Dallas Neighborhood Guide

Central Dallas

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The neighborhoods at the center of Dallas 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.

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Median Owner-Occupied Home Value


Central Dallas Demographics


The 2023 population of Central Dallas is estimated to be 200,759.

53.4% of residents are male, 46.6% are female. The median age is 35.5.

61.6% of the Central Dallas population are White, 21.7% are Black, 4.5% are Asian, and 4.7% identify as some other race. 12.2% are of Hispanic heritage.

Among adult residents, 12.8% have earned a master's degree, 5.4% have a professional school degree, 1.9% have a doctorate, and 31.3% have a bachelor’s degree.

The number of households is 114518. The average household size is 2.06.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $79,298.

95% of residents are employed and 5% are unemployed. 45061 are not in the labor force.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 24 minutes.


19.6% of Central Dallas homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $404,916

24% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 14.4 years. The average renter has been in the same home 6.3 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 1900.


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

Throughout those sectors from 2017 to 2023, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 3222
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 175
Business Burglaries 4025
Home Burglaries 3414
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 18478
Auto Thefts 4282
Business Robberies 762
Robberies of Individuals 2236
Shoplifting Incidents 1197
Murders 85

Central Dallas Real Estate Snapshot

% Owner-Occupied Housing


Avg. Household Size


Number of Households


Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

14.4 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.