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Central Dallas

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Welcome to Central Dallas

The neighborhoods at the center of the city are in the midst of an exciting period of growth and renewal. Construction cranes are a common sight looking out the windows of downtown’s skyscrapers, and once sketchy corners of dilapidated buildings have morphed into the trendiest, most walkable areas in town as more people choose an urban — rather than suburban — lifestyle.



Median Owner-Occupied Home Value


Notable Subdivisions

Neighborhoods of Central Dallas

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The 2016 population of Central Dallas is estimated to be 148,318. That’s a change of +11.2% in the last five years. Over the next five years, the population is projected to change by +6.7%.

The number of households is 69,948, a change of +14.4% in the last five years. In the next five years, the number of households is projected to change +8.6%.

The average household size is 1.93.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $53,983 and, of the entire population age 16 and over, 31.4% aren’t in the labor force. 25.4% of families live below the poverty line.

Among those employed, 14.2% are blue-collar workers, 68.7% are white-collar workers, and 17.1% are occupied as service industry or farm workers.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 24.0 minutes. The average number of vehicles per household is 1.3.


17.7% of Central Dallas homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $247,887

25.5% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 14.1 years, while the average renter has been in the same home 6.2 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 1988.


Central Dallas includes portions of these police sectors: 110, 120, 130, 140, 150, 510, 540, 310, 340

Throughout those sectors during 2014, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 794
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 234
Business Burglaries 923
Home Burglaries 1140
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 4021
Auto Thefts 1539
Business Robberies 127
Robberies of Individuals 701
Shoplifting Incidents 465
Other Thefts 2565
Murders 28
Rapes 141

Real Estate Snapshot

% Owner-Occupied Housing


Avg. Household Size


Number of Households


Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

14.1 years

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Sources: Demographic data pulled from Nielsen SiteReports and represents sampling based on most recent U.S. Census estimates. Crime data provided by local police departments. School STAAR exam passing rates from Texas Education Agency.