Little Elm at a Glance
Little Elm is generally located along the northern and eastern shores of Lewisville Lake at the cross roads 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, and Providence to the north, and Oak Point, Cross Roads, and Lakewood Village to the west.
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 and 4.1 square miles (10.5 km2), or 21.83%, is water.
Little Elm has more miles of shoreline (66 miles) than any city in DFW. New projects include Hydrous wakeboard park, a new boat ramp, expanded swim beach, McCord Park’s disc golf course, and many miles of trail.
Little Elm’s current estimated population, as of March 1, 2014, is 31,255. Including active subdivisions in the Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ), that figure exceeds 45,000. Little Elm’s build-out population is anticipated to be over 90,000.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,646 people, 1,210 households, and 965 families 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 the state of Texas but also the United States.
Three (3) 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.
The Little Elm Independent School District 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 Pkwy. The stadium is also one of the largest in the area.
Awards & Honors
In 2013, Little Elm was named by the FBI the 2nd safest city in the nation and the safest city in Texas.
The Arbor Day Foundation designated Little Elm a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry for 3 straight years (2011-2013).
The American Planning Association, Texas Chapter, with an all-time record number of applicants, honored the Town of Little Elm with the Current Planning Award for its 2009 Commercial Design Standards Report.
The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association honored Little Elm with a Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence award during the following years: 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013.
In 2013, the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council presented Little Elm with a Bronze Leaf Award for its commitment to urban forestry initiatives.
The Dallas Business Journal selected McCord Farm as a finalist for its 2012 Suburban Multi-Family Deal of the Year award. McCord Farm includes three phases of luxury multi-family developments along the FM 423 corridor and McCord Park, a wooded 38 acre public park along Cottonwood Creek donated to the Town of Little Elm and constructed by the developer.
The Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association named Chairman Michael McClellan the 2012 Planning Commissioner of the Year. This prestigious and competitive honor is awarded to only one (1) commissioner in the State each year by the Texas Chapter.
In 2010, Little Elm’s Planning Department won the Texas Emerging Communities scholarship in recognition of its colossal 610% growth rate, modernized development standards, aggressive tree preservation regulations, and Town Center project