The DFW Metroplex is comprised of 12 counties that make up the DFW Metropolitan Statistical Area per the US Census Bureau. Within these 12 counties lie Dallas, Fort Worth, and dozens of other cities, suburbs, and small towns that make up The DFW Metroplex.

Some Facts About the Population of the DFW Metroplex and Its Cities:

  • According to the 2010 US Census, Dallas is the ninth largest city in the United States with a population of 1,197,816. Fort Worth is the 16th largest city in the United States with a population of 741,206.
  • Although Dallas and Fort Worth are the ninth and 16th largest cities in the US respectively, the 12 county area that comprises the DFW Metroplex is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States (after Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City) with a population of 6,426,214 according to the 2010 US Census. The Texas Department of State Health Services estimates the population will reach 6,731,000 in 2014. To put that into perspective, that’s about 300,000 less than the population of New York City in 1980!
  • Although the DFW Metroplex is the fourth largest metropolitan area in the US, it is the least densely populated. 12 counties totaling 9,286 square miles are included in the Census Bureau’s DFW Metropolitan Statistical Area, making it larger than the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined.
  • Several cities in the DFW area are consistently rated as among the fastest-growing in the United States. Frisco, for example, grew from a tiny town of around 6,000 in 1990 to over 128,000 in 2012 and is still constantly ranked in the top 10 fastest growing cities in the U.S. McKinney, Plano, and Rockwall have also been named among the fastest growing cities in the U.S. at various times over the last decade. The population in the DFW region grew more than any other metropolitan area in the country between July 2011 and 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

People who have never been to Dallas often don’t realize the geographic enormity of the city. There’s no ocean or mountain range restricting growth, and Texas is very builder and developer-friendly. What were small rural farming towns just 20-30 years ago have been gradually transformed into bustling suburbs with shiny new housing and infrastructure, ready to service the flocks of people heading to Texas from other regions in the U.S. due to the economic opportunities and competitive cost of living. Although the current growth rates are slower than the huge population increases seen from 2000-2010, many areas of the Metroplex continue to grow at a phenomenal pace, and this trend will likely continue for many years.

Population and Growth Statistics for Cities in the DFW Metroplex

Which cities in the Dallas area have the highest population?

  •  The city of Dallas is the only city in the DFW Metroplex with a population of over one million.
  • Six cities in the DFW area have populations that exceed 200,000.
  • 13 cities in the DFW area have populations that exceed 100,000.
  • 47 cities in the DFW area have populations that exceed 10,000.
City 2012 Population (1)
Dallas 1,241,000
Fort Worth 777,992
Arlington 375,600
Plano 272,068
Garland 233,564
Irving 225,427
Grand Prairie 181,824
McKinney 143,223
Mesquite 143,195
Frisco 128,176
Carrollton 125,409
Denton 121,123
Richardson 103,297
Lewisville 99,453
Allen 89,640
Flower Mound 67,825
N Richland Hills 65,290
Rowlett 57,703
Euless 52,780
DeSoto 51,102
Grapevine 48,447
Bedford 48,150
Cedar Hill 46,461
Wylie 44,267
Keller 41,923
Coppell 40,022
Rockwall 39,957
Duncanville 39,501
The Colony 39,030
Hurst 38,194
Farmers Branch 29,638
Little Elm 28,966
Southlake 27,706
Balch Springs 24,866
Colleyville 23,936
University Park 23,797
Benbrook 21,939
Sachse 21,596
Murphy 18,960
Forney 15,877
Highland Village 15,593
Addison 15,179
Royse City 9,958
Trophy Club 9,627
Highland Park 8,819
Anna 8,555
Richland Hills 7,962
Fairview 7,914
Heath 7,633
Fate 7,442
Lake Dallas 7,325
Celina 6,597
Lucas 5,872
Melissa 5,544

(1) Source: US Census Bureau estimates for 2012.

 

Which Cities in DFW Have Had the Highest Population Growth Rates in the Last 10 Years?

