Dallas Neighborhood Guide

Southwest Dallas

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Welcome to Southwest Dallas

Dallas’ version of the Hill Country can be found in this southwestern most sector of the city. From the beautiful Cedar Ridge Preserve to mountain-biking near Mountain Creek Lake to the (highly exclusive, private) Dallas National Golf Club, it’s a great place to get outdoors.



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Don’t Miss Big Cedar Wilderness

The coolest part of Big Cedar Wilderness — a network of more than 26 miles of single-track trails with some of the best trail running and off-road biking in the region — has to be the dirt jump and skills development area. It’s packed with ramps and pump tracks. It’s easy to see why they want signed waivers. The land is owned by Mountain Creek Community Church, and they want to acknowledge that you are riding at your own risk. You can get a waiver at the trailhead or print one from the Dallas Off Road Bicycle Association website.



The 2016 population of Southwest Dallas is estimated to be 62,203. That’s a change of +15.6% in the last five years. Over the next five years, the population is projected to change by +10.4%.

The number of households is 18,017, a change of +12.7% in the last five years. In the next five years, the number of households is projected to change +9.7%.

The average household size is 3.37.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $46,683 and, of the entire population age 16 and over, 31.2% aren’t in the labor force. 17.5% of families live below the poverty line.

Among those employed, 31.3% are blue-collar workers, 47.7% are white-collar workers, and 21.0% are occupied as service industry or farm workers.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 30.0 minutes. The average number of vehicles per household is 1.8.


65.6% of Southwest Dallas homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $121,586

57.0% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 14.3 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 1990.


Southwest Dallas includes portions of these police sectors: 430

Throughout those sectors during 2014, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 90
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 34
Business Burglaries 110
Home Burglaries 346
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 538
Auto Thefts 360
Business Robberies 22
Robberies of Individuals 61
Shoplifting Incidents 31
Other Thefts 221
Murders 4
Rapes 22

Real Estate Snapshot

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Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

14.3 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.