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Oak Lawn

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Welcome to Oak Lawn

Between tonier Highland Park to the north and flashier Uptown to the south, Oak Lawn has long been the center of Dallas’ gay community. The neighborhood bars and clubs still draw big crowds each weekend, as does the annual Dallas Pride parade down Cedar Springs Road. But there are plenty of quieter streets of charming old duplexes, plus luxury living along Turtle Creek.



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What the Locals Say

Locals Love

“There’s something about the abundance of greenery and the fusion of high-end luxuries and lowbrow dives that drew me to the neighborhood and has kept me here,” says Catherine Downes, D Magazine‘s assistant dining editor.

Locals Complain

Even with signals and flashing lights added after a couple of pedestrian fatalities, drivers can often pose a danger to anyone trying to cross Cedar Springs Road on foot, especially on a busy night when the sidewalks overflow with people.

Known For

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Caroline Rose Hunt’s purchase of a historic home in 1979 eventually turned into 18 luxury resorts around the world, the only five-star hotel in Texas, and the creation of Southwestern cuisine.

Don't Miss the Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party

The annual Oak Lawn Halloween Block Party on Cedar Springs Road is the city's biggest, best costume party. It is not for the faint of heart.

Why I Love Oak Lawn

By Lyndsay Knecht

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The 2016 population of Oak Lawn is estimated to be 31,933. That’s a change of +7.9% in the last five years. Over the next five years, the population is projected to change by +6.2%.

The number of households is 16,917, a change of +9.3% in the last five years. In the next five years, the number of households is projected to change +7.0%.

The average household size is 1.88.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $59,680 and, of the entire population age 16 and over, 22.8% aren’t in the labor force. 22.5% of families live below the poverty line.

Among those employed, 13.2% are blue-collar workers, 68.0% are white-collar workers, and 18.8% are occupied as service industry or farm workers.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 22.0 minutes. The average number of vehicles per household is 1.4.


11.1% of Oak Lawn homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $307,773

38.1% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 12.2 years, while the average renter has been in the same home 6.5 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 1983.


Oak Lawn includes portions of these police beats: 523,541, 542, 544, 543, 545, 546

Throughout those beats during 2014, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 50
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 15
Business Burglaries 82
Home Burglaries 144
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 521
Auto Thefts 153
Business Robberies 18
Robberies of Individuals 68
Shoplifting Incidents 86
Other Thefts 283
Murders 3
Rapes 4
School Passing Grades
2016 STAAR exam passing rates for neighborhood public schools:
Dallas ISD Ben Milam Elementary 79
Dallas ISD Esperanza Medrano Elementary 72
Dallas ISD Maple Lawn Elementary 65
Dallas ISD North Dallas High School 57
Dallas ISD Onesimo Hernandez Elementary 47
Dallas ISD Sam Houston Elementary 82
Dallas ISD Thomas J. Rusk Middle School 47

Real Estate Snapshot

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Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

12.2 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.