Little Elm, Texas

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Little Elm, Texas
Official seal of Little Elm, Texas
"Town With A Lake Attitude"[1]
Location of Little Elm in Denton County, Texas
Location of Little Elm in Denton County, Texas
Coordinates: 33°9′50″N 96°55′49″W / 33.16389°N 96.93028°W / 33.16389; -96.93028Coordinates: 33°9′50″N 96°55′49″W / 33.16389°N 96.93028°W / 33.16389; -96.93028
CountryUnited States
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • Town CouncilMayor Curtis Cornelious
Tony Singh
Neil Blais
Lisa Norman
Nick Musteen
Michael McClellan
 • Town ManagerMatt Mueller
 • Total22.09 sq mi (57.22 km2)
 • Land17.99 sq mi (46.60 km2)
 • Water4.10 sq mi (10.62 km2)
545 ft (166 m)
 • Total25,898
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,952.92/sq mi (1,140.12/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)214, 469, 945, 972
FIPS code48-43012[4]
GNIS feature ID1340088[5]

Little Elm is a city in Denton County, Texas, United States, and a part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. It is an extended suburb of Denton; its population was 3,646 at the 2000 census. By the 2010 census, the city total had jumped to 25,898,[6] making Little Elm one of the fastest-growing municipalities by percentage in Texas since 2000. As of 2019, the estimated population of Little Elm was 53,126.


Little Elm is generally located along the northern and eastern shores of Lewisville Lake at the crossroads of Eldorado Parkway and FM 423, and includes stretches of U.S. Highway 380. Its neighbors include Frisco to the east, The Colony and Hackberry to the south, Prosper, Aubrey, Savannah, and Providence to the north, and Oak Point, Cross Roads, and Lakewood Village to the west.

The town is about 33 miles north of the City of Dallas, 23 miles north from of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and 20 miles east of the City of Denton, the county seat of Denton County.

Little Elm is located at 33°9′50″N 96°55′49″W / 33.16389°N 96.93028°W / 33.16389; -96.93028 (33.163955, -96.930281).[7] According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it has a total area of 18.6 square miles (48.3 km2), of which 14.6 square miles (37.7 km2) is land an4.1 square miles (10.5 km2), or 21.83%, is covered by water.[8] Little Elm has an average elevation of 545 feet above sea level.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)53,126[3]105.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

Little Elm's estimated population, as of July 1, 2019, was 53,126. Little Elm's build-out population is anticipated to be over 90,000.[10]

As of the census[4] of 2000, 3,646 people, 1,210 households, and 965 families were residing in the town. The population of Little Elm grew by 610% between 2000 and 2010, ballooning from 3,646 to 25,898, making the city one of the fastest-growing in not only Texas, but also the United States.

According to the census, 63.2% of the population was White, 17.5% was African American, and 6.1% was Asian. Of the total population, 22.7% identified as Hispanic or Latino (of any race).[11]

Per the 2019 Census estimates, the median household income in Little Elm was $95,377. The per capita income is $34,533, and 6.3% of residents live in poverty. Many local organizations such as LovePacs and the Little Elm Food Bank aim to serve these extremely low-income residents.


Local government[edit]

Little Elm became a home rule municipality in 2001. It has a council-manager form of government. The town council consists of a mayor and five city council members, one of whom is elected at-large.

The town holds annual municipal elections in March, and run-off elections when necessary in June. Terms for both the offices of the mayor and council are three years, with term limits of three years.[citation needed]

The town has a number of extraterritorial jurisdictions that also vote in municipal elections. [12]

In June 2021, Little Elm elected its first African American mayor, Curtis Cornelious, who previously served two and a half terms on town council as the at-large council member before resigning to run for mayor.[13]

State government[edit]

After the 2021 state and federal redistricting, the town of Little Elm is located almost wholly within Texas State House of Representatives district 57, with tiny portions in district 106. Likewise, most of Little Elm is in Texas State Senate district 12, with some small portions in district 30.

Federal government[edit]

Following the 2021 state and federal redistricting, the town of Little Elm is located entirely within United States Congressional district 26.


Little Elm ISD Athletic Complex Stadium in Little Elm, Texas

Three school districts serve Little Elm: Little Elm ISD, Frisco ISD, and Denton ISD. Generally, the U.S. 380 corridor is served by Denton ISD, the FM 423 corridor and east Little Elm by Frisco ISD, and the rest of Little Elm by Little Elm ISD. in 2020, Little Elm High School was reclassified to a 6A athletic program.

