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Southern Dallas Area

Southern Dallas Area, often called the Best Southwest, is about 15 miles south of the city of Dallas. It encompasses a handful of down-to-earth communities situated among what the partnership of cities there calls “a topographical paradise of beautiful hillsides, lush natural landscapes, and Joe Pool Lake.” The largest of the towns here is DeSoto, which attracts families with affordable houses and civic-minded neighbors. Cedar Hill is a pretty, lake-adjacent community that prioritizes the natural environment.

By The Numbers

 20162021
Population275,867297,435
Households94,297101,204
Average Household Size2.872.89
Media Age35.035.1
Median Household Income$59,847$67,713
Average Household Income$75,427$81,883
Per Capita Income$26,342$28,381

Race and Ethnicity

 2016 (%)2021 (%)
White Alone118,443 (42.9%)122,837 (41.3%)
Black Alone119,522 (43.3%)130,719 (43.9%)
American Indian Alone1,431 (0.5%)1,574 (0.5%)
Asian Alone3,296 (1.2%)4,062 (1.4%)
Pacific Islander Alone157 (0.1%)194 (0.1%)
Some Other Race Alone25,608 (9.3%)29,332 (9.9%)
Two or More Races7,413 (2.7%)8,717 (2.9%)
Hispanic Origin (Any Race)63,103 (22.9%)73,155 (24.6%)

Educational Attainment (Population 25+)

 2016
TOTAL175,514
Less Than 9th Grade5.0%
9th-12th Grade, No Diploma7.1%
High School Graduate22.1%
GED/Alternative Credential4.0%
Some College, No Degree27.9%
Associate Degree7.6%
Bachelor’s Degree17.3%
Graduate/Professional Degree8.9%

Household Expenditures (Average Annual Spend)

 2016
TOTAL$64,873
Food$7,900
Housing$20,093
Apparel and Services$1,973
Transportation$7,983
Travel$1,822
Healthcare$5,097
Entertainment and Recreation$2,855
Personal Care Products/Services$717
Education$1,308

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