"L.H.", "The Highlands"
Boundaries of Lake Highlands
Location of the Lake Highlands area in Dallas
|• Total||14.6 sq mi (37.8 km2)|
|• Land||14.6 sq mi (37.8 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2) 0%|
|Elevation||571 ft (174 m)|
|• Density||6,017.8/sq mi (2,324.3/km2)|
75231, 75238, 75243
|Area code(s)||214, 469, 972|
Lake Highlands is a neighborhood constituting most of Northeast Dallas. The neighborhood is a collection of dozens of subdivisions served by RISD public schools, as well as an array of private schools.
Lake Highlands touches Richardson on the north, Garland on the east, White Rock Lake and East Dallas on the south, and Lakewood and North Dallas on the west. The neighborhood is bisected southeast-northwest by I-635 and is bordered on the south by Northwest Highway and White Rock Lake, and on the west by White Rock Creek or Central Expressway. On the north and east, the neighborhood ends at the city limits of Richardson and Garland.
Relation of Lake Highlands to other places:
Lake Highlands is situated due North of White Rock Lake and East of North Central Expressway.
The neighborhood differs from the rest of Dallas and the surrounding area, which is mostly flat. Lake Highlands has hills and valleys, with street elevations that can vary by 50 feet, which offer scenic views of downtown Dallas.
White Rock Lake, a reservoir constructed at the beginning of the 20th century, is located on the south side of Lake Highlands. The lake and surrounding park is a popular destination for boaters, rowers, joggers, and bikers, as well as visitors seeking peaceful respite from the city at the 66-acre (267,000 m2) Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, located on the lake's eastern shore. White Rock Creek feeds into White Rock Lake, and then exits on to the Trinity River southeast of downtown Dallas. Trails along White Rock Creek are part of the extensive Dallas County Trails System.
- Abrams Place
- Alexander's Village
- Boundbrook Oaks Estates
- Candlewood Creek
- Caribbean Estates
- Chimney Hill
- Copperfield Community
- Country Forest
- Forest Highlands
- Forest Meadow
- Glen Oaks
- Hamilton Park
- Highlands West
- Highland Meadows
- High Oaks Addition
- Jackson Meadow
- L Streets
- Lake Highlands Estates
- Lake Highlands North
- Lake Highlands Square
- Lake Highlands Village West
- Lake Ridge Estates
- Lovely Place Commons
- Merriman Park Estates
- Merriman Park North
- Moss Farm
- Moss Meadows
- Northwood Heights
- Oak Highlands
- Oak Tree Village
- Pebble Creek
- Richland Park
- Richland Park Estates
- Rolling Trails
- Royal Highlands
- Royal Highlands Village
- Royal Lane Village
- Stults Road
- Town Creek
- Walnut Creek Estates
- Whispering Hills
- White Rock Valley
- Woodlands on the Creek
- University Terrace
- Urban Reserve
A total of 87,860 people lived in the neighborhood's 14.60 square miles, according to the 2014 U.S. census estimate—averaging 6018 people per square mile. The median age for residents was 34.7.
According to the 2014 Census estimate, 48.2% of the population was White, 30.8% was Black, 6.0% Asian, 15.0% from two or more races. 24.6% of the total population was of Hispanic or Latino origin.
48.8% of residents are male, 51.2% are female. 72.5% are age 18 or over. 34.6% have never been married, 50.0% are married, 4.5% are widowed, and 10.9% are divorced.
The median household income in 2016 was $44,539. 31.8% of Lake Highlands homes are detached, single-family houses. The median owner-occupied home value is $266,181. The average household size is 2.38. Homeowners occupied 39.7% of the housing units, and renters occupied the rest.
Lake Highlands residents aged 25 and older holding a four-year degree amounted to 36.6% of the population in 2016, considered high when compared with the city and the county as a whole, as were the percentages of residents with a bachelor's or a postgraduate degree.
The Lake Highlands area is one of few areas in Dallas not within the Dallas Independent School District; most of the area is served by the Richardson Independent School District. The RISD portion of Lake Highlands is served by the following schools:
- Elementary schools
- Aikin Elementary School
- Audelia Creek Elementary School
- Hamilton Park Pacesetter Elementary School
- Forestridge Elementary School
- Forest Lane Academy
- Lake Highlands Elementary School
- Merriman Park Elementary School
- Moss Haven Elementary School
- Northlake Elementary School
- Skyview Elementary School
- Stults Road Elementary School
- Thurgood Marshall Elementary School
- Wallace Elementary School
- White Rock Elementary School
- Middle schools
- Forest Meadow Junior High School
- Lake Highlands Junior High School
- Liberty Junior High School
- High schools
- Lake Highlands Freshman Center
- Lake Highlands High School
Colleges and universities
- Richland College, part of the Dallas County Community College District, is located within Lake Highlands. The school was founded in 1972 and is the largest school in the DCCCD, featuring nearly 22,000 students. Richland is the only community college to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
- Nearby universities
- Southern Methodist University (SMU) is a private, coeducational university in University Park. SMU is the closest university to Lake Highlands, which is home to many of the school's alumni. SMU was founded in 1911 by the Southern Methodist Church and now enrolls 6,500 undergraduates, 1,200 professional students in the law and theology departments, and 3,500 postgraduates. According to sources such as the U.S. News & World Report, SMU is the best overall undergraduate college in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and the third best in the State of Texas.
- The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), part of the state public University of Texas System, is located in the city of Richardson and is in the heart of the Telecom Corridor. UT Dallas, or UTD, is renowned for its work in combining the arts and technology, as well as for its programs in engineering, computer science, economics, international political economy, neuroscience, speech and hearing, pre-health, pre-law and management. The university has many collaborative research relationships with UT Southwestern Medical Center. UT Dallas is home to nearly 27,000 students.
