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University Park Small Town in the Big City

Population: 23,040 | Area: 3.7 sq mi
Shops and restaurants make Snider Plaza UP's town square. Photo By Billy Surface

Residents tout their short walk to Snider Plaza, local parks, and response time for emergency services. But it’s the high-performing schools and sense of community that brought (and keeps) residents here. “When something happens to somebody, you know you’re going to have a million people bringing you dinner, picking up your kids at school, going to the grocery store for you,” one resident says. The people of UP also like that they get to live in a small town yet are close to all that Dallas has to offer. What’s not to love? Well, the lack of diversity for one. And all that community can be a little too close. “If I sneeze, my next-door neighbor doesn’t need to know,” one resident says.


  • Median Age: 29.7
  • Population Growth: .3 %
  • Population Density: 6227.0 ppl/sq mile


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


  • Violent Crime Rate: 0.520 per 1,000 residents
  • Non-Violent Crime Rate: 18.6 per 1,000 residents

Real Estate:

  • Average Price of Homes Sold: $1,176,858