Tyler Texas Online Newcomers Guide for Tyler Texas

Tyler Texas Newcomers Guide

Welcome to Tyler!

Tyler, situated about half-way between Dallas and Shreveport, is the largest retail, medical, and business center in Upper East Texas. The city features rolling hills, and has an elevation of about 545 feet.

It is also the Rose Capital of America and the location of the Tyler Rose Garden, the nation's largest municipal rose garden. Included below are highlights of Tyler, and a few of the many popular features on our website for newcomers to the city.

Tyler has the most often sought after requirements for quality living, such as low crime rate, affordable housing, state-of-the-art health care, abundant recreation, an active arts scene, and a variety of educational opportunities.

Named for President John Tyler, the city was established on April 11, 1846 by the Texas Legislature, and designated it the seat of Smith County. A site was selected for the new town at the center of the county.

Tyler ... in Upper East Texas


Tyler Texas and Smith County Maps
Tyler Maps

Included on this site are several maps of the Tyler, Texas metropolitan area, from sources such as Google, Smith County, the Smith County Appraisal District SCAD, and the University of Texas at Austin

Tyler Texas Vital Statistics and Population
Vital Statistics

According to the Federal 2020 Census, the population of Tyler is 105,995, and the population of Smith County is 233,479. View our special section on Tyler vital statistics such as elevation, population, zip codes, area code, and climate.

Getting Around in Tyler Texas - Toll Loop 49, Loop 323, South Broadway Avenue, Old Jacksonville Highway and more!
Getting Around

Tyler has an excellent, solid transportation infrastructure which equates to short, easy commuting times and experiences with inner Loop 323 and the new Toll Loop 49.

City of Tyler and Smith County Texas Government

Situated in the growing East Texas region, Tyler is the seat of Smith County. The City of Tyler operates using the Mayor-Council-Manager form of local government.

Tyler jobs, employment, business and economy
Jobs & Business

Even in difficult economic times, Tyler's diverse economy remains robust with its base in the manufacturing, retail, oil & gas, education, rose, nursery, and health care industries.

Tyler arts scene and cultural activities
Arts & Culture

Tyler's lifestyle has the characteristics, feel, benefits and safety of a small town, but also has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with the advantages of a variety of arts and cultural activities.

Tyler Texas tourism and things to see and do
Things to Do

From azaleas to zoos, Tyler features a variety of things to do for the entire family! Tyler has attractions to visit year-round plus events such as the Tyler Azalea Trail and the Texas Rose Festival.

Tyler Texas education, schools, ISDs and colleges
Education & Schools

A highly-rated series of public and private schools offer a variety of educational options in the Tyler area. Three institutions of higher education provide education to thousands.

Tyler hotels, motels, B&Bs, RV resorts and other lodging
Hotels & Lodging

Tyler offers a variety of hotels, motels, inns, extended-stay suites, B&Bs, RV parks, and other accommodations situated near the major tourist, business, shopping, and medical centers of the city.

Restaurants, cafes, food trucks and other dining venues in Tyler, Texas
Dining & Restaurants

Dining in Tyler is a pleasure, with a wide spectrum of cuisine choinces and restaurants, cafes, and grills, from small local eateries to national chain restaurants.

Shopping malls, shopping centers and retail stores in Tyler Texas

Tyler is the largest retail center in East Texas, and the largest between Dallas and Shreveport. Most retail shops and the Tyler mall are located along South Broadway Avenue - great shopping in Tyler!

Lakes in the Tyler area, including Lake Tyler, Lake Palestine and Bellwood Lake
Area Lakes

East Texas is blessed with an abundance of lakes, including Lake Palestine, Lake Tyler and East Lake Tyler in the immediate area, and other lakes like Toledo Bend Reservoir in easy driving distance.

Downtown Tyler Texas: things to do, restaurants, shopping, historical sites and lodging options

Downtown Tyler features numerous historical structures, government buildings and a reviving business district and nightlife. The Tyler Visitor’s Center is located in the Plaza Tower in the heart of Downtown Tyler at 110 N. College Avenue, Suite 105.

Tyler Texas Museums

Tyler offers a variety of arts and cultural venues including the Museum of Art, Rose Museum, Goodman-LeGrand Home, the Depot Museum, an active aviation museum and others.

Real estate options in Tyler and surrounding communities, including ranches, lake-front sites, condos and subdivisions
Real Estate

Home building and real estate options in Tyler span a wide spectrum, and include residential subdivisions, golfing communities, lake-front sites, condominiums, townhouses, gated communities, ranches, and country living.


Where To Stay While Getting Settled in Tyler
Tyler Texas Vacation Rentals Tyler Texas Vacation Home Rentals

Tyler Texas hotels, motels, B&Bs, lodging ... locations, maps and reviews



Map of Tyler and surrounding communities including Chandler, Brownsboro, New Chapel Hill, Lindale, Whitehouse, Gresham, Flint, Noonday, Arp, Troup, and Bullard
Map of Cities, Towns and Counties Near Tyler Texas and Smith County


Cowan Center at the University of Texas at Tyler (UTT)
The home of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra,
the Cowan Center at the University of Texas at Tyler

Information for newcomers to Tyler Texas
Tyler Infographic
Located between Dallas, Houston and Austin
Downtown Tyler Texas skyline
Downtown Tyler Texas skyline


Tyler Rose Garden

Grounds of the Municipal Rose Garden, Tyler, Texas

Tyler Texas Photo Album ... click to view


Tyler Texas 2024 Tour

Take a tour of Tyler, Texas attractions, events, downtown, restaurants and more, on YouTube


Brick Streets National Historic District

Established 2004

Brick Streets National Historic District, Tyler, Texas Tyler Red Brick Streets

Tyler Texas Area Government Agencies

City of Tyler
Smith County
Smith County Appraisal District (SCAD)
Smith County Elections & Voter Info
Smith County Emergency Services District
Smith County Jury Duty
Smith County Vehicle Registration

Official Toll 49 website
North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NETRMA)
TxTag website
TxDOT Tyler District
TxDOT Statewide Road Conditions
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
Tyler Transit


City of Tyler Police Department
Smith County Sheriff
Texas DPS: Highway Patrol

Texas DPS: Drivers License
Texas Vehicle Registration

Education in Tyler Texas

University of Texas at Tyler
Texas College
Tyler Junior College

Tyler Area Christian Home Educators (TACHE)

Diocese of Tyler Catholic Schools

Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School
St. Gregory Catholic School
All Saints Episcopal School

East Texas Christian Academy
Grace Community School
UT Tyler Innovation Academy
Cumberland Academy
Oak Hills Montessori School
The Brook Hill School


Tyler ISD
Whitehouse ISD
Chapel Hill ISD
Brownsboro ISD
Bullard ISD

The Tyler Medical Community

UT Health East Texas

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

UT Health Science Center at Tyler


Liberty Utilities
Southern Utilities Company
CenterPoint Energy (Natural Gas)
City of Tyler Water Department
City of Tyler Garbage & Recycling Collection
Live Oak Waste - Garbage Collection
Republic Services - Garbage Collection
Optimum (Internet)