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DeSoto is a city in Dallas County, in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area.
One tradition says the community was named after Dr. Thomas Hernando DeSoto Stewart, a local physician; another says it was named directly for explorer Hernando de Soto
The latitude of DeSoto is 32.589N. The longitude is -96.856W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 666 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 41,703.
Sections below provide additional information and links about DeSoto 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 75232 ZIP code.
8% of DeSoto residents report German ancestry, and 7% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the DeSoto ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in DeSoto was $25,650, compared with $21,587 nationally.
30% of DeSoto residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in DeSoto, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $591. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,286.
Dallas County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our DeSoto political report.
The average commute time for DeSoto workers is 30 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in DeSoto between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 1.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
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