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Demographic Issues in Dallas County

“If you’re wondering what the USA that your children or grandchildren — depending on your age — will look like, all you need to do is look around because in a very real sense, the Texas of today is the USA of tomorrow. If you don’t change those differences, you’re going to have a poorer and less competitive state.” — Steve Murdock, former state demographer, director, Hobby Center for the Study of Texas, Rice University.

91% of all Dallas county students attend public schools.

70% of public school students are economically disadvantaged.

Dallas Public School Demographics

  • 54% Hispanic
  • 23% black
  • 17% white
  • 4% Asian
  • 2% other

By 2030, 60% of jobs will require a degree or credential beyond high school.

Currently, only 13% of high school students graduate ready to succeed in post-secondary education.

Education and Income Comparisons, City of Dallas

10 Year Population Growth
Median Income
Adults 25 and Older
With a College Degree

Early Childhood

  • Birth to third grade.

  • There are more than 230,000 children in Dallas County who are between the ages of 0 and 5.
  • Only 1 in 7 early childhood facilities have any type of quality ranking.

Grades 4-12

  • There are more than 460,000 K-12 students in Dallas County.
  • By fourth grade, only 1 in 3 students read at grade level.
  • 5,000 students fail to graduate from high school every year.
  • The lifetime cost to our region for each class of high school dropouts is $5 billion.

Higher Education and Workforce

  • There are more than 180,000 higher education students in Dallas County.
  • Only 13% of high school students graduate ready for college.
    • For black and Hispanic students, the number is closer to 4%.
  • Fewer than 50% of higher education students graduate with degrees.

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