Dallas Neighborhood Guide

Oak Cliff

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Dallas > Oak Cliff

Welcome to Oak Cliff

Once an independent city just across the Trinity River and southwest of downtown, much of the city’s southern sector has come to be known by the name “Oak Cliff.” Within this zone sit a diverse array of neighborhoods — some more troubled than others, some too-long ignored by City Hall, others among the trendiest in Dallas and attracting residents committed to making them even better.



Median Owner-Occupied Home Value


Notable Subdivisions

Neighborhoods of Oak Cliff

What the Locals Say

Don’t Miss The Bishop Arts District

Not too long ago, Oak Cliff’s walkable shopping-and-dining destination was just another run-down area. Developers began investing in the property starting in the mid-80s, buying up the storefronts. The two city blocks now known as the Bishop Arts District offers more than 50 local shops and restaurants where the beard-and-flannel set mixes easily with families and visitors from North Dallas to enjoy everything from artisanal chocolate to fine dining.



The 2016 population of Oak Cliff is estimated to be 275,381. That’s a change of +6.3% in the last five years. Over the next five years, the population is projected to change by +5.4%.

The number of households is 90,874, a change of +6.7% in the last five years. In the next five years, the number of households is projected to change +5.8%.

The average household size is 3.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $33,236 and, of the entire population age 16 and over, 40.9% aren’t in the labor force. 27.5% of families live below the poverty line.

Among those employed, 34.7% are blue-collar workers, 42.9% are white-collar workers, and 22.4% are occupied as service industry or farm workers.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 31.0 minutes. The average number of vehicles per household is 1.5.


62.3% of Oak Cliff homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $93,983

51.2% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 20.2 years, while the average renter has been in the same home 7.3 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 1966.


Oak Cliff includes portions of these police sectors: 410, 450, 440, 750, 740, 710, 730

Throughout those sectors during 2014, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 651
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 367
Business Burglaries 693
Home Burglaries 1883
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 2579
Auto Thefts 1532
Business Robberies 178
Robberies of Individuals 684
Shoplifting Incidents 904
Other Thefts 1551
Murders 27
Rapes 161

Real Estate Snapshot

% Owner-Occupied Housing


Avg. Household Size


Number of Households


Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

20.2 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.