Are you looking for a place to live in the Dallas / Fort Worth area? You’ll want to check out the homes in Mansfield, TX. It’s a hidden gem that has received national attention when it made Money Magazine‘s annual list of Best Places to Live in America. This thriving city with a population of 57k has made the list four times.
Money Magazine describes what makes the city appealing to residents.
“Though officially part of the expanding Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Mansfield still has the friendly feel of the wheat-farming community that was settled by pioneers in the 1850s,” Money Magazine wrote. “That makes it an appealing choice for Texas newcomers who want to be close to city jobs (downtown Fort Worth is 30 minutes away during rush hour) but drive home to small-town tranquility. The towns’ high-rated schools draw top-notch teachers as well as families, and the high school encourages students to pursue high-powered careers in everything from agriculture to engineering.'”
There are many good reasons to live in Mansfield. The biggest three are its growing parks, strong economy, and highly-rated schools.
Burgeoning Parks and Recreation
Mansfield Parks and Recreation maintains more than 900 acres of parkland with trails throughout the city. Recreational athletes have 100 athletic fields all over the city for games and practices. These include lit tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball and softball fields, sand volleyball courts, and even horseshoe pits. What’s more is that a bike plan is in the works to help Mansfield become a more bike-friendly city.
Gazebos, age-appropriate playgrounds, and covered pavilions offer great spots for a picnic and enjoying the outdoors. Whenever you need a quiet setting, head to Julian Field Park’s Serenity Gardens. These gardens are also used as an educational center for residents to learn about the benefits of using landscaping. Wildflowers, animals, and plants are plentiful at Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park.
Town Park sports a 300-seat amphitheater for outdoor concerts and events. This park also contains a large covered corporate pavilion, covered picnic areas, courts, and grills. It’d be a great place to hold an event. Fishing can be had at several fishing ponds and water fun is right there in the city at Hawaiian Falls.
Mansfield Activities Center offers a variety of activities and resources for all ages. Residents have access to a gym, lifestyles program for seniors, Kids Zone, and much more. Those in the senior program can get health checks, hear from guest speakers, and request tax counseling. In the summer, kids can attend summer day camp at the Kids Zone.
Need more fun ideas? Here are 10 things to do in Grand Prairie and Mansfield.
The economy in Dallas / Fort Worth is booming as DFW has one of the highest concentrations of headquarters in the U.S. And Mansfield has several headquarters. One is Mouser Electronics with its 1,800+ employees. The company is part of the Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathaway family.
The other is Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, a full-service hospital with over 1,000 employees. They serve Mansfield as well as Arlington, Grand Prairie, Kennedale, and Midlothian. Methodist Mansfield has been awarded an “A” hospital safety score. It also has a Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
More than 20 companies on the Fortune 500 call DFW home. The following notable companies have headquarters near Mansfield:
|Fort Worth||American Airlines Group
Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Energy Transfer Equity
The Michaels Companies
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
DFW has a low unemployment rate and one the highest rates for job growth in the nation.
Mansfield Independent School Districts supports more than 30,000 students enrolled in 23 elementary schools, six intermediate schools, six middle schools, five high schools, one high school for upperclassmen, and three academies. MISD has received the highest rating of Met Standard consecutively as well as outscored state averages on assessments.
The district expects to add roughly 3,000 students by 2020, and possibly 7,000 students by 2025. MISD is prepared to handle this growth because of a recently passed bond. With more than 100 languages are spoken, MISD has a diverse and multicultural population.
MISD’s plan to support its vision is yielding positive results. Since it started tracking performance data, the district saw the highest percentage of third graders performing at or above their reading level. The number of students mastering Algebra I has increased 15 percent from the previous year. What’s more is that the state four-year graduation rate is 89 percent. MISD’s is higher at 93 percent.
High school students have a choice of 34 college-level advance placement courses to help them earn college credit before graduating. The district also has a partnership with Tarrant County College District to provide students with the opportunity to take dual-credit courses to receive both high school and college credit.
The MISD State of the District shares more information about MISD and its accolades. If you’d like to find homes in Mansfield ISD, Sandlin Homes has two communities: Southgate III and Versailles Estates.
One of the best parts about living in Mansfield is that it’s minutes from everything. There’s nothing like coming home to serenity of Mansfield after a long day.