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"A Place Where Everyone Matters" and "Small Town, Big Heart"
|• Total||25.45 sq mi (65.92 km2)|
|• Land||25.23 sq mi (65.34 km2)|
|• Water||0.22 sq mi (0.58 km2)|
|Elevation||682 ft (208 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||974.31/sq mi (376.18/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|Area code(s)||214, 469, 945, 972|
|GNIS feature ID||1344593|
Prosper is a town in Collin and Denton Counties in the state of Texas. The Town of Prosper is located within the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, its population was 9,423; As of 2022, the estimated population was 31,700.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of 2022, the racial makeup of the town was 87.1% White, 5.9% Asian, 2.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, and 2.0% of some other race. Hispanics and Latinos of any race were 6.3% of the population.
As of 2022, the median household income was $153,777.
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 quick sale. These tracts, each approximately 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 the 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 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 was named in the D Magazine 2010 Best Suburbs List as the 5th Best Suburb in the Dallas Metropolitan Area.
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.
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 music festival and a Sunday Family Fellowship.
Prosper has grown and is expecting many new retailers in the 2016 fiscal year.
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.
Most of the Town of Prosper is served by the Prosper Independent School District.
- 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) *Located 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.
The Glenbrooke and Doe Creek subdivisions in far west Prosper are within the Denton Independent School District. Residents currently attend:
- Savannah Elementary School (grades K–5)
- Navo Middle School (grades 6–8)
- Ray Braswell High School (grades 9–12)
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.
- Chris Buescher, NASCAR Cup Series driver for RFK Racing who won the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship
- 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
- Justin Forsett, NFL player
- LaTroy Hawkins, MLB player
- Torii Hunter, MLB player, Minnesota Twins and Anaheim Angels
- Ronald Kauffman, Pairs figure skater (with his sister, Cynthia) in 1964, 1968 Olympics; Four-time US Champions 1966–69; Two-time North American Champions 1967, 1969; US Figure Skating Hall of Fame Inductee (1995)
- Dak Prescott, NFL player
- Jaret Reddick, musician
- Lorene Rogers, biochemist; first woman in the United States to lead a public university, the University of Texas
- Deion Sanders, professional athlete
- Ann Ward, winner of the 15th cycle of America's Next Top Model
- Davis Webb, NFL player and former quarterback for Texas Tech University and the University of California
In Spanish: Prosper (Texas) para niños
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