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Overview

Introduction to Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth, located in north central Texas about 30 miles west of Dallas, is familiar to many as part of the Dallas - Fort Worth metroplex. Fort Worth is actually thriving city in its own right, with around 550,000 people and a bustling downtown area. It is the sixth-largest city in the state and one of the 30 most populous in the nation. Named after Texas army commander William J. Worth, the city was founded during the Mexican War in 1849 as a military outpost. Fort Worth steadily grew as a center for cattle and meatpacking, first as a supply center along the Chisholm cattle trail, later with the completion of America's first railroad in 1876. An oil boom in 1917 and multiple military installations built during both world wars triggered additional growth. Today, Fort Worth boasts a strong and diverse economy not dependent on any one industry. Companies headquartered in Fort Worth include Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Radio Shack and American Airlines.

Fort Worth Culture

Fort Worth's own website claims the city is the museum capital of the Southwest, and it may be right. The city's Culture District, located just south of 7th Street and west of University Drive, has more than a half dozen museums in a concentrated area. The Amon Carter Museum features 19th and 20th century western art, with works by Frederic Remington and Georgia O'Keeffe. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is the oldest art museum in Texas, with contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography. Known as "America's best small museum," the Kimbell Art Museum has a world-class collection including works by El Greco, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Picasso, and Matisse. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has the Omni Theater and the Noble Planetarium.

The Cowgirl Museum, the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, the Cattle Raisers Museum and the Cattleman's Museum all celebrate Fort Worth's heritage as the center of America's cattle industry. Every morning in Fort Worth you can see its herd of long horns driven down Exchange Avenue by cowhands, and the stockyards have been restored, with rodeos and western events held there regularly.

Fort Worth Sports and Leisure

Within a half hour of the city, sports fans can find local teams in all four major leagues, plus auto racing. Right in Fort Worth, the 154,861-seat Texas Motor Speedway is the second largest sports facility in the US, and the third largest in the world. The track hosts the annual NASCAR Nextel Cup event as well as Indy Car and dirt track racing. Just 12 miles away in Arlington, the Texas Rangers play their home games at the Ballpark in Arlington, which also houses a baseball museum. Just 22 miles away in Irving, the Dallas Cowboys ("America's Team") play at 65,000-seat Texas Stadium. The NBA's Dallas Mavericks and the NHL's Dallas Stars play 30 miles away in downtown Dallas at the American Airlines Center, which seats 18,000+. Within the city, the Fort Worth Cats play minor league baseball at LaGrave Field; the Fort Worth Brahmas play minor league hockey at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Fort Worth Outdoors

There is no shortage of outdoor activities in Fort Worth. Within the city limits, boating is popular at Heritage Park at the intersection of the Clear and West forks of Fort Worth's Trinity River. Just 10 miles southwest of downtown Fort Worth, Lake Benbrook is one of the city's best freshwater fishing destinations. Holiday Park, Mustang Park and Rocky Creek Park, all located around Benbrook's periphery, offer facilities for hiking, boating and camping. Dozens of larger lakes are within an hour drive of the city. Golf courses in the area include the nationally-ranked Cowboys Golf Club, 19 miles away in Grapevine.

Fort Worth at Night

Nightlife is one of Fort Worth's strong suits, with Texas Monthly naming it "the hottest downtown in Texas." A nice place to walk around at night is Sundance Square downtown, a huge area loaded with shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. To the north, the Stockyards area is another hotspot, with many western themed bars. The most famous is Billy Bob's Texas. Known as the "world's largest honky-tonk," Billy Bob's has 32 bar stations spread across a 127,000-square-foot area providing live music and other entertainment. For those who need more options, Dallas is just a half hour away.

People

Total Population 796,614
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 8.9%
Employed Population 16+ 359,687
Age of the Population 32

Families

% of people married 46.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.3%
Median Earnings25+ $35,625
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,340
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,350

Wealth

Median Family Income $62,345
% Above Poverty Level 81.2%
% Below Poverty Level 18.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.1%
Median Gross Rent $892
Median House Value $124,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.3%
US/American 0%
English 5.6%
Irish 7.1%

