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Prosper, Texas
Town
Motto: "A Place Where Everyone Matters"
Location of Prosper in Collin County, Texas
Location of Prosper in Collin County, Texas
Country United States United States
State Texas Texas
Counties Collin, Denton
Area
 • 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)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,423
 • Estimate (2014) 14,416
 • Density 417/sq mi (161.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 75078
Area code(s) 972
FIPS code 48-59696
GNIS feature ID 1344593
Website www.prospertx.gov

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; As of 2017, the estimated population was 21,685.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 9,423
Est. 2015 15,967 69.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2010, the racial makeup of the town was 91.2% White, 3.9% Asian, 2.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, and 2.0% of some other race. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2% of the population.

The median household income as of 2017 was $129,415.

About Prosper

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.

Geography

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.

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.


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