Located just west of Dallas, Fort Worth is the second largest city in the DFW Metroplex. One of the numerous perks of Fort Worth is that it maintains a small-town ease and friendliness, while offering the growth opportunities of a large metropolitan area.

According to Sperling’s Best Places, “The unemployment rate in Fort Worth is 4.2 percent, and the U.S. average is 5.2 percent. Recent job growth is positive. Fort Worth jobs have increased by 1.14 percent.”

The U.S. Metro Economies report, presented at the U.S. Conference of Mayors by IHS Global Insight (a Massachusetts-based information company), showed that 363 metropolitan areas in the United States are a driving force of the national economy.

The 2015 gross metropolitan product, or GMP, was $504.36 billion for the Dallas-­Arlington-Fort Worth Metropolitan Statistical Area, according to the North Texas Commission. The fastest growers among the 100 largest metro areas were mostly in the West and South, where the real estate market recovery has fueled economic growth. Site Selection magazine touted Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington as the second top Metro Area for economic growth with 231 projects in 2016. Tourism is another important contributor to the economy. According to the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau, 8.8 million people visit the city of Fort Worth each year, which accounts for a $2.3 billion annual impact.

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