Dallas is the ninth-most populous city in the U.S. and the third-most populous in the state of Texas, with an estimated population of 1,341,075 in 2017.
It is the seat of Dallas County, though some parts of the city are in Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties.
The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area is the fourth largest in the country, with more than 7.3 million people, and it is also the country’s largest without access to the sea.
The city is particularly widely renowned for its art museums and its connections with the oil industry—the latter, of course, being immortalized in the hit TV show ‘Dallas’!
Dallas is a place for ambitious people, with not only good universities but also many companies offering a great career path.
On account of its thriving and diverse economy, Dallas is classified as a ‘beta’ global city. It is also a transportation hub, being the intersection point of four major interstate highways.
There are many affordable homes in attractive neighborhoods for families looking to settle down here. Or, nearer to the central business district, apartments and condos can be found at a wide range of prices.
Nickname(s): "Big D"
Population: 1,341,075 (2017 estimated)
Land: 340.5 sq. miles
Urban: 385.8 sq. miles
Metro: 1,407.2 sq. miles
Due to Dallas’s increasingly diverse population, it embraces many different cultures. Traditionally, the city is well-known for barbeques, and Tex-Mex cuisine is also a favorite. One of the city’s most well-established community events is the Greek Food Festival, which also features traditional music and dancing.
The city’s Mexican-American population adds to vibrancy of the city, and a major event to look out for is their Cinco de Mayo festivities. And then there is always the St Patrick’s Day parade celebrating the Irish community. In addition, a New Year's Eve celebration is now held annually in AT&T Plaza and is gaining in popularity.
Dallas has plenty for tourists to enjoy, including museums, art galleries, and sport—most famously the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. The city has several notable museums including the Frontiers of Flight Museum, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the Meadows Museum. The Dallas Museum of Art hosts a collection of about 24,000 pieces from many different continents and centuries, and Dallas Zoo is Texas’s largest.
The City has 406 parks, occupying an area of about 33 square miles in total. One of the finest is the Klyde Warren Park, which connects Downtown to Uptown and has a kids’ area and a jogging trail. Fair Park has the world’s largest collection of Art Deco art and sculptures and hosts the Dallas State Fair, which is the largest in America. The Winspear Opera House is home to both the Dallas Opera and Texas Ballet Theater.
Dallas has many neighborhoods and districts. Some of the most well-known are The Arts District, Uptown, Victory Park, Turtle Creek, Deep Ellum, Lakewood Heights, Vickery Place, Munger Place, the Cedars, Oak Cliff, and the Bishop Arts District. The city can also be broken down into three main regions: East Dallas, South Dallas, and Central Dallas.
This part of the city hosts Deep Ellum, a fashionable arts and entertainment district. The Lakewood neighborhood is of particular interest as it is near the popular Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Other neighborhoods here include the family-friendly Wilshire Heights, Lakewood Heights, Lower Greenville, Junius Heights, Hollywood Heights, and Bryan Place.
This is an area with a more diverse population and used to be known to suffer from high levels of poverty, but investment has been made and some districts have experienced gentrification. It is the home to neighborhoods such as the Cedars—a place popular with artists and musicians—Oak Cliff, and the Bishop Arts District, which is well-known for its shopping opportunities.
Downtown Dallas— along with the Oak Lawn and Uptown areas—is the beating heart of the city and is full of entertainment options. Other districts in this area include the West End Historic District, the Arts District, and the City Center business district. Then there are also the neighborhoods of Victory Park, Harwood, Greenville, Oak Lawn, Knox/Henderson, West Village, Turtle Creek, Trinity Groves, and the Dallas Design District.
The city's residential real estate market has shown resilience over the years and has recently experienced a boom. The Dallas metro area has been a national leader regarding apartment construction, home price appreciation, and net leasing rents.
Central Dallas is famous for nightlife and entertainment as well as for business, so some of the areas here are expensive both for buying and for renting. There is quite a range of homes available, from apartments and condos to low rise properties slightly further out.
The Lakewood neighborhood in East Dallas is considered one of the best places in town to buy a home. Several other nearby neighborhoods, including Lakewood Heights and Junius Heights, have an attractive selection of older houses. East Dallas has many Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired prairie-style homes.
Southern Dallas is popular with a wide variety of homebuyers and has a range of different types of property. Some areas here are among the most attractive and affluent places to live in Dallas, with Highland Park being one of the most famous in this respect. In the eastern side of the area the homes tend to be lower-priced.
Property sales figures source: the Texas REALTOR® Data Relevance Project, a partnership between the Texas Association of REALTORS® and local REALTOR® associations, January 2019.
Dallas is home to 337 public schools, 89 private schools, and 38 Colleges. It has the largest concentration of universities and colleges in the state, including the University of North Texas at Dallas, the Texas Woman’s University, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, and several theological colleges. Slightly further out in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex there is also the University of Dallas.
The Dallas Independent School District is the second-largest in Texas and in 2014 was commended for its work. The School for the Talented and the Gifted which was named the best public high school in the United States several times in recent years. Other schools of note here are W. T. White, Hillcrest, Woodrow Wilson and the School of Science and Engineering Magnet.
Dallas is known for its connections with the oil industry, but its economy is quite diversified, so it has weathered recessions and drops in oil prices better than some other places. The businesses that prosper in this city include several Fortune 500 companies such as AT&T, Energy Transfer Equity and Tenet Healthcare. The city is the home to 17 billionaires, the 6th highest number of any city worldwide.
Unemployment is low in Dallas, and in 2018 the city gained an improved ranking when it was named the 6th best city for business and careers. 2018 ended well for the local economy and the job market, and there is momentum going forward. In the metroplex, Fort Worth has been showing even greater growth than Dallas.