51 Ripley's Believe it Or Not is among the attractions in the city's entertainment district. Photo By Emilia Gaston

Grand Prairie

Wikipedia says:

The first U.S. post office opened in 1877 under the name Deckman, rather than “Dechman,” because the United States Postal Service couldn’t read the writing on the form completed to open the post office. Later that same year, after the Postal Service had adopted the “Deckman” name, confusion resulted from the T&P Railroad designation “Grand Prairie.” This name was based on maps drawn from around 1850 through 1858 that labeled the area between Dallas and Fort Worth “the grand prairie of Texas.” In order to alleviate the confusion, the Postal Service named the post office Grand Prairie.


  • Median Age: 31.4
  • Population Growth (2000-2013): 43.90%
  • Population Density: 2,543 people per square mile


  • Students Passing STARR K-11: 73%
  • Average SAT Score: 1371
  • Students Taking SAT/ACT: 52.00%
  • Instruction Spending Per Student: $4,082


  • Violent Crime Rate: 2.74 per 1,000 residents
  • Non-Violent Crime Rate: 28.79 per 1,000 residents

Real Estate

  • Average Price of Homes Sold (2013): $154,212
  • Sales Price Change (2011-2013): 15.40%
  • Owner-Occupied Homes: 62.80%

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