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Dallas is the third-largest (as estimated by the United States Census Bureau on 1 July 2006)
city in the state of Texas and the ninth-largest in the United States.
The city covers 385 square miles (997 km²) and is the county seat of Dallas County.
As of July 1, 2006, U.S. Census estimates the population of Dallas at over 1,200,000 people.
The city is the main economic center of the 12-county DallasFort Worth metropolitan areaat over 6.1 million people,
it is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
Dallas is also listed as a gamma world city by the Loughborough University Globalization and
World Cities Study Group & Network.
Dallas was founded in 1841 and formally incorporated as a city on February 1856.
The city's economy is primarily based on the petroleum industry, telecommunications, computer technology,
banking, and transportation.
It is the core of the largest inland metropolitan area in the United States and lacks any navigable link to the sea
Dallas's prominence despite this comes from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries,
its position along numerous railroad lines, and a strong industrial and financial sector.
Dallas is currently the third most popular destination for business travel, and the Dallas Convention Center,
in downtown Dallas, is one of the largest and busiest convention centers in the country, at over 1 million square feet,
and the world's largest singular column-free exhibit hall.
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