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Old 01-16-2010, 12:26 AM
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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The way I see it, Arlington is a suburb of Fort Worth, not Dallas. It's in the same county, and the DFW Metroplex is split into two metropolitan divisions: Dallas-Plano-Irving and Fort Worth-Arlington. UTA has a department called the Fort Worth Center, dedicated to the development of Tarrant County/greater Fort Worth, including Arlington. (Needless to say, UTA does not have a Dallas Center.)

However, it seems that recently Dallas has been getting a lot of credit for Arlington. Prime example: the DALLAS Cowboys have recently relocated from Irving to Arlington. American Idol recently held auditions at Cowboys Stadium, but guess what city they said they visited? You guessed it, Dallas. A few years back, they came to Irving at the old Texas Stadium, and they accurately said that they visited (greater) Dallas. However, I think that this time they should have said they held auditions in (greater) Fort Worth, not Dallas.

So I have a question for Arlington residents: when you go out of town and people ask you where you're from, what do you say, Dallas or Fort Worth? If I lived in Arlington, I'd say Fort Worth. This is definitely the most accurate thing to do in my opinion, but I'm sure a lot of Arlingtonians say Dallas instead.

Just something I was curious about.

P.S. Isn't the Fort Worth Star-Telegram more widely read and distributed in Arlington than the Dallas Morning News? They have a special edition distributed in Arlington called the Arlington Star-Telegram, just like northeast Tarrant County has the Northeast Tarrant Star-Telegram.
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:54 AM
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you can buy either paper and there are people who get Dallas morning news home delivered--we used to get both papers for years--but there is not the local edition in tarrant county for dallas paper

frankly I think most people who live in arlington would probably say that is where they live IF they are talking to local people--
if they go out of state then the futher they go the more likely they would be to say either Dallas or FTW
we don't live in Arlington but in town to north--first Bedford, now Hurst--and when we travel out of state and people ask where we are from we usually say the DFW area--if they want more info we give the town and how far it is from DFW airport--that seems to be focal point for many people not from texas
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Old 01-16-2010, 11:48 PM
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Thanks! Yeah, saying "Arlington" would be the most accurate thing to do local-wise, but I was talking about out of town.

This question can be extended to anyone living in Fort Worth suburbs, such as Grapevine, Colleyville, Keller, etc. What do y'all say when asked by non-locals?
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:05 AM
Location: NE Tarrant County, TX
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I live in Bedford and tell folks I'm from the "DFW area." If people try to pigeonhole me to Dallas, I usually correct them and say that we identify ourselves with Fort Worth.

I work in Arlington and Arlington is Arlington, neither Dallas nor Fort Worth.

My $0.02.

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Old 01-17-2010, 11:49 AM
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If I lived in Arlington I definitely say that's where I lived. It's not like it is a tiny town and gets lost amongst all the others. If I was speaking to people unfamiliar with the area I'd add that it's a large city in between Fort Worth and Dallas. If I didn't care whether or not about being specific then I'd say I lived in the Fort Worth area, which is what I do most of the time. I would never say I live in Dallas. That just makes no sense at all.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:08 AM
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for out of towners, i'll say Ft. Worth...but i always go on to mention that Arlington basically splits the DFW area.

mainly b/c i dislike dallas, and feel when i drive through most parts of dallas, i feel like i'm driving through california or something...and i've never been to california!

i heard something funny on the radio a while back...Dallas can be described as having the most $30k/year millionaires per capita than any other city! it's the place where you just get a feel that people are so materialistic and are stuck with keeping up with the "jones's"! i know, it's a huge stereotype, but really, i just get the feeling people in the Dallas area live well beyond there means...
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