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Overview

Introduction to DeSoto, Texas

DeSoto, Texas, in Dallas county, is 13 miles SE of Grand Prairie, Texas (center to center) and 14 miles S of Dallas, Texas. The city is included in the Dallas metropolitan area.

DeSoto History

The first settlers arrived in this area in 1847 making it one of the oldest North Texas communities. It established a post office in 1881 and was named DeSoto after Thomas Hernando DeSoto Stewart, a doctor who provided great service to the community. DeSoto and its neighboring areas saw improved development after World War II. The residents felt the need for incorporation in order to improve the water distribution system in their area. They petitioned the Dallas County judge for incorporation in February, 1949. The resulting approval and election led to the establishment of the City of DeSoto on March 3, 1949.

DeSoto and nearby Attractions

  • Windmill Hill Preserve
  • Mosely Park
  • Thorntree Country Club
  • Camp Wisdom
  • Dallas Holocaust Museum
  • Dallas World Aquarium

Things To Do In DeSoto

The Cedar Hill State Park, located at the Joe Pool Reservoir, covers an area of 1,826 acres and has trails, camping, picnic areas, and boating facilities. The park is also home to the Penn Farm Agricultural History Center. There are several other smaller parks in the area which have playgrounds, sports fields, and courts.

DeSoto Transportation

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is a short distance away.

DeSoto Higher Education

Mountain View College, Dallas Baptist University, and Southern Methodist University provide programs for higher studies.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Desoto Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles SE of Grand Prairie, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 14 miles S of Dallas, Texas
County Dallas
Standard Zip Codes 75115
P.O. Box Zip Codes 75123
Phone Area Codes 214
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.589
Longitude -96.856

Desoto Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station WAXAHACHIE
Distance 12 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 54 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 96 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 38.8 inches
Station DALLAS LOVE AP
Distance 18 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 55 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 77 to 96 F
Oct Temp 58 to 79 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Station KAUFMAN 3 SE
Distance 34.4 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 54 F
Apr Temp 52 to 74 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 54 to 78 F
Annual Precip 38.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cedar Hill 47,089 $77,028
Duncanville 39,567 $59,455
Glenn Heights 11,795 $72,068

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Desoto Public Libraries

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Desoto Public Library
211 E PLEASANT RUN RD STE C
Desoto, Texas
(972) 230-9658
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Desoto High Schools

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DE SOTO H S
600 EAGLE DR
972-230-0726
Serves 1,607 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.4

P A S S LEARNING CENTER
200 E BELT LINE
972-223-6666
A Non-traditional School
Serves 22 students.

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