Grand Prairie, Texas Population 2020

198,442

Grand Prairie is a city located in Texas. With a 2020 population of 198,442, it is the 17th largest city in Texas and the 125th largest city in the United States. Grand Prairie is currently growing at a rate of 0.97% annually and its population has increased by 13.14% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 175,396 in 2010. Spanning over 81 miles, Grand Prairie has a population density of 2,746 people per square mile.

The average household income in Grand Prairie is $77,742 with a poverty rate of 12.09%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,058 per month, and the median house value is $151,300. The median age in Grand Prairie is 33 years, 32.5 years for males, and 33.7 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.6 males.

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: 59.56%
  • Black or African American: 23.23%
  • Asian: 7.32%
  • Other race: 6.24%
  • Two or more races: 3.19%
  • Native American: 0.40%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Grand Prairie, Texas is 198,442, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 194,614.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 175,396.

Grand Prairie, Texas Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White113,82059.56%
Black or African American44,40123.23%
Asian13,9807.32%
Some Other Race11,9286.24%
Two or More Races6,0963.19%
American Indian and Alaska Native7630.40%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1160.06%

Grand Prairie Population Pyramid 2020

Grand Prairie Median Age

33


Total

32.5


Male

33.7


Female

Grand Prairie Adults

There are 137,674 adults, (16,667 of whom are seniors) in Grand Prairie.

Grand Prairie Age Dependency

57.9

Age Dependency Ratio

13.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Grand Prairie Sex Ratio

Female

97,191

50.86%

Male

93,913

49.14%

Grand Prairie Households and Families

Grand Prairie Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Grand Prairie Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.7%24.3%
All62.1%37.9%
Male53.3%46.7%
Female48.3%51.7%
Non Family43.5%56.5%

62.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All60,5033.1562.1
Married32,3113.7375.7
Non Family14,3091.2843.5
Female9,9703.8148.3
Male3,9133.5753.3

3.64

Average Family Size

3.15

Average Household Size

4.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Grand Prairie Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade11,83310.02%
9th to 12th Grade11,8009.99%
High School Graduate32,87827.85%
Some College24,68820.91%
Associates Degree9,4988.04%
Bachelors Degree19,08316.16%
Graduate Degree8,2897.02%

Grand Prairie Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic46,18328,6464,564
White33,60231,11310,156
Black27,07725,6208,872
Asian9,4397,4293,281
Other Race7,1484,399708
Multiple Races2,0941,965651
Native American536435109
Islander9588

The highest rate of high school graduation is among black people with a rate of 94.62%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 34.76%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,435$41,917$32,610
Less Than High School$27,100$31,123$20,274
High School Grad$31,011$36,804$25,304
Some College$38,701$46,215$32,865
Bachelors Degree$54,843$58,710$52,903
Graduate Degree$64,995$72,837$63,833

$37,435

Average Earnings

$41,917

Average Male

$32,610

Average Female

Grand Prairie Language

Grand Prairie Language by Age

Grand Prairie Language

54.83% of Grand Prairie residents speak only English, while 45.17% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 36.08% of the population.

Grand Prairie Poverty

Grand Prairie Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic86,47413,75515.91%
Black44,2134,89011.06%
White41,9332,9587.05%
Other11,8801,34211.30%
Asian13,9499596.88%
Multiple6,07471811.82%
Native76310814.15%
Islander11676.03%

12.09%

Overall Poverty Rate

10.59%

Male Poverty Rate

13.54%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Grand Prairie

The race most likely to be in poverty in Grand Prairie is Hispanic, with 15.91% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Grand Prairie is Islander, with 6.03% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.40%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.10%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.50%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School17.26%
High School10.23%
Some College6.78%
Bachelors or Greater3.80%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed24.45%
Male Unemployed18.43%
Female Employed6.56%
Male Employed5.15%

Grand Prairie Income

Grand Prairie Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$65,249$77,742
Families$72,102$84,750
Married Families$86,291$96,705
Non Families$39,488$49,624

Grand Prairie Marital Status

Grand Prairie Marital Status

Marriage Rates

49.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.5%

Male Marriage Rate

47.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Grand Prairie Married by Age and Sex

Grand Prairie Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Grand Prairie Marital Status by Race

Grand Prairie Veterans

8,295

Number of Veterans

7,456

Male Veterans

839

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam2,814
First Gulf War2,261
Second Gulf War1,780
Korea431
World War II108
Age Group Veterans
35 to 542,672
55 to 641,941
65 to 741,931
75+1,037
18 to 34714
Name Veterans % of Total
White5,3446.44%
Black2,3307.29%
Hispanic1,2882.29%
Asian1761.64%
Other1711.99%
2 or More1535.75%
Indian8714.67%
Hawaiian3429.31%

$Grand Prairie Veterans by Education

5.80%

Veteran Poverty Rate

21.90%

Veteran Disability Rate

Grand Prairie Employment Status

70.9%

Labor Force Participation

67.2%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Grand Prairie 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

53.48%

Born in Texas

77.28%

Native Born

22.72%

Foreign Born

13.35%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

77.28% of Grand Prairie residents were born in the United States, with 53.48% having been born in Texas. 13.35% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020198,4421,9140.97%
2019196,5281,9140.98%
2018194,6144000.21%
2017194,2141,9141.00%
2016192,3003,7231.97%
2015188,5772,6071.40%
2014185,9701,9761.07%
2013183,9941,9051.05%
2012182,0893,1681.77%
2011178,9212,9421.67%
2010175,97948,5523.28%
2000127,42727,8112.49%
199099,61628,1543.38%
198071,46220,5583.45%
197050,90420,5185.30%
196030,38615,7927.61%
195014,5940.00%