Tarrant County, Texas

Tarrant County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of 2010, it had a population of 2,054,475.[1] It is Texas' third-most populous county and the 16th-most populous in the United States. Its county seat is Fort Worth.[2]

Tarrant County, one of 26 counties created out of the Peters Colony, was established in 1849 and organized the next year.[3] It was named in honor of General Edward H. Tarrant of the Republic of Texas militia.[4]

Tarrant County is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Tarrant County, Texas
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The Tarrant County Courthouse at Fort Worth in 2012
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Founded1850
Named forEdward H. Tarrant
SeatFort Worth
Largest cityFort Worth
Area
 • Total902 sq mi (2,336 km2)
 • Land864 sq mi (2,238 km2)
 • Water39 sq mi (101 km2), 4.3%
Population
 • (2010)1,809,034
 • Density2,095/sq mi (809/km2)
Congressional districts6th, 12th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 33rd
Time zoneCentral: UTC−6/−5
Websitewww.tarrantcounty.com

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 902 square miles (2,340 km2), of which 864 square miles (2,240 km2) is land and 39 square miles (100 km2) (4.3%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850664
18606,020806.6%
18705,788−3.9%
188024,671326.2%
189041,14266.8%
190052,37627.3%
1910108,572107.3%
1920152,80040.7%
1930197,55329.3%
1940225,52114.2%
1950361,25360.2%
1960538,49549.1%
1970716,31733.0%
1980860,88020.2%
19901,170,10335.9%
20001,446,21923.6%
20101,809,03425.1%
Est. 20172,054,475[6]13.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1850–2010[8] 2010–2014[1]

2015 Texas Population Estimate Program

As of the 2015 Texas Population Estimate Program, the population of the county was 1,960,741: 916,941 non-Hispanic whites (46.8%); 299,637 Black Americans (15.3%); 158,299 other non-Hispanic residents (8.1%); 585,864 Hispanics and Latinos, of any race (29.9%).[9]

2010 Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,809,034 people. Tarrant County is currently the second most populous county in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2000 Census

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 1,446,219 people, 533,864 households, and 369,433 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,675 people per square mile (647/km²). There were 565,830 housing units at an average density of 655 per square mile (253/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.23% White, 12.80% Black or African American, 0.57% Native American, 3.64% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 9.09% from other races, and 2.51% from two or more races. 19.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 533,864 households out of which 36.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.60% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.22. As of the 2010 census, there were about 5.2 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county.[11]

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.10% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 33.50% from 25 to 44, 20.10% from 45 to 64, and 8.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,179, and the median income for a family was $54,068. Males had a median income of $38,486 versus $28,672 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,548. About 8.00% of families and 10.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.80% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.

Government, courts, and politics

Government

Tarrant County, like all Texas counties, is governed by a Commissioners Court, which consists of the county judge, who is elected county-wide and presides over the full court, and four commissioners, who are elected in each of the county's four precincts.[12]

County commissioners[13][14]

Office Name Party
  County Judge B. Glen Whitley Republican
  County Commissioner, Precinct 1 Roy Charles Brooks Democratic
  County Commissioner, Precinct 2 Andy H. Nguyen Republican
  County Commissioner, Precinct 3 Gary Fickes Republican
  County Commissioner, Precinct 4 J.D. Johnson Republican

County officials[13][14]

Office Name Party
  County Clerk Mary Louise Nicholson Republican
  Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson Republican
  District Clerk Thomas A. Wilder Republican
  Sheriff Bill E. Waybourn Republican
  Tax Assessor-Collector Wendy Burgess Republican

Constables[13][14]

Office Name Party
  Constable, Precinct 1 Dale Clark Republican
  Constable, Precinct 2 David Woodruff Republican
  Constable, Precinct 3 Darrell Huffman Republican
  Constable, Precinct 4 Joe D. "Jody" Johnson Republican
  Constable, Precinct 5 Ruben Garcia Democratic
  Constable, Precinct 6 Jon H. Siegel Republican
  Constable, Precinct 7 Clint Burgess Republican
  Constable, Precinct 8 Michael R. Campbell Democratic

County services

The JPS Health Network (Tarrant County Hospital District) operates the John Peter Smith Hospital and health centers.

