|Motto: "A place where everyone matters"|
Location of Prosper in Collin County, Texas
|• Town Council||Ray Smith, Mayor
Curry Vogelsang Jr.
|• Total||22.8 sq mi (59.1 km2)|
|• Land||22.6 sq mi (58.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)|
|Elevation||682 ft (208 m)|
|• Estimate (2014)||14,416|
|• Density||417/sq mi (161.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1344593|
Prosper is an affluent suburban town located in Collin and Denton counties within the state of Texas, United States. The town is located within the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,423; it had risen to an estimated 14,416 in 2014.
As of 2010, the racial makeup of the town was 87.1% White, 5.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.0% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 2.8% some other race, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.
The median household income as of 2010 was $118,281
Prosper was a small rural town on Preston Road (SH 289) in North Texas about 6 mi (9.7 km) north of Frisco, but in recent years – true to its name – it has prospered. The first settlers arrived in this area in 1846 for the black fertile prairie soil of North Texas where cotton was "king." Between 1850 and 1902, two settlements existed. One community, two miles south of the present town, was called Rock Hill. The second community, one mile north, was called Richland. The development of these small communities was expedited in 1876 when County Courts ordered small tracts of land to be established for quick sale. These tracts, each approximately 160 acres in size, were sold for $3.50 per acre. Dr. A. T. Bryant of McKinney purchased one of the tracts, which later became the geographic nucleus for the Town of Prosper.
The establishment of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad in March of 1902 created the change that forced the communities of Rock Hill and Richland to merge, forming the Town of Prosper. 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 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. Mr. U.N. Clary was Mayor and served in that position for the next 49 years.
From the mule drawn wagon and horse drawn buggy, the automobile evolved. Thus began the evolution of people moving in and out of the rural community. Surviving the war and the depression, the mechanization of farming provided the next big impact on Prosper's population.
In 1980, the introduction of light industry, combined with the growth of the Metroplex, led to a comeback for Prosper. Today Prosper is the home to more than 100 businesses and hundreds of new families.
Prosper has maintained a spacious country feel while developing into an upscale suburb, with rolling terrain, many trees and large single-family-home lots. Prosper is growing rapidly in terms of new home building (single-family houses in the $400,000 up to $4,000,000 range). In addition to a longtime retail filling station, in 2004 Prosper saw its second and third retail establishments arrive: a Sonic restaurant, and an Exxon "On the Run" station. Since 2004, Prosper has added a Palios, CVS, Ernestos, Subway and many other establishments. In 2014, expansion was announced for The Prosper Town Center. The Gates of Prosper is a luxury $500-million-dollar upscale retail development set to start construction in 2015.
Prosper High School cost $113.5 million to construct and is 590,000-square-feet, complete with a medical tech lab, a restaurant-worthy kitchen, a greenhouse, a broadcast studio and an indoor football practice facility.
Prosper is home to numerous full-service equestrian farms.
Prosper prides itself on a strong sense of community. The Town of Prosper greatly promotes resident input when it comes to planning and zoning. There have been several community surveys and town meetings held throughout the years with hundreds of residents participating and attending. In 2012, Prosper residents built their own community playground. Windmill playground was built with one hundred percent locally-raised funds and volunteer hours.
The Town of Prosper holds an annual Christmas festival and Fourth of July event. Each May, Prosper Founders Fest celebrates the history, people and arts. The event combines the Prosper Fire Department's IBCA-sanctioned Barbecue Cookoff, a 5K race through the Prosper area, an art show and music festival and a Sunday Family Fellowship. The Sunday event is unique in that 80% of Prosper families attend local churches. The Family Fellowship is a once-a-year opportunity for the Prosper community celebrate with music, kite-flying and picnics.
Prosper is located in western Collin County and eastern Denton County at .
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) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.6 km2), or 1.09%, is water.
The Town of Prosper is served by the Prosper Independent School District.
- Prosper High School (Grades 9–12)
- Reynolds Middle School (Grades 7-8)
- Rogers Middle School (Grades 5-6)
- Cockrell Elementary School (Grades PreK–4)
- Rucker Elementary School (Grades PreK–4)
- Folsom Elementary School (Grades PreK–4)
- Baker Elementary School (Grades PreK–4) *Located in McKinney, Texas
Prosper High School Baseball team went to the State Championship Semi-Finals in Class A in 1982 & 1983 then won their first State Championship trophy in Class A Baseball in 1984 against Runge. Prosper High School won its first football state championship (AAA) in 2008. In 2008, Prosper took down Waco's La Vega High School 17 to 10 to win the 3A Championship. Prosper High School won the Boys Golf State Championship in 2011. Prosper High School Baseball team won the 2015 UIL 5A Baseball State Championship
- Chris Buescher, driver for Roush Fenway Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series
- Matt Carpenter, Major League Baseball player, St. Louis Cardinals
- Todd Eldredge, three-time Olympian and six-time world champion figure skater
- Pat Fallon, president of Virtus Apparel, based in Prosper, and Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 106 in Denton County
- Marc Fein, journalist and NBC news anchor
- Chris Harris, NFL player
- LaTroy Hawkins, MLB player
- Torii Hunter, MLB player, Minnesota Twins and Anaheim Angels
- Lorene Rogers, biochemist; first woman in the United States to lead a public university, the University of Texas
- Deion Sanders, former NFL player and MLB player
- Ann Ward, winner of the 15th cycle of America's Next Top Model
- Randy White, NFL Hall of Famer for the Dallas Cowboys
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- Town of Prosper official website
- Prosper Fire Department
- Prosper Police Department
- ProsperProgress, business website