5. Dallas, TX
5. Dallas, TX
5. Dallas, TX
5. Dallas, TX

Rounding out our Top 5 is Dallas. Within Texas, Dallas trails Houston and San Antonio in many of the community and economic factors that we measure, but still ranks extremely well compared to other parts of the country. Dallas is home to Texas’s fastest-growing Black community: in 2010, 14% of the population was Black, today that share has risen to over 17%.

Like Houston, Dallas’s Black community is fairly well-represented. 14.5% of businesses are Black-owned. Start your day off at Brunchaholics, then get your hair done at Pressed Roots, and end the day with a workout at BURN. Black incomes in Dallas are comparable to other southern cities like Austin, Atlanta, and Raleigh.

Housing burden and inequity factors that holds back Dallas’s overall score, compared to the other cities on this list. The Black homeownership rate is only 36%, over 27% points lower than non-Black households. And because of high housing costs, nearly 44% of Black households are cost-burdened, comparable to Austin.

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