Scenic and unhurried, DeSoto offers an attractive “quality of life” package. Located 14 miles south of Dallas off I-20 and I-35, this community is peacefully sheltered from big city congestion and offers a friendly, pleasant small town atmosphere.
Sometimes referred to as the Hill Country of North Texas, the National Civic League All-American City Award named DeSoto an All-American City Award Finalist in 2006. One of the oldest settlements in North Texas, present-day DeSoto is rich in diversity, with friendly neighborhoods, a great school system, parks, close-by restaurants and shopping to serve more than 50,000 residents.
DeSoto boasts beautiful open spaces throughout the city with a network of parks, recreational areas, athletic fields and jogging trails. The city also boasts a low crime rate and has a versatile, highly effective, community-policing unit that meets with homeowners, businesses and crime watch groups to better understand and solve problems affecting its residents.
The Town Center municipal complex is home to city government, the public library, civic center, recreation center, chamber of commerce and visitor information center, and the newly completed Corner Theater. Thorntree Country Club offers exclusive family club activities and golf, and nearby Joe Pool Lake provides a variety of water-related activities.
A leader in innovative teaching techniques, the DeSoto Independent School District offers a broad curriculum that includes vocational training. Nearby colleges include Cedar Valley College and Mountain View College, as well as the University of Texas at Arlington.