Garland is bursting with new amenities for our entire community! Already opened this year is an impressive off-leash dog park, as well as new playground equipment and street improvements. As the 2019 Build Garland http://www.buildgarland.com/home bond program rolls out, we will add a destination Square plaza venue, new aquatics amenities, recreation center improvements, library maker spaces, and hike/bike trails over the next 4 years for residents to enjoy, along with reinvestment in our transportation corridors and utility infrastructure. In addition to these city amenities, GarlandISD is opening its new state-of-the art natatorium https://www.garlandisd.net/content/natatorium for your students and the new Riverset subdivision development is centered around providing extensive private amenities for its residents. Garland is excited to offer these great additions and much more…won’t you come join the fun?
Garland is known as a great value for homeowners. Consider also its low crime rate, great schools, six recreation centers and more than 40 parks and you’ll see why it’s ranked No. 2 in Texas and 19th in the nation among The Best Cities to Buy a Home Big Enough to Raise a Family. The city is also renowned for its diversity and welcoming community.
Garland’s low unemployment rate, cost of living and opportunities for future job growth makes it a great place for millennials. Not only is Garland ranked No. 3 for millennials in a 2019 study, its homeownership rate for millennials has jumped 8.8% in the last year.
You can afford more home in Garland, while still enjoying great amenities, great schools and a vibrant arts community. Garland is also ranked No. 3 in the U.S as a Best Place to Live if You’re Trying to Save Money by the personal finance resource GoBankingRates.
Garland provides more than 2,800 acres for its residents to enjoy sports, recreation and other outdoor activities, as well as numerous aquatics and activity centers. Garland residents committed $117.8 million to Parks and Recreation programs in a 2019 Bond Election. Debuting in early 2020, a new Dog Park and soccer field lighting are just a hint of the enhancements to come.
Garland Independent School District provides a unique School Choice program and the power to customize your child’s education. With a rich tradition of excellence, GISD boasts a diverse population that speaks more than 100 languages, as well as technology-driven campuses, magnet programs and approximately 200 Career and Technical Education courses.
A Thriving Downtown Shopping and Dining District -
Historic Downtown Garland retains much of its early 1900s charm while attracting trendy urbanites to come play, shop and live. The City and its partners have created walkable streets, downtown residential housing, restaurants, breweries and more. It created a residential element with transit-oriented apartment buildings that quickly rented out to capacity. In recent months, concerts and a Public Art Walking Trail have invited tens of thousands of other residents to enjoy and participate in their downtown. As D Magazine put it, Garland is “just getting started.”
The arts in Garland have flourished with the multitude of culturally diverse organizations who perform at the Granville Arts Center facilities. The City of Garland brings rich fine arts experiences that attract patrons from throughout North Texas. Through the Garland Cultural Arts Commission, community-based arts and historic organizations have found strong support and opportunities to grow.
As early as the mid-1800s, settlers began arriving in what is now Garland, thriving due to agriculture and two railroads. Since then, Garland has evolved into a metropolitan area city that offers its residents and businesses an excellent quality of life in an affordable and business-friendly climate. Learn more about Garland’s rich history by touring Heritage Crossing and the Landmark Museum. Explore our Downtown area which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places along with the Travid College Hill Historic District.
Garland’s unique character comes in great part from its many local businesses. The Garland Chamber of Commerce and its many economic partners provide a wealth of resources for businesses of every size and industry, especially small businesses. Recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as performing among the top 1% of chambers nationwide, the Garland Chamber of Commerce is an established advocate for the local business community. And The Dallas Business Journal recently named the Garland Economic Development the top-ranked economic development agency in North Texas.