Wylie was incorporated in 1887 along the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway right-of-way. The town earned the nickname “Wide Awake Wylie,” when, as the railroad infused the town with visitors and commerce, shop owners stayed open late to accommodate the crowds gathering to shop for groceries and dry goods and catch up on the latest news with friends and neighbors.
Since its spirited beginnings, Wylie has become one of the fastest-growing communities in the country. With a population of over 51,000, Wylie’s growth reflects a 230-percent increase since 2000. Its quality of life and spirit of community are but two of the factors cited in Wylie’s ever-lengthening list of awards and accolades. In 2017, MONEY Magazine named Wylie the 20th Best Place to Live in the Nation. Financial website NerdWallet named Wylie the No. 1 Best Small City for Families in the Nation in 2016. It’s also one of the safest cities, with a crime rate that dropped by 28 percent in 2015. Security organization SafeWise and financial website CreditDonkey both named Wylie the 19th Safest City in Texas in 2016. Realtor.com named Wylie the second Best Suburb in the U.S. in 2017, NerdWallet named Wylie the fifth Best Place for Young Families in Texas, In 2017, SafeWise moved Wylie up to the ninth spot on the list of Safest Cities in Texas.