Duncanville is located in Dallas County, Texas. It is part of the “Best Southwest” area, which includes Duncanville, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Lancaster. The city has a total area of 11.3 square miles.
Settlement of what is now Duncanville began in 1845 when Crawford Trees purchased several thousands of acres south of Camp Dallas. In 1880, the Chicago, Texas, and Mexican Central Railway reached the area and built the Duncan Switch, named for a line foreman. Charles P. Nance, the community’s first postmaster, renamed the settlement Duncanville in 1882. By the late 1800s, the city was growing with stores, a pharmacy, a parlor, and a school.
As of the 2020 United States Census, Duncanville was comprised of 40,706 people, 13,573 households, and 10,000 families residing in the city limits. Today, the city focuses on historical preservation, recognizing the importance of the old Duncanville Air Force Station.
Duncanville is served by the Duncanville Independent School District and has a high school that serves almost 4,000 students annually. The high school campus is the largest in the nation and the largest in the world in physical size at 900,000 square feet.
Some notable people include former Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, Olympic high jumper, Brigetta Barrett, Steelers running back, Barry Foster, singer Elliot Smith, and many others!