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.

Desoto Almanac

CountyDallas County
Standard Zip Codes75115
P.O. Box Zip Codes75123
Phone Area Codes4,69,972, 214
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude32.58
Approximate Longitude-96.86

Desoto Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance12 miles
Jan Temp35 to 57 F
Apr Temp54 to 78 F
Jul Temp73 to 96 F
Oct Temp56 to 80 F
Annual Precip38.8 inches
Distance18 miles
Jan Temp36 to 55 F
Apr Temp56 to 77 F
Jul Temp77 to 96 F
Oct Temp58 to 79 F
Annual Precip37 inches
Distance34.4 miles
Jan Temp32 to 54 F
Apr Temp52 to 74 F
Jul Temp72 to 95 F
Oct Temp54 to 78 F
Annual Precip38.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cedar Hill48,704$80,574
Glenn Heights12,581$71,535
Oak Leaf1,486$120,000
Red Oak12,366$77,012

Desoto Public Schools

Amber Terrace El
224 Amber Ln
ZIP: 75115
(972) 223-8757
Total Enrollment 678
Cockrell Hill El
425 S Cockrell Hill
ZIP: 75115
(972) 230-1692
Total Enrollment 565
D H S Freshman Campus
620 S Westmoreland
ZIP: 75115
(972) 274-1818
Total Enrollment 811
Desoto East Middle
601 W Belt Line Rd
ZIP: 75115
(972) 223-0690
Total Enrollment 687
Desoto H S
600 Eagle Dr
ZIP: 75115
(972) 230-0726
Total Enrollment 2275
Desoto West Middle
800 N Westmoreland
ZIP: 75115
(972) 230-1820
Total Enrollment 709
Golden Rule Desoto
135 W Wintergreen Rd
ZIP: 75115
(469) 248-4463
Total Enrollment 200
Northside El
525 Ray Ave
ZIP: 75115
(972) 224-6709
Total Enrollment 537
Ruby Young El
707 N Young Blvd
ZIP: 75115
(972) 223-6505
Total Enrollment 617
The Meadows El
1016 The Meadows Pkwy
ZIP: 75115
(972) 224-0960
Total Enrollment 546
Vista Academy Of Desoto
1121 E Pleasant Run Rd
ZIP: 75115
(972) 316-3663
Woodridge El
1001 Woodridge
ZIP: 75115
(972) 223-3800
Total Enrollment 691

Desoto Private Schools

Cross Of Christ Lutheran School
512 N Cockrell Hill Rd
ZIP: 75115
Total Enrollment 10
Desoto Adventist Christian School
235 N Cockrell Hill Rd
ZIP: 75115
Total Enrollment 4
Desoto Private School
307 E Belt Line Rd
ZIP: 75115
Total Enrollment 198
The Canterbury Episcopal School
1708 N Westmoreland Rd
ZIP: 75115
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 266
Turning Point Christian Academy
235 E Belt Line Rd
ZIP: 75115
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 27
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