Introduction to Farmers Branch, Texas

Farmers Branch, Texas, in Dallas county, is 4 miles S of Carrollton, Texas (center to center) and 10 miles NW of Dallas, Texas. The city is part of the Dallas metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Farmers Branch History

Thomas Keenan and his wife were the first settlers to arrive in this region in 1842. At that time, the place was known as "Mustang" but the name was changed to "Farmers Branch" because of the area's rich soil and farmland. This name was given by William Cochran, one of the original recipients of land grants in the region. Following the establishment of the Texan Land and Emigration Company in 1845, Farmers Branch became widely advertised and was soon among the most well known communities in Dallas County. Rev. William Bowles established a gristmill and a blacksmith shop in 1845, and a post office was opened in 1848. The Dallas and Wichita Railroad built a depot in 1877. Farmers Branch was incorporated as a city on February 23, 1946.

Farmers Branch and Nearby Attractions

  • African American Museum
  • Dallas World Aquarium
  • Little Chapel-in-the-Woods
  • Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Dallas Zoo
  • Cedar Hill State Park

Things To Do In Farmers Branch

Little Chapel-in-the-Woods is a place of historic interest near Farmers Branch. This chapel, designed by O'Neil Ford and built in 1941, is considered to be one of the finest buildings in Texas. Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary is situated on almost 300 acres of land, and features live animals, a native plant garden, indoor and outdoor exhibits, and hiking trails. African American Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, National Museum of Communications, Heritage Farmstead Museum, and Frontiers of Flight Museum showcase exhibits reflecting the region's historical and cultural heritage. Various recreational activities like camping, boating, picnicking, and hiking can be enjoyed at the Cedar Hill State Park, and Ray Roberts Lake State Park. Among other popular destinations are the Dallas Zoo, Farmers Branch Historical Park, Southfork Ranch, Fort Worth Botanical Garden, and the Dallas World Aquarium.

Farmers Branch Transportation

The closest major airport is Dallas/ Fort Worth International Airport.

Farmers Branch Higher Education

Farmers Branch is home to the Brookhaven College, and Dallas Christian College. Collin County Community College, University of Dallas, and North Lake College are located nearby.


Total Population 31,052
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 13.6%
Employed Population 16+ 16,171
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 50%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 33%
Median Earnings25+ $38,031
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $22,284
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,439


Median Family Income $64,962
% Above Poverty Level 88%
% Below Poverty Level 12%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation 1.9%


People Living Alone 26.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,098
Median House Value $145,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 60.6%
US/American 0%
English 9.7%
Irish 7.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Farmers Branch Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 4 miles S of Carrollton, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 10 miles NW of Dallas, Texas
County Dallas
Standard Zip Codes 75234
Phone Area Codes 972
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.926
Longitude -96.895

Farmers Branch Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5.9 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 55 F
Apr Temp 56 to 77 F
Jul Temp 77 to 96 F
Oct Temp 58 to 79 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
Station DENTON 2 SE
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 52 to 74 F
Jul Temp 73 to 94 F
Oct Temp 54 to 76 F
Annual Precip 37.7 inches
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 53 to 78 F
Annual Precip 40 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Farmers Branch, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

North Branch (75244)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Addison 15,087 $79,055
Carrollton 127,279 $77,772
Coppell 40,602 $129,432
Highland Park 8,916 $250
Irving 228,776 $57,926

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Farmers Branch Public Libraries

Farmers Branch Manske Public Library
Farmers Branch, Texas
(972) 247-2511
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