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Glenn Heights, Texas
Location of Glenn Heights, Texas
Location of Glenn Heights, Texas
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
Counties Dallas, Ellis
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Total 7.21 sq mi (18.68 km2)
 • Land 7.21 sq mi (18.68 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
676 ft (206 m)
 • Total 11,278
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,855.08/sq mi (716.25/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 972
FIPS code 48-29840
GNIS feature ID 1388572

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.


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).

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.


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. The town was officially incorporated on September 16, 1969. 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.

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. 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.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 257
1980 1,033 301.9%
1990 4,564 341.8%
2000 7,224 58.3%
2010 11,278 56.1%
2019 (est.) 13,377 18.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2010 Glenn Heights had a population of 11,278. The median age was 29.4. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 25.2% non-Hispanic white, 49.6% non-Hispanic black, 0.6% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% non-Hispanic reporting some other race, 2.7% from two or more races and 22.2% Hispanic or Latino.

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,224 people, 2,356 households, and 1,917 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,029.2 people per square mile (397.3/km2). There were 2,565 housing units at an average density of 365.4 per square mile (141.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 66.65% White, 25.12% African American, 0.78% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 5.08% from other races, and 1.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.74% of the population.

There were 2,356 households, out of which 53.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.6% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 35.5% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 37.2% from 25 to 44, 15.0% from 45 to 64, and 3.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,076, and the median income for a family was $53,548. Males had a median income of $34,411 versus $29,395 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,693. About 5.5% of families and 7.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.9% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.


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.


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.

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