Population in Urban Area, now
- World: 61st
- North America: 6th
- United States: 5th
Dallas Urban Area Population Graph
Dallas Population Review
Dallas is a major city in the state of Texas in the United States. It has a population of 1.3 million people in the city area and 6.3 million in the entire urban area. Located in North Texas, Dallas is the fourth-largest metropolitan area in the country and is spread over 385 square miles. Dallas is part of a much larger area known as the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex; this urbanized area is where a quarter of all Texans live.
Dallas has grown by over 6 million people in the past 70 years. In 1950, the urban area of Dallas was home to only 866 thousand people. Since then, the city has grown steadily and surpassed 6 million residents in 2018. The city is predicted to continue growing, with population growth estimates showing 7.3 million people by 2035.
Demographics of Dallas
In 2018, there were just over 521 thousand households in the city of Dallas. This was an increase of 63,000 households in 2010. Out of these households, around 137 thousand had children under the age of 18 living with them and almost 40% of the homes were headed by married couples and the average family had 3.5 people. There are more homes that are rentals in the city, with 40% of households being owner-occupied and 59% of households being renter occupied.
Dallas is a relatively young city, with a median age of 33 years old in 2018, and 26% of the population under the age of 18. The city is also almost perfectly split between men and women, with 99.2 males to every 100 females.
The racial makeup of the city
Historically, Dallas has been a predominantly white city, with 82% of the population identifying as non-Hispanic white in 1930. Since then, the population has diversified due to immigration and white flight—the large-scale migration of white people from areas that are becoming more racially diverse. Now, Dallas non-Hispanic white population is around 28% of the city’s total population, with the other half of the White population identifying as Hispanic white. There is now 24% of the population that is Black or African American.
The area is also a major destination for Hispanic immigrants and Mexican Americans and has a robust Hispanic and Latino culture. Certain neighborhoods, such as Oak Cliff, are predominantly Hispanic. There is also a large influx of Black or African Americans moving to Dallas, partly due to the New Great Migration, which saw a huge demographic change from the 1970s to now as black migration within the United States reverses direction.
Many people are surprised to learn that the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is home to some 70 thousand Russian speakers. The Russian immigrant community in Dallas is mostly made up of immigrants from the Soviet Bloc, including Russians, Russian Jews, Ukrainians, Uzbeks, Belarusians, and others. This has produced many businesses and even Russian-centric schools to accommodate a growing immigrant community and its needs and interests.
Famous crimes and criminals
Dallas has a notorious history when it comes to crimes and criminals. The infamous duo Bonnie and Clyde were both born in Dallas’ outer reaches and both outlaws were laid to rest in different Dallas cemeteries when their 21-month robbing spree came to a violent end. Dallas is also the location where President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot while riding in a presidential motorcade with his wife.
Dallas was also home to a powerful Italian crime family who immigrated from Sicily. The family ran a series of bars, controlled many gambling operations, and ran minor labor rackets through construction businesses. In 1970, the FBI listed the Dallas Family as inactive after the death of Joseph Civello.