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Celina, Texas
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Location of Celina in Collin County, Texas
Location of Celina in Collin County, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Collin, Denton
 • Total 31.21 sq mi (80.83 km2)
 • Land 30.93 sq mi (80.10 km2)
 • Water 0.28 sq mi (0.73 km2)
692 ft (211 m)
 • Total 16,739
 • Density 527.03/sq mi (203.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 972
FIPS code 48-13684
GNIS feature ID 1354176

Celina ( sil-EYE-nə) is a city in Collin and Denton counties, Texas, United States, with a 2020 census-tabulated population of 16,739.


Celina is located at 33°19′11″N 96°46′58″W / 33.319846°N 96.782799°W / 33.319846; -96.782799.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.2 square miles (36.7 km2), of which 14.0 square miles (36.3 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 1.10%, is water.

Running north/south through the town is State Highway 289 (locally known as Preston Road). It starts near downtown Dallas and terminates near Sherman. Celina is located about equidistant between downtown Dallas and the Oklahoma border.

Being mostly farm and ranch land, the terrain is largely open fields on flat-to-gently-rolling terrain. The ambient air temperature is typically 4 to 6 °F cooler than Dallas 30 miles (48 km) south.


Celina is undergoing rapid growth. Having never before had any kind of retail chain other than two fuel stations and a small Chevrolet dealership, Celina saw a Sonic restaurant completed in 2003. In October 2005, Brookshire's broke ground for construction of a new grocery store, where for 18 months prior only a sign had stood announcing the "future home" in the cow pasture at the corner of Preston Road and County Road 91. A McDonald's restaurant opened in October 2011. Since 1999, much of the country land has tripled in price.

With the continuous building of middle and upper scale homes in Celina and the nearby towns of Prosper (south of Celina) and Gunter (north of Celina), the volume of traffic has increased dramatically. Between January 2004 and July 2005, the rush hour commute on SH 289 from Celina to SH 121 lengthened from approximately 20 minutes to almost 50. As of 2011, construction to widen SH 289 to a six-lane divided highway north from SH 121 to Hwy 380 (8 miles (13 km) south of Celina) is underway.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 724
1920 1,126 55.5%
1930 948 −15.8%
1940 994 4.9%
1950 1,051 5.7%
1960 1,204 14.6%
1970 1,272 5.6%
1980 1,520 19.5%
1990 1,737 14.3%
2000 1,861 7.1%
2010 6,028 223.9%
2020 16,739 177.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
Celina, Texas (2013)
North Louisiana Drive in Celina

As of 2020, there were 14,089 people, 4,207 households, and 4,568 housing units in the town. The population density was 17.4 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 71.8% White, 7.1% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.26% of the population.

In the 4,207 households, 79.3% were married couples living together, 2.5% had a male householder, 12.7% had a female householder, and 5.5% were non-families. The average persons per household size was 3.3.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 33.8% aged 19 and under, 8.2% from 20 to 29, 17.3% from 30 to 39, 15.3% from 40 to 49, 10.2% from 50 to 59, and 15.7% who were 60 years of age or older. The median age was 34.8 years. The ratio of male to female was reported as exactly 50% males to 50% females.

The median income for a household in the town was $111,146. The per capita income for the town was $44,666. About 4% of persons were below the poverty line, including 3.1% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Celina has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Most of the city is in Celina Independent School District while the southern portions are in Prosper Independent School District.

Schools operated by Celina ISD include Celina High School, Celina Junior High School, Celina Primary School, Celina Sixth Grade Center, Lykins Elementary School, and O'Dell Elementary School.

Schools operated by Prosper ISD include Johnson Elementary School, and Light Farms Elementary.

The Texas Legislature designated Collin College as the community college for all of Collin County and for Celina ISD, in addition to some other parts of Denton County. Most parts of Denton County (including the Prosper ISD part of Celina) are in the zone for North Central Texas College.

90.2% of individuals had attained high school or higher education, while 34.6% obtained a Bachlor's degree or higher. Of the population, the highest education received by individuals included 9.8% with no degree, 20.9% with a high school degree, 34.7% with some college, 26.4% with a bachelor degree and 8.3% with some post-graduate education.

Notable people

  • Ryan Merritt, Major League Baseball pitcher and former Celina Bobcat
  • Craig James, sportscaster and 2012 U.S. Senate candidate

See also

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