Princeton, Texas

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Princeton is a city in Collin County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,477 at the 2000 census.



Princeton is located at 33°10′52″N 96°30′00″W / 33.181172°N 96.500118°W / 33.181172; -96.500118.[3]

The size of the City of Princeton is under dispute. A tract of land consisting of about five miles (8 km) of the FM 982 right of way was claimed by the city in 2003. The city's contention is that the land was annexed in the early 1970s. No other governmental body recognizes this land as part of the City of Princeton. The property is not shown as part of the city on the map on this page.

On January 12, 2010 a case was filed in the 401st District Court, by Specially Deputized Prosecutor Robert Davis. The case has been signed off on by both Collin County District Attorney John R. Roach and by Collin County Engineer Rueben Delgado on behalf of the county. It is now titled "The State of Texas ex rel. Collin County, Texas v. The City of Princeton, Texas" and referred to as Cause No. 401-00108-2010 at the Collin County District Clerks Office.

A loss in this case would also overturn other annexations claimed by the City of Princeton. State law requires annexations of land not owned by the city to be in the city's Extra Territorial Jurisdiction. In the last few years, several properties were annexed that will have never been in the ETJ if the city cannot win this case.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,477 people, 1,238 households, and 932 families residing in the city. The population density was 801.4 people per square mile (309.3/km2). There were 1,377 housing units at an average density of 317.4/sq mi (122.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.94% White, 0.95% African American, 0.98% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 4.57% from other races, and 2.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.90% of the population.

There were 1,238 households out of which 40.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.9% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 21.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.19.

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