Sunnyvale, Texas

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Sunnyvale, Texas
Location within Dallas County and the state of Texas
Location within Dallas County and the state of Texas
Coordinates: 32°48′13″N 96°34′11″W / 32.80361°N 96.56972°W / 32.80361; -96.56972Coordinates: 32°48′13″N 96°34′11″W / 32.80361°N 96.56972°W / 32.80361; -96.56972
CountryUnited States
 • MayorSaji George
 • Total16.79 sq mi (43.49 km2)
 • Land16.52 sq mi (42.78 km2)
 • Water0.27 sq mi (0.71 km2)
486 ft (148 m)
 • Total5,130
 • Estimate 
 • Density414.13/sq mi (159.90/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)214, 469, 972
FIPS code48-71156[3]
GNIS feature ID1348079[4]

Sunnyvale is a rural, sparsely populated, and very affluent town in Dallas County, Texas, United States. It is the easternmost city completely within Dallas County. The population was 5,130 at the 2010 census.[5]


The town now called Sunnyvale was inhabited by various Native American tribes in the years before the European conquest of the Americas. It became under the rule of Spain in the 18th century, very close to the boundary of Spanish and French territory (although this boundary was carried upward a bit in 1819; see Adams-Onís Treaty.) During this time, the area was relatively underdeveloped. However, some settlers migrated to Texas and would eventually settle in Sunnyvale. In 1821, the town became a possession of Mexico when Mexico received its independence from Spain. After the Texas Revolution, the area once again changed hands, under the Republic of Texas. This is when the town started to develop. During this time, settlers migrated to present-day Sunnyvale, naming the hamlet they founded Long Creek.1. In 1845 Texas became a United States state. More settlers migrated to the area. In the 1860s, the town was briefly part of the Confederate States of America. As more people arrived, eventually three new towns sprang up in the area: New Hope, Tripp, and Hatterville. New Hope was the most prosperous of these. It had many shops and stores, a fair called Gala Days, and a newspaper, the New Hope News. It was neighboring Mesquite's biggest rival. This all ended in 1921, when a storm blew the town away 2. Many buildings were damaged and the prosperous days were over. From this year on to the 1950s, the four towns had no new developments, remaining stagnant. In the year 1953, the hamlets of Hatterville, New Hope, Long Creek, and Tripp merged under the name Sunnyvale. The name was chosen in a contest from a local school. Today, there are many reminders of Sunnyvale's rich history, like the old New Hope School; the Tripp First Baptist Church, built in 1882; and many antique houses. The Long Creek Cemetery in southern Sunnyvale is over 150 years old, and the first recorded burial there is that of Leona Crownover Caldwell, dated October 2, 1855. There are also veterans from most major American wars, including the War of 1812, the Civil War (both Union and Confederate veterans), the World Wars, and others. Some of the oldest burials in the cemetery include James Truss and Priscilla Dulaney Truss, both born in 1799 2[permanent dead link]. In March 2012, Sunnyvale, Texas was named the whitest town in North Texas by D Magazine, and the power of that article was something that is still brought up today. The reason that Sunnyvale was named the whitest town in North Texas was based on an initial, U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyern study that deducted that out of 2,228 residents in Sunnyvale, TX, that only 16 of them were African American. [1] On December 26, 2015 the town was struck by an EF-4 tornado causing extensive damage to the Plantation RV park, the tornado then grew and moved northeast into Garland and Rowlett killing 12 people and injuring many.


Sunnyvale is located at 32°48′13″N 96°34′11″W / 32.80361°N 96.56972°W / 32.80361; -96.56972 (32.803646, –96.569654).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 16.8 square miles (44 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)6,841[2]33.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2020 census[edit]

Sunnyvale racial composition[8]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 3,897 49.37%
Black or African American (NH) 801 10.15%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 27 0.34%
Asian (NH) 2,012 25.49%
Pacific Islander (NH) 9 0.11%
Some Other Race (NH) 48 0.61%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 248 3.14%
Hispanic or Latino 851 10.78%
Total 7,893

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 7,893 people, 2,099 households, and 1,979 families residing in the town.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 5,130 people, 891 households, and 775 families residing in the town. The population density was 160.8 people per square mile (62.1/km2). There were 928 housing units at an average density of 55.4 per square mile (21.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 68.4% White, 20.6% Asian, 6.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.9% other races, and 2.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.7% of the population.