Countywide law enforcement is provided by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office and Tarrant County Constable's Office. All cities in the county provide their own police services, with three exceptions: Westlake contracts service from the Keller Police Department, and Haslet and Edgecliff Village contract service from the Sheriff's Office. DFW Airport, the Tarrant County Hospital District, and the Tarrant Regional Water District also provide their own police forces.

Since the disbandment of the North Tarrant County Fire Department, no countywide firefighting services exist; all municipalities provide their own fire departments. Most cities also operate their own ambulances, with Fort Worth being a notable exception - the city contracts paramedic apparatus from private entity Medstar. CareFlite air ambulance services operate from Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

Courts

Justices of the peace[13][14]

Office Name Party
  Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Ralph Swearingin Jr. Republican
  Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 Mary Tom Curnutt Republican
  Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 Bill Brandt Republican
  Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 Chris Gregory Republican
  Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5 Sergio L. De Leon Democratic
  Justice of the Peace, Precinct 6 Gary Ritchie Republican
  Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7 Matt Hayes Republican
  Justice of the Peace, Precinct 8 Lisa R. Woodard Democratic

County criminal courts[13][14]

Office Name Party
  County Criminal Court No. 1 David Cook Republican
  County Criminal Court No. 2 Carey F. Walker Republican
  County Criminal Court No. 3 Bob McCoy Republican
  County Criminal Court No. 4 Deborah Nekhom Republican
  County Criminal Court No. 5 Jamie Cummings Republican
  County Criminal Court No. 6 Molly Jones Republican
  County Criminal Court No. 7 Cheril S. Hardy Republican
  County Criminal Court No. 8 Charles L. "Chuck" Vanover Republican
  County Criminal Court No. 9 Brent A. Carr Republican
  County Criminal Court No. 10 Phil Sorrells Republican

County civil courts[13][14]

Office Name Party
  County Court at Law No. 1 Don Pierson Republican
  County Court at Law No. 2 Jennifer Rymell Republican
  County Court at Law No. 3 Mike Hrabal Republican

County probate courts[13][14]

Office Name Party
  County Probate Court No. 1 Steve M. King Republican
  County Probate Court No. 2 Brooke Allen Republican

Criminal district courts[13][14]

Office Name Party
  Criminal District Court No. 1 Elizabeth H. Beach Republican
  Criminal District Court No. 2 Wayne Salvant Republican
  Criminal District Court No. 3 Robb Catalano Republican
  Criminal District Court No. 4 Mike Thomas Republican
  213rd District Court Louis Sturns Republican
  297th District Court David C. Hagerman Republican
  371st District Court Mollee Westfall Republican
  372nd District Court Scott Wisch Republican
  396th District Court George Gallagher Republican
  432nd District Court Ruben Gonzalez, Jr. Republican

Civil district courts[13][14]

Office Name Party
  17th District Court Melody Wilkinson Republican
  48th District Court David Evans Republican
  67th District Court Don Cosby Republican
  96th District Court R. H. Wallace, Jr. Republican
  141st District Court John P. Chupp Republican
  153rd District Court Susan Heygood McCoy Republican
  236th District Court Tom Lowe Republican
  342nd District Court J. Wade Birdwell Republican
  348th District Court Mike Wallach Republican
  352nd District Court Josh Burgess Republican

Family district courts[13][14]

Office Name Party
  231st District Court Jesus "Jesse" Nevarez, Jr. Republican
  233rd District Court William Harris Republican
  322nd District Court Nancy Berger Republican
  324th District Court Jerome S. Hennigan Republican
  325th District Court Judith Wells Republican
  360th District Court Patricia Baca Bennett Republican

Juvenile district court[13][14]

Office Name Party
  323rd District Court Timothy A. Menikos Republican

Politics

Tarrant County is one of the largest Republican-leaning counties in the nation.

