Introduction to Terrell, Texas

Terrell, Texas, in Kaufman county, is 19 miles E of Mesquite, Texas (center to center) and 30 miles E of Dallas, Texas. The city is included in the Dallas metropolitan area.

Terrell History

George Paschall arrived in the area in 1848 and was among the first settlers in this region. After the Texas and Pacific Railway passed North Texas in 1873, C. C. Nash and John G. Moore, who lived in Kaufman County, bought 320 acres of land and laid out lots and streets for home sites and businesses. The post office opened in 1873, and Jasper Johnson was named the first postmaster. The town was named after Robert A. Terrell, a pioneer settler. The community was officially incorporated in 1875.

Terrell and nearby Attractions

  • Terrell Heritage Museum
  • Kaufman County Civic Theatre
  • Lake Tawakoni State Park
  • Oak Grove Country Club
  • Warren-Crowell House

Things To Do In Terrell

The Lake Tawakoni State Park is spread over 376 acres of land and has a swimming beach, picnic areas, hiking trails, and facilities for camping and boating. The Heritage Jubilee is a local celebration held annually on the third weekend of April at Ben Gill Park. It is a fun-filled event featuring activities for the whole family including arts & crafts exhibition, live music, carnival, BBQ cook-off, museum tours, an auto show, a quilt show, and other special attractions.

Terrell Transportation

Flights can be availed from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Terrell Higher Education

Southwestern Christian College is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include Eastfield College and University of Dallas.


Total Population 16,355
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 14.1%
Employed Population 16+ 6,875
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 42.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $43,611
% Above Poverty Level 78.6%
% Below Poverty Level 21.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 26.1%
Median Gross Rent $847
Median House Value $92,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.3%
US/American 0%
English 4.1%
Irish 7.4%

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

Terrell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles E of Mesquite, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 30 miles E of Dallas, Texas
County Kaufman
Standard Zip Codes 75160, 75161
Phone Area Codes 972
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.735
Longitude -96.275

Terrell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station KAUFMAN 3 SE
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 54 F
Apr Temp 52 to 74 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 54 to 78 F
Annual Precip 38.9 inches
Distance 15.2 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
Distance 34.4 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Crandall 3,059 $69,297
Fate 8,414 $101,528
Forney 16,793 $87,045
Heath 7,793 $154,625

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

Terrell Public Libraries

Terrell Public Library
Terrell, Texas
(972) 551-6663
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Terrell Hospitals

1551 HWY 34 S
(972) 563-7611
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 1,175 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

A Special Education School
Serves 28 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7

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