Area Code 972

Where Is Area Code 972?

Updated: September 21st 2018

Area code 972 can be found in Texas serving most of the eastern portion of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. Area code 972 was put into effect in 1995 and was created from a split of area code 214. In 1999, area codes 214 and 972 were merged, with area code 972 converted into an overlay; area code 469 was also introduced as an overlay.

Located in North Texas, Dallas is the third most populous city in the state and one of the most populous cities in the United States. Making up one-fifth of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex, Dallas is the most populous city in the metropolitan area. Dallas is the county seat of Dallas County however parts of the city extend into Denton, Collin, Rockwall, and Kaufman counties. The climate in Dallas is characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters. Tornadoes are the biggest threat to Dallas because it is located at the lower end of Tornado Alley. During the 1980 United States heat wave, Dallas reached an all-time high when the temperature hit 113 °F. Unfortunately Dallas is ranked among the top ten cities in the nation with the highest ozone air pollution; much of the air pollution comes from the three cement plants in the town of Midlothian and exhaust from automobiles.

Dallas has a population of 1,197,816 and the racial makeup of the city is 50.7% White, 42.4% Hispanic, 25.0% African American, and 2.9% Asian (2010 Census). Dallas is not a safe city to reside in due to the high crime rate.

Currently Dallas’ economy is doing very well, especially with the residential real estate market booming. There are nine Fortune 500 companies, three major shopping malls, and more than a dozen billionaires located in the city. Major industries in the city include banking, technology, commerce, healthcare, and telecommunications. When it comes to education, Dallas is the educational hub for much of the South Central United States; there are several universities located in the city and in the surrounding area.

The State Fair of Texas has been held in Dallas at Fair Park since 1886. The fair is Dallas’ signature event, bringing in over $300 million to the city's economy every year. Packing the Cotton Bowl Stadium full of college football fans each year is the Red River Showdown, a rivalry game between the University of Texas at Austin and The University of Oklahoma. The Dallas Mavericks (NBA) and the Dallas Stars (NHL) are the two major professional sports teams based in the city. When it comes to cuisine, Dallas is famous for barbecue and authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. Major points of interest in the city include the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, the Dallas Museum of Art, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Dallas World Aquarium, and the Klyde Warren Park.

Major Cities In Area Code 972

Dallas

Plano

Irving

Garland

Grand Prairie

Grand Prairie is the fifteenth most populous city in Texas and is mostly within Dallas County. Located approximately 14 miles west of Dallas and 20 miles east of Fort Worth, Grand Prairie is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex. Grand Prairie has a population of 175,396 and the racial makeup of the city is 52.6% White, 42.7% Hispanic, 20.2% African American, and 6.5% Asian (2010 Census). Grand Prairie is a fairly safe city to reside in. The biggest point of interest in the city is Lone Star Park, a horseracing track that offers both thoroughbred and quarter-horse racing. The Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie is a concert hall that hosts concerts and theatrical performances throughout the year. The majority of retail shopping occurs at Grand Prairie Premium Outlets. When it comes to recreational activities, Joe Pool Lake provides the perfect environment for fishing, boating, swimming, and camping. Joe Pool Lake is considered one of the most popular lakes in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex.

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