These Are The 10 Best Neighborhoods In Dallas, TX For 2018


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

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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 2018:

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

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.

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How do you determine the top neighborhoods in Dallas for 2018?

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 limited the analysis to neighborhoods with over 1,000 people.

We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 27 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 has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.

1. University Park

Population: 23,680
Median Income: $186,166
Median Home Value: $877,464

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2. City Center District

Population: 1,437
Median Income: $75,244
Median Home Value: $249,300

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3. Oak Lawn

Population: 48,387
Median Income: $74,996
Median Home Value: $248,449

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4. Highland Park

Population: 8,612
Median Income: $194,497
Median Home Value: $958,376

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5. North Dallas

Population: 40,259
Median Income: $117,553
Median Home Value: $401,650

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6. Bluffview

Population: 15,844
Median Income: $104,853
Median Home Value: $397,060

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7. M Streets

Population: 33,031
Median Income: $66,103
Median Home Value: $233,388

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8. Preston Hollow

Population: 84,560
Median Income: $81,315
Median Home Value: $233,488

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9. Far North

Population: 159,307
Median Income: $69,113
Median Home Value: $184,217

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10. Near East

Population: 11,417
Median Income: $67,570
Median Home Value: $125,000

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Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of Dallas

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

If you’re curious, here are the worst places in Dallas:

  1. South Boulevard-Park Row
  2. Cedar Crest
  3. Southeast Dallas

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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods In Dallas

Rank Neighborhood Population Home Prices Crimes Per 100k Unemployment Rate
1 University Park 23,680 $877,464 1,665 3.5%
2 City Center District 1,437 $249,300 1,665 3.9%
3 Oak Lawn 48,387 $248,449 1,665 2.7%
4 Highland Park 8,612 $958,376 1,665 4.2%
5 North Dallas 40,259 $401,650 1,665 3.1%
6 Bluffview 15,844 $397,060 1,665 4.8%
7 M Streets 33,031 $233,388 1,665 4.1%
8 Preston Hollow 84,560 $233,488 1,665 5.7%
9 Far North 159,307 $184,217 2,351 5.8%
10 Near East 11,417 $125,000 3,517 0.7%
11 Oak Cliff 33,089 $150,839 3,883 4.9%
12 Northeast Dallas 230,414 $167,714 3,252 5.7%
13 Farmers Market District 1,317 $297,300 1,665 5.2%
14 Lake Highlands 51,491 $72,412 5,060 5.3%
15 Cockrell Hill 4,202 $77,550 6,247 5.8%
16 Winnetka Heights 63,990 $87,095 5,853 6.9%
17 Northwest Dallas 2,036 $88,800 5,879 10.5%
18 Southwest Dallas 101,142 $92,203 5,541 6.8%
19 South Dallas 28,912 $62,562 6,215 7.0%
20 Love Field Area 11,200 $72,838 5,961 5.7%
21 Eagle Ford 27,727 $105,038 5,461 8.5%
22 Urbandale-Parkdale 25,152 $77,543 5,992 7.4%
23 Five Mile Creek 6,637 $74,483 6,355 6.0%
24 Wolf Creek 34,106 $70,518 5,919 8.0%
25 Southeast Dallas 131,956 $70,073 6,256 7.1%
26 Cedar Crest 60,991 $61,713 6,448 7.3%
27 South Boulevard-Park Row 25,688 $63,947 6,215 8.5%

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