Dallas Population 2017
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.
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.
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.