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Tarrant County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of 2010, it had a population of 1,809,034. It is Texas' third-most populous county and the 15th-most populous in the United States. Its county seat is Fort Worth.

Tarrant County, one of 26 counties created out of the Peters Colony, was established in 1849 and organized the next year. It was named in honor of General Edward H. Tarrant of the Republic of Texas militia.

Tarrant County is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 902 square miles (2,340 km2), of which 864 square miles (2,240 km2) is land and 39 square miles (100 km2) (4.3%) is water.

Adjacent counties
Denton County (north)
Dallas County (east)
Ellis County (southeast)
Johnson County (south)
Parker County (west)
Wise County (northwest)
Historical population
Census Pop. %±
1850 664 —
1860 6,020 806.6%
1870 5,788 ?3.9%
1880 24,671 326.2%
1890 41,142 66.8%
1900 52,376 27.3%
1910 108,572 107.3%
1920 152,800 40.7%
1930 197,553 29.3%
1940 225,521 14.2%
1950 361,253 60.2%
1960 538,495 49.1%
1970 716,317 33.0%
1980 860,880 20.2%
1990 1,170,103 35.9%
2000 1,446,219 23.6%
2010 1,809,034 25.1%
Est. 2019 2,102,515 16.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1850–2010 2010–2019
2015 Texas Population Estimate Program
As of the 2015 Texas Population Estimate Program, the population of the county was 1,960,741: 916,941 non-Hispanic whites (46.8%); 299,637 Black Americans (15.3%); 158,299 other non-Hispanic Americans (8.1%); 585,864 Hispanics and Latinos, of any race (29.9%).

2010 Census
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,809,034 people. Tarrant County is currently the second most populous county in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2000 Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,446,219 people, 533,864 households, and 369,433 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,675 people per square mile (647/km?). There were 565,830 housing units at an average density of 655 per square mile (253/km?). The racial makeup of the county was 71.2% White, 12.8% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 3.6% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 9.1% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. 19.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 533,864 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.22. As of the 2010 census, there were about 5.2 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,179, and the median income for a family was $54,068. Males had a median income of $38,486 versus $28,672 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,548. About 8.0% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.

Government, courts, and politics
Tarrant County, like all Texas counties, is governed by a Commissioners Court, which consists of the county judge, who is elected county-wide and presides over the full court, and four commissioners, who are elected in each of the county's four precincts.

County commissioners
Office Name Party
County Judge B. Glen Whitley Republican
County Commissioner, Precinct 1 Roy Charles Brooks Democratic
County Commissioner, Precinct 2 Devan Allen Democratic
County Commissioner, Precinct 3 Gary Fickes Republican
County Commissioner, Precinct 4 J.D. Johnson Republican
County officials
Office Name Party
County Clerk Mary Louise Nicholson Republican
Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson Republican
District Clerk Thomas A. Wilder Republican
Sheriff Bill E. Waybourn Republican
Tax Assessor-Collector Wendy Burgess Republican
Office Name Party
Constable, Precinct 1 Dale Clark Republican
Constable, Precinct 2 David Woodruff Republican
Constable, Precinct 3 Darrell Huffman Republican
Constable, Precinct 4 Joe D. "Jody" Johnson Republican
Constable, Precinct 5 Ruben Garcia Democratic
Constable, Precinct 6 Jon H. Siegel Republican
Constable, Precinct 7 Clint Burgess Republican
Constable, Precinct 8 Michael R. Campbell Democratic
County services
The JPS Health Network (Tarrant County Hospital District) operates the John Peter Smith Hospital and health centers.

Countywide law enforcement is provided by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office and Tarrant County Constable's Office. All cities in the county provide their own police services, with three exceptions: Westlake contracts service from the Keller Police Department, and Haslet and Edgecliff Village contract service from the Sheriff's Office. DFW Airport, the Tarrant County Hospital District, and the Tarrant Regional Water District also provide their own police forces.

Since the disbandment of the North Tarrant County Fire Department, no countywide firefighting services exist. All municipalities provide their own fire departments. Most cities also operate their own ambulances, with two notable exceptions: Fort Worth and 14 other Tarrant County cities are served by the Metropolitan Area EMS Authority (MAEMSA), a governmental administrative agency established under an interlocal operating agreement and operating as MedStar Mobile Health, while the city of Arlington contracts paramedic apparatus from private entity American Medical Response.

Fire and EMS protection in unincorporated portions of Tarrant County is governed by the Tarrant County Emergency Services District #1, which administers contracts with 17 fire departments (including 10 with EMS response) and has mutual aid agreements with eight additional fire departments.

