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The Design District

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The Design District boasts new restaurants, cafes, and apartment buildings have sprung up in recent years around the home-decor showrooms and warehouses that have been a fixture in this neighborhood, with its enviable proximity to downtown and easy highway access to points north and south. It’s an evolution still under way that doesn’t project to stop anytime soon.

What the Locals Say About The Design District

Changing Face

The neighborhood’s redevelopment has occurred organically—no cookie-cutter master-planning here. Apartments have filled in and around the existing industrial buildings; warehouses and showrooms have closed and reopened as restaurants.

Keep in Mind

The Design District attracts industrious types aiming to open their own shops or those who simply find it invigorating to live in a creative environment so close to the activity of downtown. It’s also become a burgeoning entertainment district, so those who prefer a quieter lifestyle might want to look elsewhere.

Known For

Dallas was once the third-largest garment center in the country, and today a new generation of entrepreneurs are putting the city’s sewing machines back to work. The Design District has been their launching pad.

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The Design District Demographics


The 2023 population of Design District is estimated to be 864.

57.9% of residents are male, 42.1% are female. The median age is 31.3.

61.7% of the Design District population are White, 16.9% are Black, 9.5% are Asian, and 2.3% identify as some other race. 11.9% are of Hispanic heritage.

Among adult residents, 25.8% have earned a master's degree, 6.5% have a professional school degree, 4.5% have a doctorate, and 42.2% have a bachelor’s degree.

The number of households is 743. The average household size is 1.29.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $91,969.

99% of residents are employed and 1% are unemployed. 34 are not in the labor force.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 20 minutes.


1% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average renter has been in the same home 5 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 2011.


Design District includes portions of these police beats: 516, 517

Throughout those beats from 2017 to 2023, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 26
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 0
Business Burglaries 79
Home Burglaries 30
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 287
Auto Thefts 90
Business Robberies 11
Robberies of Individuals 15
Shoplifting Incidents 12
Murders 0

The Design District Real Estate Snapshot

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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.