Arlington is halfway between Dallas and Fort Worth in eastern Tarrant County. It was founded in 1876 on the Texas and Pacific Railway as a market town for the surrounding farms. From the 1840s the area had attracted farmers because of the fertile blackland in the eastern part of the region and the sandy loam, good for growing fruits and vegetables, in the western part. The place was also well watered by the Trinity River and its tributaries. Early settlements included Bird's Fort, Watson, and Johnson Station, founded by Middleton Tate Johnson.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
391,409 2019 Texas Demographic Center
365,438 2010 Texas Demographic Center
332,969 2000 Texas Demographic Center
261,717 1990 Texas Demographic Center
160,123 1980 Texas Demographic Center
89,723 1970 Texas Demographic Center
44,775 1960 Texas Demographic Center
7,692 1950 Texas Demographic Center
4,240 1940 Texas Demographic Center
3,661 1930 Texas Demographic Center
3,031 1920 Texas Demographic Center
1,794 1910 Texas Demographic Center
1,079 1900 Texas Demographic Center
664 1890 Texas Demographic Center