A city synonymous with Big Oil and the Dallas Cowboys football team, the Dallas-Fort Worth area currently lays claim to the largest concentration of Fortune 500 company headquarters in the Lone Star state. Serving up nine Fortune 500 companies in its city limits, Dallas superstars include Tenet Healthcare, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, and AT&T.
Additionally, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex hosts other Fortune 500 companies, with the likes of American Airlines, ExxonMobil and J. C. Penney Company. A hub for transportation, Dallas developed into a robust industrial and financial center, as the Interstate Highway System and railroad lines were reinforced by the construction of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. One of the largest and busiest airports in the world, the construction of the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport established the metropolitan area as a major inland port. Rated a “Beta (+)” global city, Dallas’ diverse economy is supported by its defense sector, financial services, information technology, telecommunications and transportation industries.
With vibrant arts and sports sectors, tourism features prominently into Dallas’ economy and this Texas metropolitan area ranks as the third most popular business travel destination in the US. Dallas-Fort Worth hosts 135,799 small businesses and on a smaller scale, Dallas-Fort Worth is home to 97,859 microbusinesses, with one to nine employees. Additionally, Forbes ranked DFW 13th on its "Best Places for Business and Careers" list.