Introduction to Rockwall, Texas

Rockwall, Texas, in Rockwall county, is 10 miles E of Garland, Texas (center to center) and 21 miles NE of Dallas, Texas. The city is part of the Dallas metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Rockwall History

Rockwall was originally inhabited by the Caddo Indians. It was first settled in by the whites in 1851. While digging wells, the early settlers found numerous large underground rock walls in the area which seemed to have been man-made. However, scientists believe these underground rock walls were natural formations. When the town was established on April 17, 1854, a settler named the city after these rock walls. Rockwall became the county seat of the newly formed Rockwall County in 1873.

Rockwall and nearby Attractions

  • Rockwall County Historical Museum
  • Lake Ray Hubbard
  • Dallas Museum of Art
  • Terrell Heritage Museum
  • Dallas World Aquarium Zoological Gardens
  • Lake Tawakoni State Park

Things To Do In Rockwall

While staying in Rockwall, one can visit Monticello Gardens and Rockwall County Historical Museum. The Rockwall City Park is an ideal destination for spending your leisure hours. The city also includes several houses of worship such as Antioch Church, New Horizons Assembly of God Church, His Covenant Children Church, and Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. Visitors can also plan a day trip to the Dallas Zoo.

Rockwall Transportation

Flights are available from Dallas Love Field Airport.

Rockwall Higher Education

University of Dallas, Richland College, and Eastfield College are some of the nearby colleges and universities.


Total Population 40,830
Male Share of the Population 48.5%
Female Share of the Population 51.5%
Senior Citizens 11.4%
Employed Population 16+ 19,288
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 59.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39%
Median Earnings25+ $50,570
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,915
Median Earnings With High School Degree $35,321


Median Family Income $100,328
% Above Poverty Level 93.6%
% Below Poverty Level 6.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 31 minutes
% Working from Home 5.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 18.8%
Median Gross Rent $1,228
Median House Value $194,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.4%
US/American 0%
English 11.8%
Irish 10.4%

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

Rockwall Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 10 miles E of Garland, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 21 miles NE of Dallas, Texas
County Rockwall
Standard Zip Codes 75032, 75087
Phone Area Codes 972
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.931
Longitude -96.459

Rockwall Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 7.2 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
Distance 23.4 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
Distance 30.3 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 50 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 77 F
Annual Precip 43.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Fate 8,414 $101,528
Heath 7,793 $154,625

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

Rockwall Public Libraries

Rockwall County Library
105 S 1ST ST
Rockwall, Texas
(972) 882-0340
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Serves 2,065 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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