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The Colony is a city in Denton County, Texas, and a suburb of Dallas. The population was 36,328 at the 2010 census.

The Colony is home to the 5 Star Athletic Complex, completed in 2003. The Colony was named the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Sports Town of The United States in that same year. The city is home to Pizza Inn’s corporate headquarters, as well as an Edward Don distribution center and a variety of small and medium-sized businesses.

Located on the southeast side of the city, across from Sam Rayburn Tollway, is Austin Ranch, a mixed-use development consisting of retail businesses, apartments and condominiums.

History

The Colony is located inside the original Peters Colony lands, on the site of the Hedgcoxe War.

The Colony did not exist before 1969, when home developers Fox and Jacobs (owned by Centex) purchased most of the land located around State Highway 121 and Farm Market Road 423. They planned the development of a new “dream city” modeled after the city of Dallas, consisting primarily of single-family homes grouped as a “colony”. The homes were served by a municipal utility district formed to bring water, electricity (via Texas Power and Light), cable television (via Lakeside CATV) and telephone service (via Southwestern Bell).

In 1976, one of the original homeowners associations petitioned the city of Frisco to remove the area from its extraterritorial jurisdiction. A vote was held in January 1977, and the City of The Colony was officially incorporated at that time (the name Colony was already in use, and thus the current name with the definite article was chosen). In 1987, the small lakeside community ofEastvale and The Colony voted to merge. The town has grown significantly since then.

The 350-member TCHS Marching Band marched in the 1997 Tournament of Roses Parade. The Colony High School Lady Cougars Soccer Team was the 2007 Class 4A State Champion. New Jersey Nets point guard and Olympic gold medalist Deron Williamsplayed for The Colony High School.

Politics

The Colony is a Home Rule municipality with a council-manager form of government. It has a six-member council, with two members elected at large, as well as a city Mayor.

Council members

Name Place Term expires
Joe McCourry Mayor May 2015
Kirk Mikulec One (at-large) May 2015
Richard Boyer Two (at-large) May 2015
Jeff Connelly Three May 2014
David Terre Four
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem
May 2014
Perry Schrag Five May 2014
Joel Marks Six
Mayor Pro Tem
May 2014

Geography

The Colony is located at 33°5′27″N 96°53′5″W (33.090874, -96.884659).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.1 square miles (41.7 km2), of which 14.0 square miles (36.3 km2) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), or 12.93%, is water.

The city is bordered on the west by Lewisville Lake and the city of Lewisville, on the north and east by Frisco, and on the south by the cities of Carrollton and Plano. Approximately 23 miles (37 km) of shoreline on Lake Lewisville are contained within the city’s boundaries (the basis for one of the city’s nicknames, “City by the Lake”), including two peninsulas.

Climate

The Colony is part of the humid subtropical region.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 26,531 people, 8,462 households, and 7,141 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,942.1 people per square mile (749.9/km²). There were 8,812 housing units at an average density of 645.0 per square mile (249.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.46% White, 5.18% African American, 0.71% Native American, 1.68% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 5.30% from other races, and 2.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.26% of the population.

There were 8,462 households out of which 53.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.7% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.6% were non-families. 11.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14 and the average family size was 3.41.

In the city the population was spread out with 34.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 38.0% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 2.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 males there were 98.8 females. For every 100 males age 18 and over, there were 97.1 females.

The median income for a household in the city was $64,080, and the median income for a family was $66,203. Males had a median income of $44,208 versus $30,530 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,903. About 1.6% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

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