There are approximately 141,431 people living in Grand Prairie, Texas, a city located in both Tarrant and Dallas Counties (and even with some overlap into Ellis County.) Some form of community has existed on the spot since 1863 but the town was not incorporated as Grand Prairie per se until 1909.
In ethnic terms there are sixty-two percent Caucasians living in Grand Prairie, Texas with fourteen percent African American, and thirty-three percent Hispanic. With an average age of thirty years, Grand Prairie is a relative youthful community and has a ratio of ninety-eight males per every one hundred females.
On average residents in Grand Prairie, Texas earn more than forty six thousand dollars per year with men earning $35,300 to $28,184 for women. This fair degree of affluence makes itself felt in a community that is exceptionally welcoming to residents and businesses.
Overall there are four thousand nine hundred parks in Grand Prairie, Texas and fifty-two of those include centers for senior citizens. In addition to these facilities there are four swimming pools open to the public in Grand Prairie, Texas as well as thirty-two tennis courts. The city has eighteen soccer fields, five complexes for baseball and softball, two beaches along Joe Pool Lake, a skate park, and a campground.
On Joe Pool Lake residents enjoy all manner of water sports. In Loyd Park, which is adjacent to the lake, available facilities include trails and camp sites in wooded areas. The Lynn Creek Marina on the lake has slips for pleasure boats and also makes watercraft rentals available to visitors.
At Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie residents and visitors can enjoy thoroughbred horse racing at a world class track. Horse races take place on both dirt and turf at Lone Star Park. Grand Prairie is justifiably proud of the facility which has a seven-level, indoor, climate-controlled viewing venue for patrons that includes penthouse suites and a dining room. (Traditional outdoor seating is also available.)
Equestrian enthusiasts can also indulge their passion for the ponies at the Post Time Pavilion, which features more than one hundred and fifty television screens, a sports bar, and restaurant. The Post Time Pavilion shows horse races simulacast from around the world.
In addition to Joe Pool Lake and Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie also has the six thousand three hundred and fifty seat Nokia Theatre. This popular venue plays host to all manner of concerts and events from Broadway productions to televised and corporate events. (The theatre is located to the south of Lone Star Park.)
As a part of the thriving Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex that comprises the cultural and economic center of North Texas, Grand Prairie is an upscale urban community with a relatively high median income. This degree of affluence in the community translates into a high number of amenities and advantages in Grand Prairie making it one of the most attractive parts of the Metroplex in which to live or to visit.