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North Texas (also commonly called North Central Texas, Northeastern 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.

North Texas is centered upon the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, the largest metropolitan area in Texas. 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.

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.

Counties

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):

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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."

Nortex Regional Planning Commission:

Texoma Council of Governments:

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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Dallas
1,300,092 3 9
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Fort Worth
833,319 5 16
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Arlington
388,125 7 50
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Plano
283,558 9 69
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Garland
236,897 12 91
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Irving
236,607 13 93
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Grand Prairie
187,809 15 127
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McKinney
162,898 17 155
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Frisco
154,407 18 162
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Mesquite
144,788 20 181
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Carrollton
133,168 23 197
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Denton
131,044 26 202
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Richardson
110,815 32 255
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Wichita Falls
104,710 35 285
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Lewisville
104,039 36 288
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Allen
98,143 40
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Flower Mound
71,253 50

Other cities and towns

Transportation

Commercial Airports

DFWAirportOverview
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

Public Transit

DART bus
Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  • Dallas Area Rapid Transit
  • Denton County Transportation Authority
  • Fort Worth Transportation Authority

Major Highways

Interstates

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Interstate 20
University of North Texas September 2015 42 (Interstate 35E)
Interstate 35E
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    • I-820 (TX).svg
  • I-30 (TX).svg
  • I-35 (TX).svg
    • I-35E (TX).svg
    • I-35W (TX).svg
    • I-635 (TX).svg
  • I-44 (TX).svg
  • I-45 (TX).svg
    • 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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  • US 175.svg
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  • US 183.svg
  • US 277.svg
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  • US 287.svg
  • US 377.svg
  • US 380.svg

Tollways

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Dallas North Tollway
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  • Toll Texas DNT new.svg
  • Texas Spur 97.svg
  • Toll Texas PGBT new.svg
  • Toll Texas SRT new.svg

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