The city of Irving, Texas was founded in 1903 and incorporated in 1914, and was named after the famous American author Washington Irving.
The population growth was originally slow, but finally began to take off in the 1930’s when manufacturing plants, retail, and businesses began to open in the area. Between 1940 and 1960 the population grew from about 1,000 people to 45,000 people in the Irving area code.
In the 70’s the Texas Stadium and Dallas-Fort Worth Regional Airport began operating, and the city continued to grow. Now it sits as the 13th largest in Texas, and the 93rd in the United States.
Area code 972 in Irving, Texas contains five Fortune 500 companies and four Fortune 1000 companies. The Fortune 500 companies are ExxonMobil, listed at #4 in 2017, Fluor, a multinational engineering and construction firm, Kimberly-Clark, a personal care corporation, Celanese, a global tech and specialty materials company, and Michaels Cos., the arts and crafts retail chain.
The Fortune 1000 companies include Commercial Metals, Flowserve, Pioneer Natural Resources, and Darling Ingredients. The Irving - Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce reports that the Irving area code is home to over 8,500 local and multinational companies and boasts that it is the most diverse zip code.
The unemployment rate is exceptionally low in area code 972. It was reported at 3.6%, which is far below the US national average of 5.2%. Job growth in the Irving area code is projected to be almost 43% over the next ten years.
The average household income in Irving is $51,000, which is close to the US national average os $53,000. 20% of residents make $100,000 or more every year, and the three most common occupations in the city are retail trade, professional, scientific, technical services, and accommodation, food services.
Forbes ranked Irving at #5 on their list of the “12 Hardest Working Cities in the US” and in 2015 chose them as the #1 “Best City for Starting a Career.” In 2010, the same publication chose the Dallas-Plano-Irving area as one of the “Best Big Cities for Jobs.”