Desoto is one of the oldest communities in North Texas, settled in 1847. The name was given to the community to honor the doctor, Thomas Hernando Desoto, who served the community at that time. Desoto is located in the Dallas County. The city includes 21.6 sq mi (55.9 sq km) of land in total. The population of the city is 49,047, according to U.S. census 2010, which makes the city largest, in the Dallas County.
As a city, Desoto started developing along with the surrounding areas after Second World War. Initially, the area was suffering from water scarcity. To improve the situation, the residents decided to incorporate a city authority, which can take care of such matters. After election in1949, Desoto was recorded as a city according to Dallas County Commissioner’s Court. From 1970s to 1980s, the impressive growth rate of the city involved infrastructure development, water and sewerage system development. As a result, the commercial, residential and industrial construction were also benefited and thereby increased vastly. The construction of Town center brought huge amount of recreational facilities for the citizen. The Town center stated to act like the anchor for the community and provided facilities such as city hall, public library and civic center. It also includes an auditorium with 180 seats and an amphitheatre. In 2006, Desoto won the title of “all-American City” for being one of the oldest communities, which faced the challenge of survival and accomplished tremendous success in this case.
Desoto is a city, which offers properties in average price of $46 per sqft. This year, there is a decrease in home sales and average home sales price, comparing to previous year. Average listing price in 2012 is $167,039 and Average sales price is $93,162, which is 22% lesser than last year. All these data are based on 50 home sales until the month of July, this year. The popular neighborhood of the city is offering properties in slightly higher prices. The range is form $425,914 to $203,058 in these areas.
The schools in Desoto are managed by Desoto Independent School District. In total, there are 12 schools under this district that are serving elementary, middle and high school education to over 8000 students. Two small parts of the city are served by Dallas Independent School districts and Duncanville Independent School Districts. Other than the public schools, there are also some private schools, providing intensive care to the students, located near the city.