- Wylie, Texas
"Not to be confused with the unincorporated township of Wylie, Texas just outside
Abilene, Texas."Infobox Settlement
official_name = Wylie, Texas
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Wylie in Collin County,
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 86.3
area_land_km2 = 50.2
area_water_km2 = 36.1
area_total_sq_mi = 33.3
area_land_sq_mi = 19.4
area_water_sq_mi = 13.9
population_as_of = 2006
population_total = 32,696
population_density_km2 = 301.6
population_density_sq_mi = 781.2
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 170
elevation_ft = 558
latd = 33 |latm = 1 |lats = 7 |latNS = N
longd = 96 |longm = 31 |longs = 44 |longEW = W
Wylie is a city in Collin, Dallas, and Rockwall Counties in the
U.S. stateof Texas. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 15,132, but recent rapid growth has 2004estimates suggesting the population is already 25,850. Once solely located in Collin County, Wylie has extended into neighboring Dallas and Rockwall counties. Both Lake Lavonand Lake Ray Hubbardare within easy reach of the city. Since the 2000 census the population has grown 109.3%, making Wylie number 8 on the list of fastest growing cities in the nation [ [http://promo.realestate.yahoo.com/americas_fastest_growing_suburbs.html America's Fastest-Growing Suburbs - Yahoo! Real Estate ] ] . Current population is now listed at 32,696.
Wylie is located at coor dms|33|1|7|N|96|31|44|W|city (33.018727, -96.528910)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 33.3 square miles (86.2 km²).19.4 square miles (50.2 km²) of it is land and 13.9 square miles (36.1 km²) of it (41.83%) is water.
History of Wylie
Wylie was organized in the early 1887 and originally called Nickelville, reportedly after the name of the first store.
In 1886 the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway laid tracks a half mile north of the original townsite. Within a year the businesses of Nickelville had moved to take advantage of the railroad and had named their new location Wylie, in honor of W. D. Wylie, a right-of-way agent for the railroad.
By 1890, Wylie had a population of 239. The first one-room school house was built in 1890. In the next ten years the population had tripled, and other elements came into the town.
That same year Wylie had given itself its name, had established a post office branch and incorporated, choosing an alderman form of government. Two years later the St. Louis Southwestern Railway reached the town. The two railroads and the rich agricultural region of the Blackland Prairies contributed to the town's growth. Wylie had a population of 400 in 1890 and 773 in 1900. Before 1920 the community had over thirty-five businesses, including two banks, a school, and a weekly newspaper.
Unlike many rural Texas communities, Wylie grew during the Great Depression years, reaching 914 residents by 1940. In part this was a result of increased dairy farming to meet the demands of nearby Dallas. Following World War II the population continued to increase.
The onion had become a
cash cropin the 30's and 40's for the town of Wylie. “Wide Awake Wylie” became the city’s nickname in the late 40’s and 50’s for the late night get-togethers of citizens. Businesses had stayed open until midnight on some nights.
The construction of Lake Lavon five miles north of town and the selection of Wylie to house the offices of the North Texas Municipal Water District, designed to provide water for towns in four counties, pushed the population to 1,804 in 1960.
In the 1990s Wylie had seen two disasters. On
Mother's Day1993 a tornadohad hit downtown Wylie. And in December 1998, two fires destroyed and damaged several businesses. After this the citizens renovated downtown, while still keeping the almost 100 year buildings standing.
In the 21st century Wylie had become a extremely fast growing city, becoming 8th fastest growing city in the nation. As such many new business and subdivisions had moved into the area. [ [http://www.wylietexas.gov/News/CItyHistory/ Wylie City History] ]
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 15,132 people, 5,085 households, and 4,108 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 781.2 people per square mile (301.6/km²). There were 5,326 housing units at an average density of 275.0/sq mi (106.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.45% White, 2.07% African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 4.30% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.44% of the population.
There were 5,085 households out of which 50.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.9% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.2% were non-families. 15.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.29.
In the city the population was spread out with 33.4% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 37.6% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, and 5.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 97.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $58,393, and the median income for a family was $62,903. Males had a median income of $44,239 versus $31,084 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $22,987. About 2.4% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 3.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2006 census estimate, the North Texas Central Council of Governments has placed the city's population at 33,000. Most recent estimates show the population approaching 39,000.
Wylie has a council-manager form of government composed of a Mayor and seven council members (elected at large) along with an appointed City Manager. The city has operated under a city charter (home rule) since 1985 when voters approved the measure in a referendum. Wylie has received recognition for both its Police and Fire Departments in recent years.
Most of the Collin County portion of Wylie is served by Wylie Independent School District. A minuscule portion in Collin County is served by
Princeton Independent School District. The Dallas County portion is served by Garland Independent School District. The Rockwall County portion is served by Rockwall Independent School District.
* [http://www.wylietexas.gov/ Wylie, Texas] official website
* [http://www.wyliechamber.org/ Wylie Chamber of Commerce] official website
* [http://www.wylieisd.net/ Wylie Independent School District] official website
* [http://www.wylieview.com?action=purge/ The Wylie View] A community message board.
* [http://www.wylietoday.com/ Wylie Today] The Current Pulse of Wylie
* [http://www.wylienews.com/ The Wylie News] The news source for information about Wylie
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