  •  The city of Fate (Rockwall County) has the highest 10-Year growth rate in the DFW area.
  • 11 cities have grown by more than 100% in the last 10 years.  These are mostly suburbs to the north and east of Dallas.
  • Only two cities have seen population declines over the last 10 years, and only by very small amounts.
City 2012 Population (1) 2002 Population (1) 10 YR Population Change
Fate 7,442 1,094 580.26%
Anna 8,555 1,854 361.43%
Melissa 5,544 1,683 229.41%
Little Elm 28,966 9,422 207.43%
Murphy 18,960 6,684 183.66%
Royse City 9,958 3,714 168.12%
Frisco 128,176 47,904 167.57%
Forney 15,877 6,452 146.08%
Wylie 44,267 18,542 138.74%
Fairview 7,914 3,450 129.39%
Celina 6,597 3,038 117.15%
McKinney 143,223 73,157 95.77%
Rockwall 39,957 22,785 75.37%
Lucas 5,872 3,462 69.61%
Sachse 21,596 13,136 64.40%
Allen 89,640 57,433 56.08%
Heath 7,633 5,510 38.53%
Trophy Club 9,627 7,038 36.79%
Fort Worth 777,992 570,808 36.30%
Grand Prairie 181,824 134,845 34.84%
Denton 121,123 92,668 30.71%
DeSoto 51,102 39,391 29.73%
Keller 41,923 32,848 27.63%
Balch Springs 24,866 19,582 26.98%
Cedar Hill 46,461 37,214 24.85%
The Colony 39,030 32,245 21.04%
Lewisville 99,453 84,182 18.14%
Southlake 27,706 23,740 16.71%
Rowlett 57,703 49,811 15.84%
Flower Mound 67,825 58,863 15.23%
Highland Village 15,593 13,538 15.18%
Irving 225,427 195,764 15.15%
Colleyville 23,936 21,005 13.95%
Plano 272,068 239,230 13.73%
Mesquite 143,195 128,647 11.31%
N Richland Hills 65,290 59,077 10.52%
Lake Dallas 7,325 6,673 9.77%
Euless 52,780 48,221 9.45%
Duncanville 39,501 36,108 9.40%
Carrollton 125,409 115,092 8.96%
Farmers Branch 29,638 27,375 8.27%
Addison 15,179 14,088 7.74%
Arlington 375,600 349,461 7.48%
Benbrook 21,939 20,531 6.86%
Garland 233,564 218,940 6.68%
Grapevine 48,447 45,706 6.00%
Richardson 103,297 98,917 4.43%
Hurst 38,194 36,690 4.10%
Dallas 1,241,000 1,208,000 2.73%
Coppell 40,022 39,478 1.38%
University Park 23,797 23,687 0.46%
Bedford 48,150 48,253 -0.21%
Highland Park 8,819 8,911 -1.03%
Richland Hills 7,962 8,141 -2.20%

(1) Source: US Census Bureau estimates for 2012.

Dallas Area Population Density by City

City 2012 Population (1) Land Area Sq/Mi (2) Population Density (per sq/mi)
University Park 23,797 3.71 6414
Anna 8,555 1.7 5032
Bedford 48,150 10 4815
Garland 233,564 57.1 4090
Highland Park 8,819 2.2 4009
Arlington 375,600 96.5 3892
Hurst 38,194 9.9 3858
Plano 272,068 71.6 3800
Dallas 1,241,000 340.5 3645
Richardson 103,297 28.6 3612
N Richland Hills 65,290 18.16 3595
Murphy 18,960 5.3 3577
Duncanville 39,501 11.3 3496
Carrollton 125,409 36.3 3455
Addison 15,179 4.4 3450
Irving 225,427 67.9 3320
Allen 89,640 27.1 3308
Euless 52,780 16.3 3238
Mesquite 143,195 46 3113
Lake Dallas 7,325 2.4 3052
Rowlett 57,703 20.2 2857
Highland Village 15,593 5.5 2835
The Colony 39,030 14 2788
Coppell 40,022 14.4 2779
Balch Springs 24,866 9 2763
Lewisville 99,453 36.4 2732
Richland Hills 7,962 3.1 2568
Grand Prairie 181,824 72.1 2522
Farmers Branch 29,638 12 2470
Trophy Club 9,627 4 2407
DeSoto 51,102 21.6 2366
McKinney 143,223 62.4 2295
Keller 41,923 18.4 2278
Fort Worth 777,992 342.2 2274
Sachse 21,596 9.7 2226
Wylie 44,267 21.03 2105
Frisco 128,176 61.8 2074
Little Elm 28,966 14.6 1984
Benbrook 21,939 11.5 1908
Colleyville 23,936 13.1 1827
Rockwall 39,957 22.3 1792
Flower Mound 67,825 41.39 1639
Grapevine 48,447 32.3 1500
Denton 121,123 87.9 1378
Cedar Hill 46,461 35.9 1294
Southlake 27,706 21.9 1265
Forney 15,877 13.14 1208
Melissa 5,544 4.6 1205
Fate 7,442 6.4 1163
Heath 7,633 6.9 1106
Royse City 9,958 10.2 976
Fairview 7,914 8.8 899
Lucas 5,872 9.2 638
Celina 6,597 14 471

 

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