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Elm Thicket

North Park, Inwood Park
North Park
Country  United States
State  Texas
County Dallas
City  Dallas
Area North Dallas
 • Land 2 km2 (0.8 sq mi)
Highest elevation
166 m (544 ft)
Lowest elevation
151 m (497 ft)
 • Estimate 
 (est. 2014)
 • Native American 2.40%
 • Black 14.20%
 • Caucasian 72.70%
 • Asian/Pacific Islander 3.60%
 • Other 11.60%
 (est. 2014)
 • Hispanic 13.00%
 • Non-Hispanic 87.00%
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (Central)
ZIP Code
Area codes 214, 469, 972

Elm Thicket (or Ellum Thicket; also known as Elm Thicket/Northpark) is a primarily residential neighborhood in North Dallas, Texas near Love Field airport and the neighborhoods of Love Field, Bluffview, Greenway Parks, University Park and Highland Park.

For most of its history, the historical Elm Thicket/North Park area, has been predominantly an African American community.



Elm Thicket/North Park has undergone extensive social and physical change from 2000-2014. The African American population has dropped by half from 62% of the neighborhood's population in 2000 to 32% in 2014. In the same time, the Hispanic population has risen dramatically, from 26% to 42.5%. The white population has doubled from 11% to 19.5% of the neighborhood's population.

Population by Race
Race 2000 2010 2014 2019
Black 61.6% 21.1% 14.2% 15.3%
White 10.9% 66.0% 72.7% 81.2%
American Indian 3.7% 2.4% 1.4%
Asian 2.5% 3.6% 2.2%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.4% 0.4%
Other 13.0% 11.2% 2.2%
Black 61.6% 39.8% 31.96%
Hispanic 26.0% 35.7% 42.53%
White 10.9% 20.5% 19.5%


  • Housing Type
    • Predominantly single family with a cluster of duplexes. Some apartments and condominiums.
  • Housing Tenure/Occupancy
    • Primarily owner occupancy with a sizeable percentage of rental units.
    • Concentrations of single family renters on the western side.
    • 7.3% Vacancy rate
  • Housing Conditions
    • Most housing is in average condition.
    • Pockets of poorer condition duplexes in the northwestern section.
  • Property Value
    • Rising property values on the eastern portions, slower growth on the western side.
  • New Construction/Improvement Activity
    • A dozen new single-family homes constructed 2012-2014.
    • High amount of home improvement activity throughout, especially in southeastern section.


Elm Thicket/North Park is home to several religious houses of worship:

  • Bethany Missionary Baptist Church
  • Church of the Living God CWFF
  • Greater Zion Baptist Church
  • Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church
  • New Jerusalem AME Church
  • North Park Church of God in Christ
  • North Park CME Church
  • North Park Missionary Baptist Church
  • Whitlow Missionary Baptist Church
  • St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church
  • St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church

For Catholic residents, Elm Thicket/North Park is within the parish boundaries for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church (Iglesia Católica de Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro).


There are two schools located within the boundaries of Elm Thicket/North Park:

  • K. B. Polk Center for Academically Talented and Gifted (Pre-K-5)

Public schools

The neighborhood is served by Dallas Independent School District public schools:

  • K. B. Polk Center for Academically Talented and Gifted (Pre-K-5)
  • Edward H. Cary Middle School (6-8)
  • Thomas Jefferson High School (9-12)

Sudie L. Williams Talented and Gifted Academy (located next door in the Bluffview neighborhood) serves academically talented and gifted students in grades four through six (expanding to eighth grade by 2020). Admission to Williams is based on academic achievement and an application is required.

Henry W. Longfellow Career Exploration Academy (located next door in the Greenway Parks neighborhood) serves students in grades 6-8 selected through the magnet process. The students receive the same basic middle school program offered in all Dallas Independent School District middle schools. However, special focus is placed on the exploration and development of each student's interests and abilities.

Private schools

Colleges and universities

Elm Thicket is in the Dallas County Community College District, which offers academic, continuing education, and adult education programs through seven community colleges and 14 campuses in Dallas County.

Southern Methodist University is two miles to the east of the neighborhood and is located on the same main thoroughfare (Mockingbird Avenue).

Notable people

  • Jason Smith NFL Player #2 Overall Draft 2009
Black History Month on Kiddle
Famous African-American Scientists:
Dorothy Vaughan
Charles Henry Turner
Hildrus Poindexter
Henry Cecil McBay
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