There were 891 households, out of which 43.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.8% were married couples living together, 5.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.0% were non-families. 11.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 29.6% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 30.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $86,952, and the median income for a family was $98,999. Males had a median income of $63,750 versus $37,297 for females. The per capita income for the town was $38,910. About 2.5% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The town council includes six members and the mayor.[11] As of September 2020, Saji George is the mayor of Sunnyvale.[12] As of the same year the council members are Ryan Finch, Kevin Clark, Mark Egan, Mark Eldridge, Larry Allen, and Jonathan Freeman.[11]

In 2000 a U.S. district court ruled that Sunnyvale had enacted planning and zoning practices that were in place to exclude the development of apartments and small single family lots. Sunnyvale and the Inclusive Communities Project (ICP) entered into an agreement in which Sunnyvale was given three years to identify 70 housing units favorable for purchase or rent by low income individuals and families. Since 2008, three developers have considered low income developments in Sunnyvale, but no applications have been filed with the Town. ICP filed a lawsuit against Sunnyvale in 2009, seeking the development of low income units at a site in Sunnyvale. Sunnyvale's government responded, saying that it had taken appropriate steps to approve the creation of low income housing.

"The Town of Sunnyvale received an order from Honorable Judge Reed O'Connor regarding the Dews vs Town of Sunnyvale case, finding the Town in contempt of court for its failure to implement the Settlement Stipulation in the case by April 15, 2008. The Town has reviewed, and understands Judge O'Connor's order, yet is clearly disappointed in the ruling, because the Town believes that it did all that was possible to comply with the settlement under the circumstances. But Judge Reed O'Connor found the Town guilty of contempt of court and the town has to July 15, 2011 to comply and make available 70 low income units that qualifies for section 8 vouchers.[13]

In October 2019, the Sunnyvale Police Department was established and began the start-up phase of standing up a new Police Department. The Town was contracted with the Dallas County Sheriff's Office for many years, and they continued to provide law enforcement services to the Town of Sunnyvale through October 2020, when Sunnyvale Police Department took over operations.

Sunnyvale is in Texas State House District 113, represented by Democrat Rhetta Andrews Bowers. Sunnyvale is in Texas Senate District 2, represented by Republican Senator Bob Hall.


Sunnyvale Independent School District takes students in Sunnyvale who are in grades pre-kindergarten through 12.[14] Sunnyvale High School's facility opened in 2009.[15]

Prior to fall 2007,[citation needed] Sunnyvale did not operate a high school; for high school Sunnyvale's students were zoned to the Mesquite Independent School District (MISD), attending North Mesquite High School.[15]

Sunnyvale has a public library, located on Tower Place in the northwestern portion of the city.[16]

All of Dallas County (Sunnyvale included) is in the service area of Dallas College (formerly Dallas County Community College).[17]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Sunnyvale is along Lake Ray Hubbard, which has recreational activities for Sunnyvale residents.[18]

There are also four parks in the city: Jobson Park, Town Center Park, Samuell Farm North, and Robert Vineyard Park.[19]


  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. ^ a b "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. ^ United States Census[dead link]
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2022-05-22.
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  10. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  11. ^ a b "Town Council." Town of Sunnyvale. Retrieved on November 4, 2009.
  12. ^ "Mayor." Town of Sunnyvale. Retrieved on September 24, 2019.
  13. ^ "Press Release of March 23, 2010." Town of Sunnyvale. Following this decision, the town council has decided to allow low-income housing off of Planers road. However, in October 2013, no such apartments have been completed.
  14. ^ "Education." Town of Sunnyvale. Retrieved on November 4, 2009.
  15. ^ a b Korosec, Thomas (March 2012). "Sunnyvale: The Whitest Town in North Texas". D Magazine. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  16. ^ "Library > Contact Information." City of Sunnyvale. Retrieved on November 4, 2009.
  18. ^ "Recreation." Town of Sunnyvale. Retrieved on November 4, 2009.
  19. ^ "Parks & Recreation | Town of Sunnyvale, TX - Official Website".
  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.[9][10]

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