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Downtown Dallas

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Welcome to Downtown

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.

Population

13,041

Median Owner-Occupied Home Value

$337,404

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What the Locals Say

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.

Don't Miss Klyde Warren Park

With its food trucks and areas for play, Klyde Warren Park never fails to impress, whether we want to surprise an out-of-town guest with walkable green space in the heart of a downtown or just pass through on our way to lunch. It’s also evidence that our urban fabric can be reknit with more human interests in mind. If you want to eat at any of the surrounding restaurants, you better have a reservation.

Why I Love Downtown Dallas

By Krista Knightengale

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Demographics

Population

The 2016 population of Downtown is estimated to be 13,041. That’s a change of +38.4% in the last five years. Over the next five years, the population is projected to change by +13.1%.

The number of households is 7,863, a change of +39.8% in the last five years. In the next five years, the number of households is projected to change +14.0%.

The average household size is 1.51.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $72,224 and, of the entire population age 16 and over, 14.5% aren’t in the labor force. 12.6% of families live below the poverty line.

Among those employed, 5.8% are blue-collar workers, 82.5% are white-collar workers, and 11.6% 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 1.4.

Housing

2.5% of Downtown homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $337,404

12.2% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 7.5 years, while the average renter has been in the same home 5.0 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 2002.

Crime

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

Throughout those beats during 2014, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 60
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 9
Business Burglaries 109
Home Burglaries 54
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 539
Auto Thefts 172
Business Robberies 11
Robberies of Individuals 66
Shoplifting Incidents 34
Other Thefts 459
Murders 5
Rapes 23
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 Esperanza Medrano Elementary 72
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
Dallas ISD Sam Houston Elementary 82
Dallas ISD Thomas J. Rusk Middle School 47

Real Estate Snapshot

% Owner-Occupied Housing

12.2%

Avg. Household Size

1.51

Number of Households

7,863

Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

7.5 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.