Ellis County, Texas

Ellis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 149,610.[1] The county seat is Waxahachie.[2] The county was founded in 1849 and organized the next year.[3] It is named for Richard Ellis,[4] president of the convention that produced the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Ellis County is included in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Ellis County, Texas
Ellis County Courthouse (1 of 1)
The Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie
Map of Texas highlighting Ellis County

Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Map of the United States highlighting Texas

Texas's location within the U.S.
Founded1850
Named forRichard Ellis
SeatWaxahachie
Largest cityWaxahachie
Area
 • Total952 sq mi (2,466 km2)
 • Land936 sq mi (2,424 km2)
 • Water16 sq mi (41 km2), 1.7%
Population
 • (2018)179,436
 • Density191/sq mi (74/km2)
Congressional district6th
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.co.ellis.tx.us
Waxahachie masonic lodge 2013
Across from the courthouse is the Ellis County Museum.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 952 square miles (2,470 km2), of which 935 square miles (2,420 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (1.7%) is water.[5]

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850989
18605,246430.4%
18707,51443.2%
188021,294183.4%
189031,77449.2%
190050,05957.5%
191053,6297.1%
192055,7003.9%
193053,936−3.2%
194047,733−11.5%
195045,645−4.4%
196043,395−4.9%
197046,6387.5%
198059,74328.1%
199085,16742.6%
2000111,36030.8%
2010149,61034.3%
Est. 2018179,436[6]19.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1850–2010[8] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 111,360 people, 37,020 households, and 29,653 families residing in the county. The population density was 118 people per square mile (46/km2). There were 39,071 housing units at an average density of 42 per square mile (16/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 80.63% White, 8.64% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 7.90% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. 18.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 37,020 households out of which 42.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.80% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.90% were non-families. 16.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.96 and the average family size was 3.31.

A Williams Institute analysis of 2010 census data found there were about 3.2 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county.[10]

In the county, the population was spread out with 30.20% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 9.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,350, and the median income for a family was $55,358. Males had a median income of $37,613 versus $26,612 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,212. About 6.80% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.10% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Ellis is a staunchly Republican county in presidential elections. The last Democratic presidential candidate to carry the county was Jimmy Carter in 1976, and since 2000, Republican presidential candidates have won with more than two-thirds of the vote.

Media

Ellis County is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Television media market in North Central Texas. Local News media outlets are: KDFW-TV, KXAS-TV, WFAA-TV, KTVT-TV, KERA-TV, KTXA-TV, KDFI-TV, KDAF-TV, KFWD-TV, and KDTX-TV.

Communities

USACE Bardwell Dam and Lake
Bardwell Dam and Lake in Ellis County near the town of Ennis
Ellis County, TX Courts building IMG 5610
Ellis County Courts building

Cities (multiple counties)

Cities

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Notable people

  • Clyde Barrow of Bonnie and Clyde
  • J. D. Grey, clergyman, pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Ennis, 1931-1934; later president of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Ernest Tubb, country singer and songwriter
  • Donnie Fleeman professional light-heavyweight boxer, only Ellis County native to fight 3 world champion heavyweights; Sonny Liston, Ezzard Charles, and Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay). 47 national/international fights in his professional career. 37 wins, 22 KOs. Won State Heavyweight Title (Golden Gloves) in 1953 - contender for National Heavyweight Title, but lost to Sonny Liston. Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) was Fleeman's last professional fight, and took place in Miami, FL in 1961. This was Clay's 5th professional fight. [1]
  • Lecil Travis Martin, known more commonly as Boxcar Willie

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 9, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "Texas: Individual County Chronologies". Texas Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2015.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 117.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  8. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  10. ^ Where Same-Sex Couples Live, June 26, 2015, retrieved July 6, 2015
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-07-22.

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Coordinates: 32°21′N 96°47′W / 32.35°N 96.79°W

Avalon, Texas

Avalon is an unincorporated community in southern Ellis County, Texas, United States.

Ennis Independent School District

Ennis Independent School District is a public school district based in Ennis, Texas, United States.

In addition to Ennis, the district serves the towns of Alma, Bardwell, and Garrett in southeastern Ellis County. A portion of the district extends into northern Navarro County.

They were Texas football state champions in 1975, 2000, 2001, 2004 and 2014.

In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.

Ferris Independent School District

Ferris Independent School District is a public school district based in Ferris, Texas (USA).

In addition to Ferris, the district serves the community of Trumbull and rural areas in northeastern Ellis County. A small portion of southeastern Dallas County also lies within the district.

In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.

