Only 20 minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth, Duncanville, Texas, provides its 38,000-plus residents all of the advantages of big-city life without requiring them to sacrifice the perks of a small-town community. Along with Cedar Hill, DeSoto and Lancaster, Duncanville is part of the Best Southwest, a partnership of the four cities' chambers of commerce that aims to foster area development through better education, business, and quality of life. Not surprisingly, Duncanville prides itself on its successful schools, safe neighborhoods and business incentive programs.
Along with supporting existing establishments, Duncanville actively seeks to attract new business ventures to the city. Besides helping local business owners procure low-interest loans and qualify for tax abatement programs, the city government offers businesses incentive and grant programs for the following:
A major factor influencing Duncanville's thriving business and industry sectors is its geographic location, only minutes from the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, as well as Love Field, the main hub of Southwest Airlines. Professionals can also take advantage of the two runways at Dallas Executive Airport, a municipal airport that provides services for corporate flights. Moreover, a railway passes through Duncanville, and the Interstate 35 NAFTA Corridor is nearby, both allowing for cost-effective shipment of inventory.
Duncanville's workforce is highly educated, diverse and successful: approximately 50 percent have college degrees and earn more than the state average. Additionally, 70 percent of Duncanville's residents have white-collar jobs in business management, education, manufacturing, retail trade, and health and social services.
Over 23 different kinds of industries operate in Duncanville, from telecommunications to hotel and restaurant management and from software development to electronics. Leading businesses that make their home in Duncanville include:
Duncanville accommodates about 13,200 houses and its occupancy ratio is 97 percent. Out of the occupied houses, about 9,250 are owner-occupied houses and 3,600 are renter-occupied houses.
The walkability of Duncanville is good, but some movie theatres and bars are far from the center of the city.
The City of Duncanville is currently working on a revitalizion project to make Duncanville's Main Street a more vibrant community and commercial center. The project is aimed at providing convenient public parking and a pleasant walking and café experience between businesses. Additionally, a downtown housing initiative, the Center Street Townhome project, is underway on the North side of Center Street, East of Main. That project consists of 31 "live/work" townhomes.
As a member of the Keep Texas Beautiful organization, Duncanville organizes beautification projects throughout the city, to keep its streets, sidewalks, and parks in pristine condition. A full-time horticulturist maintains the city's flowerbeds, planting almost 50,000 annual bulbs every year to ensure color year-round.
Duncanville's city park system includes 13 parks with athletic fields, tennis courts, and walking trails. The largest of these is Armstrong Park, where children flock to Kidsville Playground, the largest volunteer-built playground in the nation. A recreation center with a gym, a fitness center, a game room, a teen area, and meeting rooms can also be found within Armstrong Park.
Duncanville has convenient access to events in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex at the following venues:
Because of its convenient location, Duncanville provides students of all ages easy access to higher education.
The following colleges are located in neighboring towns:
Universities located within 45 minutes of Duncanville include: