Wylie, Texas

By | May 12, 2023

According to Whicheverhealth, Wylie, Texas is located in Collin County and is a suburb of Dallas. It is situated between Lavon Lake and Lake Ray Hubbard. The city experiences hot and humid summers with occasional thunderstorms. In the winter months, temperatures can drop below freezing for extended periods of time. The area has a long history beginning with its first settlement in 1846, when the town was known as Nickelville. Wylie was officially incorporated as a city in 1960 and has since developed into a vibrant community with lots of recreational opportunities.

Politically, Wylie is part of the Republican stronghold that dominates much of Texas. Since its incorporation, the city has had three mayors: Jerry Maddox, who served from 1960 to 1964; Edith Moore from 1964 to 1968; and Eric Hogue since 2008. The current mayor emphasizes fiscal responsibility while promoting economic development and quality of life initiatives such as parks, trails, library services, public safety improvements, and historic preservation projects.

The economy in Wylie is largely driven by retail establishments including restaurants and shopping centers along Highway 78/FM 544 corridor. Additionally, there are several industrial parks that house businesses such as manufacturing companies and warehouses for distribution centers such as FedEx or Amazon.

The Wylie Independent School District serves students from pre-K through 12th grade at six elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school (Grace Hartman High School), an alternative school (the Wylie Opportunity Center), early college high school (Wylie Collegiate High School), and one virtual academy (WISD Virtual Academy).

There are several landmarks throughout the city including Olde City Park which features a replica church building constructed in 1886; Olde City Cemetery which dates back to 1872; Inspiration Park which includes a lake stocked with fish; Founders Memorial Plaza which honors local veterans; Whistle Stop Plaza where visitors can find unique shops; historic downtown Wylie with its restored buildings dating back to 1910s-1920s; Lake Lavon which offers fishing boating opportunities; Allen’s Landing Park which features boat ramps for access to Lake Ray Hubbard; La Lomita Ranch Nature Preserve featuring hiking trails along scenic creekside areas; and more!

Population: 15,132. Estimated population in July 2020: 29,061 (+92.0% change)
Males: 7,468 (49.4%), Females: 7,664 (50.6%)

Zip code: 75098

Median resident age: 30.7 years
Median household income: $58,393
Median house value: $106,400

Races in Wylie:

  • White Non-Hispanic (85.1%)
  • Hispanic (10.4%)
  • Other race (4.3%)
  • Black (2.1%)
  • Two or more races (1.9%)
  • American Indian (1.5%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: United States (16.9%), German (14.3%), Irish (12.3%), English (9.6%), French (2.9%), Italian (2.0%).

Land area: 19.4 square miles

Wylie, Texas


Wylie, Texas is a small town located in Collin County, just northeast of Dallas. It has a population of approximately 44,000 people. The majority of the population are Caucasian (79%), followed by African American (10%), Hispanic (8%) and Asian (2%). The median age for the town is 34 years old and the median household income is $77,000. The majority of households are married couples with children (50%) and single-parent households make up 23%. Education levels in Wylie are above average compared to the rest of Texas with 60% having a high school diploma or higher. Wylie also has a relatively low unemployment rate at 4%.

The city offers plenty of activities for its residents to enjoy such as shopping, dining, entertainment and outdoor recreation. There are numerous parks and lakes throughout Wylie that provide residents with ample opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature. For those looking for something more urban, there are plenty of shopping centers and restaurants located throughout the city. Additionally, there is an abundance of cultural attractions including museums, galleries and theaters that offer events throughout the year. Residents can also take advantage of nearby universities such as University of North Texas at Dallas or Collin College for further education opportunities.

For population 25 years and over in Wylie

  • High school or higher: 86.3%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 21.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.3%
  • Unemployed: 3.2%
  • Mean travel time to work: 32.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Wylie city

  • Never married: 19.0%
  • Now married: 65.1%
  • Separated: 1.2%
  • Widowed: 4.7%
  • Divorced: 10.0%

4.8% Foreign born (3.8% Latin America).

Population change in the 1990s: +5,826 (+62.6%).


Hospital/medical center in Wylie:


Other hospitals/medical centers near Wylie:

  • LELAND MEDICAL PLAZA (about 13 miles; GARLAND, TX)


Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Wylie:

  • DALLAS LOVE FIELD (about 26 miles; DALLAS, TX; Abbreviation: DAL)
  • FORT WORTH ALLIANCE (about 55 miles; FORT WORTH, TX; Abbreviation: AFW)

Other public-use airports nearest to Wylie:

  • ROCKWALL MUNI (about 10 miles; ROCKWALL, TX; Abbreviation: F46)
  • MC KINNEY MUNI (about 11 miles; MC KINNEY, TX; Abbreviation: TKI)
  • KITTYHAWK (about 13 miles; ALLEN, TX; Abbreviation: 0T7)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Wylie:

  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS (about 16 miles; RICHARDSON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 7,695)
  • EASTFIELD COLLEGE (about 16 miles; MESQUITE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,457)
  • RICHLAND COLLEGE (about 17 miles; DALLAS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 7,352)
  • COLLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE-CENTRAL PARK (about 17 miles; MCKINNEY, TX; Full-time enrollment: 7,514)
  • BROOKHAVEN COLLEGE (about 23 miles; FARMERS BRANCH, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,711)
  • SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY (about 25 miles; DALLAS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 8,231)
  • EL CENTRO COLLEGE (about 26 miles; DALLAS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,359)


Public high school in Wylie:

  • WYLIE H S (Students: 1,670; Location: 951 S BALLARD; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Wylie:

  • FRANK MCMILLAN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 871; Location: P O BOX 490; Grades: 05 – 07)
  • GRADY BURNETT JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 757; Location: 951 S BALLARD; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • R V GROVES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 625; Location: 951 S BALLARD; Grades: PK – 04)
  • T F BIRMINGHAM EL (Students: 604; Location: 951 S BALLARD; Grades: PK – 04)
  • DODD EL (Students: 557; Location: 951 S BALLARD; Grades: PK – 04)
  • P M AKIN EL (Students: 536; Location: 951 S BALLARD; Grades: PK – 04)
  • R F HARTMAN EL (Students: 513; Location: 951 S BALLARD; Grades: PK – 04)
  • AB HARRISON INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (Students: 482; Location: 951 S BALLARD; Grades: 05 – 06)
  • COLLIN CO CO-OP (Location: 951 S BALLARD; Grades: PK – 12)
  • COLLIN CO J J A E P (Location: 951 S BALLARD; Grades: N – N )

Private primary/middle schools in Wylie:

  • FIRST BAPTIST SCHOOL WYLIE (Students: 93; Location: 100 N FIRST STREET; Grades: PK – KG)
  • SONLIGHT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 29; Location: BOX 97; Grades: 1 – 11)


Library in Wylie:

  • RITA & TRUETT SMITH PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $364,736; Location: 800 THOMAS ST; 37,957 books; 1,335 audio materials; 3,695 video materials; 60 serial subscriptions)