CareFlite air ambulance services operate from Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

Justices of the peace
Office Name Party
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1 Ralph Swearingin Jr. Republican
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 Mary Tom Curnutt Republican
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 Bill Brandt Republican
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 Chris Gregory Republican
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5 Sergio L. De Leon Democratic
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 6 Jason M. Charbonnet Republican
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7 Matt Hayes Republican
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 8 Lisa R. Woodard Democratic
County criminal courts
Office Name Party
County Criminal Court No. 1 David Cook Republican
County Criminal Court No. 2 Carey F. Walker Republican
County Criminal Court No. 3 Bob McCoy Republican
County Criminal Court No. 4 Deborah Nekhom Republican
County Criminal Court No. 5 Jamie Cummings Republican
County Criminal Court No. 6 Molly Jones Republican
County Criminal Court No. 7 Cheril S. Hardy Republican
County Criminal Court No. 8 Charles L. "Chuck" Vanover Republican
County Criminal Court No. 9 Brent A. Carr Republican
County Criminal Court No. 10 Phil Sorrells Republican
County civil courts
Office Name Party
County Court at Law No. 1 Don Pierson Republican
County Court at Law No. 2 Jennifer Rymell Republican
County Court at Law No. 3 Mike Hrabal Republican
County probate courts
Office Name Party
County Probate Court No. 1 Steve M. King Republican
County Probate Court No. 2 Brooke Allen Republican
Criminal district courts
Office Name Party
Criminal District Court No. 1 Elizabeth H. Beach Republican
Criminal District Court No. 2 Wayne Salvant Republican
Criminal District Court No. 3 Robb Catalano Republican
Criminal District Court No. 4 Mike Thomas Republican
213th District Court Chris Wolfe Republican
297th District Court David C. Hagerman Republican
371st District Court Mollee Westfall Republican
372nd District Court Scott Wisch Republican
396th District Court George Gallagher Republican
432nd District Court Ruben Gonzalez, Jr. Republican
Civil district courts
Office Name Party
17th District Court Melody Wilkinson Republican
48th District Court David Evans Republican
67th District Court Don Cosby Republican
96th District Court R. H. Wallace, Jr. Republican
141st District Court John P. Chupp Republican
153rd District Court Susan Heygood McCoy Republican
236th District Court Tom Lowe Republican
342nd District Court J. Wade Birdwell Republican
348th District Court Mike Wallach Republican
352nd District Court Josh Burgess Republican
Family district courts
Office Name Party
231st District Court Jesus "Jesse" Nevarez, Jr. Republican
233rd District Court William Harris Republican
322nd District Court Nancy Berger Republican
324th District Court Jerome S. Hennigan Republican
325th District Court Judith Wells Republican
360th District Court Patricia Baca Bennett Republican
Juvenile district court
Office Name Party
323rd District Court Alex Kim Republican
Tarrant County is one of the largest Republican-leaning counties in the nation.

In 2019, Democrats have begun to represent a larger portion of the political profile, and are concentrated in several areas throughout the county: eastern Euless, Grand Prairie and eastern and southern Arlington, Northern and West areas of Mansfield, large portions of Fort Worth, particularly the area surrounding the Stockyards and Meacham Airport, southern and eastern Fort Worth, especially in dense metro areas and along I-35W, and Forest Hill.

Republicans are dominant in much of the rural areas of the county, downtown and western Fort Worth and north of Loop 820, and almost all suburban areas including Benbrook, rural Mansfield areas and western Arlington, Haltom City, Mid-Cities (Hurst, Euless, and Bedford), and the northern suburbs.

Since the late 20th century, residents of Tarrant County have supported Republican Party presidential candidates. Since 1952 the majority of voters supported the Republican presidential candidate in every election except 1964, when the county voted for Democrat Lyndon Johnson, a Texas native. In 2016, Donald Trump won the county with 51.7% of the vote, the worst showing for a Republican since Bob Dole in 1996, and by a margin of 8.6%, the lowest since 1976.

The first Republican elected to the State Senate from Tarrant County since Reconstruction was Betty Andujar in 1972.

The county also leans Republican in races for the United States Senate, but in the 2018 election, Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke won it with a plurality. This was the first time a Democratic candidate won Tarrant County in a federal election since Lloyd Bentsen in his 1988 re-election bid for the Senate.

