Rockwall County, Texas

Rockwall County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. At 149 square miles, Rockwall County has the smallest area of any Texas county. As of the 2014 U.S. census estimate, its population was 87,809.[1] Its county seat is Rockwall.[2] The county and city are named for a wall-like subterranean rock formation that runs throughout the county.

Rockwall County is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area. It was one of the top 25 fastest-growing counties in the U.S. in 2010.[3] Rockwall County is listed as the 6th wealthiest county in Texas.

Cities in Rockwall county include Rockwall, Royse City, Fate, McClendon-Chisolm, Mobile City, and part of Rowlett.

Rockwall County, Texas
Rockwall county tx courthouse 2014
The Rockwall County Courthouse in Rockwall
Map of Texas highlighting Rockwall County

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

Texas's location within the U.S.
Founded1873
SeatRockwall
Largest cityDallas
Area
 • Total149 sq mi (386 km2)
 • Land127 sq mi (329 km2)
 • Water22 sq mi (57 km2), 15%
Population
 • (2014)87,810
 • Density691/sq mi (267/km2)
Demonym(s)Rockwallian
Congressional district4th
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.rockwallcountytexas.com

History

Rockwall County was formed in 1873 from portions of Kaufman County. It split off because access to the county seat of Kaufman was inconvenient. It was named for its county seat, Rockwall.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 149 square miles (390 km2), of which 127 square miles (330 km2) is land and 22 square miles (57 km2) (15%) is water.[4] It is the smallest county by area in Texas.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18802,984
18905,972100.1%
19008,53142.8%
19108,072−5.4%
19208,5916.4%
19307,658−10.9%
19407,051−7.9%
19506,156−12.7%
19605,878−4.5%
19707,04619.9%
198014,528106.2%
199025,60476.2%
200043,08068.3%
201078,33781.8%
Est. 201693,978[5]20.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1850–2010[7] 2010–2014[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 43,080 people, 14,530 households, and 11,972 families residing in the county. The population density was 334 people per square mile (129/km²). There were 15,351 housing units at an average density of 119 per square mile (46/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.17% White, 3.24% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 1.32% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 4.45% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. 11.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,530 households out of which 44.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.00% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.60% were non-families. 14.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the county, the population was spread out with 30.10% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 8.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $65,164, and the median income for a family was $71,448 (these figures had risen to $75,915 and $82,150 respectively as of a 2007 estimate[9]). Males had a median income of $49,636 versus $32,410 for females. The per capita income for the county was $28,573. About 3.80% of families and 4.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.60% of those under age 18 and 4.10% of those age 65 or over.

Rockwall County was ranked the sixth fastest-growing county in the nation by the US Census Bureau from 2000 to 2010, adding 35,257 people (an 81.8% change).

Education

The following school districts serve Rockwall County:

Communities

Cities[10]

Politics

Prior to 1972, Rockwall County was a Democratic Party stronghold at the presidential level The 1968 election was highly transitional for the county with Hubert Humphrey only winning with 39% of the vote thanks to the strong third-party candidacy of George Wallace. From 1972 on, the county has become a Republican Party stronghold in presidential elections. George H.W. Bush in 1992 being the only Republican to fail to win a majority in the county since then. as the strong third-party candidacy of Ross Perot that year led him to a second-place finish in the county over national winner Bill Clinton. However, the county was represented in Congress by a conservative Democrat as late as January 2004, when Representative & Rockwall resident Ralph Hall, switched parties to the Republican Party.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 23, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ /2010-03-23-census23_N.htm Texas big census winner this decade]
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  7. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  9. ^ U.S. Census Bureau Fact Finder
  10. ^ "Population of Texas Cities and Towns Sorted by County". The County Information Project Texas Association of Counties. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-07-29.

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Coordinates: 32°53′N 96°25′W / 32.89°N 96.41°W

Airpark East Airport

Airpark East Airport (FAA LID: 1F7) is a privately owned public-use airport located 6 nautical miles (11 km) northwest of the central business district of Terrell, Texas, United States. The airport is used solely for general aviation purposes. The airport is in both Rockwall and Kaufman counties.

Fate, Texas

Fate is a city located in the center of Rockwall County, Texas. The 2010 National Census data identified it as the fastest-growing city in the state of Texas for the past decade, and one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. The population in 2010 was 6,357, up from 602 in 2000; a 1,179.1% increase. Based on building permits and current utility bills, the population was over 17,000 as of February, 2019. This population boom is expected to continue, topping the 20,000 population mark sometime in 2021.The city operates under a Council-Manager form of government through a Home Rule Charter. The six City Council members and Mayor are elected at-large.

Heath, Texas

Heath is a city in Rockwall and Kaufman counties, Texas, United States. The population was 6,921 at the 2010 census, up from 4,149 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

Lake Ray Hubbard

Lake Ray Hubbard, formerly Forney Lake, is a fresh water impoundment (reservoir) located in Dallas, Texas in the counties of Dallas, Kaufman, Collin, and Rockwall just north of the City of Forney. It was created by the construction of the Rockwall-Forney Dam which impounded the East Fork Trinity River.

