According to a story in Thrillist, Fort Worth is the "underdog" of Texas. That's a compliment. Or at least, it's meant to be one.
In a story about the "most underrated cities to visit in all 50 states," Fort Worth was the one pick in the Lone Star State. The story points out a bunch of cool things about Fort Worth: that the Fort Worth Zoo is awesome; Rockin' the River festival is rad and the Stockyards are a blast. And, the story points out, "Did you know the only original Michelangelo in the Americas is in Texas, at the Kimball Museum in Fort Worth? (Texans do.)" Note: It's Kimbell.
Thrillist might've seen someone else give Fort Worth this fist-bump. Buzzfeed named Fort Worth the No. 29 most underrated U.S. city in 2015. (Why not No. 28 or No. 30? What are these lists? OK.)
The Thrillist state-by-state ranking is a fun look, though, if only so you can say things like "I've been there!" or "Wait, that place doesn't suck!" or "Yeah, that place is the worst." Apparently Augusta is Georgia's most underrated town. Heard of it? Of course you have: It's the host city for The Masters, the least underrated golf tournament in the country.
Thrillist explains what makes an underrated city: "Some turned out to be obscure, locally beloved pipsqueaks; some turned out to be college towns with more to offer than just tailgating and dive bars; some turned out to be beach getaways or mountain hideouts; and at least one turned out to be the 16th-biggest city in the whole damn country."
Fort Worth is one of Texas' biggest cities, with three-quarters of a million people living in it. It's the home of one of the world's most famous honky tonks, Billy Bob's Texas, and the hometown of Larry Hagman, the face of TV show Dallas. Heck, George Strait is going to play there, not Dallas, in 2019 — a concert that people all over the country want to attend. Many people in D-FW say Fort Worth is a more laid-back option for big-city living in North Texas.
Fort Worth, we like you just the way you are.