Tarrant County, Texas

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Tarrant County, Texas
Tarrant County
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The Tarrant County Courthouse at Fort Worth in 2012
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Location within the U.S. state of Texas
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Texas's location within the U.S.
Named for Edward H. Tarrant
Seat Fort Worth
Largest cityFort Worth
  Total902 sq mi (2,336 km2)
  Land864 sq mi (2,238 km2)
  Water39 sq mi (101 km2), 4.3%
  Density2,095/sq mi (809/km2)
Congressional districts 6th, 12th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 33rd
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.tarrantcounty.com

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]

County (United States) Subdivision used by most states in the United States of America

In the United States, an administrative or political subdivision of a state is a county, which is a region having specific boundaries and usually some level of governmental authority. The term "county" is used in 48 U.S. states, while Louisiana and Alaska have functionally equivalent subdivisions called parishes and boroughs respectively.

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

In the United States, a state is a constituent political entity, of which there are currently 50. Bound together in a political union, each state holds governmental jurisdiction over a separate and defined geographic territory and shares its sovereignty with the federal government. Due to this shared sovereignty, Americans are citizens both of the federal republic and of the state in which they reside. State citizenship and residency are flexible, and no government approval is required to move between states, except for persons restricted by certain types of court orders. Four states use the term commonwealth rather than state in their full official names.

Texas State of the United States of America

Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population. Geographically located in the South Central region of the country, Texas shares borders with the U.S. states of Louisiana to the east, Arkansas to the northeast, Oklahoma to the north, New Mexico to the west, and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas to the southwest, and has a coastline with the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast.


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]

Edward H. Tarrant general who served in the Republic of Texas Militia

Edward H. Tarrant, for whom Tarrant County was named, served the Republic of Texas and the State of Texas by fighting hostile Indians for two decades. He also served in the Texas House of Representatives during both periods.

Republic of Texas independent sovereign nation in North America that existed from March 2, 1836, to February 19, 1846

The Republic of Texas was a sovereign state in North America that existed from March 2, 1836, to February 19, 1846. It was bordered by Mexico to the west and southwest, the Gulf of Mexico to the southeast, the two U.S. states of Louisiana and Arkansas to the east and northeast, and United States territories encompassing parts of the current U.S. states of Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico to the north and west. The citizens of the republic were known as Texians.

Militia (United States) National military force of citizens used in emergencies

The militia of the United States, as defined by the U.S. Congress, has changed over time.

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

Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex Metroplex in Texas, United States

The Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex encompasses 13 counties within the U.S. state of Texas. Residents of the area also refer to it as DFW, or the Metroplex. It is the economic and cultural hub of the region of North Texas, and it is the largest inland metropolitan area in the United States.


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

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Dallas County, Texas County in the United States

Dallas County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,368,139. It is Texas' second-most populous county and the ninth-most populous in the United States. Its county seat is Dallas, which is also Texas' third-largest city and the ninth-largest city in the United States. The county was founded in 1846 and was possibly named for George Mifflin Dallas, the 11th Vice President of the United States under U.S. President James K. Polk.

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Historical population
1850 664
1860 6,020806.6%
1870 5,788−3.9%
1880 24,671326.2%
1890 41,14266.8%
1900 52,37627.3%
1910 108,572107.3%
1920 152,80040.7%
1930 197,55329.3%
1940 225,52114.2%
1950 361,25360.2%
1960 538,49549.1%
1970 716,31733.0%
1980 860,88020.2%
1990 1,170,10335.9%
2000 1,446,21923.6%
2010 1,809,03425.1%
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: non-Hispanic whites 916,941 (46.8%); Black Americans 299,637 (15.3%); other non-Hispanic 158,299 (8.1%); Hispanics and Latinos (of any race) 585,864 (29.9%). [9]

Non-Hispanic whites, are European Americans, Middle Eastern Americans, and North African Americans as defined by the United States Census Bureau.

