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Dallas is a city in Dallas County. (The community straddles Dallas, Collin, Denton and Rockwall counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

It is the county seat.

One tradition says the city was named after Vice President George Mifflin Dallas.

The latitude of Dallas is 32.783N. The longitude is -96.8W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 420 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 1,208,318.

Median household income
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Dallas demographic reports
Dallas is on the Trinity River.
Tennessee lawyer John Neely Bryan came in 1841 to open a trading post here. Bryan set a pattern, for trade, not oil, has long been the core of the city's economy. By the end of the century, Dallas had become a major cotton market.

Dramatic growth came after World War II. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated here in 1963.

Public transportation: Dallas Area Rapid Transit (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 16,865. The number of murders and homicides was 226. The violent crime rate was 13.7 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 9 among Best Cities for Singles, Forbes magazine, 2002
Filming location for:
· 1991 movie, "JFK"
· 2006 movie, "Borat"
· 1970s-1990s TV show, "Dallas"
Census 2000 highlights: Eighth largest city in the U.S., by population; city with the sixth largest population growth in the 1990s (181,934 people)
Well-known residents have included:
· Michael Johnson, Olympic medallist
· Doak Walker, football player
· Morgan Fairchild, actress
· Stephen Stills, musician
· Meat Loaf, musician
· Sly Stone, musician
Local bands (past and present) have included Dixie Chicks, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Seattle's Best Coffee, Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • State Fair - Sept. 28-Oct. 21, 2007
  • USA Film Festival - April 19-26, 2007
  • Texas International Blues Festival - Aug. 25, 2007
  • City Arts Celebration - June 8-10, 2007
  • North Texas Irish Festival - March 2-4, 2007
  • Asian Festival - May 5, 2007
Dates often change. Check Dallas web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Dallas Opera, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Children's Theater, Kitchen Dog Theater, Shakespeare Dallas, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, Pocket Sandwich Theatre
Nearby parks & recreation: Cedar Hill State Park, Elm Fork Nature Trail
Dallas attractions: Dallas Zoo, Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden, Dallas Aquarium
Sports teams: Rangers (AL), Cowboys (NFL), Mavericks (NBA), Stars (NHL), Desperados (Arena Football League)
Historic routes: Shawnee Trail
Historic sites and museums: Museum of Nature & Science, Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, African American Museum, Women's Museum, Nasher Sculpture Center
Colleges and universities: Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas Baptist University, Paul Quinn College, Amber University
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 196

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Neighborhoods in Dallas include Cochran Heights, Deep Ellum, Devonshire, Downtown, Greenway Parks, Hollywood/Santa Monica, Kessler Plaza, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, Oak Lawn ... More neighborhood info

Neighborhoods in Dallas include Cochran Heights, Deep Ellum, Devonshire, Downtown, Greenway Parks, Hollywood/Santa Monica, Kessler Plaza, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, Oak Lawn ... More neighborhood info

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Dallas demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Dallas County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Dallas area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 75207 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

7% of Dallas residents report German ancestry, and 5% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Dallas ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Dallas was $22,183, compared with $21,587 nationally.


28% of Dallas residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Historic districts in Dallas include Cedar Springs Place, Munger Place Historic District, South Boulevard - Park Row Historic District, Swiss Avenue Historic District, Texas Centennial Exposition Buildings (1936-1937), Westend Historic District, Winnetka Heights Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Dallas, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $551.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,054.


Libraries in Dallas include Audelia Road Branch Library, Casa View Branch Library, Cockrell Hill Public Library, Dallas Public Library, Dallas West Branch Library, Forest Green Branch Library, Fretz Park Branch Library, Hampton-Illinois Branch Library, Highland Hills Branch Library, Kleberg-Rylie Branch Library ... View libraries


Media outlets

Newspapers in Dallas include Dallas Al Dia, Dallas El Heraldo News, Dallas Morning News, Dallas-Fort Worth El Hispano News, Lake Highlands People, Lakewood People, Oak Cliff People, Park Cities People, Preston Hollow People, Turtle Creek People

TV stations in Dallas include KDAF, KDFI, KDFW, KDTX, KERA, KXTX, WFAA.

National Public Radio programming is carried locally by KERA.

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Dallas County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Dallas political report.

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Dallas restaurants taking online reservations include 2900, Abacus, Al Biernats, Arcodoro & Pomodoro - Dallas, Capital Grille - Dallas, Catalina Room, Cuba Libre-Dallas, Dakota's Steakhouse, Dolce Oliva, Drae Restaurant & Lounge ... View restaurants


The average commute time for Dallas workers is 27 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 452 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Dallas between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly lower than the national norm.


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