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

Fort Worth Almanac

Category Value
County Tarrant
Standard Zip Codes 76102, 76103, 76104, 76105, 76106, 76107, 76108, 76109, 76110, 76111, 76112, 76114, 76115, 76116, 76117, 76118, 76119, 76120, 76123, 76126, 76131, 76132, 76133, 76134, 76135, 76137, 76140, 76148, 76155, 76177, 76179, 76180
P.O. Box Zip Codes 76101, 76113, 76121, 76124, 76136, 76147, 76161, 76162, 76163, 76164, 76181, 76182, 76185
Company Zip Codes 76122, 76129, 76130, 76150, 76191, 76192, 76193, 76195, 76196, 76197, 76198, 76199
Phone Area Codes 817
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.725
Longitude -97.32

Fort Worth Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station BENBROOK DAM
Distance 9.2 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 55 F
Apr Temp 52 to 76 F
Jul Temp 72 to 97 F
Oct Temp 55 to 79 F
Annual Precip 34 inches
Station EAGLE MOUNTAIN LAKE
Distance 12.3 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 55 F
Apr Temp 51 to 76 F
Jul Temp 72 to 96 F
Oct Temp 55 to 78 F
Annual Precip 34.1 inches
Station DALLAS-FT WORTH INTL AP
Distance 21.4 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 54 F
Apr Temp 54 to 76 F
Jul Temp 75 to 95 F
Oct Temp 56 to 78 F
Annual Precip 34.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Northrichland Hills (76180)

Oaks (76114)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Everman 6,279 $41,341
Forest Hill 12,709 $46,458
Haltom City 43,625 $52,593

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

Fort Worth Public Libraries

Library
Fort Worth Public Library
500 W 3RD ST
Fort Worth, Texas
(817) 871-7706
Library Web Site
Blue Mound Community Library
1600 BELL AVE
Fort Worth, Texas
(817) 232-4095

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Fort Worth Hospitals

JPS HEALTH NETWORK
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1500 S MAIN ST
(817) 921-3431
Emergency Service: Yes

BAYLOR ALL SAINTS MEDICAL CENTER AT FW
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1400 EIGHTH AVE
(817) 926-2544
Emergency Service: Yes

PLAZA MEDICAL CENTER OF FORT WORTH
(Proprietary)
900 EIGHTH AVENUE
(817) 336-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

MEDICAL CENTRE SURGICAL HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
750 13TH AVENUE
(817) 334-5050
Emergency Service: Yes

HARRIS METHODIST FORT WORTH
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1301 PENNSYLVANIA
(817) 882-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

HUGULEY HEALTH SYSTEM
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
11801 SOUTH FREEWAY
(817) 293-9110
Emergency Service: Yes

HARRIS METHODIST SOUTHWEST
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
6100 HARRIS PKWY
(817) 433-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Fort Worth High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

PASCHAL H S
3001 FOREST PARK BLVD
817-922-6600
Serves 2,182 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.3

BOSWELL H S
5805 W BAILEY BOSWELL RD
817-237-3314
Serves 2,170 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS H S
4501 W FREEWAY
817-377-7200
Serves 1,833 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.2

TRIMBLE TECHNICAL H S
1003 W CANNON ST
817-871-3400
Serves 1,650 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

NORTH SIDE H S
2211 MCKINLEY AVE
817-740-5300
A Title I School.
Serves 1,630 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

WESTERN HILLS H S
3600 BOSTON AVE
817-560-5600
Serves 1,602 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

EASTERN HILLS H S
5701 SHELTON ST
817-496-7600
Serves 1,574 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.2

SOUTHWEST H S
4100 ALTAMESA BLVD
817-370-5800
Serves 1,508 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

SOUTH HILLS HIGH SCHOOL
6101 MCCART
817-263-1600
Serves 1,433 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.4

NORTH CROWLEY H S
9100 S HULEN
817-263-1250
Serves 1,404 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.6

DUNBAR H S
5700 RAMEY AVE
817-496-7400
Serves 1,169 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

O D WYATT H S
2400 E SEMINARY DR
817-531-6300
Serves 1,104 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

POLYTECHNIC H S
1300 CONNER AVE
817-531-6200
A Title I School.
Serves 1,093 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.4

CARTER-RIVERSIDE H S
3301 YUCCA AVE
817-838-1500
A Title I School.
Serves 1,062 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.3

DIAMOND HILL-JARVIS H S
1411 MAYDELL ST
817-740-5400
A Title I School.
Serves 917 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

CASTLEBERRY H S
215 CHURCHILL RD
817-252-2100
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 818 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.9

