Which is Better, Prosper or Celina?
If you're thinking of a move to North Fort Worth in the Dallas area, Prosper, Celina, Melissa, Frisco, and Allen all are extremely popular places to call home. But how do you know where to live? Are the benefits to one versus the other? One of the best things about all of these newer cities north of Dallas and Fort Worth is that they are all a complete community in and of themselves. You're going to have shopping, dining, restaurants, markets, emergency services, community pools, and all of your neighbors right in the same community. These smaller cities are designed to have unique, all-inclusive neighborhoods so it really comes down to where you want to live and the amenities you want to enjoy.
Which is better? Celina or Prosper?
We serve both of these areas as well as many of the surrounding areas but find ourselves coming back to these two major cities. Both are very similar but Prosper has about 10,000 more residents. Both towns have large lot sizes available and some up to 2 acre plots. Some say the Prosper ISD is a little bit better than Celina but it could be all relative and based on teachers, that can change from year to year. Overall, Prosper tends to be a little bit more desirable, especially for folks transplanting from other states. A lot of folks from California, Oregon, and Washington are moving to this part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metro area and there's a higher percentage of newer homes and new construction.
The Prosper Independent School District is considered a little bit more desirable with slightly higher rankings. Celina is a little bit more rural and is halfway between Dallas and Oklahoma. You might find a little bit more affordable homes in Celina as well. However, it's important to know that just because you have a Prosper address, doesn't necessarily mean you'll be in the Prosper ISD. It's important to check every address because sometimes right on the border could put you within a new school district.
Population and Demographics
Prospers population is about 27,000 and Celina is about 20,000 residents. The median age is about the same coming in at roughly 35 years old. The population has grown very similarly over the last few years and land size and water area is exactly the same.
A lot of these cities have several job options and if it's not available right within the city, neighboring Frisco and McKinney have a much bigger population able to take on a lot of tech industry, especially right now. Teaching positions, the tech industry, electrical and engineering are all excellent job opportunities throughout Prosper and Celina.
A lot of people choose McKinney as an alternative to Prosper or Celina. McKinney is now: County's second-largest city in a popular place for families to settle down. It offers diverse housing options that are slightly less expensive than neighboring Frisco and Allen. All have their own independent school districts but McKinney obviously has more with over 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools. However, if you're looking to downsize or looking for a smaller town, Prosper is ideal with nine elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school. Celina is even a little bit smaller than that.
As previously mentioned, you might find a little more affordable homes in Celina versus Prosper only because it's a smaller town. The median home value for Prosper at this of the publishing of this post is about $460,000 and 86% of residents own their own home. The median home value for Celina is at $318,000 with more of a rural feel and 81% of residents owning their own homes. Here's what folks have to say about the two different towns.
"Prosper is a wonderful town to live in. I moved here mainly for the schools and they did not disappoint! Both the teachers, coaches, and admin care more about the student's success than their own personal gain, they spend many extra hours helping their students. The people in this town are kind and welcoming and there are tons of things for and parents to do involving the community. The atmosphere of this town is amazing with a lot of town spirit including a lot of spirit for both high schools. The local and school district police departments both work diligently to protect the citizens of the community and keep Prosper a crime-free town. Overall, Prosper's citizens, leaders, teachers and law enforcement come together to make prosper a great place to live." Niche.com
"Celina has small town pride but a dream-big community. Celina is still growing but will be much bigger within the next ten years as the growth from the metroplex is being welcomed in. If you want to have some fun, come pack the stands with the whole town on Friday nights to get lost in a sea of orange, cheering, and hollerin' for our Celina High School football and sports teams. Hungry before the game? No problem, just go on down to Celina Square and enjoy a select group of diverse restaurants, whether it be ice cream, Tex-Mex, burgers, BBQ, or cajan food you're craving, we got something for you!" Niche.com
One of the best ways to determine which town is the best is to talk to one of our agents. Because we know both towns extremely well and are very familiar with the school districts, the amenities, and the individual neighborhoods, we can talk you through what it is you're looking for in a home, a price range, and your amenities to offer pros and cons to each city. Both are great but one might work better for your situation over another. Please contact us anytime and we love to discuss the opportunity to have you be a part of the Prosper real estate market or Celina Texas.
NTREIS data last updated December 5, 2023.
NTREIS data last updated December 5, 2023.