Garland, large city North of Dallas, is just one of the cities that make up the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area. In 2008, they were included in CNN's list of the top 100 cities to live in the United States. Throughout its long history, however, the town has seen tragedy, conflict, and natural disasters that threatened the well-being of its citizens. Today, the city is experiencing unprecedented growth. The community of Forest Crest is one of the smaller neighborhoods in Garland, with a population of about 1,000. It is growing, however, like many smaller suburbs in the area, and boasts a number of shopping and entertainment options.