Democrats are concentrated in several areas throughout the county: eastern Euless, Grand Prairie and eastern Arlington, and portions of Fort Worth, particularly the area surrounding the Stockyards and Meacham Airport, southern and eastern Fort Worth, especially along I-35W, and Forest Hill.[15]

Republicans are dominant in the rest of the county: rural areas, downtown and western Fort Worth and north of Loop 820, and almost all suburban areas including Benbrook, Mansfield and western Arlington, Haltom City, Mid-Cities (Hurst, Euless, and Bedford), and the northern suburbs.[15]

Since the late 20th century, residents of Tarrant County have supported Republican Party presidential candidates. Since 1952 the majority of voters supported the Republican presidential candidate in every election except 1964, when the county voted for Democrat Lyndon Johnson, a Texas native. In 2016, Donald Trump won the county with 51.7% of the vote, the worst showing for a Republican since Bob Dole in 1996, and by a margin of 8.6%, the lowest since 1976.

The first Republican elected to the State Senate from Tarrant County since Reconstruction was Betty Andujar in 1973.

The county also leans Republican in races for the United States Senate, but in the 2018 election, Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke won it with a plurality.[16] This was the first time a Democratic candidate won Tarrant County in a federal election since Lloyd Bentsen in his 1988 re-election bid for the Senate. O'Rourke is also first statewide Democrat to win the county since Ann Richards in the 1990 gubernatorial election.

State Board of Education members[18]

District Name Party
  District 11 Patricia Hardy Republican
  District 13 Erika Beltran Democratic

Texas State Representatives[18]

District Name Party Residence
  District 90 Ramon Romero Jr. Democratic Fort Worth
  District 91 Stephanie Klick Republican Fort Worth
  District 92 Jonathan Stickland Republican Bedford
  District 93 Matt Krause Republican Arlington
  District 94 Tony Tinderholt Republican Arlington
  District 95 Nicole Collier Democratic Fort Worth
  District 96 Bill Zedler Republican Arlington
  District 97 Craig Goldman Republican Fort Worth
  District 98 Giovanni Capriglione Republican Southlake
  District 99 Charlie Geren Republican River Oaks
  District 101 Chris Turner Democratic Grand Prairie

Texas State Senators[18]

District Name Party Residence
  District 9 Kelly Hancock Republican Fort Worth
  District 10 Beverly Powell Democratic Burleson
  District 12 Jane Nelson Republican Flower Mound
  District 22 Brian Birdwell Republican Granbury

United States Representatives[18]

District Name Party Residence
  Texas's 6th congressional district Ron Wright Republican Arlington
  Texas's 12th congressional district Kay Granger Republican Fort Worth
  Texas's 24th congressional district Kenny Marchant Republican Coppell
  Texas's 25th congressional district Roger Williams Republican Weatherford
  Texas's 26th congressional district Michael Burgess Republican Lewisville
  Texas's 33rd congressional district Marc Veasey Democratic Fort Worth

Education

Primary and secondary schools

Public schools in Texas are organized into independent school districts and charter schools. Tarrant County is also home to dozens of private high schools and nearly 100 lower-level private schools.[19]

Independent school districts

Charter schools

Private schools

Transportation

Major highways

Airports

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is partially in the cities of Grapevine and Euless in Tarrant County and Irving in Dallas County.

Fort Worth Alliance Airport is a city-owned public-use airport located 14 miles (23 km) north of the central business district of Fort Worth on Interstate-35W. Billed as the world's first purely industrial airport, it was developed in a joint venture between the City of Fort Worth, the Federal Aviation Administration and Hillwood Development Company, a real estate development company owned by H. Ross Perot, Jr. Alliance Airport has 9600' and 8200' runways.

