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. It is Texas' third-most populous county and the 15th-most populous in the United States. Its county seat is Fort Worth.
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|
|Named for||Edward H. Tarrant|
|Largest city||Fort Worth|
|• Total||902 sq mi (2,340 km2)|
|• Land||864 sq mi (2,240 km2)|
|• Water||39 sq mi (100 km2) 4.3%%|
|• Density||2,095/sq mi (809/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|Congressional districts||6th, 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. It was named in honor of General Edward H. Tarrant of the Republic of Texas militia.
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.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
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%).
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 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.
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.
|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 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|
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 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, while the city of Arlington contracts paramedic apparatus from private entity American Medical Response.
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.
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||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 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|
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.
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.
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. 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.
|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|
Colleges and universities
Primary and secondary schools
Independent school districts
- Arlington Independent School District
- Birdville Independent School District
- Carroll Independent School District
- Castleberry Independent School District
- Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District
- Everman Independent School District
- Fort Worth Independent School District
- Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District
- Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District
- Keller Independent School District
- Kennedale Independent School District
- Lake Worth Independent School District
- White Settlement Independent School District
- Azle Independent School District (partial)
- Burleson Independent School District (partial)
- Crowley Independent School District (partial)
- Godley Independent School District (partial)
- Mansfield Independent School District (partial)
- Northwest Independent School District (partial)
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)
- Azle (partly in Parker County)
- Burleson (mostly in Johnson County)
- Crowley (small part in Johnson County)
- Fort Worth (small parts in Denton, Parker and Wise counties)
- Grapevine (small parts in Dallas and Denton counties)
- Grand Prairie (partly in Dallas County and a small part in Ellis County)
- Haslet (small part in Denton County)
- Mansfield (small parts in Ellis and Johnson counties)
- Newark (mostly in Wise County)
- Southlake (small part in Denton County)
Historical census-designated places
- 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".
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