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 councilDavid F. Bristol, Mayor
Marcus Ray
Craig Andres
Amy Bartley
Chris Kern
Jeff Hodges
Charles Cotten
 • 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)
 • Total30,174
 • Density974.31/sq mi (376.18/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)214, 469, 945, 972
FIPS code48-59696[2]
GNIS feature ID1344593[3]

Prosper is a town in Collin and Denton counties in the U.S. state of Texas. Prosper is located within the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, its population was 9,423;[4] as of 2020, its population was 30,174.[5]


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.

Prosper was incorporated in 1914 with a commission form of government and a population of 500. Uncas Norvell Clary was mayor and served in that position for the next 49 years. Prosper became a growing area with many new homes and communities being developed. The Prosper Community of Windsong Ranch features a man-made crystalline lagoon.[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 sq mi (59.1 km2), of which 0.23 sq mi (0.6 km2), or 1.09%, is covered by water.[8]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
Prosper racial composition as of 2020[10]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 20,678 68.53%
Black or African American (NH) 2,480 8.22%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 128 0.42%
Asian (NH) 2,141 7.10%
Pacific Islander (NH) 19 0.06%
Some Other Race (NH) 125 0.41%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 1,535 5.09%
Hispanic or Latino 3,068 10.17%
Total 30,174

According to the 2020 U.S. census, the town of Prosper had a population of 30,174, up from 9,423 at the 2010 census.[5]

Arts and culture[edit]

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 "Barbecue Cookoff", a 5K race, an art show, a music festival, and a Sunday Family Fellowship.


Prosper High School

Most of the Town of Prosper is served by the Prosper Independent School District.[13][14]

  • Rock Hill High School (grades 9–12, in Frisco)
  • 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, in Frisco)
  • Baker Elementary School (grades K–5, in McKinney)
  • Boyer Elementary School (grades K–5, in Celina)
  • Cockrell Elementary School (grades K–5)
  • Folsom Elementary School (grades K–5)
  • Furr Elementary School (grades K–5, in McKinney)
  • Hughes Elementary School (grades K–5, in McKinney)
  • Johnson Elementary School (grades K–5, in Celina)
  • Light Farms Elementary School (grades K–5, in Celina)
  • Rucker Elementary School (grades K–5)
  • Spradley Elementary School (grades K–5, in Frisco)
  • Stuber Elementary School (grades K–5)
  • Windsong Ranch Elementary School (grades K–5)
  • Reeves Elementary School (grades K–5, in McKinney)
  • Bryant Elementary School (grades K–5)

In January 2018, Prosper ISD began construction of a natatorium and a football stadium. The facilities opened in the fall of 2019.[15][16]

Prosper ISD will open their third high school, Walnut Grove High School, in the fall of 2023.[17]

The Glenbrooke and Doe Creek subdivisions in far west Prosper are within the Denton Independent School District.[14] Residents currently attend:

The Texas Legislature designated Collin College as the community college for all of Collin County and for Prosper ISD. The majority of Denton County, including the part of Prosper in Denton ISD, is zoned to North Central Texas College.[18]

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ a b "Explore Census Data". Retrieved July 5, 2022.
  6. ^ "Crystal Lagoon in Windsong Ranch Community Dallas". October 10, 2017.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "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. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved November 24, 2022.
  11. ^[not specific enough to verify]
  12. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  13. ^ "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Collin County, TX" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  14. ^ a b "2020 CENSUS - SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP: Denton County, TX" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 18, 2021.
  15. ^ "Check out Prosper High School's proposed $48 million mega stadium that features banquet hall suite". SportsDayHS. July 18, 2017. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  16. ^ "FAQ / Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  17. ^ "Prosper ISD to open third high school in Fall 2023". Celina Record. September 13, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ "Take a look at this former Dallas Cowboys' $5.75M mansion". Chron. Houston Chronicle. February 12, 2020. Retrieved March 10, 2022.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[11][12]

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