It measures 22,745 acres (92.05 km2) in size with a storage capacity of 490,000 acre-feet (600 million cubic meters) and a maximum depth of 40 feet (12 m). The dam is currently owned by the City of Dallas. Interstate 30 bisects the lake. The lake was originally named Forney Lake for the nearby town of Forney, Texas. After the City of Dallas incorporated the lake, it was renamed after a living person, Ray Hubbard, who presided over the Dallas Parks and Recreation System board from 1943 to 1972. However, the company that administrates the distribution of its waters is still known as Forney Lake Water Supply Corp. The reservoir is currently managed by Dallas Water Utilities.

McLendon-Chisholm, Texas

McLendon-Chisholm is a city in Rockwall County, Texas, United States. The population was 1373 at the 2010 census.

Mobile City, Texas

Mobile City is a city in Rockwall County, Texas, United States on the outskirts of Rockwall. The population was 188 at the 2010 census. It currently has the highest population density for any city in Texas, and is the only Texas city that is on the highest population densities of American cities list. It currently ranks 74th on the list, and has the lowest population for any city on that list. It is tied with Poplar Hills, Kentucky as the smallest city by total area on the list.

Mobile City consists of a mobile home park, liquor store, and convenience store.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Rockwall County, Texas

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

This is intended to be a complete list of properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Rockwall County, Texas. There are two properties listed on the National Register in the county one of which is also a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.

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

Ralph M. Hall/Rockwall Municipal Airport

Ralph M. Hall/Rockwall Municipal Airport (FAA LID: F46) is a city-owned public airport 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) east of the central business district of Rockwall, Texas, United States. The airport has no IATA or ICAO designation.The airport's name honors Ralph Hall, a lifelong Rockwall County resident who served as the United States Representative for Texas's 4th congressional district.

Rockwall, Texas

Rockwall is a city in Rockwall County, Texas, United States, which is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. It is the county seat of Rockwall County. The population was 37,490 at the 2010 census. The name Rockwall is derived from a naturally jointed geological formation, which has the appearance of an artificial wall.

Rockwall-Heath High School

Rockwall-Heath High School is a school located in Heath, Texas, USA, and is one of two high schools that survive the Rockwall Independent School District, the other being Rockwall High School. The school enrolls students from 9th to 12th grade. It is a Texas Recognized School.

The school opened in 2005 and completed its second phase of construction in 2010 that included a new fine arts wing, a band hall and a 1500-seat auditorium, and Wilkerson-Sanders stadium. Approved and signed in 2007 during the RISD bond election, it is the most expensive bond in the history of RISD at $420,000,000.32. The school bond also includes two new schools (Celia Hays Elementary School and Sharon Shannon Elementary School), planning for a third high school, and the conversion of Utley Freshman Center into a middle school.

The first class to graduate from Rockwall-Heath High School was the class of 2008.

Rockwall High School

Rockwall High School is a high school that is part of the Rockwall Independent School District located in Rockwall, Texas.

The average class size is around 600 and the school achieves an average graduation rate of 98%

Rockwall Independent School District

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

In addition to Rockwall, the district serves the cities of Heath, McLendon-Chisholm, Mobile City, most of Fate, and small portions of Rowlett, Wylie, and Dallas in Rockwall County. The district also extends into a very small portion of northern Kaufman County.

In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.Core Values for Rockwall ISD include: Relationships, Innovation, and Excellence.

Royse City, Texas

Royse City is a city in Rockwall County in the U.S. state of Texas. It also extends into Collin and Hunt counties. The population was 2,957 at the 2000 census, rising to 9,349 in 2010. The estimated population in 2016 was 12,093.

Royse City Griffins

The Royse City Griffins are a planned professional baseball team based in Royse City, Texas. They are slated to be inaugural members of the independent Southwest League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball when the league launches in 2019.As of January 2019, the league's social media and a newspaper reported that a deal to buy property for a Royse City stadium is ready to close. The stadium is to be constructed by the school district and leased for baseball league use.

Royse City Independent School District

Royse City Independent School District is a public school district based in Royse City, Texas (USA). The district lies in eastern Rockwall County, and extends into parts of Collin and Hunt counties.

The district's superintendent is Kevin Worthy, formerly of Gunter, Texas, who was chosen on March 27, 2012 and started work on May 7, 2012.

He replaced former superintendent Randy Hancock, who retired in June 2012.In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.

Texas's 4th congressional district

Texas District 4 of the United States House of Representatives is a Congressional district that serves an area of Northeast Texas, that includes some counties along the Red River northeast of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. As of 2017, District 4 represents 747,188 people who are predominantly white (80.8 percent) and middle-class (median family income is US$56,062, compared to $50,046 nationwide).

Texas State Highway 276

State Highway 276 or SH 276 is a Texas state highway that runs from Rockwall east to Emory. This route was designated on July 25, 1960 between Rockwall and Quinlan, replacing FM 1143 and part of FM 35. SH 276 was extended to its current terminus on October 25, 1990, replacing most of FM 35.

Texas State Highway 66

State Highway 66 or Lakeview Pkwy (Rowlett) or E Avenue B (Garland) is a state highway in the U.S. state of Texas, connecting Garland to Greenville. The route runs roughly parallel to Interstate 30, passing through Rowlett, Rockwall, Fate, Royse City, and Caddo Mills. It also crosses Lake Ray Hubbard twice.

Wylie, Texas

Wylie is a city and northeastern suburb of Dallas, that was once solely located in Collin County, but now extends into neighboring Dallas and Rockwall Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. It is located on State Route 78 about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of central Dallas and centrally located between nearby Lavon Lake and Lake Ray Hubbard.

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