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South Dallas – Fair Park

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The first thing you need to understand is that the neighborhood’s name, South Dallas, is a misnomer. It sits predominantly east, rather than south, of downtown. The second thing to understand is that, despite the disrepair into which much of this historic corner of the city fell in recent decades, there are residents here passionately committed to forging a strong sense of community. And the untapped potential of the areas around the art deco playground that is Fair Park makes the possibilities for the neighborhood’s future brighter.

What the Locals Say About South Dallas – Fair Park

Locals Love

Fishing in nearby White Rock Creek is a favorite neighborhood pastime.

Locals Complain

For three weeks of the year—during the State Fair—sprawling Fair Park is a premier Dallas playground. For much of the rest of the year it sits underutilized, contributing to the neighborhood’s troubles.

Fun Fact

Largely overgrown and hidden at the end of Gault Street is the Beeman Memorial Cemetery, the city’s oldest graveyard. The Beemans, headed by John (1799-1856) and Emily (1806-1892), were one of Dallas’ pioneer families.

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South Dallas – Fair Park Demographics


The 2023 population of South Dallas/Fair Park is estimated to be 31,918.

50.7% of residents are male, 49.3% are female. The median age is 36.2.

31.4% of the South Dallas/Fair Park population are White, 54.8% are Black, 0.6% are Asian, and 6.2% identify as some other race. 13.2% are of Hispanic heritage.

Among adult residents, 2.4% have earned a master's degree, 0.8% have a professional school degree, 0.1% have a doctorate, and 5.4% have a bachelor’s degree.

The number of households is 12764. The average household size is 2.92.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $36,863.

91% of residents are employed and 9% are unemployed. 9542 are not in the labor force.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 34 minutes.


51.7% of South Dallas/Fair Park homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $100,093

30% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 21.4 years. The average renter has been in the same home 7.8 years.

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


South Dallas/Fair Park includes portions of these police beats: 311, 312, 313, 314, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 351, 151

Throughout those beats from 2017 to 2023, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 1420
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 50
Business Burglaries 786
Home Burglaries 803
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 1002
Auto Thefts 357
Business Robberies 109
Robberies of Individuals 714
Shoplifting Incidents 64
Murders 55

South Dallas – Fair Park Real Estate Snapshot

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Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

21.4 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.