Grand Prairie, Texas Population 2021

195,651
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Grand Prairie is a city located in Dallas County Texas. With a 2020 population of 195,651, it is the 17th largest city in Texas and the 131st largest city in the United States . Grand Prairie is currently growing at a rate of 0.28% annually and its population has increased by 11.55% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 175,396 in 2010. Grand Prairie reached it's highest population of 195,651 in 2021. Spanning over 81 miles, Grand Prairie has a population density of 2,708 people per square mile.

The average household income in Grand Prairie is $81,239 with a poverty rate of 11.31%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,091 per month, and the median house value is $162,400. The median age in Grand Prairie is 33.4 years, 32.8 years for males, and 34.1 years for females.

Grand Prairie is located in Dallas, Tarrant, and Ellis Counties in Texas as part of the Mid-Cities area of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex (DFW or Metroplex). DFW is the 7th largest metropolitan area in the United States with a population of 6.8 million spread over 13 counties.

Population Growth

The North Texas population is experiencing a strong population boom and has reached about 7 million. The 16-county area added about 97,000 between 2014 and 2015 alone and this trend has continued for the last decade. The population growth in Grand Prairie is expected to continue as the growth has been fueled by a strong economy and quality of life. Grand Prairie was recently ranked as the 7th happiest city in the United States.

Grand Prairie was originally settled by settlers who came for the Republic of Texas land grants offered by investors in the mid-19th century. The city was established first as Dechman by Alexander Dechman in 1863. The post office opened in 1877 under the name Deckman instead of Dechman as postal workers had difficulty reading the form. There was also confusion about a T&P Railroad designation “Grand Prairie” as the name was based on maps from the 1850s labeling the area between Fort Worth and Dallas as “the grand prairie of Texas.” To clear up the confusion, the post office was then named “Grand Prairie.”

By 1909, Grand Prairie was incorporated as a city with a population of 994. Since World War I, Grand Prairie has had a history involving aviation and defense. Grand Prairie experienced the greatest increase in population between 1940 and 1970. The population grew from just 1,600 in 1940 to 14,500 in 1950 and 30,300 in 1960. The city council of Grand Prairie tried to annex undeveloped, unincorporated land in 1953 that was strongly opposed by Irving and Arlington; the measure eventually failed and Grand Prairie’s boundaries remained unchanged.

Grand Prairie Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Grand Prairie was:

  • White: 58.85%
  • Black or African American: 22.66%
  • Other race: 8.33%
  • Asian: 6.66%
  • Two or more races: 3.11%
  • Native American: 0.34%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.05%
The current population of Grand Prairie, Texas is 195,651 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 193,989.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 175,396.

Grand Prairie, Texas Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White113,32358.85%
Black or African American43,63522.66%
Some Other Race16,0498.33%
Asian12,8196.66%
Two or More Races5,9873.11%
American Indian and Alaska Native6550.34%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander970.05%
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Grand Prairie Population by Race

Grand Prairie Population Pyramid $2021

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Grand Prairie Median Age

33.4


Total

32.8


Male

34.1


Female

Grand Prairie Adults

There are 138,103 adults, (17,792 of whom are seniors) in Grand Prairie.

Grand Prairie Age Dependency

60.1

Age Dependency Ratio

14.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

45.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Grand Prairie Sex Ratio

Female

98,653

51.23%

Male

93,912

48.77%

Grand Prairie Population by Age

Grand Prairie Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Grand Prairie Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76.6%23.4%
All62.7%37.3%
Male54.9%45.1%
Female49.6%50.4%
Non Family43%57%

62.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Grand Prairie Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All60,9883.1562.7
Married32,4903.7776.6
Non Family14,7341.2543
Female9,8373.7549.6
Male3,9273.6754.9

3.66

Average Family Size

3.15

Average Household Size

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Grand Prairie Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade11,90110.02%
9th to 12th Grade11,5499.73%
High School Graduate32,56227.42%
Some College25,23921.26%
Associates Degree9,4737.98%
Bachelors Degree18,81515.85%
Graduate Degree9,2017.75%
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Grand Prairie Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Grand Prairie Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic48,49730,5885,156
White32,75730,34610,371
Black27,15325,8998,889
Other Race8,9815,719903
Asian8,7767,0433,213
2+ Races2,0261,857607
Native American46636990
Islander8787

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 36.61%.

