In fact, the overall Tarrant County
population – which includes Fort Worth,
Arlington, and the “Mid-Cities” area of
Hurst-Euless-Bedford – reached 1. 8 million
in the 2010 Census, a 25. 1 percent
increase over the year 2000. With that
kind of growth rates, it’s no wonder that the
area’s education system has also had to
grow to keep up with demand.
A 2010 Dallas Business Journal special
report about area job growth also cited the
education sector as one of the fastest
growing – adding nearly 2,000 jobs in
2010 alone. Top education employers in
the DFW metroplex for 2010 include
Tarrant County College, the University of
North Texas System, and the Dallas
Independent School District, among others.
The report also cited that independent
school districts made up 11 of the area’s
top 25 largest public employers for 2010
(refer to our list of largest employers in the
Business section of Destination DFW for
more information). For example, the Frisco
and Irving independent school districts
added nearly 1, 100 employees in 2010.
Frisco also opened six new schools that
year – still more proof of positive
educational growth in the area. As of
October 2011, the district had 40, 122
students enrolled – and are will likely
exceed 41,000 in 2012.
DFW PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Home to some of the country’s largest public
school districts, the DFW metroplex continues
to grow – and its educational system has
followed suit. Enrollment within the huge
Dallas Independent School District (DISD) has
only increased year over year – as the 12th-
largest school district in the U.S., DISD now
has more than 158,000 students.
With a nearly 37 percent growth rate,
according to 2010 U.S. Census data, the
neighboring Fort Worth Independent School
District has also experienced enrollment
gains. The district now boasts more than
81,000 students in 142 schools.