INT'L NEWCOMER ACAD
7060 CAMP BOWIE
817-570-5900
A Non-traditional School
Serves 543 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.3

SUCCESS H S
1003 W CANNON
817-871-3410
A Non-traditional School
Serves 331 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

FORT WORTH ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS
3901 S HULEN ST
817-924-1482
A Charter School.
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 321 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

TREETOPS SCHOOL INTERNATIONAL
12500 S PIPELINE
817-283-1771
A Charter School.
Serves 301 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

EXCEL ACADEMY
1220 W PRESIDIO
817-336-2869
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 280 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 40

RIVER OAKS
5508 BLACK OAK LN STE A
817-735-1515
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 274 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 21.9

THERESA B LEE ACADEMY
4327 E LANCASTER AVE
817-534-5595
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 238 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 29.8

PINNACLE SCHOOL
6550 CAMP BOWIE BLVD
817-735-8527
A Charter School.
Serves 191 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

CTR FOR NEW LIVES
1500 CIR DR
817-531-7770
A Non-traditional School
Serves 160 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.9

METRO OPPORTUNITY
215 NE 14TH ST
817-852-1160
A Non-traditional School
Serves 117 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.4

WATSON LEARNING CENTER
5900 HEREFORD DR
817-238-7925
A Non-traditional School
Serves 108 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18

DETENT CTR
2701 KIMBO RD
817-838-4600
A Non-traditional School
Serves 79 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.3

JO KELLY SP ED
201 N BAILEY AVE
817-740-5570
A Non-traditional School
Serves 78 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.2

REACH H S
4800 BLACKSTONE
817-252-2090
A Non-traditional School
Serves 63 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

TIER 1 SOUTHWEST D A E P H S
4100 ALTAMESA BLVD
817-263-1660
A Non-traditional School
Serves 59 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

TIER 1 NORTHSIDE D A E P H S
2211 MCKINLEY AVE
817-740-4865
A Non-traditional School
Serves 59 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

ALTER DISCIPLINE CAMPUS
5900 HEREFORD DR
817-238-7925
A Non-traditional School
Serves 55 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.8

RICHARD MILBURN ACADEMY - FORT WOR
6777 CAMP BOWIE BLVD STE 300
817-731-7627
A Non-traditional School
A Charter School.
Serves 53 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

MASONIC HOME HIGH SCHOOL
3600 WICHITA ST
817-531-9360
Serves 53 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.3

TARRANT YOUTH RECOVERY
1527 HEMPHILL
817-921-5050
A Non-traditional School
Serves 52 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.3

BOULEVARD HEIGHTS
5100 EL CAMPO
817-377-7320
A Special Education School
Serves 49 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.8

JUVENILE JUSTICE ALTERNATIVE ED PR
3131 SANQUINET
817-731-8681
A Non-traditional School
Serves 46 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.6

TRANSITION CTR
5100 EL CAMPO AVE
817-377-7300
A Special Education School
Serves 42 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.8

CHILDREN'S MEDICAL CTR
100 N UNIVERSITY DR
817-871-2910
A Non-traditional School
Serves 33 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.6

CHOICES
100 N UNIVERSITY
817-731-8681
A Non-traditional School
Serves 21 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7

TRANSITIONAL SKILLS COLLEGE PROGRA
5100 EL CAMPO AVE
817-871-2000
A Special Education School
Serves 16 students.

ASSESSMENT CTR
2000 MCKENZIE
817-534-0216
A Non-traditional School
Serves 15 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.7

T R U C E LEARNING CTR
1026 MERRITT ST
817-252-2492
A Non-traditional School
Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.3

LENA POPE HOME ALTER
4701 W ROSEDALE AVE
817-731-8681
A Non-traditional School
Serves 14 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.5

WOMEN'S HAVEN
100 N UNIVERSITY
817-871-3181
A Non-traditional School
Serves 13 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.5

BRIDGE ASSOC
115 W BROADWAY
817-877-4663
A Non-traditional School
Serves 8 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8

WILLOUGHBY HOUSE
8100 ELIZABETH LN
817-244-4992
A Vocational School
Serves 4 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4

TARRANT CO J J A E P
315 CHURCHILL RD
817-252-2000
A Non-traditional School
Serves 4 students.

TARRANT CO J J A E P
1200 OLD DECATUR RD
817-232-0880
A Non-traditional School
Serves 1 students.

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