Highland Village grew from a small, rural town into a suburban city seemingly in a very short period of time. Highland Village was incorporated in 1963 after approximately 100 lakeside residents decided to make their homes permanent. The early residents, for the most part, were professionals from the Dallas area who wanted to get away for the weekend and enjoyed it so much they moved to what is now known as Highland Village.
In spite of its hideaway appeal, Highland Village is conveniently located 15 minutes north of DFW International Airport, west of the Legacy Park/West Plano area, and almost exactly halfway between Dallas and Denton. Its central location has long attracted families to developments like Highland Shores, Highland Village’s largest subdivision. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.4 square miles, of which 5.5 square miles is land and 0.9 square miles , or 13.88%, is water.