WYLIE— Wylie is one of the fastest growing communities in Collin County, Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas, reports WylieTexas.gov.
There are many reasons behind that growth, such as new business opportunities, small-town charm and low poverty rates.
“I believe Wylie combines the best of the small-town past with a bright and growing future,” stated Mike Agnew, president of Wylie Chamber of Commerce, in a press release.
Here are some facts about Wylie, according to the press release:
- Nestled between Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard, Wylie has experienced a 192% population growth since 2000. With a current population of 44,089, Wylie is large enough to sustain a wide variety of retail, restaurant and entertainment options, yet still retains its small-town charm.
- On the city’s website, the Wylie Police Department reported the 2013 crime rate per 1,000 residents decreased by 12 percent from the previous year despite a 1 percent increase in population.
- Wylie has low poverty rates, beating out more than 90 percent of Texas cities
- Incorporated in 1887 along the tracks of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe railways, Wylie was named in honor of Col. W.D. Wylie, a Civil War veteran and Santa Fe railroad official.
- Wylie has a wide variety of living options available.
“Wylie is very friendly and welcoming, and it’s easy to get to know your neighbors,” said John Egnatis, co-founder and CEO of Grenadier Homes, which designs and builds homes in Wylie and other parts of the Metroplex. “We definitely see why it’s growing, and we’re proud to be a part of that growth.”