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North Texas (also commonly called Northeastern Texas, North Central Texas , and Nortex) is a term used primarily by residents of Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding areas to describe much of the northern portion of the U.S. state of Texas. Residents of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex generally consider North Texas to include the area south of Oklahoma, east of Abilene, west of Paris, and north of Waco. A more precise term for this region would be the northern part of the central portion of Texas. It does not include the Panhandle of Texas, which expands further north than the region previously described, nor does it include most of the region near the northern border of Texas.

Today North Texas is centered upon the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, the largest metropolitan area in Texas and the Southern United States. People in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas sometimes use the terms "Metroplex", "DFW", and "North Texas" interchangeably. However, North Texas refers to a much larger area that includes many rural counties along the northern border. During the early years of the Civil War, there were many Unionists in the rural counties, with there being few slaveholders. Many of the largest cities in North Texas outside Dallas and Fort Worth still follow a rural Southern way of life, especially in dialect, mannerisms, religion, and cuisine.

North Texas climatology

The North Texas climate is subtropical with hot summers. It is also continental, characterized by a wide annual temperature range. Average annual precipitation also varies considerably, ranging from less than 28 to more than 48 inches (700–1200 mm). Severe storms are frequent in the spring, as the area lies in the southern section of "tornado alley".

Average annual rainfall for North Central Texas, south is the prevailing wind direction, and southerly winds are frequently high and persist for several days. Strong northerly winds often occur during the passage of cold fronts. Dusty conditions are infrequent, occurring mostly with westerly winds. Dust storm frequency and intensity depend on soil conditions in eastern New Mexico, west Texas, and the Texas Panhandle.

Winters are mild, but northers occur about three times each month, and often are accompanied by sudden drops in temperature. In Dallas, a record-setting 12.8 inches of snow fell in February 2011. Periods of extreme cold that occasionally occur are short-lived, so that even in January mild weather occurs frequently.

The highest temperatures of summer are associated with fair skies, westerly winds and low humidities. Characteristically, hot spells in summer are broken into three- to five-day periods by thunderstorm activity. There are only a few nights each summer when the low temperature exceeds 80 °F (27 °C). Summer daytime temperatures frequently exceed 100 °F (38 °C). Air conditioners are recommended for maximum comfort indoors and while traveling via automobile.

Throughout the year, rainfall occurs more frequently during the night. Usually, periods of rainy weather last for only a day or two, and are followed by several days with fair skies. A large part of the annual precipitation results from thunderstorm activity, with occasional heavy rainfall over brief periods of time. Thunderstorms occur throughout the year, but are most frequent in the spring. Hail falls on about two or three days a year, ordinarily with only slight and scattered damage. Windstorms occurring during thunderstorm activity are sometimes destructive. Snowfall is uncommon.

The average length of the warm season (freeze-free period) is about 249 days. The average last occurrence of 32 °F (0 °C) or below is mid March and the average first occurrence of 32 °F or below is in late November.


Although the terms "Northeastern Texas" or "North Texas" are not official state designations, the Texas State Data Center and Office of the State Demographer lists the following counties as belonging to the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG):

North Texas map
Map of North Texas

The Texas State Demographer also lists the following regional county groupings, some or all of which are often included in the informal meaning of the terms "North Texas" or "North Central Texas."

Additionally, some other Texas counties contiguous with those named above are sometimes included in the general meaning of "North Texas."

Major cities

City Population (2015) State Rank U.S. Rank
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1,300,092 3 9
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Fort Worth
833,319 5 16
388,125 7 50
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283,558 9 69
Downtown Garland .jpg
236,897 12 91
236,607 13 93
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Grand Prairie
187,809 15 127
Old Collin County Courthouse.jpg
162,898 17 155
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154,407 18 162
144,788 20 181
Carrollton, Texas - Municipal Complex.jpg
133,168 23 197
Denton, Texas town square.jpg
131,044 26 202
TexasRichardson mainStreet.jpg
110,815 32 255
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Wichita Falls
104,710 35 285
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104,039 36 288
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98,143 40
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Flower Mound
71,253 50

