About Prosper

The History of Prosper

The first settlers arrived in this area in 1846 for the black fertile prairie soil of North Texas where cotton was "King". Between 1850 and 1902, two settlements existed. One community, two miles south of the present town, was called Rock Hill. The second community, one mile north, was called Richland. 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 one of the tracts, which later became the geographic nucleus for the Town of Prosper.

The establishment of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad in March of 1902 created the change that forced the communities of Rock Hill and Richland to merge forming the Town of Prosper. 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.

Fast Facts


North of Dallas, Prosper is located 32 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, 35 miles from Downtown Dallas, 14 miles from the Collin County Regional Airport and 55 miles from Fort Worth.

  • Highlights


    • Population - 2017 - 20,170 (estimated)

    • Land Area - 27 Square Miles

  • Bond Rating

    Bond Rating

    • Moody's - Aa2

    • Standard and Poor's - AA

  • Demographic Information

    • Median Age of Prosper Resident


    • Percent of Population Under 35


    • Median Household Income


  • Education


    • High Schools - 1

    • Middle Schools - 2

    • Elementary Schools - 7

  • Public Safety

    Public Safety

    • Sworn Police Officers - 18

    • Dispatch - 8

    • Police Station - 1

    • Municipal Court - 1

    • Certified Firefighters/Paramedics - 19

    • Fire Station - 2

  • Parks and Recreation

    • Open Space and Park Land

      407 Acres

    • Hike and Bike Trails

      22.33 Miles

    • Tennis Courts


    • Equestrian Trails

      1.8 miles

    • Baseball/Softball Fields


    • Soccer Fields


    • Indoor Practice Facility


  • Travel

    Located 25 minutes from 2 Major Airports

    DFW International Airport - World’s 3rd largest in operations and 7th largest in total passengers. It serves 171 destinations with direct flights to every U.S. airport. DFW is the home base for American Airlines.

    Dallas Love Field - Provides over 100 daily flights to 17 destinations and is the home base for Southwest Airlines

    Private Airports - Addison Airport and Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney Both are just 20 minutes from Prosper