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Clockwise from top left: Urban Towers at Las Colinas, Texas Stadium, Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, Downtown Las Colinas Skyline, The Mustangs at Las Colinas
|Motto: "Delivering Exceptional Services"|
Location of Irving in Dallas County, Texas
|Incorporated (city)||April 14, 1914|
|• City Council||Mayor Beth Van Duyne
John C. Danish
Allan E. Meagher
|• Interim City Manager||Steve McCullough|
|• City||67.7 sq mi (175.3 km2)|
|• Land||67.9 sq mi (174.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)|
|Elevation||482 ft (147 m)|
|• Density||3,194.8/sq mi (1,233.8/km2)|
|• Metro||6,805,275 (Dallas-Fort Worth)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||972, 817, 469, 214,|
|GNIS feature ID||1338507|
Irving (pronounced 'ur-ving') is a city located in the U.S. state of Texas within Dallas County. According to the 2012 U.S. Census, the city population was 225,427 making it the thirteenth most populous city in Texas. Irving is part of the Dallas–Plano–Irving metropolitan division of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area, designated by the U.S. Census Bureau and colloquially referred to as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
Irving includes the Las Colinas community, one of the first master-planned developments in the United States and once the largest mixed-use development in the Southwest with a land area of more than 12,000 acres (4,856 ha). Las Colinas is home to the Mustangs at Las Colinas, which is the largest equestrian sculpture in the world, as well as many Fortune 500 companies, such as Exxon Mobil. In January 2011 the city completed the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas and plans to develop the area into a mixed-use complex including a special entertainment district.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Sports
- 6 Government and infrastructure
- 7 Education
- 8 Transportation
- 9 Notable people
- 10 Sister cities
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Irving was founded in 1903 by J.O. "Otto" Schulze and Otis Brown. It is believed that literary author Washington Irving was a favorite of Netta Barcus Brown, and consequently the name of the town site, Irving, was chosen. Irving originally began in 1889 as an area called Gorbit, and in 1894 the name changed to Kit. Irving was incorporated April 14, 1914, with Otis Brown as the first mayor.
By the late nineteenth century the Irving area was the site of churches, two cotton gins, a blacksmith shop and a general store. The Irving district public school system dates back to the 1909 establishment of Kit and Lively schools. Population growth was slow and sometimes halting, with only 357 residents in 1925, but a significant increase began in the 1930s.
By the early 1960s the city had a population of approximately 45,000. A number of manufacturing plants operated in Irving, along with transportation, retail and financial businesses. The University of Dallas in Irving opened in 1956, and Texas Stadium was completed in 1971 as the home field of the Dallas Cowboys.
Delta Air Lines Flight 191 crashed in Irving on August 2, 1985.
Irving's population reached 155,037 in 1990 and the 2012 Census counted 225,427 residents, a 4.2 percent population increase over 2010 census estimates.
Joseph Rice recorded the history of Irving in his 1989 book, Irving: A Texas Odyssey (Northridge, California: Windsor Publications ISBN 978-0-89781-300-6). Rice explored Irving's past and culture in his treatment of the city.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 67.7 square miles (175 km2), of which, 67.2 square miles (174 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (0.65%) is water.
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- On average, the warmest month is July.
- The highest recorded temperature was 112 °F (44 °C) in 1980.
- The average coolest month is January.
- The lowest recorded temperature was 1 °F (−17 °C) in 1989.
- May is the average wettest month.
Irving is considered to be part of the humid subtropical region.
As of the census of 2000, there were 191,615 people, 76,241 households, and 46,202 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,850.2 people per square mile (1,100.4/km²). There were 80,293 housing units at an average density of 1,194.3 per square mile (461.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 64.2% White, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 31.2% of the population, 10.2% African American, 0.7% Native American, 8.24% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 13.4% from other races, and 3.20% from two or more races. Non-Hispanic Whites were 30.8% of the population, down from 88.9% in 1980.
There were 76,241 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.19.
In the city the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 39.4% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 104.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $44,956, and the median income for a family was $50,172. Males had a median income of $35,852 versus $30,420 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,419. About 8.0% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
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According to the City's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|6||NEC Corporation of America||1,515|
|8||Neiman Marcus Direct||1,339|
Several large businesses have headquarters in Irving, including Archon Group, Chuck E. Cheese's, Commercial Metals, ExxonMobil, Gruma, H.D. Vest, Old HB, Kimberly-Clark, La Quinta Inns and Suites, Michaels Stores, Omni Hotels, Southern Star Concrete, Inc., Stellar, a global contact center provider, Xero Hour, Zale Corporation, Fluor Corporation, NCH Corporation, Schnee-Morehead Inc , and LXI Enterprise Storage. Freedom Airlines, a regional airline and Mesa Air Group subsidiary, is headquartered in Irving. An Online Trading Academy office and center operates in Irving. The city is also home to the national headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America.
Subsidiaries of foreign companies
Irving was the home of Texas Stadium, the former home stadium of the Dallas Cowboys. The stadium was demolished on April 11, 2010. Irving Independent School District (IISD) high schools play football and other sports at Irving Schools Stadium. Irving sponsors a citywide high-school age ice hockey team, the Irving Wolfpack of the D/FW Junior Varsity GOLD league. Also, in the spring, the Four Seasons Resort in Las Colinas hosts the HP Byron Nelson Championship, an annual PGA Tour event.
The only professional sports team which is currently located in Irving is the Texas Wild of the Mylan World Team Tennis sports league. The Wild play out of a 2,000-seat tennis-specific venue located at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas.
