Cedar Hill is a city in both Dallas and Ellis County. It is located approximately 16 miles southwest of downtown Dallas and is situated along the eastern shore of Joe Pool Lake and Cedar Hill State Park.
As of the 2020 United States census, the population was 49,148. Cedar Hill is a suburb of the city of Dallas and is part of the Best Southwest area, which includes the nearby cities of DeSoto, Duncanville, and Lancaster. Among the city, the racial and ethnic makeup was 52.47% Black or African American, 24.17% Hispanic or Latino American of any race, 17.59% non-Hispanic white, 2.88% multiracial, 2.11% Asian American, 0.41% some other race, 0.32% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.04% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
On April 29, 1856, Cedar Hill was struck by a tornado that claimed at least nine lives, damaged property, killed livestock, and reportedly left only two structures standing. Among the survivors was teacher and pastor, Robert Crawford. Crawford donated four acres of his land to church trustees to be designated as a free and indiscriminate public graveyard. Nine victims of the tornado were buried on Crawford’s land.
In the early 1990s, the population of Cedar Hill was increasing rapidly and citizens began to be concerned about the need for orderly economic development. The city worked with citizens on developing a long-range plan called, City Center Vision Plan, which is dedicated to transforming Cedar Hill’s City Center into a walkable, mixed-use destination. City Center consists of 3 sub-districts referred to as Uptown, Midtown, and Historic Downtown. Throughout the city are many retail shops, restaurants, and shops that employ many of the city residents.
Culture & Recreation
The city has many natural areas including Dogwood Canyon, Cedar Hill State Park, and Joe Pool Lake, and has 20% of its land dedicated to nature preservation and reserves. It also has many sports complexes that host local, regional, and national sporting events.