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City of Cockrell Hill, Texas
Location of Cockrell Hill in Dallas County, Texas
Location of Cockrell Hill in Dallas County, Texas
Country  United States
State  Texas
County Dallas
 • Total 0.58 sq mi (1.51 km2)
 • Land 0.58 sq mi (1.51 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
640 ft (195 m)
 • Total 4,193
 • Estimate 
 • Density 7,137.46/sq mi (2,755.92/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 214
FIPS code 48-15796
GNIS feature ID 1333053
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Jefferson Boulevard, the main commercial street in Cockrell Hill

Cockrell Hill is a city in Dallas County, Texas, United States. The population was 4,193 at the 2010 census. It is completely surrounded by the city of Dallas.


Cockrell Hill is located at 32°44′19″N 96°53′21″W / 32.73861°N 96.88917°W / 32.73861; -96.88917 (32.738731, -96.889181).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land.


Cockrell Hill was established by the pioneer Brentwood Allen Cockrell and his son, Woodrow. They established the town as a way of making a living, and ran it like a business, a tradition which continues today, and is evident in the style of governance in the immediate region. The Cockrell place was known to travelers on the stage line that ran from Dallas to Fort Belknap and on to El Paso and the west. The settlement developed as an agricultural crossroads and by the late 1800s had a few scattered homes, a small store, and a school. Water became the overriding issue for the town's continued growth. Frank Jester, a local developer, laid out the plan for the modern community of Cockrell Hill in 1911. A first attempt at incorporation in 1925 proved unsuccessful, and the following year a vote to disincorporate was approved. The second incorporation passed on July 21, 1937, when the population was 459. The town grew to a population of 1,246 in 1941. Many of the new residents worked in war-related industries located in the surrounding areas. In 1952 the population was 2,194, in 1990 it was 3,916, and in 2000 it was 4,445.In May 2006, Councilman Luis D. Carrera defeated C. P. Slayton and John Mendiola defeated Richard Hall and joined Silvia Ulloa, Richard Perez and Sammy Rodriquez to become the first all-Hispanic City Council in North Texas.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 1,246
1950 2,207 77.1%
1960 3,104 40.6%
1970 3,515 13.2%
1980 3,262 −7.2%
1990 3,746 14.8%
2000 4,443 18.6%
2010 4,193 −5.6%
2019 (est.) 4,154 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,443 people, 1,150 households, and 959 families residing in the city. The population density was 7,664.7 people per square mile (2,957.7/km2). There were 1,205 housing units at an average density of 2,078.8 per square mile (802.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 44.63% White, 1.67% African American, 1.04% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 49.65% from other races, and 2.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 84.15% of the population.

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A residential area in Cockrell Hill (corner of Penrod Ave. and Ogden Ave.)

There were 1,150 households, out of which 54.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.6% were non-families. 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.86 and the average family size was 4.18.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 36.6% under the age of 18, 13.8% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 13.1% from 45 to 64, and 5.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 25 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,644, and the median income for a family was $34,722. Males had a median income of $25,632 versus $18,854 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,083. About 17.1% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.2% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.


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Cockrell Hill Transfer Location

Cockrell Hill can be reached by several bus lines in the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system. The main bus stop is the Cockrell Hill Transfer Location.


Primary and secondary schools

Dallas Independent School District serves students in Cockrell Hill. All of the schools serving Cockrell Hill are in the City of Dallas.

As of 2015, a portion is zoned to Celestino M. Soto, Jr. Elementary School, Stockard Middle School, and Moisés E. Molina High School. Parts of southern Cockrell Hill are served by L. O. Donald Elementary School, Zan Wesley Holmes Middle School, and Kimball High School. Parts of northern Cockrell Hill are served by Anson Jones Elementary School, Quintanilla Middle School, and Sunset High School.

Prior to May 2006 the attendance zones differed. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School, T. W. Browne Middle School, and Molina served one section. Jones, Quintanilla, and Molina served another section. Another part was served by Donald, Stockard, and Kimball. In 2006 Soto Elementary School opened, and the attendance boundaries shifted. In the fall of 2012, as Zan Holmes Middle School opened, it took the area in Cockrell Hill formerly zoned to T.W. Browne Middle School.

There is a private Catholic K–8 school adjacent to Cockrell Hill, Mount Saint Michael Catholic School, established in 1986 as Prince of Peace Christian School, renamed to in 1990 to Prince of Peace Community School and serving as a non-diocesan private school since 1995. It received its current name on July 1, 2007 to avoid confusion with other area schools with the same name.

Community colleges

All of Dallas County (Cockrell Hill included) is in the service area of Dallas College (formerly Dallas County Community College). Dallas College operates Mountain View College, located near Cockrell Hill in Dallas.

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