Wylie, TX is one of the many tightly-knit communitie that make the Abilene area so special. Occupying the southern reaches of the Abilene metro area, Wylie has developed into one of the region's principal suburbs. Although it remains officially unincorporated, much of the area has been annexed by Abilene in recent years. In addition, Wylie maintains its own Wylie Independent School District, which is recognized by the Texas Education Agency as one of the best of its size in the state.
Historically, Wylie has been known for its fertile farmland. The first settlers to live permanently in the area south of Abilene were farmers and ranchers, who arrived in the 1870s and 80s, although the first permanent business was not established here until 1902. Once the Vance general store was built during that year, however, Wylie's community began quickly to take shape.
A post office and combined school-church facility were both constructed the following year, and rural postal delivery to the area south and west of Wylie--then just a sparsely-populated expanse of ranchland--began in 1912. By 1915, Wylie had a two-story, free-standing school building and was well on its way to becoming the prosperous community it is today.
Today, Wylie is at the forefront of new home construction and development in the Abilene area, making for some excellent deals. The neighborhoods surrounding the Fairway Oaks Country Club are among the most desirable in Taylor County, while the most affordable houses in the county can be found further to the south and west. With easy transportation connections to employment centers in Abilene and the rest of the county, including Dyess Air Force Base, Wylie may be the best place to own a home in the entire metropolitan area.
Thanks to the excellent Wylie Independent School District, Wylie is undisputedly a great place to raise a family. Wylie High School earned a coveted National Blue Ribbon School designation in 2008, marking the culmination of a decades-long effort to craft an elite school district. Today, it enrolls over 3,000 students and is a linchpin of Wylie's community, offering year-round events that bring families from across the area together.
When school is out, educational summer camps take over the district's schools: Camp Invention and Investigative Math Camp are two annual educational opportunities that keep Wylie kids busy and prepare them for the coming school year. The district also puts on athletic summer camps for sports including basketball, football and tennis, for which Wylie is especially well-known within West Texas.
As the area's residential infrastructure has expanded in recent decades, Wylie has become a major shopping destination for residents of Abilene as well as greater Taylor County, with shops springing up along Buffalo Gap Road to take advantage of the area's growing affluence. Conversely, Wylie's partial incorporation into the city of Abilene makes it easy for residents to participate in community events there. The Abilene Zoo is an especially popular destination for Wylie families. Come visit and discover all that Wylie has to offer!