- Lake Highlands Town Center
- Nearby shopping
Recreation and parks
Nestled in the arms of White Rock Creek, Lake Highlands boasts a labyrinth of parks and recreational opportunities that make it one of Dallas' finest neighborhoods in which to live, work and play. Access to over 875 acres of parks, 26 miles of trails, disc golf as well as traditional baseball, soccer fields and playgrounds give a wide variety of outdoor sports.
White Rock Lake is located on the south end of Lake Highlands. Recreational activities on the lake include kayaking, canoeing and standup paddleboarding, available by rental. The park surrounding the lake features a 9.33 mile trail for hiking, running and bicycling. The White Rock Lake Dog Park is also located on the north side of the lake on Mockingbird Lane.
Government and infrastructure
Lake Highlands is represented by Councilman Adam McGough on the Dallas City Council. At the State level, Senator Don Huffines and Senator Van Taylor represent the area on the Texas Senate. Representative Linda Koop and Representative Jason Villalba serve on the Texas House of Representatives.
Lake Highlands is 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.
Lake Highlands is served mainly by the Audelia Road Branch of the Dallas Public Library. Built on its current site in 1971, the building was renovated and expanded in 2004.
As the majority of Lake Highlands 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 residents of Lake Highlands. Since 1996, two light rail lines flanking Lake Highlands have been constructed and well received.
Lake Highlands' 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 Lake Highlands' modified grid plan of principal arterial roads, which runs on a standard N/S/E/W grid.
The routing of limited-access highways through Lake Highlands 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.
Additionally, two separate beltways arc across Lake Highlands: in order from their proximity to downtown:
Major thoroughfares include:
- Abrams Road
- Audelia Road
- Greenville Avenue
- Royal Lane
- Skillman Street
- Forest Lane
- Walnut Hill Lane
- Walnut Street
- Plano Road
DART began operating its light rail lines in Lake Highlands in 1996: The Red Line connects Lake Highlands to downtown, Uptown, Richardson, and Plano. The Blue Line connects Lake Highlands to downtown, Uptown, East Dallas, and Garland. The Orange Line runs to DFW Airport, Irving and Las Colinas, Dallas Love Field, the Medical District, Victory Park, downtown, Uptown, Richardson, and Plano.
Lines and stations in Lake Highlands include:
Notable Lake Highlanders
- Merton Hanks - NFL Pro Bowl and Super Bowl champion defensive back for the San Francisco 49ers football team
- Annie Clark - Grammy Award-winning singer songwriter who performs as St. Vincent
- Mark Salling - actor on the television show Glee
- C.B. Hudson - lead guitarist for the rock band Blue October
- Chris Harrison - Host of the TV show "The Bachelor"
- Dan Beebe - former commissioner of the Big 12 Conference
- Morgan Fairchild - Film and Television Actor
- Gibby Haynes - Lead singer of the band Butthole Surfers and son of "Mr. Peppermint"
- Jerry Haynes - aka "Mr. Peppermint", actor and host of long running (1961- 1996) Dallas-based children's television program, Mr. Peppermint Place
- Tony Liscio – NFL Super Bowl champion offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys
- Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association
- District 10 Map from the City of Dallas
- City of Dallas, Texas
- Richardson Independent School District
- Dallas City Council District 10
Notes and references
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- "Lake Highlands" Neighborhoods, D Magazine
- Why I Love Lake Highlands. D Magazine.
- Neighborhood & Homeowner Associations of Lake Highlands. Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association.
- HOA & NA. All in D10.
- "In Lake Highlands, two surveillance cams capture a USPS worker who’s kind of over it" The Dallas Morning News. 2015-07-29. Retrieved on 2016-08-14 from <http://www.dallasnews.com/news/news/2015/07/29/in-lake-highlands-a-surveillance-cam-captures-usps-worker-who-really-doesnt-care>
- "Race and Hispanic or Latino Origin: 2010". Census Bureau. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
- "Educational Attainment 2010-2014 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". Census Bureau. Census Bureau. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
- Hanson, Royce. Civic Culture and Urban Change: Governing Dallas. Wayne State University Press, April 1, 2003. ISBN 0814337473, 9780814337479. p. 82.
- Pre-K through 12th Grade Schools. All in D10.
- "SMU remains gun-free after opting out of Texas’ new ‘campus carry’ firearm law" Lake Highlands Advocate Magazine. 2016-08-01. Retrieved on 2016-08-14 from <http://lakehighlands.advocatemag.com/2016/08/smu-remains-gun-free-opting-texas-new-campus-carry-firearm-law/ >
- SMU.edu – Facts About SMU History. Retrieved May 9, 2006. Archived June 20, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- SMU.edu – Facts About Demographics. Retrieved May 9, 2006. Archived June 20, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- "University Profile, Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis, The University of Texas at Dallas". www.utdallas.edu. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
- "McGough wins District 10 seat, and every vote counted" Lake Highlands Advocate Magazine. 2015-06-14. Retrieved on 2015-06-20 from <http://lakehighlands.advocatemag.com/2015/06/mcgough-wins-district-10-seat-and-every-vote-counted/>
- "Post Office Location - LAKE HIGHLANDS Archived 2010-05-11 at the Wayback Machine." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 16, 2010.
- Databeans "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2015-06-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- The Dallas Morning News - DART green-lights 40 miles of new rail. Originally published 25 October 2006. Retrieved 5 November 2006.
- Where is Lake Highlands, Texas? Lake Highlands Advocate Magazine 2011