With a population of around 47,000, Bedford, Texas, is one of three cities in northeast Tarrant County that make up the Hurst, Euless, and Bedford (HEB) community, which has a combined population close to 142,000. The HEB region is located northeast of Fort Worth and northwest of Dallas, with the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport only 10 minutes away. Bedford, covering 10 square miles, lies between Hurst and Euless. As the growing Hurst and Euless encroached upon the Bedford area, citizens voted to incorporate the city in 1953; consequently, Bedford joined the other two cities as its own entity. Today the HEB community shares an exemplary school district as well as a chamber of commerce.
Bedford made national headlines in 2005, when residents protested a property tax increase that was 27 percent higher than the previous year's rate. In response to an election that rescinded the tax increase and rolled property taxes back to the original rates, plus an 8 percent additional rollback, the city council closed the city's two swimming pools, its recreation center and tennis courts, and its library. No U.S. library had been closed since 1989, and controversy ensued when the American Library Association challenged Bedford's closing. An anonymous donation a few months later allowed the city to reopen the facilities.
The median household income in Bedford is higher than that of other southern regions. Major employment sectors in the HEB region are management and financial; professional; and sales. Major employers in the HEB area include:
Bedford is also home to the headquarters of the Automotive Service Association, an international trade association for the mechanical and collision sectors of the automotive service industry.
Bedford has an all-urban population. The city accommodates around 21,100 houses. Out of these, about 11,200 houses are owner-occupied, whereas about 9,000 are renter-occupied.
Bedford's 10 square miles comprise many distinct neighborhoods, including:
Located in Bedford proper is LeTourneau University's Bedford Educational Center, a school offering both undergraduate and graduate degrees in business. A teacher certification program is offered as well.
In addition to seasonal events, such as a Valentine's Day dance, an Easter egg hunt, an Independence Day celebration, a Halloween festival and a holiday tree lighting, Bedford offers several forms of entertainment:
Conveniently situated between Dallas and Fort Worth, Bedford has easy access to the best attractions that the metroplex has to offer. Visitors can find shopping, symphonies, concerts, museums, professional sports teams and more in nearby cities:
Arlington: Fewer than 10 miles from Bedford is Arlington, which attracts thousands of tourists every year. There, visitors can enjoy:
Grand Prairie: Around six miles from Bedford, Grand Prairie is home to:
Dallas: Distances from Bedford to Dallas vary according to the attraction's location, but most are within 30 miles:
Forth Worth: Fort Worth is approximately 15 miles from Bedford and presents a number of educational, entertaining options:
The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex offers an abundance of parks, lakes, athletic complexes, recreational centers and golf courses, all within driving distance of Bedford. In addition, Bedford boasts eight city parks that have walking and jogging trails, playground equipment, pavilions and sports fields.
The largest and most popular park in Bedford is the Boys Ranch Park and Activity Center. Features of the park include:
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