Southwest Arlington has a rich history that dates back to the 1800s. At its inception, it was mostly rural with farms and ranches situated on land in what is now Westlake Hills and parts of Dallas North Tollway.
In the 1900s, this area became more suburbanized with some subdivisions popping up all over. This led to population growth as people sought out new homes outside of urban living areas or were attracted by Lake Arlington’s recreational opportunities such as boating and fishing.
The 2000 census saw another large increase in residents because Southwest Arlington had become an attractive place for working professionals who wanted quick access to DFW airport but still desired a peaceful suburb life away from traffic congestion typical of central Fort Worth neighborhoods like Haltom City, Saginaw or River Oaks.