Burleson, Texas

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Burleson, Texas
Flag of Burleson, Texas
Location of Burleson, Texas
Location of Burleson, Texas
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
Counties Johnson, Tarrant
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council Mayor Ken Shetter
Stuart Gillaspie
Rick Green
Jerry Allen
Matt Aiken
Dan McClendon
Ronnie Johnson
 • City Manager Dale Cheatham
 • Total 26.1 sq mi (67.5 km2)
Elevation 712 ft (217 m)
Population (2013)
 • Total 40,714 [1]
Time zone Central (CST)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC)
ZIP codes 76028, 76097
Area code(s) 817
FIPS code 48-11428[2]
GNIS feature ID 1331683[3]
Website BurlesonTX.com

Burleson is a city in Johnson and Tarrant counties in the U.S. state of Texas. A bedroom community for Fort Worth, Burleson is located in the rapidly growing region just south of the city. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,690,[4] having increased from the 20,976 residents during the 2000 census. Burleson is named for Rufus Columbus Burleson, a former president of Baylor University in Waco, Texas.[5]

Burleson was recognized in September 2010 when America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest partnership organization dedicated to youth and children, announced that Burleson has been named a winner of the Alliance’s “100 Best Communities for Young People.” The community is within 30 minutes of at least six hospitals, including a pediatric hospital and a trauma center. The school districts consistently bring in SAT and ACT scores that are higher than the state and national averages. Burleson also boasts branch campuses of Hill College and Texas Wesleyan University. The city is home to two dozen parks on approximately 300 acres. And, Burleson has its own municipal golf course, Hidden Creek Golf Course, which is renowned in the Metroplex. The city is also home to more than 30 churches of all denominations.

The economic growth typical of North Texas is especially strong in Burleson, which has a business-friendly climate and a family-oriented community.


The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad runs through Burleson, and the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe runs just to the west. Burleson began when the MKT planned a railroad from Fort Worth to Hillsboro in 1881 and established a depot on the townsite. Grenville M. Dodge, representing the railroad, purchased the land, originally part of the J. W. Henderson survey, from Rev. Henry C. Renfro. As part of the agreement, Renfro was allowed to name the depot and called it Burleson, in honor of Rufus Columbus Burleson, his teacher and later president of Baylor University. In its first fifty years Burleson was a stable community organized around agriculture and livestock raising. By 1890 it had a population of 200, grocers, druggists, a general store, and several cotton gin-gristmills. From 1940 to 1950 the population rose 28 percent, from 573 to 795, but in the next decade the population mushroomed from 795 in 1950 to 2,345 in 1960, as Burleson became a suburb of Fort Worth. The community began to rely less on agriculture and more on business and industry. It supported thirty businesses in the 1930s, and sixty-two in the 1960s. In 1950 Burleson had seven manufacturers, including three feed companies and a brass manufacturer.

By 1980 the population of 11,734 supported 196 businesses. Fourteen manufacturers constructed a variety of items, including glass, mobile homes, camper tops, and metal storage sheds. In 1990 three newspapers, the Burleson Star (established 1965), the Joshua Tribune (established 1970), and the Burleson Star Review (established 1969), were published in Burleson, in addition to technical, trade, and church journals. In 1990 the population of Burleson was 16,113. In 2000 the population grew to 20,976. The Burleson Library and a museum were located in the Victorian home of the Clark and Renfro families, built in 1893.


Burleson is located at 32°32′9″N 97°19′38″W / 32.53583°N 97.32722°W / 32.53583; -97.32722 (32.535939, -97.327257).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 26.1 square miles (67.5 km2), of which 26.0 square miles (67.4 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.25%, is water.[7]


The City of Burleson is served by the Burleson Independent School District and the Joshua Independent School District, and strives to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready. Burleson Centennial High School was built in 2010, and it is currently one of the largest high schools in Texas.

Burleson has three high schools, Burleson High, Centennial High and Crossroads High. Kerr Middle School and Hughes Middle School serve the 6th to 8th graders of the city. There are 11 total elementary schools within Burleson.

The Burleson Opportunity Fund is a scholarship program open to all high school graduates who live or attend school in Burleson, Texas. The goal of the Burleson Opportunity Fund is to provide every high school graduate from Burleson the opportunity to attain post-secondary education and to cultivate the economic development benefits of expanding the attainment of post-secondary degrees and career certifications.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 20,977 people, 7,610 households, and 5,981 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,067.7 inhabitants per square mile (412.2/km²). There were 7,794 housing units at an average density of 396.7 per square mile (153.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.62% White, 0.40% African American, 0.52% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.46% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.41% of the population.

There were 7,610 households of which 41.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.4% are classified as non-families according to the United States Census Bureau. Of 7,610 households, 287 are unmarried partner households: 238 heterosexual, 23 same-sex male, and 26 same-sex female households.

18.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.11.

The age distribution of the city is 29.1% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,432, and the median income for a family was $56,031. Males had a median income of $40,567 versus $27,032 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,175. About 4.9% of families and 6.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.5% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.

Historical Populations
Year Population Percent Change
1920 241
1930 591 104%
1940 573 -3%
1950 791 38%
1960 2,345 196%
1970 7,713 229%
1980 11,734 52%
1990 16,113 37%
2000 20,976 30%
2010 36,960 76%
2020 52,546 42%
2030 64,875 23%



As Burleson has grown in size, the strength of community and business climate have grown, too. Citizens of Burleson experience a low unemployment rate, a low cost of living, and a variety of retail establishments. The average household income is $69,000, and there are 1,300 businesses in Burleson which employ a total of 10,500 people. Burleson is fortunate to have a qualified employee base and large trade area. In fact, there are 634,500 people employed within a 30 minute drive from Burleson.

H-E-B, Sam's Club, and the Chicken Express headquarters are proud new members of the Burleson community, and they look to profit from a growing region. In December 2013 it was announced that a revolutionary biotech company, AxoGen Inc., is moving its distribution facility to Burleson. AxoGen is a leader in science and commercialization of surgical solutions for peripheral nerve repair, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, FOX Business News, and the San Francisco Chronicle.


Spinks airport serves Burleson by processing over 200 flights a day. 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. It was one of few airports in the country to have Class E airspace and a control tower. However, its airspace now has Class D designation. Its longest runway is 6,000 feet in length.

Golf Course[edit]

Hidden Creek was voted the "Toughest public golf course" in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex two years running by the Fort Worth Business Press. In addition, the Dallas Business Journal has voted Hidden Creek in the "top five public golf courses in the state" according to slope and course rating. In November 2011, Burleson City Council members approved the full redesign of the seven-year-old city course. This redesign and realignment opens Hidden Creek Golf Course up for championship tournaments and qualifying events.

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The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Burleson has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[10]


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