Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth is a city that still preserves the heritage of the Old West and is considered one of Texas's best cities. Located along the Trinity River, the city has witnessed many battles and is still rich with South Western American history. Some still consider Fort Worth as a suburb of Dallas, yet it is independent with a flavor of its own. It is rich with history, culture, diversity, and sound, hard-working people who strive to make their city a better place to live. 

Geography And Climate Of Fort Worth

Skyline of Fort Worth, Texas at night
Skyline of Fort Worth, Texas, at night. 

The city is situated beautifully within the rolling hills of the Great Plains region. It is located in the north-central territory of Texas and is considered one of its major cities. Officially it is the seat of Tarrant County. Fort Worth is situated about 30 miles away from Dallas. Fort Worth covers a total area of 904 sq. km, of which 18 sq. km is covered by water, and 886 sq. km is occupied by land. Fort Worth is the second-largest and the main city of the "Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex." 

Fort Worth experiences a humid subtropical climate. The long, hot, and humid summers and short, mild winters are what characterize the city, in addition to supercell thunderstorms that can produce tornadoes. Temperatures reach a peak of 29.4°C in the summer and a minimum of 8°C in the winter. Annual precipitations are an average of 35.34 inches.

Brief History Of Fort Worth

Historical Fort Worth Courthouse
Historical Fort Worth Courthouse. 

Fort Worth was strategically meant to be a military outpost to defend the settlers from Indian raids and attacks. Major Ripley Allen Arnold was a key figure in establishing this town, and the city was named after Major General William Jenkins Worth, commander of U.S. troops in Texas. In 1853, after the army left, the settlers began to move close to the area. This resulted in the expansion of the community and the beginning of economic and demographic growth in Fort Worth.

The Population And Economy Of Fort Worth

Fort Worth Stockyards historic District in Fort Worth, Texas
Banner at the Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District, former livestock market, now a main tourist attraction in Fort Worth, Texas. Editorial credit: T photography /

The U.S. census in 2020 recorded 958,692 residents in Fort Worth. According to the census, Fort Worth is the fifth-largest in Texas and the thirteenth-largest in the U.S. The annual population growth rate is 1.74%, and the population density is 1021.65 inhabitants per sq. km. By 2040, the population will reach a staggering 1.2 million residents. The growth rate and the population density are causing horrible traffic, a lack of community service funding, and late police response time. The community is considered a young one with a median age of 32.6 years. The median age for males is 32 years, and for females, 33.3 years. The most recent American Community Survey reveals the city's diverse racial composition. Although Whites are dominant with 63.7%, other races have a significant presence, like the African American community with 18.9% of the city's population and the Asian community with 4.56%. Others are also present, like the Native Americans at 0.47% and the Native Hawaiians at 0.08%. People of mixed races form 3.19% of the population, while other unaccounted races form 9.03%.

The average household income in the city is $82,977, which is higher than the U.S. average. However, the city still has a high poverty rate of 14.49%. Houses are relatively affordable, with a median rental cost of $1,060 per month and a median house value of $169,700. In the 1870s, the city was known for its cattle shipping before the arrival of the railways. After the railways arrived, it became a meat-packing center in the Southwest till the 1920s. Then, the area began to witness oil finds which resulted in the development of the oil & petroleum refinement industries. During the events of World War II, the city began to host aircraft manufacturing factories. Although the city still relies on the cattle and food processing industries, the economy is widely diversified. It includes many manufacturing businesses like electronics, automobiles, and aircraft equipment. The transportation sector also significantly contributes to the city's economy. Headquarters of several central rail and airline corporations are located in Fort Worth. 

Landmarks In Fort Worth

Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas
Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. Editorial credit: Philip Lange /

Since the city's revitalization in the 1980s, Fort Worth has become the place for many cultural and touristic attractions. These attractions include museums, convention centers, ballet, opera companies, lakes, and other annual events. Fort Worth's Will Rogers Memorial Center is a primary touristic and cultural site. It has a coliseum and an auditorium that hosts many musical and artistic events. The Amon Carter Museum is also a famous cultural attraction. It is home to a fine collection of paintings by renowned American Artists. The Fort Worth Convention center is located in the downtown district and is a significant landmark. It spans 14 city blocks and contains impressive commercial and touristic attractions like restaurants, shops, western-themed festivals, and rodeos. The best rodeo is held in January at The Southwestern Exposition Livestock Show and Rodeo. Sports have their fair share of the market. The Texas Motor Speedway - one of the most extensive sports facilities in the country, is located in the northern part of Fort Worth.