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Fort Worth

City of Fort Worth

  •   State: 
    Tarrant County
    Fort Worth
      County FIPS: 
    32°45′23″N 97°19′57″W
      Area total: 
    355.56 sq mi (920.89 km²)
      Area land: 
    347.27 sq mi (899.44 km²)
      Area water: 
    8.28 sq mi (21.45 km²)
    541 ft (165 m)
    1874; Incorporated 1874
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    2,600 residents per square mile of area (1,000/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 

Fort Worth is the county seat of Tarrant County, covering nearly 350 square miles (910 km²) It is the second-largest city in the DallasFort WorthArlington metropolitan area, which is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. The city of Fort Worth was established in 1849 as an army outpost on a bluff overlooking the Trinity River. Fort Worth has historically been a center of the Texas Longhorn cattle trade. The Kimbell Art Museum was designed by Louis Kahn, with an addition designed by Renzo Piano. USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) is the first ship of the U.S. Navy named after the city. Several multinational corporations, including Bell Textron, American Airlines, BNSF Railway, and Chip 1 Exchange are headquartered in Fort Worth. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition and several museums designed by contemporary architects are based in the city, as are several university communities, including Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan, University of North Texas Health Science Center, and Texas A&M University School of Law. It is known as "where the West begins" because of its location at the junction of the Clear Fork and West Fork of the Trinity river. It was given the nickname No. No. 1 Cowtown during the Civil War, during which time it was the center of brawling, brawling cattle drives and became a bustling town. It has a population of 958,692, according to a 2022 United States census estimate, and is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.


Fort Worth is the primary city name, but also Benbrook, Ft Worth are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is City of Fort Worth. A line of seven army posts was established in 1848-1849 after the Mexican War to protect the settlers of Texas along the western American Frontier. Originally, 10 forts had been proposed by Major General William Jenkins Worth (1794-1849), who commanded the Department of Texas in 1849. In 1875, the Dallas Herald published an article by a former Fort Worth lawyer, Robert E. Cowart. The population dropped as low as 175, but began to recover during Reconstruction. No one may "pass the line of trading houses" (at the border of the Indians' territory) without permission of the President of Texas. These "trading houses" were later established at the junction of the Clear Fork and West Fork of the Trinity River in present-day Fort Worth. During the Civil War, Fort Worth suffered from shortages of money, food, and supplies. The next year, Khleber M. Van Zandt established Tidball, Van Zandert, and Company, which became Fort Worth National Bank in 1884. The U.S. War Department officially named the post Fort Worth on November 14, 1849, and the post was abandoned on September 17, 1853. No trace of it remains on the legendary Chisholm Trail, which was given the nickname of Cowtown. Although an intended insult, the name Panther City was enthusiastically embraced when in 1876 Fort Worth recovered economically. Many businesses and organizations continue to use Panther in their name. A panther is set at the top of the police department, which is also known as "Panther City".


Fort Worth is located in North Texas, and has a generally humid subtropical climate. It is part of the Cross Timbers region, a boundary between the more heavily forested eastern parts and the rolling hills and prairies of the central part. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 349.2 square miles (904 km²) It is a principal city in the DallasFort Worth metroplex, and the second largest city in Texas. Fort Worth contains over 1,000 natural-gas wells (December 2009 count) tapping the Barnett Shale. The hottest month of the year is August, when the average high temperature is 96 °F (35.35 °C), and the coldest month is January. The highest temperature ever recorded in Fort Worth is 113 °C (8.45 °C on June 26, 1980), when the high temperature was 113°F (0.45°C on July 1, 1980). The average temperature in January is 46°F, giving an average temperature of 85°C (23°F) when the low temperature is 75°F. The city has several enclaves, practical enclaves and semienclaves, including: Westworth Village, River Oaks, Saginaw, Benbrook, Everman, Forest Hill, Edgecliff Village, Westover Hills, Sansom Park, Lake Worth, Lakeside, and Haslet. This region, according to the Köppen climate system, features very hot summers and mild to cool winters.


