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Dallas County Economic Opportunity Assessment

In April 2018, we commissioned the Dallas Economic Opportunity Assessment of Dallas County to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the region’s economic opportunity for all.

The Center for Public Policy Priorities seeks to show the challenges and define the underlying factors that threaten economic prosperity in Dallas.

Not only does financial insecurity destabilize families, it also jeopardizes the long-term vitality of cities and local economies. Now is the time to empower people and programs across our community.


Success for our city will only be attained when all people have a path to success. This study helps us examine some of the key issues that our citizens are facing. We are tackling them head-on and looking for new, innovative ways to make better progress faster.

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— Mike Rawlings, Former Dallas Mayor

Experience the release event.

We held an event to release the Dallas County Economic Opportunity Assessment.

Other resources

Media coverage

  • CBS DFW: Dallas County report examines the economics of black, white & brown

  • Dallas Business Journal: Report: Rising poverty, income inequality threaten Dallas County economy

  • Dallas Business Journal: Race, income, education, address divide and threaten Dallas County, report says

  • Dallas Morning News: 5 things a new report says about living, working and dying in Dallas County

  • Dallas Observer: Dallas County remains segregated by race, income and education level, new study says

  • D Magazine: Leading Off

  • D Magazine: Racial inequality evident in healthcare (and everything else) in Dallas County

  • KERA News: New report connects income and racial segregation in Dallas County

  • KERA News Radio: One Crisis Away feature: new data from CPPP and CFT explores income disparity in Dallas County

  • Texas Tribune: In Dallas County, life continues to be harder for people of color

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Ashley McIver
Senior Community
Philanthropy Officer

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