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Highland Park

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Welcome to Highland Park

Justifiably known as a wealthy enclave that’s becoming seemingly wealthier all the time, it’s the small-town charms and some of the best public schools in the state that draw residents to its leafy avenues lined by impressively sized houses. HP is an independent municipality, giving it access to all the advantages of Dallas’ other dynamic neighborhoods with far fewer of the drawbacks.

Population

8,722

Median Owner-Occupied Home Value

$1,000,001

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What the Locals Say

Locals Love

The walkability and safety of the city’s tree-lined streets, zealously patrolled by the town’s police force. And, of course, the private-school-quality education at public-school prices that Highland Park ISD provides its students.

Locals Complain

Lot value so far outstrips the structural value of most of the original homes that buyers often feel they have no choice but to tear down the old and put up something new and much bigger. This has made both McMansions and narrow streets clogged by construction equipment an increasingly frequent sight.

Good to Know

The western edge of Highland Park falls outside the boundaries of the Highland Park school district, which is why you’ll see home prices drop significantly from one side of the Dallas North Tollway to the other. Still ain’t cheap.

Don’t Miss Turtle Creek

A stroll and picnic along Turtle Creek in Lakeside Park, set among jaw-dropping homes, is a lovely option for whiling away an afternoon. Then marvel at how many photographers show up to shoot family portraits there in the twilight.

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Demographics

Population

The 2016 population of Highland Park is estimated to be 8,722. That’s a change of +1.8% in the last five years. Over the next five years, the population is projected to change by +2.9%.

The number of households is 3,474, a change of +1.8% in the last five years. In the next five years, the number of households is projected to change +2.9%.

The average household size is 2.51.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $165,591 and, of the entire population age 16 and over, 43.1% aren’t in the labor force. 3.2% of families live below the poverty line.

Among those employed, 2.7% are blue-collar workers, 93.7% are white-collar workers, and 3.6% are occupied as service industry or farm workers.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 19.0 minutes. The average number of vehicles per household is 2.0.

Housing

77.0% of Highland Park homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is more than $1,000,000.

82.4% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 16.1 years, while the average renter has been in the same home 7.1 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 1958.

Crime

During Fiscal Year 2014 in Highland Park there were:

Assaults 14
Aggravated Assaults 1
Robberies 1
Business Burglaries 11
Residential Burglaries 17
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 45
Auto Thefts 2
Other Thefts 67
Murders 0
Rapes 1
Arson 0
School Passing Grades
2016 STAAR exam passing rates for neighborhood public schools:
Highland Park ISD Arch H. McCulloch Intermediate School 96
Highland Park ISD Highland Park High School 98
Highland Park ISD Highland Park Middle School 96
Highland Park ISD John S. Armstrong Elementary 96
Highland Park ISD John S. Bradfield Elementary 98
Dallas ISD Maple Lawn Elementary 65
Dallas ISD North Dallas High School 57
Dallas ISD Thomas J. Rusk Middle School 47

Real Estate Snapshot

% Owner-Occupied Housing

82.4%

Avg. Household Size

2.51

Number of Households

3,474

Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

16.1 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.