Arlington is a city within the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area. According to the U.S. Census Bureau the city had a population of almost 379,577 at the end of 2013.
Located approximately 12 miles east of downtown Fort Worth and 20 miles west of downtown Dallas, Arlington is home to The University of Texas at Arlington and a General Motors assembly plant. Additionally Arlington hosts the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Park in Arlington, and the Dallas Cowboys at the AT&T Stadium, the International Bowling Campus, and the theme parks Six Flags Over Texas (the original Six Flags) and Hurricane Harbor.
European settlement in the Arlington area dates back at least to the 1840s. After the May 24, 1841 battle between Texas General Edward H. Tarrant (Tarrant County is named after him) and Native Americans of the Village Creek settlement, a trading post was established at Marrow Bone Spring in present-day Arlington. Arlington was founded in 1876 along the Texas and Pacific Railway. The city was named after General Robert E. Lee’s Arlington House in Arlington County, Virginia.
Arlington is home to several sports teams including the Texas Rangers (MLB), the Dallas Cowboys (NFL), the Dallas Wings (WNBA), and The UT Arlington Mavericks (NCAA).
Some notable people from Arlington TX include Ronnie Coleman (bodybuilding), Jamie Gomez (PGA), Mike McClendon (MLB), and Hunter Pence (MLB).