Other cities and towns


Commercial airports

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Public transit

DART bus
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  • Denton County Transportation Authority
  • Trinity Metro

Major highways


Interstate 20
University of North Texas September 2015 42 (Interstate 35E)
Interstate 35E
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    • I-635 (TX).svg
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    • I-345 (TX).svg

U.S. Routes

Central Expressway, Dallas, TX
U.S. Route 75
West On US82 BetweenGainesvilleAndSherman
U.S. Route 82
US 287 North Texas
U.S. Route 287
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Dallas North Tollway
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Top employers

Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex

Company No. of employees
Type of business
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 34,000 Retail
American Airlines 27,000 Commercial airline
Texas Health Resources 22,296 Health care
Dallas Independent School District 19,740 Education
Baylor Health Care System 16,500 Health care

Wichita Falls Metropolitan Area

# Employer # of Employees
1 Sheppard Air Force Base 12,272
2 Wichita Falls Independent School District 2,059
3 North Texas State Hospital 1,974
4 United Regional Health Care System 1,778
5 City of Wichita Falls 1,477
6 Midwestern State University 1,284
7 James V. Allred Unit 971
8 Cryovac 732
9 Work Services Corporation 730
10 Howmet Castings 704

Sherman–Denison Metropolitan Area

# Employer # of Employees
1 Tyson Foods 1,400
2 Texoma Health Systems 1,375
3 Texas Instruments 1,200
4 Cigna 1,000
5 Wilson N Jones Health Systems 1,000


The North Texas region has teams from the four major professional sports leagues. Major professional sports first came to the area in 1960, when the Dallas Cowboys began competing in the National Football League and the Dallas Texans began competing in the American Football League. (The Texans later relocated to Kansas City and became the Chiefs). In 1972, Major League Baseball's Washington Senators moved to Arlington to become the Texas Rangers, named after the statewide law enforcement agency. The National Basketball Association expanded into North Texas in 1980 when the Dallas Mavericks were added to the league. The fourth sport was added in 1993 when the Minnesota North Stars of the National Hockey League moved to Dallas, becoming the Dallas Stars.

The Major League Soccer team FC Dallas is based in Frisco, and the Dallas Wings of the WNBA plays in Arlington. The area is also home to many minor league professional teams and four colleges that compete in NCAA Division I athletics.

Major professional sports teams

Club Sport Founded League Venue
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Dallas Cowboys
Football 1960 NFL AT&T Stadium
Texas Rangers
Baseball 1972^ MLB Globe Life Field
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Dallas Mavericks
Basketball 1980 NBA American Airlines Center
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Dallas Stars
Hockey 1993^ NHL American Airlines Center
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FC Dallas
Soccer 1996 MLS Toyota Stadium
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Dallas Wings
Basketball 2015^ WNBA College Park Center

^- Indicates year team relocated to the area

Other professional teams

Club Sport Founded League Venue
Allen Americans Hockey 2009 ECHL Credit Union of Texas Event Center
Dallas Jackals Rugby union 2022 Major League Rugby Choctaw Stadium
Dallas Sidekicks Indoor soccer 2012 Major Arena Soccer League Credit Union of Texas Event Center
Frisco Fighters Indoor football 2021 Indoor Football League Comerica Center
Frisco RoughRiders Baseball 2003^ Double-A Central Dr Pepper Ballpark
Fort Worth Vaqueros FC Soccer 2014 National Premier Soccer League Farrington Field
Panther City Lacrosse Club Lacrosse 2021 National Lacrosse League Dickies Arena
Texas Legends Basketball 2010^ NBA G League Comerica Center

^- Indicates year team relocated to the area

Division I college teams

School City Mascot Conference
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University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington Mavericks Sun Belt Conference
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University of North Texas
Denton Mean Green Conference USA
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Southern Methodist University
University Park Mustangs American Athletic Conference
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Texas Christian University
Fort Worth Horned Frogs Big 12 Conference
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Dallas Baptist University
Dallas Patriots Missouri Valley Conference (baseball only)

The headquarters for both the Big 12 and Conference USA are located in Irving, and the Southland Conference headquarters are in Frisco.

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