Fast forward to today.
I am 32, married with a son and still live in Plano. Now the street I consider as the outermost boundary of civilization North would be Highway 380. From Legacy Road to highway 380 is roughly 10 miles! Ten miles in 20 years of homes, gas stations, shopping centers, new schools and restaurants is amazing!
But it doesn’t stop there.
Projections by the Texas Data Center more than double the 2010 populations of Collin and Denton by 2040, growth that only four other counties in the state are expected to rival.
A study for a planned highway looping around Dallas-Fort Worth offered even more dramatic numbers, estimating Collin County’s population at 1.4 million in 2020 and 2 million by 2030.
Joe Jaynes the Collin county Commissioner said that they are adding more cars than people, in a recent article in the Dallas Morning News, and was concerned about the outer loop project being put off until 2035.
And the people are coming by the thousands.
Short of a significant long-term economic downtown, demographers see nothing to slow Denton’s and Collin’s explosive growth. Dr. Lloyd Potter, Texas state demographer, stated that growth in Dallas County has slowed relatively. But what we’ve seen is the counties to the north grow quite dramatically.
With the amount of new developments being built and builders increasing their land positions and lines of credit, I personally think that the so-called “recession” has in a way skipped over North Dallas.
To summarize, Collin and Denton counties are poised to be the hub for DFW’s growth for many years to come.