Little Elm, Texas
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|Little Elm, Texas|
|Motto: "Town With A Lake Attitude"|
Location of Little Elm in Denton County, Texas
|• Town Council||Mayor David Hillock
|• Town Manager||Matt Mueller|
|• Total||18.6 sq mi (48.3 km2)|
|• Land||14.6 sq mi (37.7 km2)|
|• Water||4.1 sq mi (10.5 km2)|
|Elevation||545 ft (166 m)|
|• Density||1,600/sq mi (610/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|Area code(s)||214, 469, 972|
|GNIS feature ID||1340088|
The Town of Little Elm is a city in Denton County, Texas, United States, and a part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The population was 3,646 at the 2000 census. By the 2010 census, the city total had jumped to 25,898, making Little Elm one of the fastest growing municipalities in Texas since 2000 in terms of percentage.
Little Elm is located at . According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it has a total area of 18.6 square miles (48.3 km2), of which 14.6 square miles (37.7 km2) is land and 4.1 square miles (10.5 km2), or 21.83%, is water.(33.163955, -96.930281)
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,646 people, 1,210 households, and 965 families residing in the town. The population density was 751.5 people per square mile (290.3/km²). There were 1,302 housing units at an average density of 268.4 per square mile (103.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 79.24% White, 2.96% African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 14.15% from other races, and 2.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.96% of the population.
There were 1,210 households out of which 47.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.1% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.2% were non-families. 15.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.01 and the average family size was 3.34.
In the city the population was spread out with 32.5% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 38.4% from 25 to 44, 15.2% from 45 to 64, and 4.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 104.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $50,281, and the median income for a family was $51,803. Males had a median income of $35,533 versus $26,604 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,362. About 8.8% of families and 12.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.0% of those under age 18 and 5.6% of those age 65 or over.
The population of Little Elm grew by 610% between 2000 and 2010, ballooning from 3,646 to 25,898, making the city one of the fastest growing in not only the state of Texas but also the United States. According to city-data.com, the 2011 population was 26,011.
The high rate of growth in recent years has caused traffic problems during morning and evening rush hour. Little Elm has two main arteries that run though the middle of the town - FM 720 (Eldorado Parkway) going east towards Frisco, TX and north/northwest to US 380, and FM 423 going north to US 380 and south to Texas 121 in The Colony, TX. FM 423 is three lanes southbound from Little Elm Parkway, and two lanes southbound from Lebanon Road in to The Colony city limit; Eldorado Parkway is four lanes through Little Elm from FM 423 to FM 720, but is two lanes west of FM 720, thus exacerbating the traffic problem.
Current traffic projects include the widening of Eldorado Parkway and the widening of FM 423. Eldorado Parkway and FM 423 are state projects and are just getting underway. Completion of these projects is estimated to be 2013-2014. The Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge is a North Texas Tollway Authority project and was opened to the public on August 1, 2009.
For the past decade, large scale suburban development has been approaching from the south and east. As land prices in the adjacent cities of The Colony and Frisco climbed, development in Little Elm has soared.
Nevertheless, Little Elm retains a small-town atmosphere. Little Elm provides close access to fishing and watersports on Lewisville Lake with one of the few low-fee boat ramp access points on the lake.
The Little Elm Independent School District  serves most of Little Elm. Little Elm ISD is one of the fastest growing in Denton County. The school district just finished building its state-of-the-art high school athletic stadium in 2006 located at the intersection of Hart Road and Eldorado Pkwy. The stadium is also one of the largest in the area.
Throughout LEISD, the percentage on the yearly TAKS test scores from the year 2012-2013 are 68%, which is classified as less than outstanding. The district has 9 public schools total, as of fall of 2014, and 2 private schools total. The highest rated school is Chavez Elementary School, with a 5 star parental rating. The lowest rated school of 2012-13 was Zellars Elementary school. Grades K-5 are part of Elementary, 6-8 is part of Middle, and 9-12 is part of High School. There is 1 high school, LEHS, 1 middle school, LMS, and 6 Elementary schools.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Little Elm has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
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- Little Elm ISD
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- Town of Little Elm official website
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- Little Elm Independent School District