Fort Worth Meacham International Airport is located at the intersection of Interstate 820 and U.S. Business Highway 287 in northwest Fort Worth, 5 miles from the downtown business district. Meacham International Airport has two parallel runways and a crosswind runway.

Fort Worth Spinks Airport is located 14 miles south of the downtown business district. The airport is located at the intersection of Interstate-35W and HWY 1187 and serves as a reliever airport for Fort Worth Meacham International Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Communities

Cities (multiple counties)

Cities

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Unincorporated communities

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Notes

  • Italics indicate that the city is a principal city of DFW or a county seat.
  • The term "town" is used only in reference to relative population. Under Texas law, all incorporated places are officially designated "cities".

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "Texas: Individual County Chronologies". Texas Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. The Newberry Library. 2008. Retrieved May 27, 2015.
  4. ^ W. Kellon Hightower (2010-06-15). "Handbook of Texas Online - TARRANT COUNTY". Tshaonline.org. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  8. ^ "Texas Almanac: Population History of Counties from 1850–2010" (PDF). Texas Almanac. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  9. ^ Estimates of the Population by Age, Sex, and Race/Ethnicity for July 1, 2015 for State of Texas (PDF), July 15, 2015, retrieved June 8, 2017
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  11. ^ Leonhardt, David; Quealy, Kevin (June 26, 2015), "Where Same-Sex Couples Live", The New York Times, retrieved July 6, 2015
  12. ^ "Commissioners Court". access.tarrantcounty.com. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Tarrant County Republican Party". Tarrant County Republican Party. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Elected County Officials". www.tarrantcounty.com. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
  15. ^ a b "2016 election: Division in a key Texas Republican stronghold?". star-telegram. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  16. ^ Kennedy, Bud (6 November 2018). "For Tarrant Democrats, a big state Senate win and a lot of oh-so-close calls". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  18. ^ a b c d "Texas Redistricting". www.tlc.state.tx.us. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  19. ^ Texas Private Schools, accessed 2008-08-23

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Coordinates: 32°46′N 97°17′W / 32.77°N 97.29°W

Alliance, Texas

AllianceTexas is a master planned community located within Denton County and Tarrant County, Texas, United States. It spans the cities of Haslet, Fort Worth, Westlake, Northlake, Denton, and Roanoke. It is currently owned by Hillwood, a Henry Ross Perot, Jr. company.

Bedford, Texas

Bedford is a city located in northeast Tarrant County, Texas, in the "Mid-Cities" area between Dallas and Fort Worth. It is a suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 46,979 at the 2010 census. Bedford is part of the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District.

Blue Mound, Texas

Blue Mound is a city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,394 at the 2010 census.

Boss, Texas

Boss is an unincorporated community in Tarrant County, Texas, United States.

Center Point, Tarrant County, Texas

Center Point was an unincorporated community in Tarrant County, located near its border with Parker County, in the U.S. state of Texas. The area is now mainly within the areas of Azle and Briar.

Forest Hill, Texas

Forest Hill is a suburb of Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas, United States. The population was 12,355 at the 2010 census.

Fort Worth Spinks Airport

Fort Worth Spinks Airport (ICAO: KFWS, FAA LID: FWS) is a city-owned, public-use airport located 14 nautical miles (26 km) south of the central business district of Fort Worth, in Tarrant County, Texas, United States. It is the newest of the three airports that are owned by the City of Fort Worth and it serves the cities of Fort Worth, Burleson, and Mansfield. The airport is located at the intersection of Interstate 35W and HWY 1187 and serves as a reliever airport for Fort Worth Meacham International Airport and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. It was one of few airports in the country to have Class E airspace and a control tower. However, its airspace now has Class D designation.

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, this airport is assigned FWS by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA.