Fort Worth is the most populous city in Tarrant County, and second-most populous community within the DallasFort Worth metroplex. Its metropolitan area encompasses one-quarter of the population of Texas, and is the largest in the Southern U.S. and Texas followed by the HoustonThe WoodlandsSugar Land metropolitan area. Per the American Community Survey's 2018 estimates, Fort Worth had a population near 900,000 residents. In 2019, it grew to an estimated 909,585. In 2018, 38.2% of Fort Worth was non-Hispanic white, 18.6% black or African American, 4.8% Asian American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 35.5% Hispanic or Latino (of any race) A study determined Fort Worth as one of the most diverse cities in the United States in 2019. The largest Christian group in Fort Worth is Baptists (18.1%) followed by Pentecostals (1%), Latter-day Saints (1.6%) and other Christians (0.6%), including Jehovah's Witnesses and Eastern Orthodox Church (6.5%). Fort Worth has a parallel Anglican hierarchy named the Fort Worth Diocese of the Christ in North America. The Episcopal Church in the North America has also named Fort Worth diocese as the Diocese for the Episcopal Church of North America, or the Episcopal Diocese in America. Fort Worth's median income in 2018 was $58,448 and the mean income was $81,165. The city had a per capita income of $29,010.


At its inception, Fort Worth relied on cattle drives that traveled the Chisholm Trail. It became the center of cattle drives, and later, ranching until the Civil War. It recovered during the Reconstruction Era with general stores, banks, and "Hell's Half-Acre", a large collection of saloons and dance halls. Since the late 20th century several major companies have been headquartered in Fort Worth. These include American Airlines Group (and subsidiaries American Airlines and Envoy Air), the John Peter Smith Hospital, Pier 1 Imports, Chip 1 Exchange, RadioShack, Pioneer Corporation, Cash America International, GM Financial, Budget Host, the BNSF Railway, and Bell Textron. In 2018, the DallasFort Worth metroplex ranked 18th on U.S. News & World Report's list of "125 Best Places to Live in the USA" Fort WorthArlington ranked 15th on Forbes' list of the "Best Places for Business and Careers" in 2013. In 2014, Fortune named Fort Worth the 18th best city for Hispanic entrepreneurs. The city is home to T-Mobile, which is also prominent in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Fort Worth is also home to Dallas-based telecommunications company AT&T, which also has a large presence in the city. The Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex is one of the fastest-growing areas in the United States. In 2013, the city was named the 15th best place to live in the country by Forbes.


The Stockyards are the main attraction in the city of Fort Worth. The Fort Worth Zoo is home to over 5,000 animals and has been named a top zoo in the nation by Family Life magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. A daily cattle drive is held twice each day known as "The Herd", this is done at 11:30 AM and again at 4 PM. Fort Worth has a total of 263 parks with 179 of those being neighborhood parks. The total acres of parkland is 11,700.72 acres with the average being about 12.13 acres per park. Fort Woof was recognized by Dog Fancy Magazine as the No. 1 Dog Park in the Nation in 2006, and as City Voter's the Best Dog park in DFW in 2009. The Academy of Western Artists, based in Gene Autry, Oklahoma, presents its annual awards in Fort Worth in fields related to the American cowboy, including music, literature, and even chuck wagon cooking. It is also the 1931 birthplace of the Official State Music of Texas - Western Swing, which was created by Bob Wills and Milton Brown and their Light Crust Doughboys band in a ramshackle dancehall 4 miles west of downtown at the Crystal Springs Dance Pavilion. For those interested in hiking, birding, or canoeing, the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge in northwest Fort Worth is a 3,621-acre preserved natural area designated by the Department of the Interior as a National Natural Landmark Site in 1980.