The Little Elm Independent School District[14] serves most of the original parts of Little Elm. Little Elm ISD is one of the fastest-growing in Denton County. The school district finished building its athletic stadium in 2006 located at the intersection of Hart Road and Eldorado Parkway. The stadium has a seating capacity of 7,500 with great wheelchair accessibility, a newly renovated video board at the north endzone, and a three level state-of-the-art press box.[15] Although the intent is to keep the community a one-high-school town, two new middle schools will open for the 2020-2021 school year.

A portion of the city is within the Frisco Independent School District.[16]

During the summer of 2016, Denton ISD completed construction on its fourth comprehensive high school, Braswell High School, located at the southeast corner of Navo Road and U.S. 380, to serve the fast-growing University Drive corridor, which is part of Little Elm.[17]


Near Beard Park in Little Elm, TX.

While Little Elm is often referred to as a "bedroom community," five companies/entities in the city employ over 100 people, per the Little Elm EDC [18] - Little Elm ISD (853), The Town of Little Elm (311), Kroger (191), Lowe's Home Center (178), and Retractable Technologies (146). The 2019 Retail Trade population was 203,560. The unemployment rate in Little Elm, pre-Covid-19, was 3.7%. Little Elm residents work in a variety of sectors,[19] including retail trade (13.9%), finance/insurance (11.6%), professional/scientific/technical services (10.8%), construction (8.6%), and educational services (8.5%).

Awards and honors[edit]

The Arbor Day Foundation designated Little Elm a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry for three straight years (2011-2013).[20]

The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association honored Little Elm with its Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence award for 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.[citation needed]

In 2013, the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council presented Little Elm with its Bronze Leaf Award for its commitment to urban forestry initiatives.[21]

In 2013, Little Elm was named the safest city in Texas by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the 18th-safest in the nation for cities with a population of 25,000 or higher.[22] In 2016, Little Elm was ranked the 13th safest by the FBI in the state of Texas for towns with a population of 10,000 or higher.[23]


Little Elm has five major community parks: Little Elm Park, Cottonwood Park, Beard Park, McCord Park, and Union Park. Cottonwood Park, located in the Lakefront district at the southern terminus of Lobo Lane, is home to Cottonwood Creek Marina.

Entrance to Beard Park in Little Elm, Texas
Sunset at Paloma Creek's entrance in Little Elm

Beard Park is the future home of Little Elm's Farmers Market, which in 2013 was set up in the Hobby Lobby shopping center.[24]

McCord Park is a wooded, 38-acre park including trails, a disc golf course, a fishing dock, and a playground. The disc golf course was designed by John Houck, a world-renowned disc golf course designer.[citation needed]

Through creative planning and zoning, McCord Park was donated to the city and constructed by the developers of the luxury multifamily projects adjacent to it. The total value of the land and park improvements was estimated to be over $5 million, all of which was paid for by the developer. Vital to the city's master hike and bike trail plan, McCord Park provides an invaluable link from FM 423 to Veteran's Memorial Bridge on Witt Road and eventually westward along Lewisville Lake to the Lakefront district. It also offers a critical connection point into Frisco's trail system, which is part of a regional master trail system, one day ensuring that Little Elm residents could continually travel to Dallas via trail without interruption.[citation needed]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification, Little Elm has a humid subtropical climate, Cfa on climate maps.[25] In July/August, daily highs average around 95°F, with nightly lows around 72°. In December/January, daily highs average around 55°F, with nightly lows around 32°.


Little Elm has access to the rest of the DFW metroplex via several regionally significant thoroughfares. The Dallas North Tollway is a 5-minute drive east of Little Elm, which opens up the greater north Dallas region to residents, including several large employment and shopping hubs.[citation needed] DFW Airport is about 30 minutes away by car, and Love Field is about 35 minutes by car.

Eldorado Parkway, which functions as Little Elm's main street, provides a critical connection to the region by linking U.S. 75 and I-35E, including the Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge. Portions of Eldorado Parkway are six lanes with a median dividing them.

FM 423 serves as Little Elm's eastern boundary, although Lit rosses east of FM 423 in several places. This six-lane thoroughfare connects SH 121 in The Colony to the U.S. 380 corridor. The U.S. 380 corridor is in the northern part of Little Elm and provides an invaluable regional connection between two of the four county seats of the Metroplex (McKinney and Denton). TXDOT has no formal plans to expand U.S. 380 in Denton County, but sufficient right-of-way exists to provide eight lanes with a median if TXDOT prioritizes the project.[citation needed]

The Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge, a North Texas Tollway Authority project, was opened to the public on August 1, 2009. The authority completed the Dallas North Tollway Extension Phase III in September 2007.

Notable people[edit]


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