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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

 20172022
Population285,777310,198
Households97,608105,474
Average Household Size2.882.89
Media Age35.135.4
Median Household Income$61,486$67,857
Average Household Income$78,902$88,781
Per Capita Income$27,480$30,679

Race and Ethnicity

 2017 (%)2022 (%)
White Alone121,810 (42.6%)127,742 (41.2%)
Black Alone124,258 (43.5%)136,295 (43.9%)
American Indian Alone1,495 (0.5%)1,670 (0.5%)
Asian Alone3,519 (1.2%)4,359 (1.4%)
Pacific Islander Alone173 (0.1%)212 (0.1%)
Some Other Race Alone26,762 (9.4%)30,698 (9.9%)
Two or More Races7,797 (2.7%)9,218 (3%)
Hispanic Origin (Any Race)64,792 (23%)76,565 (24.7%)

Educational Attainment (Population 25+)

 2017
TOTAL183,715
Less Than 9th Grade4.9%
9th-12th Grade, No Diploma7.4%
High School Graduate22.1%
GED/Alternative Credential4.0%
Some College, No Degree27.4%
Associate Degree7.8%
Bachelor’s Degree17.9%
Graduate/Professional Degree8.5%

Household Expenditures (Average Annual Spend)

 2017
TOTAL$67,955
Food$8,222
Housing$20,796
Apparel and Services$2,146
Transportation$8,053
Travel$2,014
Healthcare$5,413
Entertainment and Recreation$3,046
Personal Care Products/Services$781
Education$1,354