The TCU Horned Frogs compete in NCAA Division I athletics, including the football team, consistently ranked in the top 25. Texas Wesleyan University competes in the NAIA, and won the 2006 NAIA Div. I Men's Basketball Championship and three-time National Collegiate Table Tennis Association (2004-2006) Fort Worth is also home to the NCAA football Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, as well as four amateur sports teams. The annual Cowtown Marathon has been held every last weekend in February since 1978. Texas Motor Speedway, also known as "The Great American Speedway", is a 1.5-mile quad-oval track located in the far northern part of the city in Denton County. The Colonial Invitational Golf Tournament, now officially known as the Fort Worth Invitational, is one of the more prestigious and historical events of the tour calendar. The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is held within the Will Rogers Memorial Center at the brand new Dickies Arena. Boxing and WWE are also slated for future dates in Fort Worth. The city is home to an IndyCar event and six NASCAR events among three major race weekends a year. In 2013, the Cowtown is the largest multiple-distance event in Texas with just under 27,000 participants in 2013, with two 5Ks, a 10K, the half marathon, marathon, and ultra marathon. Fort Worth hosts an important professional men's golf tournament every May at the Colonial Country Club. It is also the home to two purpose-built tracks: Motorsport Ranch and Eagles Canyon Raceway.


Fort Worth has a council-manager government, with elections held every two years for a mayor, elected at large, and eight council members, elected by district. The mayor is a voting member of the council and represents the city on ceremonial occasions. The current mayor is Republican Mattie Parker, making Fort Worth the largest city in the United States with a female Republican mayor. The Eldon B. Mahon United States Courthouse building contains three oil-on-canvas panels on the fourth floor by artist Frank Mechau. The courthouse, built in 1933, serves the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2001. The North Texas Intermediate Sanction Facility, a privately operated prison facility housing short-term parole violators, was in Fort Worth. The Federal Aviation Administration, National Archives and Records Administration, and Federal Bureau of Investigation have offices in the city. Federal Medical Center, Carswell, a federal prison and health facility for women, is located in the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth; Carswell houses the federal death row for female inmates. The Fort Worth Police Department provides crime prevention, investigation, and other emergency services. The Texas Department of Transportation operates the Fort Worth District Office in Fort WOR. The city is home to one of the two locations of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. In 1987, construction on this second facility began. Bills produced here have a small "FW" in one corner.


Most of Fort Worth is served by the Fort Worth Independent School District. Pinnacle Academy of the Arts (K12) is a state charter school, as are Crosstimbers Academy and High Point Academy. Private schools in Fort Worth include both secular and parochial institutions. The Fort Worth Public Library is the public library system. The portion of the city that is not in the school district contains a wastewater plant. No residential areas are in the portion that is in the district that does not contain a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WTSP) The city is part of the Texas Board of Regents, which oversees the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The board has a board of directors that represents the state of Texas, Texas, and the Texas School Board of Education (TSB). The board of regents has a budget of $1.2 billion for the 2014-2015 school year. The school district's budget for the 2013-2014 school year is $2.1 billion. The district's goal is to have a balanced budget by the end of the school year, with no more than $3 billion in debt. The city's school district is the largest in the state, followed by the Dallas-Fort Worth School District and the Arlington School District, which have a combined budget of less than $2 billion. It is also the largest school district in Texas, with a population of more than 1.2 million. It has a school district that serves portions of Arlington and Fort Worth.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas = 37.5. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 91. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 20. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Fort Worth = 5.7 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 918,915 individuals with a median age of 32.5 age the population grows by 24.82% in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 2,600 residents per square mile of area (1,000/km²). There are average 2.7 people per household in the 240,903 households with an average household income of $44,635 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 8.30% of the available work force and has dropped -0.64% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 30.42%. The number of physicians in Fort Worth per 100,000 population = 173.2.


The annual rainfall in Fort Worth = 32.5 inches and the annual snowfall = 0.6 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 76. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 229. 96 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 31.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 23, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas which are owned by the occupant = 51.50%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 28 years with median home cost = $102,170 and home appreciation of -4.67%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $19.87 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $4,456 per student. There are 16.6 students for each teacher in the school, 574 students for each Librarian and 417 students for each Counselor. 5.08% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 15.95% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 7.64% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Fort Worth's population in Tarrant County, Texas of 26,668 residents in 1900 has increased 34,46-fold to 918,915 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.13% female residents and 49.87% male residents live in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.

    As of 2020 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas are married and the remaining 44.37% are single population.

  • 26.9 minutes is the average time that residents in Fort Worth require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    78.63% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 15.80% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 1.29% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.04% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, 51.50% are owner-occupied homes, another 39.57% are rented apartments, and the remaining 8.93% are vacant.

  • The 50.52% of the population in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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