North Dallas

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North Dallas
Location in Dallas
Location in Dallas
Country United States
State Texas
Counties Collin, Dallas, Denton
City Dallas
Elevation 568 ft (173 m)
ZIP codes 75206, 75209, 75220, 75225, 75229, 75230, 75231, 75240, 75243, 75244, 75248, 75251, 75252, 75254, 75287
Area code(s) 214, 469, 972

North Dallas is an expensive area of numerous communities and neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas (United States). The phrase "North Dallas" is also sometimes used to include any suburb or exurb north of Dallas proper within the metropolitan area. The majority of North Dallas is located in Dallas County while a small portion is located in Collin and Denton County. The area has strong social and economic ties to the Dallas enclave of Park Cities, and two inner suburbs of Dallas, Richardson and Addison. It is the wealthiest part of Dallas.

As Dallas has grown over the last several decades the concept of "North Dallas" has changed from the area just north of downtown, along Central Expressway (where North Dallas High School is located), to the far northern reaches of Dallas proper and the suburbs to the north of the city.





The Collin County portion of North Dallas is served by the Plano Independent School District.

Most of the Dallas County portion of North Dallas is served by the Dallas Independent School District, and students are zoned to either Emmett J. Conrad, Hillcrest, Thomas Jefferson, or W. T. White High Schools.[1]

Some portions of the Dallas County section of North Dallas are served by the Richardson Independent School District.

The Denton County portion of North Dallas is served by the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, and students are zoned to R.L. Turner High School or Newman Smith High School.

Texas A&M's TAMU-Dallas campus (the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas)[2][3] is also located in the Far North Dallas neighborhood.

TAMU-Dallas is the home of the Urban Living Laboratory, which is a research and urban lifestyle community built with state-of-the-art green technologies.[4]

The TAMU-Dallas campus is bounded by Coit Rd. on the east, Frankford Rd. on the north, and the Dallas city limits on the south and east. Waterview Parkway separates TAMU-Dallas and the University of Texas at Dallas campus which mostly lies on the Richardson side of the Dallas/Richardson city limit border, but with two units of the campus located on the Dallas side of the border (the Waterview Science and Technology Center, and the Research and Operations Center).


The area is served by six branches of the Dallas Public Library system:

  • Fretz Park Branch Library[5]
  • Park Forest Branch Library[6]
  • Preston Royal Branch Library[7]
  • Renner Frankford Branch Library[8]
  • Timberglen Branch Library[9]
  • Walnut Hill Branch Library[10]


At one point Tenet Health Care had its headquarters in Santa Barbara, California and offices in suburban areas of North Dallas.[11] In 2004 Tenet Healthcare's headquarters moved from California to the northern suburban areas of Dallas. Tenet announced in 2008 that it was moving to Fountain Place in Downtown Dallas due to high gasoline prices and the revitalization of Downtown Dallas.[12]

North Dallas is also home to the headquarters of Texas Instruments (TI). TI is the No. 4 manufacturer of semiconductors worldwide after Intel, Samsung and Toshiba, and is the No. 2 supplier of chips for cellular handsets after Qualcomm, and the No. 1 producer of digital signal processors (DSPs) and analog semiconductors, among a wide range of other semiconductor products.[13]


North Central Expressway (US 75) in North Dallas

As the majority of North Dallas was developed in the late 20th Century, the primary mode of local transportation is the automobile and the area has a low density compared with neighborhoods built in the early 20th Century. Efforts made by the City of Dallas and Dallas Area Rapid Transit to increase the availability of alternative modes of transportation have received varying degrees of support from North Dallas residents. Since 1996, two light rail lines flanking North Dallas on the east have been constructed and well-received, and two more are under construction that will flank North Dallas on the west, in northwest Dallas. However, plans to build a commuter or light rail line through the North Dallas area along the "Cotton Belt" (the St. Louis Southwestern Railway) has met opposition from residents and local organizations.[14]

Major and minor thoroughfares in Dallas and its enclaves

North Dallas' road network was developed according to the street hierarchy school of urban design. Roads in the area are separated into major limited-access highways, high-capacity principal arterial roads, mid-capacity minor arterial roads, mid-capacity collector roads, and minor streets. The most organized of these systems is North Dallas' modified grid plan of principal arterial roads, which runs on a standard N/S/E/W grid. The routing of limited-access highways through North Dallas is based on the area's proximity to Dallas' downtown freeway loop, as Dallas' freeway system was built according to the hub-and-spoke paradigm. North Dallas' major north-south highways radiate out of the downtown freeway loop and cut through North Dallas at various angles — Interstate 35E runs northwest/southeast, the Dallas North Tollway runs north/south, and U.S. Highway 75 (North Central Expressway) runs northeast/southwest. Additionally, four separate beltways arc across North Dallas: in order from their proximity to downtown, they are Northwest Highway (Loop 12) (a principal arterial road), Interstate 635 (a limited-access highway), Belt Line Road (a principal arterial road), and the President George Bush Turnpike (a tolled limited-access highway).

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) provides the North Dallas area with bus service, light rail lines, and HOV lanes. DART began operating its light rail lines in North Dallas in 1996: The Red Line connects North Dallas to Oak Cliff, south Dallas, downtown, Uptown, Richardson and Plano. The Blue Line connects North Dallas to south Dallas, downtown, Uptown, east Dallas, Lake Highlands, and Garland. DART has also begun construction on its Green and lines, which will run just to the west of North Dallas in northwest Dallas. The two lines will serve DFW Airport, Irving and Las Colinas, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, the Stemmons Corridor, Victory Park, downtown, Deep Ellum, Fair Park, south Dallas and Pleasant Grove.

Dallas' Love Field Airport is located in North Dallas, near the Bluff View and Devonshire neighborhoods. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex's major international airport, Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, is located a short distance to the northwest. Additionally, Addison Airport, a general aviation airport, is located adjacent to North Dallas in Addison.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dallas ISD - 2007 School Feeder Patterns. (Maps: Hillcrest, Jefferson, White.) Retrieved on 29 April 2007.
  2. ^ TAMU-Dallas
  3. ^ Urban Living Lab announced
  4. ^ Urban Living Laboratory - DallasReuters article
  5. ^ - Fretz Park Branch Library. Retrieved on 29 April 2007.
  6. ^ - Park Forest Branch Library. Retrieved on 29 April 2007.
  7. ^ - Preston Royal Branch Library. Retrieved on 29 April 2007.
  8. ^ - Renner Frankford Branch Library. Retrieved on 29 April 2007.
  9. ^ - Timberglen Branch Library. Retrieved on 29 April 2007.
  10. ^ - Walnut Hill Branch Library. Retrieved on 29 April 2007.
  11. ^ "Contact Us." Tenet Healthcare. March 1, 2000. Retrieved on December 8, 2009.
  12. ^ Brown, Steve. "Tenet Healthcare moving to downtown Dallas' Fountain Place." The Dallas Morning News. Friday August 8, 2008. Retrieved on December 8, 2009.
  13. ^ Databeans
  14. ^ Stephanie, Sandoval (2007-04-07). "DART rail feud spills into Austin". The Dallas Morning News (Belo Corporation). Retrieved 2007-04-30. 

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