Glenn Heights, Texas

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Glenn Heights, Texas
Location of Glenn Heights, Texas
Location of Glenn Heights, Texas
Coordinates: 32°32′54″N 96°51′5″W / 32.54833°N 96.85139°W / 32.54833; -96.85139Coordinates: 32°32′54″N 96°51′5″W / 32.54833°N 96.85139°W / 32.54833; -96.85139
CountryUnited StatesUnited States
CountiesDallas, Ellis
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Harry Garrett
Sonja Brown
Machanta Newson
Emma Ipaye
Ron Adams
Shaunte L. Allen
Jeremy Woods
 • City ManagerDavid A. Hall, J.D.
 • Total7.21 sq mi (18.68 km2)
 • Land7.21 sq mi (18.68 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
676 ft (206 m)
 • Total11,278
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,855.08/sq mi (716.25/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)972
FIPS code48-29840[3]
GNIS feature ID1388572[4]

Glenn Heights is a city in Dallas and Ellis counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 11,278 at the 2010 census,[5] and 15,819 in 2020.[6]


Development of the community dates back to the late 1960s. N.L. 'Moe' Craddock, a Dallas firefighter, opened a 30-acre (120,000 m2) mobile home park in the area. He helped push for the incorporation of Glenn Heights to prevent his business from being annexed by the city of DeSoto.[7] The town was officially incorporated on September 16, 1969.[8] Mr. Craddock remained active in Glenn Heights politics, serving on the city council during the 1970s and 1980s. He was appointed mayor in 1985 and was elected to that office in 1988, 1990, and 1992.[7]

There were 257 residents living in Glenn Heights at the 1970 census. That figure rose to 1,033 in 1980 and more than doubled for a second consecutive decade to 4,564 by 1990.[9] Lying in the path of suburban sprawl, Glenn Heights' population had surpassed 7,000 by 2000. Despite its rapid rate of growth, more than 50 percent of city land remains undeveloped.[10]


Glenn Heights is located at 32°32′54″N 96°51′5″W / 32.54833°N 96.85139°W / 32.54833; -96.85139 (32.548198, –96.851430).[11]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.2 square miles (18.7 km2), all of it land.[12]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)13,377[2]18.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
Glenn Heights racial composition as of 2020[6]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 2,395 15.14%
Black or African American (NH) 8,630 54.55%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 33 0.21%
Asian (NH) 79 0.5%
Pacific Islander (NH) 4 0.03%
Some Other Race (NH) 67 0.42%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 401 2.53%
Hispanic or Latino 4,210 26.61%
Total 15,819

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 15,819 people, 4,019 households, and 3,105 families residing in the city.[6]


The Dallas County portion of Glenn Heights is served by the DeSoto Independent School District, while the Ellis County portion is served by the Red Oak Independent School District.

The Dallas County portion is zoned to either Frank D. Moates Elementary School (west of Uhl Rd.) or Woodridge Elementary School (east of Uhl Rd.), Curtistene S. McCowan Middle School, and DeSoto High School.

The Ellis County portion is zoned to Donald T. Shields Elementary School, Red Oak Intermediate School, Red Oak Junior High School, and Red Oak High School.

All of Dallas County (its portion of Glenn Heights included) is in the service area of Dallas College (formerly Dallas County Community College). All of Ellis County (its portion of Glenn Heights included) is in the service area of Navarro College.[16]


Glenn Heights is the only suburb (except for Cockrell Hill, which is technically an enclave and not a suburb) in the southern half of Dallas County that is a member of Dallas Area Rapid Transit; it has been since DART's inception in 1983. The Glenn Heights Park & Ride Center serves the city. None of DART's current commuter rail lines serve Glenn Heights, nor will any of its proposed extensions.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Glenn Heights city, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  7. ^ a b "N.L. 'Moe' Craddock: Firefighter whose business led to formation of Glenn Heights". Joe Simnacker, The Dallas Morning News. 2008-03-19. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  8. ^ "Glenn Heights, Texas". The Handbook of Texas online. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  9. ^ "2009 Population Estimates by City" (TXT). North Central Texas Council of Governments online. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  10. ^ "Glenn Heights is a smaller town with big-city amenities". Deborah Fleck, The Dallas Morning News. 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Glenn Heights city, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  14. ^[not specific enough to verify]
  15. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  16. ^ Texas Education Code: Sec. 130.176. DALLAS COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT SERVICE AREA. Sec. 130.189. NAVARRO COLLEGE DISTRICT SERVICE AREA. - The assigned community college depends on the county.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[14][15]

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