Prosper, Texas

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Prosper, Texas
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"A Place Where Everyone Matters" and "Small Town, Big Heart"
Location of Prosper in Collin County, Texas
Location of Prosper in Collin County, Texas
Coordinates: 33°14′18″N 96°47′27″W / 33.23833°N 96.79083°W / 33.23833; -96.79083Coordinates: 33°14′18″N 96°47′27″W / 33.23833°N 96.79083°W / 33.23833; -96.79083
CountryUnited States United States
StateTexas Texas
CountiesCollin, Denton
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • Town councilRay Smith, Mayor
Marcus Ray
Craig Andres
Curry Vogelsang Jr.
Meigs Miller
Jeff Hodges
Jason Dixon
 • Total25.45 sq mi (65.92 km2)
 • Land25.23 sq mi (65.34 km2)
 • Water0.22 sq mi (0.58 km2)
682 ft (208 m)
 • Total9,423
 • Estimate 
 • Density974.31/sq mi (376.18/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)214, 469, 972
FIPS code48-59696[3]
GNIS feature ID1344593[4]

Prosper is a town in Collin and Denton Counties within the state of Texas, United States. The Town of Prosper is located within the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,423;[5] As of 2019, the estimated population was 24,579.


The first settlers arrived in 1846 to farm cotton in the black fertile prairie soil. Between 1850 and 1902, two settlements existed - Rock Hill was two miles south of the present town and Richland was one mile north. The development of these small communities was expedited in 1876 when County Courts ordered small tracts of land to be established for a quick sale. These tracts, each about 160 acres in size, were sold for $3.50 per acre. Dr. A. T. Bryant of McKinney purchased what later became the center of the present town.

The towns merged during the establishment of St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad in March 1902. For years, Prosper was the central stop for the railroad between Dallas and Sherman. When community officials applied for a post office with the name "Richland", they were informed that the city name was already taken. Postmaster B.J. Naugle asked for an alternative name and J.C. Slaughter suggested the name "Prosper" because crops that year had been very prosperous.

The Town of Prosper was incorporated in 1914 with a commission form of government and a population of 500. U.N. Clary was mayor and served in that position for the next 49 years. Prosper High School cost $113.5 million to construct and is 590,000  ft2, complete with a medical tech lab, a restaurant-worthy kitchen, a greenhouse, a broadcast studio, and an indoor football practice facility.

The Town of Prosper holds an annual Christmas festival and Fourth of July event. Each May, Prosper Founders Fest celebrates its history, people, and arts. The event combines the Prosper Fire Department's IBCA-sanctioned Barbecue Cookoff, a 5K race, an art show, and a music festival, and a Sunday Family Fellowship.

Prosper is a growing area with many new homes and communities being developed. The Prosper Community of Windsong Ranch is the only place in North Texas with a man-made crystalline lagoon powered by Crystal Lagoons' technology[6]


Prosper is located in western Collin County and eastern Denton County at 33°14′18″N 96°47′27″W / 33.238295°N 96.790850°W / 33.238295; -96.790850.[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 22.8 square miles (59.1 km2), of which 22.6 square miles (58.5 km2) are land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 1.09%, is covered by water.[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)24,579[2]160.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of 2019, the racial makeup of the town was 89.2% White, 4.9% Asian, 2.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, and 2.0% of some other race. Hispanics and Latinos of any race were 5.2% of the population.[8]

As of 2019, the median household income was $141,273.


Prosper High School

The Town of Prosper is served by the Prosper Independent School District.

  • Rock Hill High School (Grades 9-12) *Located in Frisco, Texas
  • Prosper High School (Grades 9–12)
  • Reynolds Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • Rogers Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • Rushing Middle School (Grades 6-8)
  • Hays Middle School (Grades 6-8) *Located in Frisco, Texas
  • Baker Elementary School (Grades K–5) *Located in McKinney, Texas
  • Boyer Elementary School (Grades K-5) *Located in Celina, Texas
  • Cockrell Elementary School (Grades K–5)
  • Folsom Elementary School (Grades K–5)
  • Furr Elementary School (Grades K-5) *Located in McKinney, Texas
  • Hughes Elementary School (Grades K-5) *Located in McKinney, Texas
  • Light Farms Elementary School (Grades PK-5) *Located in Celina, Texas
  • Rucker Elementary School (Grades K–5)
  • Spradley Elementary School (Grades K-5) *Located in Frisco, Texas
  • Stuber Elementary School (Grades K-5)
  • Windsong Ranch Elementary School (Grades K–5)

In January 2018, Prosper ISD began construction for both a natatorium and football stadium. The facilities are scheduled to open by August 2019.[10][11]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Prosper town, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
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  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ a b "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Prosper town, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 3, 2012.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Check out Prosper High School's proposed $48 million mega stadium that features banquet hall suite". SportsDayHS. 2017-07-18. Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  11. ^ "FAQ / Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 2018-03-27.
  12. ^ Fraley, Gerry (October 25, 2012). "Chris Buescher adds to family's success by winning ARCA title". The Dallas Morning News. Dallas, TX. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  13. ^ Archer, Todd (April 14, 2020). "Frustrated with fallout from his weekend gathering, Cowboys QB Dak Prescott clarifies, says fewer than 10 people were at house". ESPN. Retrieved April 14, 2020.

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