There are many Mansfields across America. There is a Mansfield in Louisiana, there’s one in Massachusetts, Arkansas and Ohio. But as far as we’re concerned, there’s only one Mansfield that is the best Mansfield. And that’s Mansfield, Texas. Located in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex with a population of 68,928 people and counting, Mansfield has got everything: a charming downtown, great neighborhoods, arts and culture, parks, and close proximity to the best that Texas has to offer. The only thing that’s missing is you.
If you’re mulling over a move to Mansfield, Texas, here are seven things you should know about this awesome Dallas Fort Worth community:
Mansfield is Closest to Arlington
There’s a saying in Mansfield (you’ll see it on the city website): “Minutes to everything. Second to none.” Clever turn of phrase aside, it’s true! Living in Mansfield gives you easy access to both Dallas (32 miles away) and Fort Worth (20 miles away), but it’s closest to Arlington, which is 13 miles away.
Cost of Living in Mansfield
In 2014, D Magazine named the Mansfield South neighborhood the 33rd richest neighborhood in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. These days, the median home value in Mansfield is $284,300. According to Zillow, home values in Mansfield have risen by 3.6 percent in the past year and are expected to keep rising.
Worth noting: While home values in Mansfield are lower than the Dallas Fort Worth area as a whole, rent prices are higher.
It’s Not the Near Best, It’s the Farr Best
The historic community of Mansfield is dotted with architectural and cultural gems that tell the story of how the area has evolved. One such location is the Farr Best Theater. This 158-seat theater in downtown Mansfield first opened in 1917 and has hosted concerts, plays, movies, dances, and more. It is currently being renovated and preserved by the city and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
You Don’t Have to Leave Mansfield to Go to Hawaii
When summer temperatures (and humidity!) become unbearable in Mansfield, you can cool off at Hawaiian Falls Mansfield. This family water park features rides and attractions for kids of all ages including a raft adventure with a 40-foot drop, a whirlpool, a wave pool, plus cabanas with waiter service for when you really want to live your best life.
Mansfield Was Once Home to the Original American Idol
Did you know that Kelly Clarkson grew up in Burleson, Texas, which is just moments from Mansfield? After winning American Idol, the “A Moment Like This” singer bought a sprawling ranch in Mansfield complete with 50 acres and dogs, horses, and pigs. In 2012, she put the property up for sale, but who knows, maybe she’ll miss Mansfield enough to come back someday. Other well-known former and current Mansfield residents include a number of football players (Kennedy Brooks, Tex Bradford, Josh Doctson, and Marcus Cromartie to name a few), author John Griffin, and gospel singer Tamela Mann.
Mansfield Makes it Easy to Have a Day at the Park
Mansfield boasts more than 500 acres of parkland as well as 50 acres of athletic fields. One of the most popular parks in Mansfield is Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park, which offers walking trails, wildflowers, and educational events. Other parks include Donald R. Barg Park, which has gazebos and a fishing pond, Julian Feild Park, which is home to serenity gardens at Memorial Brick Plaza, and Town Park, which has two playgrounds, three picnic areas, a sand volleyball court, and horseshoe pits.
Historic Downtown Mansfield is Emerging
Downtown Mansfield is on the rise, so moving to the area provides you with the opportunity to watch this district really come to life. Revitalization efforts have brought new cultural offerings to downtown Mansfield, including the Mansfield 88 painted pianos project, which places artistically rendered pianos throughout town, and Pocket Park concerts on the northwest corner of Main Street and Broad Street. While exploring the heart of Mansfield, check out shops like Twisted Southern Roots Boutique and Aria Grace, grab a beer at Dirty Job Brewing, and get something chocolatey from Sweet Things Bakery.