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University Park

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Though Southern Methodist University’s buildings dominate the eastern portion, most of the rest of this independent suburb looks like a movie-set version of Everytown, U.S.A. University Park boasts the same upscale advantages as its slightly older, wealthier sibling directly to the south, Highland Park. Here as there, HPISD schools forge the primary bond among the community’s residents.

What the Locals Say About University Park

Locals Love

That with convenient access to Northwest Highway, the Dallas North Tollway, and U.S. Highway 75 all the rest of Dallas is easily within reach. But, by the same token, getting to downtown without having to get on one of those often-clogged highways isn’t necessary.

Locals Complain

Snider Plaza, the city’s de facto town square, is a tremendous community asset populated by unique shops and restaurants. But finding parking there is often a nightmare.

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University Park Demographics


The 2023 population of University Park is estimated to be 21,755.

47.8% of residents are male, 52.2% are female. The median age is 38.5.

87.3% of the University Park population are White, 1.3% are Black, 4.9% are Asian, and 0.5% identify as some other race. 6.5% are of Hispanic heritage.

Among adult residents, 20.4% have earned a master's degree, 18.1% have a professional school degree, 3.8% have a doctorate, and 46.1% have a bachelor’s degree.

The number of households is 6941. The average household size is 2.89.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $199,968.

96% of residents are employed and 4% are unemployed. 6869 are not in the labor force.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 18 minutes.


68.9% of University Park homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $1,365,910

76% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 15.1 years. The average renter has been in the same home 6.2 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 1986.

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 1
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 2
Business Burglaries 4
Home Burglaries 1
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 18
Auto Thefts 4
Business Robberies 4
Robberies of Individuals 0
Shoplifting Incidents 3
Murders 0

University Park Real Estate Snapshot

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Avg. Household Size


Number of Households


Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

15.1 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.