The 10 Best Dallas, TX Neighborhoods To Live In For 2019


We used science and data to determine which neighborhoods in Dallas are the best of the best.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best neighborhoods to live in Dallas.
Best Neighborhoods In Dallas

Do you like your neighborhood?

Is it friendly, and where everyone knows their neighbors?

No matter if you live in the sticks or in an apartment building in downtown Dallas, you have a little pocket that you can call home. And each neighborhood is different.

Smaller neighborhoods usually have obvious benefits — less crime, a slower pace of life, and a lower cost of living. But not all Dallas neighborhoods are created equal. Some are better than others. But which ones?

Instead of relying on public opinion and speculation, we wanted to get the facts straight and find out which neighborhoods in Dallas are the best. If you’re in one of the places we’re about to highlight, odds are you know you’ve got it made.

Here are the best neighborhoods in Dallas for 2019:

  1. University Park (Homes)
  2. Highland Park (Homes)
  3. North Dallas (Homes)
  4. Bluffview (Homes)
  5. Oak Lawn (Homes)
  6. Far North (Homes)
  7. m Streets (Homes)
  8. Main Street District (Homes)
  9. Government District (Homes)
  10. Preston Hollow (Homes)

So what’s the best neighborhood to live in Dallas for 2019? According to the most recent census data, University Park looks to be the best Dallas neighborhood to live in.

Read on to see how we determined the places around Dallas that deserve a little bragging rights or maybe you’re interested in the worst neighborhoods in Dallas.

Once you’re done, you can look at the bottom of the story for a complete chart of every neighborhood we looked at from best to worst.

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How we determined the best Dallas hoods in 2019

In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Dallas, we had to determine what criteria defines a “best”.

Using crime, census, and extrapolated BLS data, we arrived at the following set of criteria:

  • High incomes
  • Low unemployment rates
  • Low crime
  • High home prices
  • High population densities (A proxy for things to do)

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 32 in each category, where 1 was the best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.

And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the “Best City Neighborhood In Dallas.” We’re lookin’ at you, University Park.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best places Dallas, Texas has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

University Park Dallas, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 24,259
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $1,176,311 (2nd best)
Median Income: $198,578 (1st best)
More on University Park: Homes For Sale | Data

University Park began as a cluster of homes surrounding the fledgling Southern Methodist University, which was founded in the then-rural Dallas County in 1915. The university supplied these homes with utility service until 1924, when the growing population could no longer be supported by the school’s utilities. In response, the areas homeowners first sought annexation into the town of Highland Park, but were refused due to the high cost that would have been required to provide the necessary utility and safety services. Shortly thereafter, Dallas also refused a request for annexation on similar grounds.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,797
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $1,383,288 (1st best)
Median Income: $197,247 (2nd best)
More on Highland Park: Homes For Sale | Data

Highland Park is a town in central Dallas County, Texas, United States. It is among the five wealthiest locations in Texas, and the most affluent suburb of Dallas. The population was 8,564 at the 2010 census. It is located between the Dallas North Tollway and U.S. Route 75, 4 miles north of downtown Dallas.

North Dallas Dallas, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 40,893
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $466,340 (4th best)
Median Income: $120,158 (3rd best)
More on North Dallas: Homes For Sale | Data

North Dallas is an area of numerous communities and neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas. The phrase “North Dallas” is also sometimes used to include any suburb or exurb north of Dallas proper within the metropolitan area. The majority of North Dallas is located in Dallas County, while a small portion is located in Collin and Denton Counties. North Dallas generally includes areas of Dallas north of Northwest Highway, along with Lake Highlands and areas of Dallas north of IH-635 known as Far North Dallas. The area has strong social and economic ties to the Dallas enclave of Park Cities, and two inner suburbs of Dallas, Richardson and Addison. It is the wealthiest part of Dallas, but has its adjacent, yet scattered rough parts, as well.

Bluffview Dallas, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 15,001
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $463,807 (5th best)
Median Income: $114,929 (4th best)
More on Bluffview: Homes For Sale | Data

Bluffview is an upscale neighborhood in north Dallas, Texas. It is bounded by Lovers Lane on the south, Midway Road on the west, Northwest Highway on the north, and Inwood Road and the Devonshire neighborhood on the east.

