FAST FACTS

FW Stock Show and Rodeo

Here are some Fast and Fun Facts about the "City of Cowboys and Culture."

Rankings

  • 16th-largest city in the United States

  • 10th-fastest growing city in the United States in 2008

  • 9th-safest city in the United States Part of the #1 tourist destination in Texas and the #1 value-friendly destination in the United States by Hotwire.com

  • Named one of "America's Most Livable Communities"

  • Named an All-America City by the National Civic League in 2011

  • Named to the 2009 list of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

  • Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the "Best Affordable Places to Retire" (2009)

Demographics

  • City of Fort Worth Population: 736,200 (2010 estimate)

  • Tarrant County Population: 1,628,200

  • Fort Worth/Dallas CMSA Population: 6,014,750

(Source: North Central Texas Council of Governments)

Weather

  • Coldest month: January - Avg. High 54 / Avg. Low 34

  • Hottest month: July - Avg. High 95 / Avg. Low 75

Fun Facts

  • 60 percent of America's paper money is printed at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth (tours are available).

  • The Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth houses the largest private Civil War collection west of the Mississippi River.

  • By itself, Fort Worth is larger than five cities that have previously hosted Super Bowls.

  • Fort Worth is home to the oldest stock show and rodeo in the country - the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show.

  • Fort Worth hosts the world's only twice-daily cattle drive in the Stockyards National Historic District.

  • One of Bonnie and Clyde's hide outs from the law was the historic Stockyards Hotel in Fort Worth.

  • In 1909, the Fort Worth Zoo opened as the first zoo in Texas.

  • The Stockyards Museum houses the 1908 Palace Theater Light Bulb which began burning on September 21, 1908 as a backstage light at the Old Byers Opera House and continues to burn today.

  • In 1963, President John F. Kennedy delivered his last public speech in Fort Worth before leaving for Dallas.

  • Fort Worth's Texas Motor Speedway seats more than 154,000 spectators.

  • The Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth is the oldest museum in Texas and is the second-largest museum gallery space for modern art in America, next to MoMA New York.