Prosper is an affluent suburban town located in Collin and Denton counties within the state of Texas, United States. The Town of Prosper is located within the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,423; As of 2018, the estimated population was 22,358.
"A Place Where Everyone Matters" and "Small Town, Big Heart"
|• Town Council||Ray Smith, Mayor|
Curry Vogelsang Jr.
|• Land||27 sq mi (70 km2)|
|Elevation||682 ft (208 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||417/sq mi (161.1/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1344593|
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of 2019, the racial makeup of the town was 89.2% White, 4.9% Asian, 2.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, and 2.0% of some other race. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.2% of the population.
As of 2019, the median household income was $141,273.
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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 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 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 6-8)
- Rogers Middle School (Grades 6-8)
- Baker Elementary School (Grades K–5) *Located in McKinney, Texas
- Boyer Elementary School (Grades K-5) *Located in Celina, Texas
- Cockrell Elementary School (Grades K–5)
- Folsom Elementary School (Grades K–5)
- Hughes Elementary School (Grades K-5) *Located in McKinney, Texas
- Light Farms Elementary School (Grades PK-5) *Located in Celina, Texas
- Rucker Elementary School (Grades K–5)
- Spradley Elementary School (Grades K-5) *Located in Frisco, Texas
- Windsong Ranch Elementary School (Grades K–5)
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. The Prosper High School Volleyball team won the UIL 5A Championship in 2017.
- Chris Buescher, NASCAR Cup Series driver for JTG Daughtery Racing who won the 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship driving for Roush Fenway Racing
- 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
- John Freier, T-Mobile Vice President of Consumer Markets
- Chris Harris, NFL player
- LaTroy Hawkins, MLB player
- Justin Forsett, NFL 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
- Cole Beasley, NFL player
- Jeff Heath, NFL player, The Dallas Cowboys
- Tyler Toney, Dude Perfect Sports Entertainment
- Ann Ward, winner of the 15th cycle of America's Next Top Model
- Randy White, NFL Hall of Famer for the Dallas Cowboys
- 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)
- Jaret Reddick, musician, singer, songwriter, composer, and voice actor best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band Bowling for Soup.
- Davis Webb, NFL player and former quarterback for Texas Tech University and the University of California
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