Keller, Texas

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City of Keller, Texas
City
Keller Town Hall
Keller Town Hall
Nickname(s): Home of the Indians
Location of Keller in Tarrant County, Texas
Location of Keller in Tarrant County, Texas
Coordinates: 32°55′39″N 97°14′10″W / 32.92750°N 97.23611°W / 32.92750; -97.23611Coordinates: 32°55′39″N 97°14′10″W / 32.92750°N 97.23611°W / 32.92750; -97.23611
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
County Tarrant
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council Mayor Mark Mathews
Debbie Bryan
Gary Reaves
Tom Cawthra
Bill Dodge
Bill Hodnett
Rick Barnes
 • City Manager Steve Polasek
Area
 • Total 18.4 sq mi (47.8 km2)
 • Land 18.4 sq mi (47.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 709 ft (216 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 39,627
 • Density 2,200/sq mi (830/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 76244, 76248, 76262
Area code(s) 817
FIPS code 48-38632[1]
GNIS feature ID 1338994[2]
Website CityOfKeller.com

Keller is an affluent city located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metropolitan area of the United States. In 2009, it was ranked 7th in MoneyMagazine's list of best cities to live in the United States.[3] It is a northern suburb of the city of Fort Worth. The population was 39,627 at the 2010 census.[4]

History[edit]

Establishment of Keller[edit]

The Texas and Pacific Railway between Fort Worth and Texarkana was completed in June 1881, and the first train ran on this track on May 9, 1881. With the advent of rail service, new villages were established all along the line. The Keller of today was one of them. On July 19, 1881, H.W. Black, a druggist of Tarrant County, set aside 40 acres (0.16 km2) out of the north end of the 62 acres (0.25 km2) deeded to him by A.C. Roberts (being a part of the Samuel Needham Survey) for a town site to be known as Athol, situated 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Fort Worth. The land was dedicated to the public for streets and alleyways, but title to the remainder of the 62 acres (0.25 km2) was held by Mr. Black. Settlers migrated to the new village, and before a year had passed the name of the town was changed from Athol to Keller, honoring John C. Keller, a foreman on the railroad. Streets were named and those in the original 40-acre (0.16 km2) site still carry the names given to them in 1881. Streets going north and south are Lamar, Main and Elm; those running east and west are Price, Taylor, Hill, Vine, Bates, Olive and Pecan.

Modern Keller[edit]

New residential development is expanding the city in all directions. The 1980 Census calculated Keller's population at 4,555; today, about 42,000 residents call Keller home. The city planned for its growth and has recently constructed a new town hall, municipal service center, and award-winning recreation and aquatic center known as The Keller Pointe. It has renovated and expanded its police facility, which houses the Regional Jail, Regional Animal Adoption Center and regional 911 dispatch center, completed a major expansion to the Keller Public Library [1], and constructed a new fire station (#4) for the southern portion of the city. The Keller Independent School District has 36 campuses serving more than 30,000 students [2]. The district serves portions of the cities of Colleyville, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Watauga and Westlake, as well as the entire city of Keller. Its 51 square miles (130 km2) encompass the third-largest land area in Tarrant County. Enrollment in the school district has doubled during the past 10 years and is expected to do the same during the next decade, making it the ninth-fastest growing school district in Texas.[citation needed] Money magazine rated Keller as one of the 10 "Best Places to Live" in the United States for 2009, ranked number 7. [3] It rated Keller as one of the 100 "Best Places to Live" in the United States for 2011, ranked number 93. [4] The U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey listed Keller as one of the "Nation's Richest Cities" with a population over 20,000 in 2008, ranked number 59 with median household income of $114,542. Neighboring Southlake was ranked number 1. [5]

Geography[edit]

Keller is located at 32°55′39″N 97°14′10″W / 32.92750°N 97.23611°W / 32.92750; -97.23611 (32.927533, −97.235995).[5] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.4 square miles (47.8 km²), all land. Keller is just east of Interstate 35W, while being situated just south of Highway 114 and Alliance Gate Freeway.

Surrounding Cities[edit]

Here is the list of cities surrounding The City of Keller, whom which are located in either Denton or Tarrant County.[6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop.   ±%  
1970 1,474 —    
1980 4,155 +181.9%
1990 13,683 +229.3%
2000 27,345 +99.8%
2010 39,627 +44.9%
2014 (est.) 42,040 +6.1%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. 

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 27,345 people, 8,827 households, and 7,856 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,483.0 people per square mile (572.6/km²). There were 9,216 housing units at an average density of 499.8 per square mile (193.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.74% White, 1.43% African American, 0.39% Native American, 1.77% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.18% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.51% of the population.

There were 8,827 households out of which 52.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 81.3% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.0% were non-families. 8.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.7% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 4.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household was $107,518, and the median income for a family was $114,542.[7] Males had a median income of $66,969 versus $34,661 for females. The per capita income for the city was $31,986. About 1.0% of families and 1.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Keller is served by the Keller Independent School District while small portions of the city are in the Northwest Independent School District and Carroll Independent School District. Students zoned to Keller ISD attend 23 different elementary schools (grades K-4), 12 different intermediate/middle schools (grades 5-8), and five different high schools (grades 9-12).

Intermediate Schools (Grades 5-6):

  • Bear Creek Intermediate School
  • Chisholm Trail Intermediate School
  • Parkwood Intermediate School
  • South Keller Intermediate School
  • Timberview Intermediate/Middle School
  • Trinity Meadows Intermediate School

Middle Schools (Grades 7-8):

  • Fossil Hill Middle School
  • Hillwood Middle School
  • Indian Springs Middle School
  • Fossil Hill Middle School
  • Keller Middle School
  • Timberview Intermediate/Middle School
  • Trinity Springs Middle School

High Schools (Grades 9-12):

Government[edit]

Keller City Hall is located at 1100 Bear Creek Parkway in Keller Town Center. The current mayor of Keller is Mark Mathews.

The city is served by the Keller Police Department. The current Chief of Police is Mark Hafner, who also serves as public safety director for the city and as the elected president of the Texas Police Chiefs Association. The police department shares a communications network, regional jail and regional animal services and adoption center with neighboring cities Southlake, Colleyville and Westlake. Police services for Westlake are also provided through contract by the Keller police.

The Keller Fire Department maintains three fire stations throughout the city. Firefighters and paramedics are employed full-time to provide both fire and ambulance services to Keller residents; through mutual aid, assistance is occasionally given to neighboring cities. The fire department, like the police department, participates in a shared communications network with Southlake, Colleyville and Westlake. The current Fire Chief is David Jones.

Notable people[edit]

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