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Highland Park Bubble Life

Population: 8,520 | Area: 2.2 sq mi
A house on stately Beverly Drive in Highland Park. Photo By Scott Womack

We once overheard some high-schoolers at Mi Cocina in Highland Park Village. One boy said to the group: “Everyone in the world hates America. Everyone in America hates Texas. Everyone in Texas hates Dallas. And everyone in Dallas hates Highland Park.” There ensued a pause as the other boys considered what the first had just said. Then he finished: “Isn’t that awesome?” That pretty much sums it up. Highland Park is awesome—and it knows it. Though the schools are the main draw—some people decide to invest in a home rather than a private-school education—they can also be a drawback. They are stressful (more because of overachieving parents than teachers), and students get to participate only in activities in which they excel. There’s not much dabbling in violin or tennis just for the heck of it. Then there’s the age-old Park Cities complaint: would a little diversity hurt anyone? Houses here run from $650,000 for a duplex all the way up to Lyn and John Muse’s $30 million estate.


  • Median Age: 45.1
  • Population Growth: -.2 %
  • Population Density: 3872.7 ppl/sq mile


  • School District: Highland Park ISD
  • Students Passing TAKS: 98%
  • Average SAT Score: 1196


  • Violent Crime Rate: 0.584 per 1,000 residents
  • Non-Violent Crime Rate: 25.5 per 1,000 residents

Real Estate:

  • Average Price of Homes Sold: $1,574,412