|Tarrant County, Texas|
The Tarrant County Courthouse at Fort Worth in 2012
Location within the U.S. state of Texas
Texas's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Edward H. Tarrant|
|Largest city||Fort Worth|
|• Total||902 sq mi (2,336 km2)|
|• Land||864 sq mi (2,238 km2)|
|• Water||39 sq mi (101 km2), 4.3%|
|• Density||2,095/sq mi (809/km2)|
|Congressional districts||6th, 12th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 33rd|
|Time zone||Central: UTC−6/−5|
Tarrant County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of 2010, it had a population of 2,054,475.It is Texas' third-most populous county and the 16th-most populous in the United States. Its county seat is Fort Worth.
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.
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 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.It was named in honor of General Edward H. Tarrant of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Ellis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 149,610. The county seat is Waxahachie. The county was founded in 1849 and organized the next year. It is named for Richard Ellis, president of the convention that produced the Texas Declaration of Independence.
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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%).
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.
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.
As of the census 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.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
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.
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.
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.
|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 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|
|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|
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.
|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 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 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 Court No. 1||Steve M. King||Republican|
|County Probate Court No. 2||Brooke Allen||Republican|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|323rd District Court||Timothy A. Menikos||Republican|
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.
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.
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.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.
|District 11||Patricia Hardy||Republican|
|District 13||Erika Beltran||Democratic|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.
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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.
Wise County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 59,127. Its county seat is Decatur.
Collin County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 United States Census, the county's population was 782,341, making it the seventh-most populous county in Texas and the 63rd-largest county by population in the United States. The 2017 Census Bureau estimate for Collin County's population is 969,603. Its county seat is McKinney.
Arlington is a city in the U.S. state of Texas, located in Tarrant County. It is part of the Mid-Cities region of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area, approximately 12 miles (19 km) east of downtown Fort Worth and 20 miles (32 km) west of downtown Dallas.
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.
Colleyville is a city and suburb of Dallas and Fort Worth located in northeast Tarrant County, Texas, United States. The city is located in the Mid-Cities suburban region between Dallas and Fort Worth, and is roughly 3.5 miles (5.6 km) west of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The population was 22,807 at the 2010 census. Colleyville is well known for its public schools, public safety, wealth, and rural atmosphere.
Euless is a city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and a suburb of Dallas and Fort Worth. Euless is part of the Mid-Cities between Dallas and Fort Worth. The population was 51,277 at the 2010 census.
Haltom City is a city that is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth region and inside Tarrant County, Texas, United States. The population was 42,409 at the 2010 census. Haltom City is a inner suburb of Fort Worth, a principal city of the DFW Metroplex. The city is 6 miles from Downtown Fort Worth, 30 miles from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, and 20 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Irving. Haltom City is surrounded almost entirely by Fort Worth, North Richland Hills, Watauga, and Richland Hills.
Hurst is a city in the U.S. state of Texas located in the densely populated portion of northeastern Tarrant County and is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area. It is considered a Dallas and Fort Worth suburb and is part of the Mid-Cities region. It is 13 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 37,337.
North Richland Hills is a city inside Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and a mid-to-high end suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 63,343 at the 2010 census, making it the third largest city in Tarrant County. In 2006, North Richland Hills was selected as one of the "Top 100 Best Places to live in America" according to Money magazine and in 2016, the Dallas Morning News ranked North Richland Hills #9 on its list of best Dallas-Fort Worth neighborhoods. Major streets and highways include FM 1938, Mid Cities Boulevard, Bedford-Euless Road, Interstate Highway 820, North Tarrant Parkway, FM 3029 and TX SH 26. It is home to the Birdville Independent School District and the northern portion is served by Keller ISD.
Grand Prairie is a city in Dallas County, Tarrant County, and Ellis County, Texas, in the United States. It is part of the Mid-Cities region in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. It has a population of 175,396 according to the 2010 census, making it the fifteenth most populous city in the state.
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.
State Highway 121 is a state highway angling from southwest to northeast through north central Texas. It runs from downtown Fort Worth, Texas at the junction of Interstate 35W to Bonham, Texas, just north of a junction with U.S. Highway 82.
State Highway 360 or SH 360 is a 28.00-mile (45.06 km) north–south state highway in the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex in the U.S. state of Texas.
The Mid-Cities is a suburban region filling the thirty-mile span between Dallas and Fort Worth. These communities include the cities of Irving, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Southlake, Colleyville, HEB, NRH, Haltom City, Watauga, Keller, and Roanoke.
Area codes 214, 469, and 972 are the North American telephone area codes for Dallas, Texas, and most of the eastern portion of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.
Area codes 817 and 682 are Texas telephone area codes for numbers in Fort Worth and most of the western portion of the Metroplex. Area code 817 was created as a flash-cut sometime during 1953, but available databases do not indicate from which area code it was split, as all original area codes were created in October 1947. Based on proximity, however, it was probably split from area codes 214 and 915. In a message posted to the Telecom Digest mailing list and newsgroup comp.dcom.telecom Carl Moore reported that 817 was created mostly in part from 915 as well as a small part from 214.
Kelly Gene Hancock is an American businessman and Republican State Senator for District 9, which encompasses portions of Tarrant and Dallas counties, including all or part of the following communities in Tarrant County: Arlington, Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Haltom City, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Saginaw, Southlake, Trophy Club, Watauga and Westlake. In Dallas County, Senate District 9 includes portions of Dallas, Grand Prairie, and Irving. Hancock was elected to the Texas Senate in November 2012, having previously served three terms in the Texas House of Representatives.