In 2009, CNN/Money Magazine rated Mansfield as one of the “Best Places to Live”, ranking 24 out of the top 100 places
Mansfield is located at 32°34′38″N 97°7′36″W (32.577087, -97.126699).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 36.5 square miles (94.6 km²). 36.5 square miles (94.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.11%) is water.
At the 2000 census there were 28,031 people, 8,881 households, and 7,646 families residing in the city.
Students living in the Tarrant County portion of Mansfield, as well as most of those living in the Johnson County portion, are served by the Mansfield Independent School District, with the remainder being served by Midlothian Independent School District. The high schools in the district are Mansfield High School, Mansfield Summit High School, Mansfield Timberview High School, Mansfield Legacy High School, Frontier High School, and the Alternative Education Center consisting of the ACE program and the BIC program. There are 21 elementary schools, 6 intermediate schools, and 6 middle schools.