Grand Prairie Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$39,228$43,439$33,587
Less Than 9th Grade$28,404$32,078$20,397
High School Graduate$31,006$37,297$24,990
Some College$39,779$47,154$34,043
Bachelors Degree$57,330$63,397$54,205
Graduate Degree$65,941$67,722$64,762

$39,228

Average Earnings

$43,439

Average Male

$33,587

Average Female

Grand Prairie Earnings by Educational Attainment

Grand Prairie Language by Age

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Grand Prairie Language

54.72% of Grand Prairie residents speak only English, while 45.28% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 36.72% of the population.

Grand Prairie Language

Grand Prairie Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic91,13513,61714.94%
Black43,4563,8818.93%
White40,7742,7916.85%
Other16,0131,3538.45%
Asian12,7241,0538.28%
Multiple5,9544808.06%
Native65515924.27%

11.31%

Overall Poverty Rate

9.82%

Male Poverty Rate

12.74%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Grand Prairie

The race most likely to be in poverty in Grand Prairie is Native, with 24.27% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Grand Prairie is White, with 6.85% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.37%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.82%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.04%.

Grand Prairie Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade16.90%
High School9.39%
Some College6.03%
Bachelors or Greater3.22%

Grand Prairie Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed28.81%
Male Unemployed17.81%
Female Employed5.49%
Male Employed4.43%

Grand Prairie Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Grand Prairie Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$67,388$81,239
Families$74,674$88,783
Married Families$89,017$101,566
Non Families$44,043$51,420
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Income by Household Type

Grand Prairie Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

49.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.6%

Male Marriage Rate

48.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Grand Prairie Married by Age and Sex

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Grand Prairie Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Grand Prairie Marital Status by Race

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Grand Prairie Marital Status

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8,353

Number of Veterans

7,488

Male Veterans

865

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,642
First Gulf War2,491
Second Gulf War1,972
Korea399
World War II49

Grand Prairie Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 542,898
65 to 742,121
55 to 641,734
75+972
18 to 34628

Grand Prairie Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White5,3186.47%
Black2,4077.56%
Hispanic1,4742.49%
Other Race2141.95%
Asian1751.80%
2+ Races1204.66%
Native American8015.44%
Islander3940.21%

Grand Prairie Veterans by Race

Grand Prairie Veterans by Education

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4.95%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.65%

Veteran Disability Rate

Grand Prairie Veterans by Education

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70.4%

Labor Force Participation

67.1%

Employment Rate

4.6%

Unemployment Rate

Grand Prairie Employment by Age

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Grand Prairie Employment by Race

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Grand Prairie Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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53.69%

Born in Grand Prairie

77.17%

Native Born

22.83%

Foreign Born

13.62%

Non Citizen

9.21%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

77.17% of Grand Prairie residents were born in the United States, with 53.69% having been born in Texas. 13.62% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Grand Prairie Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021195,6515540.28%
2020195,0975540.28%
2019194,5435540.29%
2018193,989160.01%
2017193,9731,8780.98%
2016192,0953,6841.96%
2015188,4112,5871.39%
2014185,8241,9331.05%
2013183,8911,8611.02%
2012182,0303,1271.75%
2011178,9032,9291.66%
2010175,97448,5473.28%
2000127,42727,8112.49%
199099,61628,1543.38%
198071,46220,5583.45%
197050,90420,5185.30%
196030,38615,7927.61%
195014,5940.00%

Grand Prairie Population by Year