Government and infrastructure
Prior to the November 2008 elections, Irving banned the sale of alcoholic beverages in stores, making it the largest in population dry suburb in North Texas. In 2004 the pro-alcohol measure failed with 63% of voters opposing the measure. In 2006, 52% voted against the measure. On the third attempt, with heavy monetary backing by retailers, voters narrowly voted in favor of the measure in 2008. People in favor of changing Irving's liquor laws saw the interest in the 2008 United States Presidential Election as a catalyst for changing the laws in their favor.
In 2009 Irving had a city council that was entirely at-large. While Irving has a large population of racial minorities, the entire city council and the mayor's office, was entirely non-Hispanic White. Manny Benavidez, a resident of Irving, filed a lawsuit against the city in federal court in November 2007, saying that the voting system was not in compliance with the 1965 Voting Rights Act. On July 15, 2009, a federal judge ruled that Irving is required to create a new electoral system so that racial minority representatives may be voted into office. In 2010 elections, which included one at-large seat and two district-seats, three new council members were elected, replacing two incumbents and adding a newly created seat. Among the three new council members were two minority council members.
According to the city’s most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city’s various funds had $344.9 million in Revenues, $301.4 million in expenditures, $1,222 million in total assets, $490 million in total liabilities, and $339.9 million in cash and investments.
The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:
|City Manager (Interim)||Steve McCullough|
|Animal Services||Fred Sanderson|
|Capital Improvement Program||Casey Tate|
|City Attorney||Charles Anderson|
|City Secretary||Shanae Jennings|
|Code Enforcement||Teresa Adrian|
|Corporate Communications||Susan Rose|
|Financial Services||Max Duplant, Chief Financial Officer|
|Fire Chief (Interim)||Victor Conley|
|Housing and Human Services||Chris Hooper|
|Irving Arts Board||Richard Huff|
|Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau||Maura Gast|
|Municipal Court||Wayne Lambert|
|Parks and Recreation||Ray Cerda|
|Performance||Aimee Kaslik, Chief Performance Officer|
|Police Chief||Larry Boyd|
|Public Works||Ramiro Lopez|
|Solid Waste Services||Brenda Haney|
|Human Resources||Ike Obi|
|Traffic and Transportation||Dan Vedral|
|Water Utilities||Todd Reck|
Primary and secondary schools
Most of Irving is served by the Irving Independent School District (IISD). Other portions are served by the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District (CFBISD), and Coppell Independent School District (CISD).
The major high schools serving the Irving area are:
- Irving High School (IISD)
- MacArthur High School (IISD)
- Nimitz High School (IISD)
- Jack E. Singley Academy (IISD) formerly The Academy of Irving ISD
- Ranchview High School (CFBISD)
- Coppell High School (CISD).
In 2001, 1,000 of CFBISD's 25,000 students resided in the City of Irving.
Uplift Education, a charter school operator, has its administrative offices in Irving. Uplift has several charter school campuses in Irving, including Infinity Preparatory (K-1, 6), and North Hills Preparatory (K-12).
Winfree Academy Charter School is also located in Irving.
Irving is home to Cistercian Preparatory School, a university-preparatory school for boys, grades 5 through 12. Irving is also home to The Highlands School, a university-preparatory school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Two Catholic Pre-K through 8th grade schools, St. Luke's and Holy Family of Nazareth, are also located in Irving. Irving also is home to the Islamic School of Irving(Pre-K to 12).
Colleges and universities
The city is the site of the University of Dallas and North Lake College, a campus of the Dallas County Community College District. Both University of Phoenix and DeVry University have a campus in Irving, as well.
Irving is traversed by numerous highways. The Airport Freeway, SH 183, runs east-west in the center of the city, while LBJ Freeway or I-635 crosses the northern edge of the city in the same direction. John Carpenter Freeway, SH 114, and the President George Bush Turnpike create an X running northwest-to-southeast and southwest-to-northeast respectively. The Las Colinas area is centered near the intersection of 114 and the Bush turnpike.
Irving is one of 13 member-cities of the Dallas region's transit agency, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Currently, Irving is served by numerous bus routes and has two stops along the Trinity Railway Express route. In addition, DART is constructing the Orange Line through Irving and Las Colinas to DFW Airport. This will connect northern Irving with Dallas through rail in addition to existing bus routes.
The Las Colinas Urban Center is served by the Las Colinas APT System, a people mover connecting businesses and entertainment areas.
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- Larry D. Alexander, Artist/Writer
- Frank Beard, drummer for musical group ZZ Top
- Jim Beaver, actor/writer
- Brian Bosworth, professional football player
- Peter MacNicol, actor
- James Dickens, politician
- Linda Harper-Brown, member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 105 in Irving, 2003-2015
- Paul Hill, Director of Mission Operations, NASA
- Kerry Wood, professional baseball player
- Akin Ayodele, professional football player
- Tyson Thompson, professional football player
- Demarcus Faggins, professional football player
- Michael Huff, professional football player
- Gentleman Chris Adams, English-born pro wrestler
- Jeremy Wariner, 400m Olympic sprinter
- David Garza, musician
- Les Lancaster, Professional baseball
- Lee Harvey Oswald, assassin of U.S. President John F. Kennedy
- Gwyn Shea, former Texas secretary of state (2002–2003) and a member of the Texas House of Representatives (1983–1993)
- Rex Tillerson, CEO Exxon Mobil
Irving has a sister city relationship with six cities:
- Espoo, Finland
- Darkhan, Mongolia
- Leon, Mexico
- Merton, United Kingdom
- Boulogne-Billancourt, France
- Marino, Italy
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