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Uptown

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Welcome to Uptown

Dallas’ most walkable live-work-play community boasts a host of new apartments, trendy bars, hot restaurants, and much of the best shopping in town. Singles in their 20s often dominate the social scene along McKinney Avenue, but it’s mostly professionals on the other side of age 30 who have settled into the townhomes along the tree-lined roads farther north, closer to Knox Street.

Population

20,627

Median Owner-Occupied Home Value

$383,521

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What the Locals Say

Locals Love

Getting to their favorite neighborhood bars and homes without having to get in a car. Trips on the McKinney Avenue Trolley are even free — though truthfully walking is often faster if you’re in a hurry.

Locals Complain

That the neighborhood’s watering holes and restaurants are too often overrun by the sort of men disparagingly described by reference to a feminine hygiene product.

Fun Fact

“Uptown” was a name invented by the developers who wholly reinvented this neighborhood into the land of polished mid-rises and upscale apartments we see today. Prior to the 2000s, it was generally considered another part of Oak Lawn. Some Oak Lawn loyalists still think it is.

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Demographics

Population

The 2016 population of Uptown is estimated to be 20,627. That’s a change of +20.1% in the last five years. Over the next five years, the population is projected to change by +12.1%.

The number of households is 14,059, a change of +16.8% in the last five years. In the next five years, the number of households is projected to change +10.6%.

The average household size is 1.46.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $88,044 and, of the entire population age 16 and over, 11.7% aren’t in the labor force. 4.9% of families live below the poverty line.

Among those employed, 3.5% are blue-collar workers, 90.0% are white-collar workers, and 6.5% are occupied as service industry or farm workers.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 21.0 minutes. The average number of vehicles per household is 1.4.

Housing

2.9% of Uptown homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $383,521

20.4% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 9.5 years, while the average renter has been in the same home 5.4 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 2001.

Crime

Uptown includes portions of these police beats: 121, 122, 124, 125

Throughout those beats during 2014, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 22
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 3
Business Burglaries 81
Home Burglaries 64
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 449
Auto Thefts 128
Business Robberies 8
Robberies of Individuals 20
Shoplifting Incidents 37
Other Thefts 273
Murders 1
Rapes 6
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 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

20.4%

Avg. Household Size

1.46

Number of Households

14,059

Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

9.5 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.