Grand Prairie Municipal Airport

Grand Prairie Municipal Airport (ICAO: KGPM, FAA LID: GPM) is a city-owned public-use airport located four miles (6 km) southwest of the central business district of Grand Prairie, a city largely in Dallas County, Texas, United States.Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Grand Prairie Municipal Airport is assigned GPM by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA.

Grapevine, Texas

Grapevine is a city and suburb of Dallas and Fort Worth located in northeast Tarrant County, Texas, United States, with minor portions extending into Dallas County and Denton County. The city is located in the Mid-Cities suburban region between Dallas and Fort Worth and includes a larger portion of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport than other cities.

The city is adjacent to Grapevine Lake, a large reservoir impounded by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1952 that serves as a source of water and recreational area.

Grapevine Mills

Grapevine Mills is a diverse-scale (outlet) shopping mall in Grapevine, Texas in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Grapevine Mills currently totals over 1,600,000 square feet (150,000 m2) in size.

Grapevine Mills opened on October 30, 1997, and is one of the largest malls owned by The Mills platform of Simon Property Group. The mall features over 20 anchors and over 200 specialty retailers, as well as a variety of theme restaurants, casual dining and cutting-edge entertainment venues.

Grapevine Mills is located within a major retail area just east of Lake Grapevine and two miles (3 km) north of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. It is the second of the Mills' "Landmarks" to have a racetrack floorplan and also one of the two "Landmarks" to have a movie theater located adjacently outside.

The 30-screen AMC Theatres is located across the Entertainment Entry (#5) near the "Stockyards" food court. The mall has been a rival to a North East Mall in Hurst for over a decade, but since both malls are owned by Simon Property Group, no sales have been affected.

It is the second-largest mall in Tarrant County, Texas, with North East Mall being largest.

Hicks Airfield

Hicks Airfield (FAA LID: T67) is a public use airport located 14 nautical miles (16 mi, 26 km) northwest of the central business district of Fort Worth, in Tarrant County, Texas, United States. The airport is used solely for general aviation purposes.

Lake Worth, Texas

Lake Worth is a city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States. The population was 4,584 at the 2010 census. The city is adjacent to, and named after, Lake Worth, a popular recreational lake in the northwestern portion of Tarrant County.

Lakeside, Tarrant County, Texas

Lakeside is a town in Tarrant County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,307 at the 2010 census.

Legoland Discovery Center Dallas Fort Worth

Legoland Discovery Center Dallas Fort Worth is an indoor family entertainment center located at Grapevine Mills mall in Grapevine, Texas, which is situated between the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. The attraction includes Lego-theme rides, a soft play area, a 4D cinema and a gift shop. The center is owned and operated by British leisure group Merlin Entertainments.

National Register of Historic Places listings in Tarrant County, Texas

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

This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Tarrant County, Texas. There are 23 districts and 86 individual properties listed on the National Register in the county. Another two properties were once listed but have been removed while a third property has been relocated outside the county. One individually listed property is both a State Antiquities Landmark (SAL) and a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL) while an additional property is an SAL. Two districts and 35 individual properties are RTHLs. One district contains additional SALs and RTHLs while six districts hold more RTHLs.

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

North East Mall

North East Mall (previously as Northeast Mall) is an American super-regional shopping mall located in Hurst, Texas, United States, a suburb in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area. The mall is located below highways SH 121, SH 183, and is east of Interstate Highway 820 S. The shopping mall features two units, the main mall and the outside being the Shops at North East Mall both encompassing a total of 2,134,000 square feet (198,000 m²) and featuring 135 stores.

Saginaw, Texas

Saginaw (frequently known as Eagle Mountain–Saginaw) is a small city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and an Inner suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 21,899 in 2017. Saginaw is a Home rule municipality.

Watauga, Texas

Watauga is a city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and a suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 23,497 at the 2010 census. The cities' businesses and retail market is generally located on Highway 377.

White Settlement, Texas

White Settlement is a city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and a northwestern suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 16,116 at the 2010 census.

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