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 15th-most populous in the United States. Its county seat is Fort Worth.[2]

Tarrant County
Tarrant County
The Tarrant County Courthouse at Fort Worth in 2019


Location within the U.S. state of Texas

Texas's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 32°46′N 97°17′W
Country United States
State Texas
Named forEdward H. Tarrant
SeatFort Worth
Largest cityFort Worth
  Total902 sq mi (2,340 km2)
  Land864 sq mi (2,240 km2)
  Water39 sq mi (100 km2)  4.3%%
  Density2,095/sq mi (809/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
  Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districts6th, 12th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 33rd

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.


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


Historical population
Est. 20182,084,931[6]15.3%
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 Americans (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


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 Devan Allen Democratic
  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


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,[15] and Haslet[16] and Edgecliff Village[17] contract service from the Sheriff's Office. DFW Airport,[18] 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 two notable exceptions: Fort Worth and 14 other Tarrant County cities are served by the Metropolitan Area EMS Authority (MAEMSA), a governmental administrative agency established under an interlocal operating agreement and operating as MedStar Mobile Health,[19] while the city of Arlington contracts paramedic apparatus from private entity American Medical Response.[20]

Fire and EMS protection in unincorporated portions of Tarrant County is governed by the Tarrant County Emergency Services District #1, which administers contracts with 17 fire departments (including 10 with EMS response) and has mutual aid agreements with eight additional fire departments.[21]

CareFlite air ambulance services operate from Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.


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 Jason M. Charbonnet 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 Alex Kim Republican


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

In 2019, Democrats have begun to represent a larger portion of the political profile, and are concentrated in several areas throughout the county: eastern Euless, Grand Prairie and eastern and southern Arlington, Northern and West areas of Mansfield, large portions of Fort Worth, particularly the area surrounding the Stockyards and Meacham Airport, southern and eastern Fort Worth, especially in dense metro areas and along I-35W, and Forest Hill.[22]

Republicans are dominant in much of the rural areas of the county, downtown and western Fort Worth and north of Loop 820, and almost all suburban areas including Benbrook, rural Mansfield areas and western Arlington, Haltom City, Mid-Cities (Hurst, Euless, and Bedford), and the northern suburbs.[22]

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 1972.

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.[23] 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.

Presidential election results
Presidential election results[24]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 51.7% 345,921 43.1% 288,392 5.1% 34,201
2012 57.1% 348,920 41.4% 253,071 1.5% 8,899
2008 55.4% 348,420 43.7% 274,880 0.8% 5,253
2004 62.4% 349,462 37.0% 207,286 0.6% 3,393
2000 60.7% 286,921 36.8% 173,758 2.5% 11,710
1996 50.9% 208,312 41.6% 170,431 7.5% 30,901
1992 38.9% 183,387 33.1% 156,230 28.0% 131,779
1988 61.2% 242,660 38.2% 151,310 0.6% 2,267
1984 67.3% 248,050 32.6% 120,147 0.2% 665
1980 56.9% 173,466 39.7% 121,068 3.5% 10,532
1976 50.1% 124,433 49.2% 122,287 0.8% 1,911
1972 68.6% 151,596 31.3% 69,187 0.2% 355
1968 42.9% 81,786 41.8% 79,705 15.3% 29,256
1964 36.7% 56,593 63.0% 97,092 0.3% 473
1960 54.8% 72,813 44.7% 59,385 0.6% 788
1956 59.7% 66,329 39.5% 43,922 0.9% 946
1952 58.0% 63,680 41.9% 45,968 0.2% 194
1948 28.3% 17,157 59.8% 36,325 12.0% 7,257
1944 8.1% 4,113 72.1% 36,791 19.9% 10,161
1940 17.2% 7,474 82.7% 36,062 0.1% 53
1936 11.2% 3,781 88.2% 29,791 0.6% 190
1932 15.7% 5,251 83.1% 27,836 1.3% 426
1928 69.0% 20,481 31.0% 9,208
1924 26.5% 5,859 61.7% 13,673 11.8% 2,619
1920 20.4% 3,486 72.7% 12,431 7.0% 1,191
1916 12.7% 1,550 84.1% 10,269 3.2% 394
1912 6.1% 548 80.8% 7,222 13.1% 1,169

State Board of Education members[25]

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

Texas State Representatives[25]

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[25]

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[25]

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


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.[26]

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


  • 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


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  22. "2016 election: Division in a key Texas Republican stronghold?". star-telegram. Retrieved 2017-11-03.
  23. 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.
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