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Lake Highlands

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Welcome to Lake Highlands

Constituting most of Northeast Dallas, the sprawling Lake Highlands neighborhood is a collection of dozens of subdivisions bound together by their support for Richardson ISD schools. There’s a perfect corner for nearly anyone interested in comfortable, relatively affordable family living with quick access to big city amenities, plus abundant parkland and trails leading to nearby White Rock Lake.

Population

87,860

Median Owner-Occupied Home Value

$266,181

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What the Locals Say

Locals Love

It’s no secret that the public schools are the prime attraction for families moving to the neighborhood. Living within the LBJ Freeway loop but not having to send your children to the weaker Dallas ISD campuses has advantages.

Locals Complain

Having first been announced in 2007, and after the city has already sunk millions in infrastructure in support of it, the Lake Highlands Town Center at the intersection of Skillman Street and Walnut Hill Lane still hasn’t come close to living up to the promise of the renderings on which it was publicly sold.

So You Know

The primary tension in the neighborhood has long been between multifamily developments — including some that too-long neglected by out-of-town ownership — and single-family homeowners. In recent years, some of these complexes have been razed.

Don’t Miss Flag Pole Hill

Flag Pole Hill, on the neighborhood’s southern edge along Northwest Highway, is a favorite gathering spot that boasts a scenic overlook of White Rock Lake. It’s also the place in town to go sledding on those rare Dallas snow days.

Why I Love Lake Highlands

By Adam McGill

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Demographics

Population

The 2016 population of Lake Highlands is estimated to be 87,860. That’s a change of +4.6% in the last five years. Over the next five years, the population is projected to change by +4.8%.

The number of households is 36,682, a change of +4.2% in the last five years. In the next five years, the number of households is projected to change +4.8%.

The average household size is 2.38.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $44,539 and, of the entire population age 16 and over, 32.7% aren’t in the labor force. 18.0% of families live below the poverty line.

Among those employed, 19.9% are blue-collar workers, 61.6% are white-collar workers, and 18.5% are occupied as service industry or farm workers.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 29.0 minutes. The average number of vehicles per household is 1.4.

Housing

31.8% of Lake Highlands homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $266,181

39.7% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 16.6 years, while the average renter has been in the same home 6.7 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 1977.

Crime

Lake Highlands includes portions of these police beats: 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258

Throughout those beats during 2014, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 156
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 110
Business Burglaries 155
Home Burglaries 646
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 808
Auto Thefts 365
Business Robberies 54
Robberies of Individuals 302
Shoplifting Incidents 429
Other Thefts 511
Murders 9
Rapes 44
School Passing Grades
2016 STAAR exam passing rates for neighborhood public schools:
Richardson ISD Aikin Elementary 68
Richardson ISD Audelia Creek Elementary 63
Richardson ISD Forest Meadow Junior High School 72
Richardson ISD Forestridge Elementary 71
Dallas ISD Highland Meadows Elementary 64
Richardson ISD L.V. Berkner High School 75
Richardson ISD Lake Highlands Elementary 81
Richardson ISD Lake Highlands Freshman Center 79
Richardson ISD Lake Highlands High School 73
Richardson ISD Lake Highlands Junior High School 82
Richardson ISD Liberty Junior High School 79
Richardson ISD Merriman Park Elementary 78
Richardson ISD Moss Haven Elementary 90
Richardson ISD Northlake Elementary 65
Richardson ISD Skyview Elementary 64
Richardson ISD Stults Road Elementary 71
Richardson ISD Thurgood Thomas C. Marshall Elementary 56
Richardson ISD Wallace Elementary 80
Richardson ISD White Rock Elementary 93

Real Estate Snapshot

% Owner-Occupied Housing

39.7%

Avg. Household Size

2.38

Number of Households

36,682

Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

16.6 years

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Sources: Demographic data pulled from Nielsen SiteReports and represents sampling based on most recent U.S. Census estimates. Crime data provided by local police departments. School STAAR exam passing rates from Texas Education Agency.