Mansfield's growth can be attributed to an excellent school system, affordable housing, abundant jobs, great city services, and plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities.
The Mansfield Independent School District is an exceptional district that has much to be proud of. According to the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS), students of MISD are well above state averages in reading, writing and mathematics. Additionally, the majority of all MISD campuses are recognized as exemplary by the Texas Education Agency.
A truly radiant city, Mansfield offers its residents much more than a unique quality of life. As the third largest city in Tarrant County, Mansfield offers businesses the opportunity to seek out the right amount of land for quality development and a safe, stimulating environment for their employees.
Mansfield also offers a beautiful topography consisting of native trees, rolling hills and grassy meadows that enhance the area. Mansfield residents enjoy the city's suburban feel, but also the easy access to the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. There is an abundance of collegiate and professional sports in the area including TCU, SMU, the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, the Dallas Cowboys and the Fort Worth Fire. The city is also home to both horse and car racing. Other nearby attractions include Six Flags over Texas and the Kennedy Memorial.
Just minutes from Mansfield is Joe Pool Lake, an area of 7,500 acres of water with 15,000-acres of recreational space that features opportunities for boating, fishing, swimming, sailing, golfing and camping. Located on the east shore of the lake is Cedar Hill State Park, with Lynn Creek and Lloyd parks on the northwest side and Britton Park on the south side. Several fishing docks dot the area with numerous fish attractors spread about the lake and marked with locator buoys. Joe Pool is consistently stocked with bass, crappie, catfish and pan fish.
The history of Mansfield dates back to 1856. Ralph Sandiford Man and Julian Field arrived in the area that is now known as Mansfield and built a gristmill. Those who flocked to the area named the town Mansfield, using the last names of the founders. Through the years the name was consistently misspelled, which resulted in the conventional spelling of "Mansfield." The city was platted in 1870 at the request of Dr. John Collier, founder of the Mansfield Male and Female College. Mansfield was officially incorporated on August 23, 1890.
The development of a water system, a telephone system and electric plant in the 1940s led to an influx of new residents. Today, much of northern Mansfield features residential developments, but much of the southern part of the city still remains primarily agricultural.