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Deep Ellum – Expo Park

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Welcome to Deep Ellum - Expo Park

Long the heart of the Dallas music scene, Deep Ellum is still better known for its nightlife than as a place to call home. After plenty of ups and downs during the past few decades, the neighborhood is in the midst of another renaissance. To its east, towards Fair Park along Exposition Avenue, Expo Park has only recently begun to develop its own identity.



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What the Locals Say

Locals Love

“In Deep Ellum, we have the wide sidewalks with trees and shade and old, beautiful buildings, an absolutely walkable environment,” says Brandon Castillo of Deep Ellum Postal & Grocer.

Locals Complain

That a few violent incidents long past have saddled Deep Ellum with a reputation as a dangerous place to visit at night, even though crime has been on the decline.

Known For

Being an entertainment district home to some of the city’s top music venues, bars, and restaurants. Oh, and it’s where seemingly every photographer goes to shoot gritty, urban backdrops.

Don't Miss Pecan Lodge

In 2014, Diane and Justin Fourton relocated their beloved barbecue jointthe second-best in all the world — from the Dallas Farmers Market to Main Street in Deep Ellum. The brisket is always worth the wait.

Why I Love Deep Ellum

By Sean Fitzgerald

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The 2016 population of Deep Ellum - Expo Park is estimated to be 2,621. That’s a change of +9.7% in the last five years. Over the next five years, the population is projected to change by +6.7%.

The number of households is 1,343, a change of +9.9% in the last five years. In the next five years, the number of households is projected to change +7.8%.

The average household size is 1.67.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $53,659 and, of the entire population age 16 and over, 22.8% aren’t in the labor force. 6.5% of families live below the poverty line.

Among those employed, 12.9% are blue-collar workers, 71.0% are white-collar workers, and 16.2% are occupied as service industry or farm workers.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 23.0 minutes. The average number of vehicles per household is 1.3.


6.6% of Deep Ellum - Expo Park homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $275,131

6.3% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 12.1 years, while the average renter has been in the same home 5.9 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 1992.


Deep Ellum - Expo Park includes portions of these police beats: 153, 154

Throughout those beats during 2014, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 16
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 4
Business Burglaries 55
Home Burglaries 44
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 249
Auto Thefts 69
Business Robberies 3
Robberies of Individuals 19
Shoplifting Incidents 7
Other Thefts 96
Murders 1
Rapes 2
School Passing Grades
2016 STAAR exam passing rates for neighborhood public schools:
Dallas ISD Alex W. Spence Talented and Gifted Academy 65
Dallas ISD Billy Earl Dade Middle School 53
Dallas ISD Ignacio Zaragoza Elementary 67
Dallas ISD James Madison High School 51
Dallas ISD Martin Luther King Jr. Learning Center 48
Dallas ISD North Dallas High School 57

How to Shop Deep Ellum

By Cristina Daglas

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Real Estate Snapshot

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Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

12.1 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.