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Dallas County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
Map of the USA highlighting Texas
Texas's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded March 30, 1846
Seat Dallas
Largest City Dallas
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

909 sq mi (2,354 km²)
873 sq mi (2,261 km²)
36 sq mi (93 km²), 4.0%
Population
 - (2016)
 - Density

2,574,984
2,950/sq mi (1,139/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.dallascounty.org
Named for: George M. Dallas
County flag Flag of Dallas County, Texas

Dallas County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,368,139. It is Texas' second-most populous county and the ninth-most populous in the United States. Its county seat is Dallas, which is also Texas' third-largest city and the ninth-largest city in the United States. The county was founded in 1846 and was possibly named for George Mifflin Dallas, the 11th Vice President of the United States under U.S. President James K. Polk.

Dallas County is included in the DallasFort WorthArlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area (colloquially referred to as the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 909 square miles (2,350 km2), of which 873 square miles (2,260 km2) is land and 36 square miles (93 km2) (4.0%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,743
1860 8,665 215.9%
1870 13,814 59.4%
1880 33,488 142.4%
1890 67,042 100.2%
1900 82,726 23.4%
1910 135,748 64.1%
1920 210,551 55.1%
1930 325,691 54.7%
1940 398,564 22.4%
1950 614,799 54.3%
1960 951,527 54.8%
1970 1,327,321 39.5%
1980 1,556,390 17.3%
1990 1,852,810 19.0%
2000 2,218,899 19.8%
2010 2,368,139 6.7%
Est. 2015 2,553,385 7.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,368,139 people, 807,621 households, and 533,837 families residing in the county. The population density was 2,523 people per square mile (974/km²). There were 854,119 housing units at an average density of 971/sq mi (375/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 53.54 White (33.12% Non-Hispanic White), 22.30% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 5.15% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 14.04% from other races, and 2.70% from two or more races. 38.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 807,621 households out of which 35.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.90% were married couples living together, 14.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.90% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.34. As of the 2010 census, there were about 8.8 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county.

In the wider county, the population was spread out with 27.90% under the age of 18, 10.70% from 18 to 24, 34.40% from 25 to 44, 18.90% from 45 to 64, and 8.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 99.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was US$43,324, and the median income for a family was $49,062. Males had a median income of $34,988 versus $29,539 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,603. About 10.60% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.00% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Dallas Area Rapid Transit provides bus and rail service to many cities in Dallas County, with Dallas being the largest.

The Trinity Railway Express provides commuter rail service to Tarrant County, including downtown Fort Worth.

Major highways

  • I-20
  • I-30
  • I-35E
  • I-45
  • I-635
  • US 67
  • US 75
  • US 77.svg U.S. Highway 77
  • US 80.svg U.S. Highway 80
  • US 175.svg U.S. Highway 175
  • [[Template:Infobox road/TX/link Toll|Template:Infobox road/TX/abbrev Toll]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/TX/link Toll|Template:Infobox road/TX/abbrev Toll]]
  • Loop 12
  • SH 66
  • Texas 78.svg State Highway 78
  • Texas 114.svg State Highway 114
  • Texas 121.svg State Highway 121
  • Texas 161.svg State Highway 161
  • Texas 183.svg State Highway 183
  • Texas 190.svg State Highway 190
  • Texas 289.svg State Highway 289
  • Texas 342.svg State Highway 342
  • Texas 352.svg State Highway 352
  • Texas 356.svg State Highway 356
  • [[Template:Infobox road/TX/link Spur|Template:Infobox road/TX/abbrev Spur]]
  • [[Template:Infobox road/TX/link FM|Template:Infobox road/TX/abbrev FM]]

NOTE: US 67 and US 77 are not signed fully along their routes in Dallas County.

Airports

Love Field, located in Dallas and in Dallas County, serves many domestic passengers.

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is partially located in the city of Irving in Dallas County, and Grapevine and Euless in Tarrant County.

Communities

Cities (multiple counties)

Cities

Towns

Unincorporated community

Historical communities

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