About the Celina, Texas Area

Celina is a close-knit and growing community of approximately 6,278, which is rapidly blossoming from a farming community to an urban city. The town offers an exemplary school system, a low crime rate, and a flourishing economy, set in beautiful natural surroundings exuding peaceful country living.

Celina is well known for its sports and is home to several professional athletes. This is a city where you can enjoy friendly, small town atmosphere, while having easy access to first rate dining, shopping, and entertainment. This swiftly developing town with ever-improving facilities and amenities is not losing its rural charm. What a great place to live, work and play!

Location and Geography

Celina is located in the northwest corner of Collin County, in the Metroplex area of northeast Texas. It is situated on State Highway 289 and Farm Road 455. Collin County is bordered by Grayson County on the north, Fannin County on the northeast, Hunt County on the east, Rockwall County on the southeast, Dallas County on the south and Denton County on the west.

The town has a total area of 1.7 square miles, all of which is land, and sits at an elevation of approximately 692 feet. The local terrain consists primarily of open fields on level to gently rolling terrain. Collin County lies within the Blackland Prairie (Gulf Coast Plains) region of Texas and is mostly farm and ranch land, located about thirty miles south of the Red River.

Roughly equidistant between downtown Dallas and the Oklahoma border, Celina is 12 miles north of Frisco and fifteen miles northwest of McKinney. The town is approximately 19 miles northwest of Plano, 36 miles northwest of Dallas, and 52 miles northeast of Fort Worth.

History/Interesting Facts/Historic Buildings and Places

In October 1879, a small settlement developed just a few miles southwest of the present day Celina. In 1881, a post office opened and by 1884 the town had a school, a Methodist church, a cotton gin and gristmill, several general stores and a population of 150. John T. Mulkey, Celina's first postmaster, named the town after his hometown of Celina, Tennessee. Almost two decades later, the Frisco railway made plans to extend through this part of the country, but would miss the little town. The local merchants made plans to move the town to the railroad, and in February 1902, businesses and homes were placed on rollers and pulled to the new site by traction engines. The town moved one mile north of its original site to its current location.

In 1907, Celina was incorporated. In 1911, J. Fred Smith built buildings around the town square, with concrete sidewalks, gravel streets, a power plant, streetlights, and a well. Having created the first "shopping center" in the State, he organized visits by various State dignitaries to see the development, encouraging them to do the same in their respective communities. By 1915, Celina had the first road in the county built for automobiles, the Celina Pike. And, by that time there were two banks, a newspaper, and a municipal water works. Celina shrank during the Great Depression, but after World War II the town grew again, and by 1950 there were 1,051 residents. Fifty years later, the community had 135 businesses and 1,861 inhabitants.

The town of Celina is home to the webshow, "The Saga".

A renowned Celina resident is Punk Carter, a horse breeder whose clients include Leanne Rimes, Michael Keaton, and Christie Brinkley.

Celina is very well known for its high school football. Celina High School has won seven state championships, tying it for tops all-time in Texas. The documentary, "Power, Passion & Glory: The Real Story of Texas Football Madness" features the town’s 2002 team.


This town is primarily an agricultural farming spot, and so, farming plays a vital role in the city’s economy. However, the development of the area north of Dallas has affected Celina’s nature, and the town's economy is experiencing strong growth. A fundamental business mix is already established here, acting as a base for future growth and development.

Celina’s available labor force and accessibility to major interstates, railways and airports is being noted by major companies, and it is being targeted as a primary shopping hub for Collin County. With new stores and restaurants emerging in the area, much of the town’s country land has tripled in value. Celina is also home to many residents who commute to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for work.

Some of the major employers in Collin County are: EDS, JC Penney Co. Inc., Stonebriar Centre, The Shops at Willow Bend, Frito Lay Inc., Countrywide Home Loans, Perot Systems Corp., Alcatel, Collin Creek Mall, and SBC Communications. In Celina, major employers include: Celina Independent School District, Settler’s Ridge Nursing Facilities, Independent Bank of Celina, and Preston Road Chevrolet. The unemployment rate in Celina is 4.3% and the town has enjoyed a 2.34% increase in available jobs within the last year. The average commute time is 35 minutes. The median household income is $51,130 and the average per capita income is $25,729.


With the abundance of available rich farm and ranch land, Celina’s popularity in the housing market has increased. There is a strong increase in the number of new homes being built and sales are on the rise. You can find many distinctive homes, many with oversized yards or large acreage, as well as modestly priced and smaller homes. Small and moderately sized homes attract commuters who want to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city lifestyle. Here you can find a home in a rural setting, on a lovely piece of acreage in the country, perhaps with horse facilities or pond frontage. Carter Ranch Estates on Preston Road is a large planned community of beautiful new homes, and the Preston 455 development boasts exclusive, custom-built homes on two-acre lots. It is currently a buyers market and the average time on the market is about 67 days. Home prices in Celina are exceptionally reasonable, and there are homes to accommodate every need and preference.