Presidential election results
State Board of Education members
District Name Party
District 11 Patricia Hardy Republican
District 13 Erika Beltran Democratic
Texas State Representatives
District Name Party Residence
District 90 Ramon Romero Jr. Democratic Fort Worth
District 91 Stephanie Klick Republican Fort Worth
District 92 Jonathan Stickland Republican Bedford
District 93 Matt Krause Republican Arlington
District 94 Tony Tinderholt Republican Arlington
District 95 Nicole Collier Democratic Fort Worth
District 96 Bill Zedler Republican Arlington
District 97 Craig Goldman Republican Fort Worth
District 98 Giovanni Capriglione Republican Southlake
District 99 Charlie Geren Republican River Oaks
District 101 Chris Turner Democratic Grand Prairie
Texas State Senators
District Name Party Residence
District 9 Kelly Hancock Republican Fort Worth
District 10 Beverly Powell Democratic Burleson
District 12 Jane Nelson Republican Flower Mound
District 22 Brian Birdwell Republican Granbury
United States Representatives
District Name Party Residence
Texas's 6th congressional district Ron Wright Republican Arlington
Texas's 12th congressional district Kay Granger Republican Fort Worth
Texas's 24th congressional district Kenny Marchant Republican Coppell
Texas's 25th congressional district Roger Williams Republican Weatherford
Texas's 26th congressional district Michael Burgess Republican Lewisville
Texas's 33rd congressional district Marc Veasey Democratic Fort Worth
Colleges and universities
Further information: List of Dallas-Fort Worth area colleges and universities
Primary and secondary schools
See also: List of high schools in Texas § Tarrant County
Public schools in Texas are organized into independent school districts and charter schools. Tarrant County is also home to dozens of private high schools and nearly 100 lower-level private schools.

Independent school districts
Arlington Independent School District
Birdville Independent School District
Carroll Independent School District
Castleberry Independent School District
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District
Everman Independent School District
Fort Worth Independent School District
Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District
Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District
Keller Independent School District
Kennedale Independent School District
Lake Worth Independent School District
White Settlement Independent School District
Azle Independent School District (partial)
Burleson Independent School District (partial)
Crowley Independent School District (partial)
Godley Independent School District (partial)
Mansfield Independent School District (partial)
Northwest Independent School District (partial)
Charter schools

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Arlington Classics Academy
Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
IDEA Public Schools
Newman International Academy
Texas School of the Arts
Treetops School International
Uplift Education (partial)
Westlake Academy
Private schools
Colleyville Covenant Christian Academy
Fort Worth Christian School
Fort Worth Country Day School
Lake Country Christian School
Nolan Catholic High School
The Oakridge School
Southwest Christian School
Temple Christian School
Trinity Baptist Temple Academy
Trinity Valley School
Major highways
US 81
US 287

Bus. US 287
US 377
SH 10
SH 26
SH 97
SH 114
SH 121
FM 156
FM 157
SH 161
SH 170
SH 180
SH 183
SH 303
SH 360
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is partially in the cities of Grapevine and Euless in Tarrant County and Irving in Dallas County.

Fort Worth Alliance Airport is a city-owned public-use airport located 14 miles (23 km) north of the central business district of Fort Worth on Interstate-35W. Billed as the world's first purely industrial airport, it was developed in a joint venture between the City of Fort Worth, the Federal Aviation Administration and Hillwood Development Company, a real estate development company owned by H. Ross Perot, Jr. Alliance Airport has 9600' and 8200' runways.

Fort Worth Meacham International Airport is located at the intersection of Interstate 820 and U.S. Business Highway 287 in northwest Fort Worth, 5 miles from the downtown business district. Meacham International Airport has two parallel runways and a crosswind runway.

Fort Worth Spinks Airport is located 14 miles south of the downtown business district. The airport is located at the intersection of Interstate-35W and HWY 1187 and serves as a reliever airport for Fort Worth Meacham International Airport and Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport.

Cities (multiple counties)
Azle (partly in Parker County)
Burleson (mostly in Johnson County)
Crowley (small part in Johnson County)
Fort Worth (small parts in Denton, Parker and Wise counties)
Grapevine (small parts in Dallas and Denton counties)
Grand Prairie (partly in Dallas County and a small part in Ellis County)
Haslet (small part in Denton County)
Mansfield (small parts in Ellis and Johnson counties)
Newark (mostly in Wise County)
Southlake (small part in Denton County)
Blue Mound
Dalworthington Gardens
Forest Hill
Haltom City
Lake Worth
North Richland Hills
Pelican Bay
Richland Hills
River Oaks
Sansom Park
Westworth Village
White Settlement
Edgecliff Village
Flower Mound (mostly in Denton County)
Trophy Club (mostly in Denton County)
Westlake (small part in Denton County)
Westover Hills
Census-designated places
Briar (partly in Wise and Parker counties)
Pecan Acres (small part in Wise County)
Historical census-designated places
Eagle Mountain
Unincorporated communities
Alliance (partly in Denton County)
Eagle Acres
Lake Crest Estates
Lake Forest
Lake Shore Estates
Historical communities
Belt Junction
Center Point
Garden Acres
Johnsons Station
Ghost towns
Minters Chapel
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