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 suburb of Fort Worth, Burleson is located in a rapidly growing region south of downtown Fort Worth.


The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad runs through Burleson, and the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe runs to the west of the city. Burleson began when the MKT planned a railroad from Fort Worth to Hillsboro in 1881 and established a depot on the site of what is now called "Old Town" Burleson. 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 his teacher Rufus Columbus Burleson, later president of Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

In its first several decades Burleson was a small, stable community organized around the train depot, agriculture and livestock. 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, and 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.

By 1970 three newspapers, the Burleson Star (established 1965), the Joshua Tribune (established 1970), and the Burleson Star Review (established 1969), were published in Burleson. By 1980 the population of 11,734 supported 196 businesses. In 1990 the population of Burleson was 16,113. In 2000 the population grew to 20,976.


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).[4]

As of 2010, the city had a total area of 26.1 square miles (67.5 km2).[5]

Most of Burleson lies between 700 and 800 feet (213 to 243 meters)elevation. The surface water drains into the Trinity River basin.


Burleson is served mainly by the Burleson Independent School District (BISD) and also by the Joshua Independent School District.

The Burleson Higher Education Center provides a local campus for Hill College and Texas Wesleyan University.


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.


The average household income is $69,000. There are 1,300 businesses in Burleson which employ a total of 10,500 people.


Fort Worth Spinks Airport, on the northern edge of Burleson city limits, serves Burleson's local general aviation needs. Burleson is about 40 miles from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

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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.[6] July and August are typically the hottest months, with highs averaging around 95°F and lows around 72°F. December and January are the coldest months, with highs averaging 56°F and lows around 34°F. Average annual rainfall is 37 inches per year.


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