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Growth of Rural Towns and Cities on the Outskirts of DFW

June 30, 2021

It’s no secret that Dallas-Fort Worth and its surrounding cities are growing faster than other areas in the United States. Relatively close to DFW, these northern communities have all the benefits of the city and Frisco’s $5 Billion Mile, but with the charms and slower pace of small-town life. 


As the Dallas growth rate surges, small communities all around it continue to grow. One of those is Celina, which is about 42 miles north of downtown Dallas. The population has almost quadrupled since 2010, with more than 23,000 people currently living there. 

The quality schools, lower-than-average cost of living and the easy commute make this northern suburb of Frisco and Dallas the fastest growing city in the state. 

Celina has the friendly, small-town feel that a lot of homebuyers are looking for. Many new homeowners in Celina are choosing Bluewood by Hillwood for its convenient location, beautiful scenery, thoughtful amenities, and new construction homes. 


Just south of Celina and approximately 35 miles away from downtown Dallas is Prosper. Prosper has the ultimate convenience factor, as the Dallas North Tollway runs through it. Over 10,000 people have moved into Prosper over the last few years. To accommodate the growth, Prosper ISD built a new high school with the latest learning technology including a medical-tech lab and indoor athletic facility. 

Residents of Lilyana by Hillwood love being a part of Prosper ISD as it’s one of the top school districts in the state. The district received an A rating by the Texas Education Agency’s accountability system in 2019 for meeting top performance targets for student achievement. Lilyana littles will soon be able to walk to a Prosper ISD elementary school that will be located right in the community.  

With over 50 acres of green space in the 400-acre development, Lilyana is a walkable neighborhood that offers residents lots of amenities and plenty of opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation.

Little Elm

In 2000, fewer than 4,000 people lived in Little Elm, and now the population is over 46,000. Residents have flocked to Little Elm in recent years because of the good schools, reasonable cost of living, and easy commute to commercial centers in Frisco and Dallas.

Another reason people love the town of Little Elm is for its natural scenery and picturesque lakeside views. Residents of Union Park by Hillwood know all about beautiful views. Every home in this outdoor-centric community is just steps from green spaces and trails, and residents can enjoy a centrally located, 30-acre wooded park. 

The town of Little Elm is a great place to live if you love living an active lifestyle. The laid-back lake town has many parks with hiking and biking trails and there’s so much to do on and around Lake Lewisville. In addition to all the fun of the lake, Union Park homeowners have loads of opportunities for recreation right in the neighborhood. This master-planned community is known for its incredible amenities including an ADA-accessible playground, an indoor/outdoor fitness park, two pools, a fishing pond, a dog park, a food truck park, and much more.

Why Choose the Small Towns in North Texas?

So, why are so many homebuyers moving to Dallas and surrounding cities? When compared to other major metropolitan areas, Dallas and the suburban cities are affordable. Home prices and taxes are reasonable, and traffic is manageable. Families and individuals looking for a good quality of life have found it in the rural towns and cities north of Dallas. 

The small towns north of DFW offer residents the best of all worlds. Homeowners in Celina, Prosper and Little Elm enjoy the benefits of small-town living, all the shopping and nightlife they want in nearby Frisco, and job opportunities in Dallas. Explore your suburban Dallas homebuying options in one of Hillwood’s master-planned communities