Grand Prairie is a city located in Dallas County, Ellis County, and Tarrant County Texas. Grand Prairie has a 2023 population of 199,395. Grand Prairie is currently growing at a rate of 0.52% annually and its population has increased by 1.56% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 196,331 in 2020.
The average household income in Grand Prairie is $87,712 with a poverty rate of 11.53%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Grand Prairie is 33.8 years, 33 years for males, and 34.5 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.
The North Texas population is experiencing a strong population boom and has reached about 7 million. The 16-county area added about <a href=”https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/community/article19422408.html”>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 <a href=”https://www.valuewalk.com/2019/03/top-10-happiest-cities-wallethub/”>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 <a href=”https://www.gptx.org/about-us/history/historical-recap”>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.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Grand Prairie was:
Black or African American
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 94.29%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 34.51%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
56.08% of Grand Prairie residents speak only English, while 43.92% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 35.08% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Grand Prairie is Hispanic, with 20.54% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Grand Prairie is White, with 9.7% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.72%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.14%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.39%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
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.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Grand Prairie
76.19% of Grand Prairie residents were born in the United States, with 54.39% having been born in Texas. 12.95% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.