Map of Fort Worth Texas Area | What is Fort Worth Known for?
When you are visiting the great state of Texas, one city that you should definitely visit is Fort Worth. Just east of Dallas, Fort Worth is not only home to some of the best food that you’ve ever eaten but it is also a fantastic place to live and even good for sightseers.
Today we are going to explore the city of Fort Worth in a little more detail so that we can paint you a picture of this modern-day cowboy city and maybe help you to decide if you might not want to pay it a visit or maybe even relocate!
Without further ado, let’s talk just a little bit about Fort Worth, Texas.
Where is Fort Worth, Texas located on the US Map?
To locate Fort Worth, first you need to locate Texas on the map. Texas is located in the south-central portion of the United State and is bordered in the northwest by New Mexico, the southwest by Mexico, northeast by Oklahoma and Arkansas, to the east by Louisiana, and southeast you’ve got the Gulf of Mexico.
Now that you’ve got a handle on where the Lone Star State is found, Fort Worth is going to be found in North Central Texas, about 30 miles west of Dallas.
How big is Fort Worth? Size and Population?
The 5th largest city in Texas, the 2020 census tells us that Forth Worth boasts a city of approximately 942, 323 residents! You might think that this means that Fort Worth is very crowded but Dallas, which only has 400 square miles of size to Fort Worth’s 350 has a population of 1.3 million people.
This means that even though Fort Worth is only slightly smaller, it has 350,000+ less residents than Dallas. This means that you can live in a big city and still have quite a lot of elbow room!
Is Fort Worth a good place to live?
Fort Worth is actually a GREAT place to live and has quite a lot of verifiable data to support this. Here are some examples of why Fort Worth is a great city to live in:
- Fort Worth has a lot of jobs and is home to many large companies such as Bell Helicopter and Lockheed Martin. The unemployment rate in August 2020 was only 6.3%
- The Carroll Independent School District of Fort Worth is one of the best, rated at #2 in 2020
- Data provided from January 2020 indicates that cost of living is 8% below the national average and housing an impressive 21% below the national average.
- Goods and services ranked in a modest 4% below the national average
What are the best areas to live in Fort Worth?
There are many places to choose from when you want to live in Fort Worth but we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 neighborhoods that give you a little bit of everything: Convenient location, Good neighbors, cost of living, education, and plenty to do! Here are those recommended areas:
- Downtown Fort Worth
- Western Hills-Ridglea
- Arlington Heights
What is Fort Worth known for?
Fort Worth, also known as ‘Cowtown’, has a definite Cowboy flavor to it that keeps people coming and many of those people decide to stay. If you like Tex-Mex food, for instance, after you’ve had it here it simply won’t taste right just about anywhere else outside of Texas.
Since you are in ‘cattle country’ the steaks and the barbecue just can’t be beat, either, with the latter often cooked in a smoking process involving Mexican Mesquite trees that give it a flavor that you just can’t find anywhere else either.
There is more to Fort Worth than the food, of course, and a big part of that is the local attractions. We’ll give you a list of places that people like to visit when they come to Fort Worth and tell you a little more about each as a follow-up. Fort Worth is home to the following attractions:
- Fort Worth Stockyards
- Fort Worth Zoo
- Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
- World Renowned Museums
- Log Cabin Village
Fort Worth Stockyards
Established way back in 1866, the Fort Worth Stockyards is a big attraction for many tourists who are fans of the ‘Wild West’ days. When cattle were driven through the Chisolm trail, the Fort Worth Stockyards was the last big stopover point and it’s the last remaining historic stockyard in the United States!
Commemorating this, a daily cattle drive still occurs at 11:30 AM and 4:30 PM for all to see. Volunteers are present at the stockyards as well who demonstrate many of the old cowboy skills and you can, of course, do a bit of horseback riding to get a taste of being a cowboy yourself. If you visit, be sure to see one of the regular rodeos as well. There’s nothing quite like it.
Fort Worth Zoo
The Fort Worth Zoo is well worth a visit and home to about 68 threatened or endangered species. Established in 1909, it’s been around for some time and well worth seeing. They’re the only zoo in the United States that features all 4 species of Great Apes and even one of the most successful breeding colonies of flamingos.
Check it out if you love animals because it really is a treat.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens
Over 109 acres of some of the most beautifully cultivated pieces of nature you can see, the Fort Worth Botanic gardens attracts tourists from around the world every year. It includes treats for the senses like the Fragrance Garden, the Rain Forest Conservatory, a 7.5-acre Japanese garden and more!
Just don’t forget to charge your camera before you go.
Log Cabin Village
Fort Worth is home to a number of world-renowned museums, but one attraction that really sticks out is the Log Cabin Village. Here you can step back in time and actually walk through buildings that have been around since the 1800s.
Not only that, these buildings are stocked with antique devices of the day that you can sometimes see in action because there are volunteers who re-enact the earlier Texas lifestyle! It’s an educational and fascinating way to ‘go to the museum’ without putting anyone to sleep.
So, come on down and see Fort Worth for yourself
As you can see, the city of Fort Worth has quite a lot to offer in the way of tourist amusements, historical interests, and in overall good living for those who are looking to relocate. So the next time that you visit the Lone Star state just be sure that you make a little time for Fort Worth.
As the locals say, it’s a city that really grows on you!