Based on the latest census data, the population in Irving continues to reflect a broad spectrum of nationalities. For many years, the 75038 ZIP code has been heralded as one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the nation. Today, the latest results show further growth in diversity. The multicultural layers across the city are one of the community’s greatest features, and the diverse tapestry also helps support a mixture of unique shopping, dining and cultural experiences in Irving.
Irving’s total population now tops 256,684 residents, which is a 18.6% increase from 2010. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Irving’s Hispanic population increased, while the white non-Hispanic population declined, each by roughly the same percentage of nearly 20%. The African American population grew by 24%, and Asian communities nearly doubled in representation.
“Over the years, Irving has been blessed to be a place where people of all backgrounds, colors and beliefs feel safe and welcome,” said Mayor Rick Stopfer. “I am very proud to be part of an inclusive community that embraces differences.”
While the 2020 Census does not report citizenship or nationality, the Census Bureau’s 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) reports that 61.6% of Irving residents are natural born U.S. citizens, while 10% are foreign born residents who are naturalized citizens. Additionally, the ACS reports almost 29% of Irving’s current residents are foreign nationals, and nearly 40% of Irving residents were born in other nations, including Mexico, El Salvador, India, Nepal, Korea and Pakistan.
IRVING CITY LEADERS INVEST IN DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The City of Irving supports diversity and inclusion (D&I) initiatives through various community partnerships, programs and activities. From the Irving Miracle League and Minority/Women Business Enterprise Programs to Shop Talk and Bilingual Story Times, the city works to engage with a variety of people with varying interests.
The organization has a Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan to guide efforts and ensure that the city provides access, removes barriers and is inclusive of all community members and employees. To support the strategic plan, a D&I Committee was formed to lead inclusive efforts for city employees, as well as the community.
Over the past two years, the D&I Committee developed the Commitment to Fostering Diversity and Inclusion document after George Floyd’s murder in May 2020 and hosted a virtual event for employees to open a conversation on social injustice. The team also hosted three virtual cultural symposiums on Hinduism and Diwali, Hispanic Heritage Month and the Lunar New Year. The Employee Resource Group (ERG) policy was approved in 2021, leading to the formation of the LGBTQ ERG, which helped increase the city’s Municipal Equality Index score by 11 points year-to-year from 36 to 47 points.