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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.


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Median household income
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$57,699
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$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our DeSoto demographic reports
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 135. The number of murders and homicides was 2. The violent crime rate was 3.4 per 1,000 people.
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Starbucks
Performing arts: ACT I Productions
Nearby parks & recreation: Windmill Hill Preserve
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: 71

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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.

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30% of DeSoto residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in DeSoto, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $591.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,286.


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

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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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