Catherine Ross, Frisco Reporter
With new commercial and residential developments in the works, Frisco leaders say there is growing potential for growth in the city's north and west areas.
During the first week of February, Frisco hit a new high in population – counting 123,953 people within its city limits.
While the city already bills itself as one of the fastest growing in the United States, Mayor Pro Tem Pat Fallon says the numbers are still eye-popping.
“When you see these kind of population numbers, it is like a child’s growth spurt,” Fallon said.
While still a small city by DFW standards, city numbers show that over the past five to six years, the population has grown by about 50,000 people.
Emilee Norman, a relatively new resident, is part of that increase. She and her husband moved north from Plano.
“We were looking for something for family oriented with good schools,” Norman said. “We knew the housing was more affordable in Frisco.”
Fallon says stories like Norman’s are becoming more common.
In 1990, the city had a population of about 6,000 people – a far cry from today’s nearly 124,000.
However, at the Frisco Heritage Museum, volunteers remember a more simple time, when the area was mostly an agricultural community.
In fact, census numbers show Frisco didn’t top 1,000 residents until the 1960s.
“This picture is downtown Frisco in 1915, when we still had dirt streets,” said volunteer Bob King.
Now that development has snowballed, however, it seems it will only continue to roll along.
Because of a vast amount of undeveloped land within city limits, within the next 10 to 20 years, the population could double again, according to city leaders.
“The top third of Frisco hasn’t really been developed yet,” said Fallon. “Our build out plan is 280,000.”
He says growth is being considered carefully. In 2012, the city released plans to build a mall development along its northern border.
More housing developments are also under construction – mostly on the north and west sides of city limits.