For the second consecutive year, Parker ranks as the No. 1 suburb on D Magazine’s annual list, followed by Highland Village, Highland Park, University Park, and Colleyville.
Heath jumped from No. 39 to No. 11, and Fairview made its debut at No. 12. Prosper dropped from No. 5 to No. 16.
Rounding out the bottom were Seagonville, Balch Springs, Hutchins, Wilmer, and Cockrell Hill.
According to D’s report, suburbanites have Ross Perot to thank for the sprawl:
It’s not a stretch to say it all started in the early ’80s, when EDS began to outgrow its campus on Forest Lane. (Ross) Perot and his team decided to look north and eventually assembled 2,665 acres in Plano. They named the development Legacy, and EDS moved into its new headquarters, which were built on a 367-acre site, in 1985. Frito-Lay soon relocated to Legacy. Then came J.C. Penney Co. And with the corporations came people. Only 6,000 people lived in Frisco in 1990. Today that number has jumped to more than 125,000. McKinney, Allen, Parker—they all owe their growth, in part, to Ross Perot, a man whose bold vision built up a region and, along the way, gave us a list.
I’d add that his son, Ross Perot Jr., has had a hand in it, too, with his massive AllianceTexas development to the west.