Dallas Population 2017

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 Change
2015 1,300,092 8.50%
2010 1,197,816 0.80%
2000 1,188,580 18.00%
1990 1,006,877 11.30%
1980 904,599 7.10%
1970 844,401 24.20%
1960 679,684 56.40%
1950 434,462 47.40%
1940 294,734 13.20%
1930 260,475 63.80%
1920 158,976 72.60%
1910 92,104 116.00%
1900 42,638 12.00%
1890 38,067 267.50%
1880 10,358 0.00%

Dallas Population in 2017 Source: Drumguy8800 at English Wikipedia

Dallas Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 721,816 58.16%
Black or African American 304,903 24.57%
American Indian and Alaska Native 3,538 0.29%
Asian 37,261 3.00%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 493 0.04%
Some Other Race 145,921 11.76%
Two or More Races 27,053 2.18%

Population Pyramid

Dallas Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Total Housing Units 533,556
Owner-Occupied Units 201,853
Renter-Occupied Units 275,396
Median Home Value $135,400
Median Rent $863
Vacancy Rate 10.6%
Houses With Mortgage 123,458
Houses Without Mortgage 78,395
Median Number of Rooms (per House) 4.6

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Dallas for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 5.3% and the labor force participation rate is 67.8%.

Dallas Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size 2.6
Average Family Size 3.48
Married Couple Families 167,179
Male Householder (no wife) Families 29,771
Female Householder (no husband) Families 77,551
Non Family Households
Unmarried Martner Households (Opposite Sex) 6.2%
Unmarried Martner Households (Same Sex) 1%