Oak Lawn Dallas, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 50,766
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $233,466 (12th best)
Median Income: $80,066 (7th best)
More on Oak Lawn: Homes For Sale | Data

Oak Lawn is a neighborhood in Dallas, Texas, defined in Dallas City Ordinance 21859 as Planned Development District No. 193, the Oak Lawn Special Purpose District. The unofficial boundaries are Turtle Creek Boulevard, Central Expressway, the City of Highland Park, Inwood Road, and Harry Hines Boulevard. It is over 12 square miles in area. Officially it is bounded by the City of Highland Park, the North Central Expressway, Stemmons Freeway, Woodall Rodgers Freeway, and other roads. The district is within the boundary defined by the City of Dallas law, excluding any existing planned development districts within.

Far North Dallas, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 163,453
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 8)
Median Home Value: $215,465 (13th best)
Median Income: $73,621 (13th best)
More on Far North: Homes For Sale | Data

Far North Dallas is the section of the city of Dallas, Texas which extends north of the Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway. Far North Dallas is part of North Dallas, however is viewed as a distinct area. The area has strong social and economic ties to two inner suburbs of Dallas, Richardson and Addison.

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 34,572
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $246,297 (11th best)
Median Income: $75,322 (11th best)
More on M Streets: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 987
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $285,200 (8th best)
Median Income: $78,574 (10th best)
More on Main Street District: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 850
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $285,200 (8th best)
Median Income: $78,574 (10th best)
More on Government District: Homes For Sale | Data

Preston Hollow Dallas, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 83,392
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $271,338 (10th best)
Median Income: $84,470 (6th best)
More on Preston Hollow: Homes For Sale | Data

Preston Hollow is a neighborhood in north Dallas, Texas. It is bordered on the south by the city of University Park, Texas, an upper-middle-class enclave within Dallas.

Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Dallas

If you’re measuring the neighborhoods in Dallas where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.

As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Dallas aren’t all good. Northwest Dallas takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Dallas.

We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Dallas For 2019

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Value Median Income
1 University Park 24,259 $1,176,311 $198,578
2 Highland Park 8,797 $1,383,288 $197,247
3 North Dallas 40,893 $466,340 $120,158
4 Bluffview 15,001 $463,807 $114,929
5 Oak Lawn 50,766 $233,466 $80,066
6 Far North 163,453 $215,465 $73,621
7 M Streets 34,572 $246,297 $75,322
8 Main Street District 987 $285,200 $78,574
9 Government District 850 $285,200 $78,574
10 Preston Hollow 83,392 $271,338 $84,470
11 Farmers Market District 1,688 $426,150 $66,616
12 City Center District 1,636 $157,529 $74,248
13 West End Historic District 874 $111,150 $69,306
14 Reunion District 834 $363,250 $90,542
15 Northeast Dallas 241,397 $183,362 $64,134
16 Convention Center District 920 $504,200 $78,583
17 Near East 11,216 $112,600 $72,418
18 Oak Cliff 32,091 $177,324 $53,128
19 Winnetka Heights 65,571 $88,861 $40,266
20 Lake Highlands 55,362 $69,620 $50,989
21 Cockrell Hill 4,240 $83,650 $42,243
22 Southwest Dallas 105,590 $97,790 $46,755
23 Five Mile Creek 6,598 $83,883 $26,902
24 Love Field Area 10,475 $68,588 $41,582
25 Urbandale-Parkdale 25,716 $78,462 $33,974
26 Southeast Dallas 134,095 $73,131 $34,440
27 Wolf Creek 36,321 $69,264 $37,023
28 Eagle Ford 27,680 $108,610 $36,658
29 Cedar Crest 63,686 $55,183 $26,592
30 South Boulevard-Park Row 26,359 $64,083 $30,213
31 South Dallas 28,901 $60,262 $34,588
32 Northwest Dallas 2,158 $79,700 $18,936

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