Towns are generally thought of as smaller than cities, and bigger than villages. But in contrast, the town of Flower Mound’s 43.4 square miles and estimated population of 73,500 people far exceed that of neighboring city Highland Village’s 6.4 square miles and 16,600 people.
What’s the difference? Nothing, at least in Texas, said Flower Mound Town Manager Jimmy Stathatos.
“It’s just a name,” he said. “We could call ourselves a village or a borough, legally there’s not a difference.”
In some states, a place being a town or city “is more closely tied to the form of government, but not in Texas.”
Stathatos said he was asked recently by a participant in the town’s Citizen’s Academy if Flower Mound would ever become a city.
“In Flower Mound, I don’t think we’ll ever change,”he said. “Many of our residents prefer the ‘town’ label.”
That is likely due, in part, to the prairie beginnings and rural land in the western part of the town, Stathatos said.
“We’ll always have that rural component, and a great tree canopy, that people think of in a smaller community or town,” he said. “Even though we’re big, and we’ve got a lot of the conveniences of a larger community, we still have a lot of that small town charm, and that’s why I think people like it.”
It would take a vote by residents to change Flower Mound from a town to a city.