Ferris Red Oak Muni Heliport

Ferris Red Oak Muni Heliport (FAA LID: 12T) is a city-owned public heliport in Ellis County, Texas, United States, serving the cities of Ferris, Texas and Red Oak, Texas. The heliport has no IATA or ICAO designation. The facility is alternately known as the Ferris Red Oak Municipal Heliport.The heliport is jointly owned by both cities, although the listed owner address is in Ferris, and it is maintained by City of Ferris Public Works.The heliport is used solely for general aviation purposes.

Five Points, Texas

Five Points is an unincorporated community in Ellis County, Texas, United States. It is located on Farm to Market Road 876, approximately eight miles southwest of Waxahachie.The settlement has existed since the late 1800s, and was named for its strategic location where five roads meet. The population in 2000 was 10.

Five Points is part of the Waxahachie Independent School District.

A historic cotton gin there, the Five Points Cotton Gin, was the filming location of at least two scenes in the 1984 Sally Field drama movie Places in the Heart.

Garrett, Texas

Garrett is a town in Ellis County, Texas, United States. The population was 806 at the 2010 census, up from 448 at the 2000 census.

Italy, Texas

Italy ( IT-lee, unlike the country Italy) is a town in Ellis County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town had a total population of 1,863, down from 1,993 at the 2000 census.

The community was named after Italy by a settler who had visited the European country.

Maypearl Independent School District

Maypearl Independent School District is a public school district based in Maypearl, Texas (USA).

Mid-Way Regional Airport

Mid-Way Regional Airport (ICAO: KJWY, FAA LID: JWY) is city-owned public airport that serves Midlothian and Waxahachie in Ellis County, Texas, United States. The airport is 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) southeast of the central business district of Midlothian.Most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, but Mid-Way Regional Airport is assigned JWY by the FAA and has no IATA designation.

Midlothian High School (Texas)

Midlothian High School is a public high school located in the city of Midlothian, Texas, USA and classified as a 5A school by the UIL. It is a part of the Midlothian Independent School District located in northwestern Ellis County and is the original high school. Starting in the fall of 2014, freshman students began attending newly built Midlothian Heritage High School which has grown to develop a full 9-12 enrollment plan as of 2017. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.

Midlothian Independent School District

Midlothian Independent School District is a public school district based in Midlothian, Texas (USA).

In addition to Midlothian, the district serves parts of Cedar Hill, Mansfield, Grand Prairie, Ovilla, and Venus as well as rural areas in northwestern Ellis County.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Ellis County, Texas

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Ellis County, Texas.

This is intended to be a complete list of properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Ellis County, Texas. There are seven districts, 114 individual properties, and one former property listed on the National Register in the county. Nine individually listed properties are also Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks including one that is also a State Antiquities Landmark while four districts contain additional Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks and one State Antiquities Landmark.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted May 17, 2019.

Palmer Independent School District

Palmer Independent School District is a public school district based in Palmer, Texas (USA).

In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.

Rankin, Ellis County, Texas

For the county seat of Upton County, Texas, see: Rankin, Texas.

Rankin is an unincorporated community in Ellis County, Texas, United States. The population was 12 in the 2000 census. It was named for Frederick Harrison Rankin, who had settled on nearby Chambers Creek before 1874.

Red Oak, Texas

Red Oak is a city in Ellis County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The population was 10,769 at the 2010 census, up from 4,301 at the 2000 census. The North Central Texas Council of Governments projects that number to grow to 63,329 by the year 2030, as it is on the verge of explosive suburban growth. Red Oak was the exterior location for filming True Stories, directed by David Byrne of Talking Heads and released in 1986.

Red Oak High School (Texas)

Red Oak High School is a 5A high school located in Red Oak, Texas, United States. It is part of the Red Oak Independent School District located in far north central Ellis County. In 2012, the school was rated "Academically Acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.The Red Oak ISD has recently built a new facility for the school, located west and across the street from the current school. The new school also connects to nearby Texas State Highway 342, the main north-south highway through Red Oak.

Red Oak Independent School District

The Red Oak Independent School District is a school district in northern Ellis County, Texas (USA).

The district serves the communities of Pecan Hill and Red Oak, along with portions of Glenn Heights, Oak Leaf, Ovilla, and Waxahachie.

In 2010, the school district was rated "Recognized" by the Texas Education Agency.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private Christian university and seminary located in Waxahachie, Texas, in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex, United States. SAGU is regionally accredited with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and officially endorsed by the Assemblies of God USA. It is the only Assemblies of God university located in Texas. The university offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in liberal arts, Bible and Church ministry.

Waxahachie, Texas

Waxahachie () is the county seat of Ellis County, Texas, United States, it is located just beyond the southern suburbs of Dallas and is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The population was 29,621 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 32,344 in 2014.

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