Hispanic Americans and Latino Americans are Americans who are descendants of people from Spain and Latin America, respectively. More generally, it includes all Americans who speak the Spanish language natively, and who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino, whether of full or partial ancestry. For the 2010 United States Census, people counted as "Hispanic" or "Latino" were those who identified as one of the specific Hispanic or Latino categories listed on the census questionnaire as well as those who indicated that they were "other Spanish, Hispanic or Latino." The national origins classified as Hispanic or Latino by the United States Census Bureau are the following: Argentine, Cuban, Colombian, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican, Costa Rican, Guatemalan, Honduran, Nicaraguan, Panamanian, Salvadoran, Bolivian, Spanish American, Chilean, Ecuadorian, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Uruguayan, and Venezuelan. Brazilian Americans, other Portuguese-speaking Latino groups, and non-Spanish speaking Latino groups in the United States are solely defined as "Latino" by some U.S. government agencies. The Census Bureau uses the terms Hispanic and Latino interchangeably.

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


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]

 County JudgeB. Glen WhitleyRepublican
 County Commissioner, Precinct 1Roy Charles BrooksDemocratic
 County Commissioner, Precinct 2Andy H. NguyenRepublican
 County Commissioner, Precinct 3Gary FickesRepublican
 County Commissioner, Precinct 4J.D. JohnsonRepublican

County officials [13] [14]

 County ClerkMary Louise NicholsonRepublican
 Criminal District AttorneySharen WilsonRepublican
 District ClerkThomas A. WilderRepublican
 SheriffBill E. WaybournRepublican
 Tax Assessor-CollectorWendy BurgessRepublican

Constables [13] [14]

 Constable, Precinct 1Dale ClarkRepublican
 Constable, Precinct 2David WoodruffRepublican
 Constable, Precinct 3Darrell HuffmanRepublican
 Constable, Precinct 4Joe D. "Jody" JohnsonRepublican
 Constable, Precinct 5Ruben GarciaDemocratic
 Constable, Precinct 6Jon H. SiegelRepublican
 Constable, Precinct 7Clint BurgessRepublican
 Constable, Precinct 8Michael R. CampbellDemocratic

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.


Justices of the peace [13] [14]

 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1Ralph Swearingin Jr.Republican
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2Mary Tom CurnuttRepublican
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3Bill BrandtRepublican
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4Chris GregoryRepublican
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5Sergio L. De LeonDemocratic
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 6Gary RitchieRepublican
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7Matt HayesRepublican
 Justice of the Peace, Precinct 8Lisa R. WoodardDemocratic

County criminal courts [13] [14]

 County Criminal Court No. 1David CookRepublican
 County Criminal Court No. 2Carey F. WalkerRepublican
 County Criminal Court No. 3Bob McCoyRepublican
 County Criminal Court No. 4Deborah NekhomRepublican
 County Criminal Court No. 5Jamie CummingsRepublican
 County Criminal Court No. 6Molly JonesRepublican
 County Criminal Court No. 7Cheril S. HardyRepublican
 County Criminal Court No. 8Charles L. "Chuck" VanoverRepublican
 County Criminal Court No. 9Brent A. CarrRepublican
 County Criminal Court No. 10Phil SorrellsRepublican

County civil courts [13] [14]

 County Court at Law No. 1Don PiersonRepublican
 County Court at Law No. 2Jennifer RymellRepublican
 County Court at Law No. 3Mike HrabalRepublican

County probate courts [13] [14]

 County Probate Court No. 1Steve M. KingRepublican
 County Probate Court No. 2Brooke AllenRepublican

Criminal district courts [13] [14]

 Criminal District Court No. 1Elizabeth H. BeachRepublican
 Criminal District Court No. 2Wayne SalvantRepublican
 Criminal District Court No. 3Robb CatalanoRepublican
 Criminal District Court No. 4Mike ThomasRepublican
 213rd District CourtLouis SturnsRepublican
 297th District CourtDavid C. HagermanRepublican
 371st District CourtMollee WestfallRepublican
 372nd District CourtScott WischRepublican
 396th District CourtGeorge GallagherRepublican
 432nd District CourtRuben Gonzalez, Jr.Republican

Civil district courts [13] [14]

