According to the town’s economic development website, Celina has been ranked the #1 fastest growing city in North Texas for three years in a row by the Dallas Business Journal. This ranking comes as no surprise when you understand the heart of this welcoming community.

Read more to learn about Celina’s welcoming atmosphere and thriving economy.  

Economic Development 

Celina has a population of 37,000 (and is steadily growing). Most residents are young families, with the median age being around 36. Celina’s median household income is $98,277, with an average home value of $465,000. 

Economic development is a strong focus in the community. The majority of residents are community-minded and committed to shopping locally while supporting their neighbors. With this healthy cultivation of growth, the town is shaping out to become an ideal place for small-town businesses to thrive.  

Situated along the coveted Collin County Corridor, Celina’s maximum projected buildout population is approximately 350,000.  

A Gigabit City 

Gigabit cities are places that offer ultra-high-speed broadband that is available citywide at speeds of 1 gigabit per second (1 Gbps) or faster. Making it easier for residents to access the internet and allowing businesses and schools to thrive and expand.  

Celina received its official designation as a Gigabit City from the Office of Governor Greg Abott in 2020.  

Community Spirit 

Despite the projections of growth and amazing accessibility to technology, Celina is committed to its roots and maintaining a strong community spirit. The town regularly hosts community events, including its series of annual events to keep up the fun and outreach building.  

These annual events include Friday Night Farmer’s Markets, Movies on The Square, Parkfest, CajunFest, their Blast 4th of July Celebration, Trick-or-Treat on the Square, and Christmas on The Square. You can read more about these events on the city’s economic development Facebook page. 

Celina School district 

For several years in a row, the two school districts serving Celina students- the Celina and Prosper Independent School Districts- have received A ratings from the Texas Education Agency. 

Between these two independent school districts there are six elementary schools: Boyer, Bryant, O’Dell, Johnson, Light Farms and Lykins. Four middle schools: Celina Junior High, Reynolds Middle, Rogers Middle, and Rushing Middle, and two high schools: Celina High and Prosper High.

All ideally situated within close proximity to Celina’s expanding neighborhoods. Read more about Celina ISD here

The Square 

In 1997, the City of Celina was designated as an official Main Street City by the Texas Historical Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Square remains the heartbeat of this special place.  

They say you can tell a lot about a city's health from its downtown. Celina's historic downtown area is thriving with opportunity and offers dining, shopping, professional services, city offices, and green space within walking distance of the town’s pavilion.

Checkout DFW has covered some of the amazing businesses along The Square which attract locals and visitors alike. Dining options include Lucy’s on The Square, Toasted Walnut Table and Market, Tender Smokehouse, and Celina Star Café. Shopping options include Willow house Boutique, Annie Jack, Grace Bridge Resale, and Hey Sugar, candy store to name a few.  

There is no shortage of inspiration along the streets of Celina’s downtown Square. This is where the town’s heritage lives on and where the community gathers, works, and plays.  

Rachel is in her senior year at Texas Tech University with an expected graduation date of Summer 2022. She is majoring in Professional Communication and Media, with a minor in Communication Studies.