Garland lies to the north and east of Dallas, Texas and was voted among the "Top 100 Places to Live" by both CNN and Money magazine. Settlers arrived here in the 1800s and soon realized the potential of the place. The soil was perfect for growing cotton while the subsequent emergence of two railroad lines aided the growth in trade and commerce. In present times, state highways 66 and 78 are interspersed through Garland, which along with the railroads make it a busy intersection indeed. As per the 2014 census the city has a population of 235,501, witnessing a 3.8% growth in population since 2010. As part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, the city has a thriving economy. The emergence of new businesses has combined with great schools to make this one of the most coveted places to live in the country.
For visitors, there is much to do in Garland. Downtown Garland is full of historic charm with its specialty shops and musicians playing vibrant tunes with their guitars and banjos in the square. The Garland Civic Chorus, Texas Baroque Ensemble, Ballet Classique, the Granville Arts Center and Plaza Theatre, and Northview Observatory attract a huge crowd all year long. Annual events like Octoberfest and the Landmark Museum’s history of Garland are very popular. Families in and around the DFW area flock to the city to enjoy the entertainment provided by the Wet 'N Wild Water Recreation facility and Firewheel Golf Park.
Along with its rich history, Garland offers natural beauty as well. The Duck Creek and Lake Ray Hubbard offer many natural outdoor hotspots to locals and visitors alike. Of course, come the weekends you will see visitors arriving in hordes just to sample the delicious fares offered by the locally owned eateries. With a median household income of $51,842, the city offers great opportunities in employment, education, and an overall high quality of life for whoever lives here.