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University Park

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Welcome to University Park

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.



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What the Locals Say

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.

Don’t Miss The Holmes Aquatic Center

The Holmes Aquatic Center is where University Park residents spend their summers. Only folks who live within Highland Park ISD boundaries can gain access to this, one of the area’s greatest swimming holes. As Dallas writer Sarah Hepola put it in the pages of D Magazine, “While other Dallas pools languish with neglect, the crown jewel at Lovers and Dickens keeps getting more amazing.”

Why I Love the Park Cities

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The 2016 population of University Park is estimated to be 24,130. That’s a change of +4.6% in the last five years. Over the next five years, the population is projected to change by +4.1%.

The number of households is 7,609, a change of +4.0% in the last five years. In the next five years, the number of households is projected to change +4.5%.

The average household size is 2.83.

Income & Employment

The median household income is $172,170 and, of the entire population age 16 and over, 39.9% aren’t in the labor force. 2.2% of families live below the poverty line.

Among those employed, 3.8% are blue-collar workers, 88.4% are white-collar workers, and 7.9% are occupied as service industry or farm workers.

The average commute time for workers who live in this area is 18.0 minutes. The average number of vehicles per household is 2.0.


70.5% of University Park homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is more than $1,000,000.

75.9% of the homes are owner-occupied. The average length of residence among residents in owner-occupied homes is 14.9 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 1975.


During 2014 in University Park there were:

Aggravated Assaults 4
Burglaries 44
Auto Thefts 4
Robberies 0
Larcenies 253
Murders 0
Rapes 1
Arson 1
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
Dallas ISD Hillcrest High School 71
Highland Park ISD John S. Armstrong Elementary 96
Highland Park ISD John S. Bradfield Elementary 98
Highland Park ISD Robert S. Hyer Elementary 97
Highland Park ISD University Park Elementary 99

How to Shop Snider Plaza

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Real Estate Snapshot

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Avg. Length of Residency by Owner

14.9 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.