Dallas, Texas Population 2018

Dallas, located in North Texas, is the 9th largest city in the United States and the 3rd largest in Texas. Dallas recently rated as a "beta plus" world city. The current population of Dallas in 2016 is estimated at 1.3 million, a growth from the 1.28 million estimate in 2014.

In 2010, Dallas had an official population of 1.197 million people. This grew to an estimated 1.24 million in 2012, and 1.28 million in 2014. The estimated population for 2016 is 1,300,092. Based on its size, Dallas has a population density of 3,645 Dallasites per square mile.

The Dallas metropolitan area is much larger, and is one of the fastest growing in the country. The 13-county Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area has a population of 6.8 million, which is the 7th largest metro area in the United States.

Dallas Demographics

According to the 2010 Census, the racial and ethnic composition of Dallas was:

  • White: 50.7% (non-Hispanic: 28.8%)
  • Black or African American: 25.0%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.7%
  • Asian: 2.9%
  • Two or more races: 2.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 42.4%

Among the Hispanic population, Dallas is 36.8% Mexican, 0.3% Puerto Rican, 0.2% Cuban and 4.3% other Latino or Hispanic. The population of Dallas has historically been mostly white, with non-Hispanic whites accounting for 83% of the population in 1930. The city's population has diversified as it has grown in both size and importance, and non-Hispanic whites now represent less than a third of the Dallas population. More than a quarter of Dallasites are foreign-born.

Dallas has long been a major U.S. destination for legal and illegal Mexican immigrants. The southwestern and southeastern regions of the city, such as Oak Cliff, have a predominantly black and Hispanic population, with the southern region being predominantly black. The west and east portions are predominantly Hispanic. North Dallas is predominantly white.

The suburbs of Dallas are home to a large number of Asian people, including Koreans, Taiwanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Indians, Pakistanis, and Sri Lankans. Popular suburbs for Asian residents include Arlington, Irving, Flower Mound and Garland. Dallas also has a large population of people from the Horn of Africa, including immigrants from Somalia, Eritrea, and Ethiopia.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is home to 70,000 immigrants who speak Russian, mostly from the former Soviet Block. This includes Russians, Russian Jews, Uzbek and Ukrainians.

Dallas is also home to the 12th largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population in the United States.

Dallas History

The Dallas region has been inhabited for thousands of years, more recently by the Caddo people prior to the claim on the land by Spanish colonists. France also had a claim to the Texas territory although it never established a real settlement. It was the Adams-Onis Treaty of 1819 between the U.S. and Spain that defined the Red River as a boundary and placed what would become Dallas into Spanish territory. The area was under Spanish rule for another two years, when Mexico declared independence and the Dallas area became a part of the Mexican state Coahuila y Tejas. In 1836, the Republic of Texas, which was primarily composed of Anglo-American settlers at the time, gained independence from Mexico and became an independent nation for a time.

The area of present-day Dallas was surveyed in 1839, and a permanent settlement called Dallas was established two years later. The Republic of Texas was annexed to the U.S. in 1845. 11 years later, Dallas was incorporated as a city.

The early history of Dallas saw it become a major boom city and a center of trade and business, which then moved into industrial industries.

Dallas Population Growth

Texas as a whole has led U.S. population growth for the last few years, and Dallas is one of the fastest growing major U.S. cities. The Dallas-Fort Worth area has seen the greatest population growth in Texas, particularly in its northern suburbs. Of the fastest-growing cities in 2014, Dallas ranked 4th with a growth rate of about 2%. In the past 30 years, the Dallas-Fort Worth area has more than doubled.

By 2020, North Texas will have 1-2 million more residents. It's projected that Latinos will reach 3.2 million in 2020, almost catching up to the estimated 3.6 million non-Hispanic whites in the area. Shortly after this date, Hispanics will become the largest ethnic group in DFW. Demographers predict the downtown Dallas and Fort Worth areas will explode in population and the Asian population will soar.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
20171,341,07518,9351.43%
20161,322,14022,3471.72%
20151,299,79321,2891.67%
20141,278,50419,5721.55%
20131,258,93216,8971.36%
20121,242,03523,4041.92%
20111,218,63118,1631.51%
20101,200,46811,8881.00%
20001,188,580181,70318.05%
19901,006,877102,27811.31%
1980904,59960,1987.13%
1970844,401164,71724.23%
1960679,684245,22256.44%
1950434,462139,72847.41%
1940294,73434,25913.15%
1930260,475101,49963.85%
1920158,97666,87272.60%
191092,10449,466116.01%
190042,6384,57112.01%
189038,06727,709267.51%
188010,3580.00%

Dallas Population in 2018Source: By Robert Hensley (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White779,792
Black or African American313,906
Some Other Race107,537
Asian41,795
Two or More Races31,637
American Indian and Alaska Native3,202
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander564

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Dallas Population Pyramid 2018

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Dallas Median Age

32.5


Total

32.1


Male

32.9


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 996,419 adults in Dallas.

Dallas Age Dependency

54.3

Age Dependency Ratio

14.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Dallas Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
4.5
Houses Without Mortgage
81,498
Houses With Mortgage
122,804
Vacancy Rate
10.2
Median Rent
888
Median Home Value
142,600
Renter-Occupied Units
283,553
Owner-Occupied Units
204,302
Total Housing Units
543,275

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Dallas for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 4.6% and the labor force participation rate is 68.1%.

Dallas Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.58
Average Family Size
3.45
Total Households
487855
Married Couple Households
172551
Male Householder (no wife) Families
30891
Female Householder (no husband) Families
77602
Non Family Households
206811
Total Families
281044
Households With Own Children
138121
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
6.2
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.9

Dallas Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
42,296
$10,000 to $14,999
28,720
$15,000 to $24,999
61,427
$25,000 to $34,999
59,023
$35,000 to $49,999
72,995
$50,000 to $74,999
81,389
$75,000 to $99,999
45,485
$100,000 to $149,999
44,858
$150,000 to $199,999
19,770
Over $200,000
31,892

Dallas Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Dallas

Texas

$45,215

$54,727

$75,411

$77,585

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Dallas Education Data

Dallas Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
109,72413.40%
9th to 12th Grade
92,17611.26%
High School Graduate
175,79221.47%
Some College
150,20618.34%
Associates Degree
37,0204.52%
Bachelors Degree
159,72919.51%
Graduate Degree
94,20311.50%