Lake Highlands facts for kids
|Neighborhood of Dallas|
|Nickname(s): "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)|
|ZIP codes||75231, 75238, 75243|
|Area code(s)||214, 469, 972|
Constituting most of Northeast Dallas, the sprawling Lake Highlands neighborhood is a collection of dozens of subdivisions served by RISD public schools as well as an array of outstanding 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:
|Far North Dallas & Midtown||Richardson||Richardson & Garland|
|Lakewood||White Rock Lake||East Dallas|
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.
The following neighborhoods are generally considered part of or closely connected with Lake Highlands.
- 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 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.
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.
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:
- White Rock Station
- Lake Highlands Station
- LBJ/Skillman Station
- Forest Lane Station
- LBJ/Central Station
Notable Lake Highlanders
- 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
"Lake Highlands Chamber of Commerce is working to develop and grow business in LH. They can be found on Facebook under Lake Highlands Chamber and on LinkedIn under LH Community (part of the LHCC).
"Lake Highlands Advocate Magazine" is a local community magazine and daily news blog.
"Lake Highlands Today" is a local community website.
The Dallas Morning News is the local citywide newspaper.
Lake Highlands People was a local community newspaper, not currently being published.
The Lake Highlands edition of Black White Read online community newspapers was a local community website, not currently being published.
Images for kids
Dallas Hall at Southern Methodist University in University Park
Lake Highlands Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.