gins, and hotels. The Masons, Odd Fellows, and Knights of Honor each had their own hall by 1892. By the mid 1920s, the population had grown to over 1,400. Garland Power and Light Company was founded in the 1920s, which still powers the city today. Another present-day corporation, Kraft Foods, moved into the area during World War II. Along with other companies like L3 Communication and US Food Service, it still has a presence in Garland today.
Garland has much more to offer than history and economic opportunities. The city has an excellent parks system that its residents can enjoy. Firewheel Golf Park is a highly rated golf course just off President George Bush Turnpike. Not far from it is Firewheel Town Center, a convenient one-stop shop with a Macy’s, AMC movie theater, Starbucks, and a variety of restaurants. On hot summer days, a trip to Surf & Swim Recreation Center is a must. The public swimming pool has a wave pool, splash pad for toddlers, and plenty of umbrellas to stay cool. It’s not far from the Audubon Disc Golf Course either, which connects to Duck Creek Greenbelt Trail if you need to get around the city.
Garland frequently ranks on lists for great places to live in the country. Over the years, it has been ranked:
- The 7th best city for saving money by Business Insider in 2014
- The 6th best city for working parents by NerdWallet in 2014
- The 5th best mid-sized city for first-time home buyers by WalletHub in 2015
- The 8th best city to raise a family by Move.org in 2016
- The 2nd best city in Texas for jobs by WalletHub in 2017
- The 3rd best city for living the American Dream by SmartAsset in 2017
It’s clear that Garland is a thriving city for job seekers, young professionals, families, and first time homebuyers. To keep up with its growth, new developments are continuously being built in the city. Show your clients a home (and community) they’ll love — visit Garland today.