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 Annual 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%
20101,200,46811,8880.10%
20001,188,580181,7031.67%
19901,006,877102,2781.08%
1980904,59960,1980.69%
1970844,401164,7172.19%
1960679,684245,2224.58%
1950434,462139,7283.96%
1940294,73434,2591.24%
1930260,475101,4995.06%
1920158,97666,8725.61%
191092,10449,4668.01%
190042,6384,5711.14%
189038,06727,70913.90%
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

0%2%4%6%8%10% Male Population0%2%4%6%8%10% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Dallas Median Age

32.5


Total

32.1


Male

32.9


Female

Dallas Adults

There are 949,876 adults, (121,451 of which are seniors) in Dallas.

Dallas Age Dependency

54.3

Age Dependency Ratio

14.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

39.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Dallas Sex Ratio

Female

642,608

50.27%

Male

635,825

49.73%

Dallas Households and Families

Dallas Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Dallas Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married62.4%37.6%
All41.9%58.1%
Male36.2%63.8%
Female31.6%68.4%
Non Family29.5%70.5%

41.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Dallas Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All487,8552.5841.9
Non Family206,8111.2729.5
Married172,5513.5162.4
Female77,6023.6131.6
Male30,8913.5936.2

3.45

Average Family Size

2.58

Average Household Size

6.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.9%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Dallas Households

Dallas Education

Dallas Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade109,72413.40%
9th to 12th Grade92,17611.26%
High School Graduate175,79221.47%
Some College150,20618.34%
Associates Degree37,0204.52%
Bachelors Degree159,72919.51%
Graduate Degree94,20311.50%

Dallas Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White288,735274,972171,189
Hispanic285,032133,80425,071
Black204,040172,41333,960
Other Race58,24928,3565,219
Asian29,47224,99518,410
Multiple Races15,67813,4525,653
Native American2,0781,391374
Islander274222118

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.23%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 62.47%.

Dallas Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,000$35,017$29,790
Less Than High School$20,944$23,955$15,304
High School Grad$24,995$26,983$21,111
Some College$31,811$35,677$29,571
Bachelors Degree$54,150$63,136$48,964
Graduate Degree$73,358$92,434$60,383

$32,000

Average Earnings

$35,017

Average Male

$29,790

Average Female

Dallas Language

Dallas Language by Age

Dallas Language

56.98% of Dallas residents speak only English, while 43.02% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 37.74% of the population.

Dallas Poverty

Dallas Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic526,290145,60027.67%
Black308,73895,27030.86%
White367,44435,7619.73%
Other107,06129,27027.34%
Asian41,4168,20219.80%
Multiple31,2556,63121.22%
Native3,09767021.63%
Islander53214026.32%

22.86%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.80%

Male Poverty Rate

24.88%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Dallas

The race most likely to be in poverty in Dallas is Black, with 30.86% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Dallas is White, with 9.73% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.10%. Among those working part-time, it was 24.84%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34.31%.

Dallas Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School29.95%
High School22.50%
Some College15.21%
Bachelors or Greater5.43%

Dallas Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed42.18%
Male Unemployed34.04%
Female Employed11.85%
Male Employed9.68%

Dallas Income

Dallas Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$45,215$75,411
Families$48,566$86,902
Married Families$67,664$114,788
Non Families$38,539$57,505

Dallas Marital Status

Dallas Marital Status

Marriage Rates

39.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

41.5%

Male Marriage Rate

38.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Dallas Married by Age and Sex

Dallas Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Dallas Marital Status by Race

Dallas Veterans

Dallas Veterans by War

45,380

Number of Veterans

41,341

Male Veterans

4,039

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam14,898
First Gulf War7,858
Second Gulf War7,031
Korea4,163
World War II3,009

Dallas Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 5411,228
75+10,053
65 to 749,828
55 to 649,462
18 to 344,809

Dallas Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White27,0824.62%
Black15,7606.66%
Hispanic5,1031.47%
2 or More9364.85%
Other9281.32%
Asian4291.24%
Indian1847.54%
Hawaiian6115.25%

Dallas Veterans by Education

11.50%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.77%

Veteran Disability Rate

Dallas Employment Status

Dallas Employment by Age

68.1%

Labor Force Participation

63.4%

Employment Rate

6.8%

Unemployment Rate

Dallas Employment by Race

Dallas Employment by Education

Dallas Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

55.15%

Born in Texas

75.73%

Native Born

24.27%

Foreign Born

18.40%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

75.73% of Dallas residents were born in the United States, with 55.15% having been born in Texas. 18.40% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.