 17th District CourtMelody WilkinsonRepublican
 48th District CourtDavid EvansRepublican
 67th District CourtDon CosbyRepublican
 96th District CourtR. H. Wallace, Jr.Republican
 141st District CourtJohn P. ChuppRepublican
 153rd District CourtSusan Heygood McCoyRepublican
 236th District CourtTom LoweRepublican
 342nd District CourtJ. Wade BirdwellRepublican
 348th District CourtMike WallachRepublican
 352nd District CourtJosh BurgessRepublican

Family district courts [13] [14]

 231st District CourtJesus "Jesse" Nevarez, Jr.Republican
 233rd District CourtWilliam HarrisRepublican
 322nd District CourtNancy BergerRepublican
 324th District CourtJerome S. HenniganRepublican
 325th District CourtJudith WellsRepublican
 360th District CourtPatricia Baca BennettRepublican

Juvenile district court [13] [14]

 323rd District CourtTimothy A. MenikosRepublican


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.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results [17]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 51.7%345,92143.1% 288,3925.1% 34,201
2012 57.1%348,92041.4% 253,0711.5% 8,899
2008 55.4%348,42043.7% 274,8800.8% 5,253
2004 62.4%349,46237.0% 207,2860.6% 3,393
2000 60.7%286,92136.8% 173,7582.5% 11,710
1996 50.9%208,31241.6% 170,4317.5% 30,901
1992 38.9%183,38733.1% 156,23028.0% 131,779
1988 61.2%242,66038.2% 151,3100.6% 2,267
1984 67.3%248,05032.6% 120,1470.2% 665
1980 56.9%173,46639.7% 121,0683.5% 10,532
1976 50.1%124,43349.2% 122,2870.8% 1,911
1972 68.6%151,59631.3% 69,1870.2% 355
1968 42.9%81,78641.8% 79,70515.3% 29,256
1964 36.7% 56,59363.0%97,0920.3% 473
1960 54.8%72,81344.7% 59,3850.6% 788
1956 59.7%66,32939.5% 43,9220.9% 946
1952 58.0%63,68041.9% 45,9680.2% 194
1948 28.3% 17,15759.8%36,32512.0% 7,257
1944 8.1% 4,11372.1%36,79119.9% 10,161
1940 17.2% 7,47482.7%36,0620.1% 53
1936 11.2% 3,78188.2%29,7910.6% 190
1932 15.7% 5,25183.1%27,8361.3% 426
1928 69.0%20,48131.0% 9,208
1924 26.5% 5,85961.7%13,67311.8% 2,619
1920 20.4% 3,48672.7%12,4317.0% 1,191
1916 12.7% 1,55084.1%10,2693.2% 394
1912 6.1% 54880.8%7,22213.1% 1,169

State Board of Education members [18]

 District 11Patricia HardyRepublican
 District 13Erika BeltranDemocratic

Texas State Representatives [18]

 District 90Ramon Romero Jr.DemocraticFort Worth
 District 91Stephanie KlickRepublicanFort Worth
 District 92Jonathan SticklandRepublicanBedford
 District 93Matt KrauseRepublicanArlington
 District 94Tony TinderholtRepublicanArlington
 District 95Nicole CollierDemocraticFort Worth
 District 96Bill ZedlerRepublicanArlington
 District 97Craig GoldmanRepublicanFort Worth
 District 98Giovanni CapriglioneRepublicanSouthlake
 District 99Charlie GerenRepublicanRiver Oaks
 District 101Chris TurnerDemocraticGrand Prairie

Texas State Senators [18]

 District 9Kelly HancockRepublicanFort Worth
 District 10Beverly PowellDemocraticBurleson
 District 12Jane NelsonRepublicanFlower Mound
 District 22Brian BirdwellRepublicanGranbury

United States Representatives [18]

  Texas's 6th congressional district Ron Wright RepublicanArlington
  Texas's 12th congressional district Kay Granger RepublicanFort Worth
  Texas's 24th congressional district Kenny Marchant RepublicanCoppell
  Texas's 25th congressional district Roger Williams RepublicanWeatherford
  Texas's 26th congressional district Michael Burgess RepublicanLewisville
  Texas's 33rd congressional district Marc Veasey DemocraticFort Worth


Colleges and universities

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


Major highways


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.


Cities (multiple counties)



Census-designated places

Historical census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Historical communities

Ghost towns


See also

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