Parks and Recreation

The town of Celina provides ample opportunities for sports and recreation. The Recreation Department offers baseball, softball, T-ball, basketball, soccer, and wrestling for youths and softball for adults. The town enthusiastically supports its high school teams, the Celina Bobcats and Ladycats.

The Celina Bobcats are State Champions in several sports: football, track, cross-country, and baseball. The Bobcats were the first team in their class to win three consecutive State football championships, winning 41 consecutive games. They hold the Texas state record for the most consecutive wins. Exciting games are played and won at Celina Bobcat Stadium. The Old Celina Park Sports Complex is currently being developed for the enjoyment of the whole community, and will provide baseball and soccer fields, two pavilions, and a jogging trail as well as a small lake for fishing.

Carter Ranch planned neighborhood provides excellent recreational facilities. There is an on-site park, a 10-acre lake, and an amenity, which includes a full-sized pool, a wading pool, a cabana, a pavilion and a playground. The park itself has extensive greenbelts with walking trails and the lake, which allows catch-and-release fishing, has a pier.

A short 20-minutes drive away, Celina residents can visit Ray Roberts Lake State Park situated along the shores of the 30,000-acre reservoir. The park includes wildlife management areas, wetlands, waterfowl sanctuaries and the expansive 20-mile Ray Roberts Lake/Lake Lewisville Greenbelt Corridor. You can enjoy bird watching, water sports, riding horses or backpacking along a picturesque trail. There is an activity here for everyone. A little further, but well within reach, Lake Texoma and Lake Dallas are each about 45 minutes away.

Golfers can enjoy their favorite sport at any number of nearby courses. Nearby McKinney has several private courses: the El Dorado Country Club, McKinney Country Club, the Ranch Country Club and Stonebridge Country Club. The McKinney Country Club was rated by the "Dallas Morning News" as the 8th best nine-hole course in the State. Stonebridge was ranked as one of the ten "Best Courses in Texas" by "GOLFWEEK", the 12th "Best in State" by “Golf Digest”, and among the top 10 in the state by the “Dallas Morning News”. This course is part of a master-planned community that also has miles of jogging and bike trails. McKinney has three additional public courses. Or you can visit Gentle Creek Golf Club in Prosper. There is no shortage of golf courses in Texas! Spectators will thoroughly enjoy the Byron Nelson Golf Classic in Irving and the MasterCard Colonial golf tournament in Fort Worth.

Special Attractions

Celina is well known for its summer celebration, the Celina Balloon Festival. This event is held at the end of June at Old Celina Park, with over 20 hot air balloons and thousands of dollars in fireworks filling the sky. The celebration includes: a children’s area, arts and crafts, live entertainment, food, a showing of The Wizard of Oz, a hot air balloon race, and one of the largest fireworks displays in the entire Metroplex area. Another annual Celina festivity is Fun Day, held on the second Saturday in September.

Historic Downtown Celina boasts several charming craft shops and restaurants offering unique shopping and dining experiences amidst the brick streets, antique lampposts and carefully restored buildings. The Celina Area Heritage Museum is located at the city's historic square. The museum houses memorabilia of the Alla Hubbard Estate, including photographs, artifacts, books, newspapers dating to the 1930s, and World War II relics. Hubbard was a physician who lived in Celina for 40 years.

If you travel within the Metroplex, but beyond the town borders, you have access to 23 museums, 56 galleries, 22 theatrical centers, four orchestral organizations, four ballet groups and two opera associations. The area also hosts major sporting events. For professional auto racing there is the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth; for golf there is the Byron Nelson in Dallas and the Colonial Invitational in Fort Worth; for horse racing visit Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie; and for rodeo, go to Mesquite.

You can enjoy the many attractions of Dallas, the top visitor destination in Texas. This city offers more shopping centers and restaurants per capita than in any other metropolitan area in the country. Dallas is home to the largest fair in the nation, the State Fair of Texas. You can ride the Texas Star (the tallest ferris wheel in America), or attend the Cotton Bowl. For culture, Dallas boasts one of the largest arts districts in the nation, with venues such as the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Dallas Museum of Art.

Fort Worth is renowned for its Cultural/Museum District and the Fort Worth Zoo. Don’t miss Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum and Amon Carter Museum. Other attractions here include the Log Cabin Village, Botanic Gardens, the Stockyards National Historic District, and the Sundance Square Entertainment District. You can attend the nation’s oldest rodeo, the annual Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show and Rodeo. Or dance and drink at Billy Bob’s, renowned as the world’s largest honky-tonk.

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