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Lake Highlands

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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.

What the Locals Say About Lake Highlands

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.

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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.

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Lake Highlands Demographics


The 2023 population of Lake Highlands is estimated to be 99,360.

49.4% of residents are male, 50.6% are female. The median age is 37.7.

46.1% of the Lake Highlands population are White, 34.2% are Black, 5.8% are Asian, and 7.1% identify as some other race. 13.8% are of Hispanic heritage.

Among adult residents, 11.0% have earned a master's degree, 3.1% have a professional school degree, 1.5% have a doctorate, and 24.3% have a bachelor’s degree.

The number of households is 46713. The average household size is 2.38.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $72,838.

95% of residents are employed and 4% are unemployed. 21974 are not in the labor force.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 29 minutes.


29.7% of Lake Highlands homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $340,091

32% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 15 years. The average renter has been in the same home 6.6 years.

The median year the area’s housing units were built is 1979.


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 from 2017 to 2023, there were:

Aggravated Assaults (non-family violence) 905
Aggravated Assaults (family violence) 134
Business Burglaries 1269
Home Burglaries 1632
Motor-Vehicle Burglaries 3541
Auto Thefts 1472
Business Robberies 336
Robberies of Individuals 807
Shoplifting Incidents 540
Murders 26

Lake Highlands Real Estate Snapshot

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Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

15 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.