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Downtown Dallas

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A flood of investment is transforming old buildings into shiny mixed-use developments and drawing new shops, restaurants, and bars to the city center. Once a ghost town after 5 p.m. on weekdays—when thousands of office workers troop out of the neighborhood’s skyscrapers—downtown Dallas is becoming a live-work-play community all its own.

What the Locals Say About Downtown Dallas

Locals Love

The ability to enjoy a car-free lifestyle, especially if you’re lucky enough to both work and live downtown. The neighborhood is the central hub of DART’s light-rail and bus systems, so there’s no better place in town from which to take advantage of public transportation.

Locals Complain

Despite (city-subsidized) attempts, no grocery stores have been able to make a go of it downtown. And too many shops still shutter after 5 p.m. weekdays and are closed entirely on weekends.

Fun Facts

Downtown Dallas has adopted the mythological Pegasus as its symbol. It was originally the logo of the Magnolia Oil Company and a sign featuring the flying red horse was first installed atop Magnolia’s building in 1934. A replica is there today above what’s now the Magnolia Hotel. In 2015, the original was restored and placed in front of the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel.

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Downtown Dallas Demographics


The 2023 population of Downtown is estimated to be 15,120.

56.5% of residents are male, 43.5% are female. The median age is 34.7.

65.8% of the Downtown population are White, 20.1% are Black, 3.7% are Asian, and 2.5% identify as some other race. 10.4% are of Hispanic heritage.

Among adult residents, 16.8% have earned a master's degree, 4.6% have a professional school degree, 1.5% have a doctorate, and 43.9% have a bachelor’s degree.

The number of households is 10882. The average household size is 1.54.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $90,173.

95% of residents are employed and 5% are unemployed. 2210 are not in the labor force.

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


2.4% of Downtown homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $623,500

14% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 9 years. The average renter has been in the same home 5.3 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 1986.


Downtown includes portions of these police beats: 131, 132, 134, 133, 135, 136, 151, 152

Throughout those beats from 2017 to 2023, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 503
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 52
Business Burglaries 497
Home Burglaries 297
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 3358
Auto Thefts 746
Business Robberies 88
Robberies of Individuals 357
Shoplifting Incidents 200
Murders 15

Downtown Dallas Real Estate Snapshot

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Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

9 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.