Introduction to Wylie, Texas

Wylie, Texas, in Collin county, is 9 miles NE of Garland, Texas (center to center) and 21 miles NE of Dallas, Texas.

Wylie History

The community of Wylie was originally known as "Nickelville." Tracks for the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway were laid in the 1880s, which brought business to the vicinity of this railroad. The new location was named "Wylie" in honor of Colonel W. D. Wylie, a Civil war veteran and railroad official. The city was incorporated in 1887, and by 1900, had a schoolhouse, a bank, and gin mills. It received electrical service in 1920. Wylie was hit by a tornado in 1993 and in December, 1998, the city was ravaged by two fires. Recently, Wylie has transformed from a bedroom community to a more industrialized one.

Wylie and Nearby Attractions

  • Little Chapel-in-the-Woods
  • African American Museum
  • Cedar Hill State Park
  • Dallas World Aquarium
  • Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Dallas Zoo

Things To Do In Wylie

The Heritage Farmstead Museum features an 1891 Victorian farmhouse, a windmill, and gardens. Various artifacts reflecting the region's historical and cultural heritage are housed in the African American Museum, Collin County Historical Society Museum, Dallas Holocaust Museum, and Dallas Museum of Art. The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, another popular destination in the area, has live animals, a 2-acre native plant garden, 4 miles of hiking trails, and a 289-acre sanctuary. Little Chapel-in-the-Woods, which was created by O'Neil Ford in 1941, is a place of historic interest near Wylie. Opportunities for the enjoyment of activities like boating, camping, swimming, mountain biking, picnicking, and hiking are available at the Lake Tawakoni State Park, Bonham State Park, and Cedar Hill State Park.

Wylie Transportation

Air transportation is available from Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport.

Wylie Higher Education

Collin County Community College, Criswell College, Amberton University, and Brookhaven College are some of the colleges near Wylie.


Total Population 44,461
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 7.2%
Employed Population 16+ 21,918
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 59.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.3%
Median Earnings25+ $46,067
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,020
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,508


Median Family Income $86,515
% Above Poverty Level 94.1%
% Below Poverty Level 5.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 34 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 15.9%
Median Gross Rent $1,175
Median House Value $158,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42.1%
US/American 0%
English 10.7%
Irish 11.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Wylie Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles NE of Garland, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles NE of Dallas, Texas
County Collin
Standard Zip Codes 75098
Phone Area Codes 972
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.015
Longitude -96.538

Wylie Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 53 to 78 F
Annual Precip 40 inches
Distance 21.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 55 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 77 to 96 F
Oct Temp 58 to 79 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Distance 28.9 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 54 F
Apr Temp 54 to 76 F
Jul Temp 75 to 95 F
Oct Temp 56 to 78 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Wylie Public Libraries

Rita & Truett Smith Public Library
Wylie, Texas
(972) 442-7566

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.6

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