Westlake, Texas

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Town of Westlake, Texas
Town
Motto: "A premier knowledge-based community."
Location of Westlake in Tarrant County, Texas
Location of Westlake in Tarrant County, Texas
Coordinates: 32°58′57″N 97°12′20″W / 32.98250°N 97.20556°W / 32.98250; -97.20556Coordinates: 32°58′57″N 97°12′20″W / 32.98250°N 97.20556°W / 32.98250; -97.20556
Country United States
State Texas
Counties Tarrant, Denton
Settled 1847
Incorporated 1954
Area
 • Total 6.7 sq mi (17.3 km2)
 • Land 6.6 sq mi (17.1 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)  1.35%
Elevation 669 ft (204 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 702
 • Density 104.77/sq mi (40.57/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76262
Area code(s) 817/682
FIPS code 48-77620[1]
GNIS feature ID 1379259[2]
Website The Town of Westlake, Texas

Westlake is a town in Denton and Tarrant Counties in the U.S. state of Texas and an upscale suburb of Fort Worth. The population is 702 as of the 2010 United States Census.

History[edit]

The area known as Westlake was originally settled in 1847 by Charles and Matilda Medlin with about 20 other families. In the mid-twentieth century, what is now Westlake was known as Circle T Ranch, a 2,000 acre ranch founded by Dallas attorney and oilman J. Glenn Turner. Despite its name, Westlake is actually located south of Lake Grapevine. When incorporated in the late 1950s, the name Southlake, Texas already existed, so ranchers and homeowners took the name Westlake.[3]

During the late 1990s, the City Council attempted to disband the city. The large Solana development was annexed by Southlake, while several large tracts of land were annexed by Fort Worth, Texas. A local district judge ruled the annexations in violation of state law, and the properties returned under Westlake jurisdiction.[4]

In 2000, the radio program This American Life featured a story about the battle to disband the town in the face of development by Ross Perot, Jr..[5]

Westlake is known for having by far the highest per-capita revenue from traffic tickets of any town in Texas.[6]

Geography[edit]

Westlake is located at 32°58′57″N 97°12′20″W / 32.98250°N 97.20556°W / 32.98250; -97.20556 (32.982584, -97.205670).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.7 square miles (17.3 km²), of which, 6.6 square miles (17.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.35%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 207 people, 84 households, and 69 families residing in the town. Current population estimates are between 800 and 1000, after several years of growth in two master-planned residential subdivisions. The population density was 31.4 people per square mile (12.1/km²). There were 87 housing units at an average density of 13.2 per square mile (5.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.17% White, 2.42% African American, 2.42% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

There were 84 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.6% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 14.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.71.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 2.9% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 43.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $128,375, and the median income for a family was $150,000. Males had a median income of $72,250 versus $41,042 for females. The per capita income for the town was $59,206. About 2.9% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 7.7% of those sixty five or over.

Economy[edit]

When the company PrimeCo first began, it had its headquarters in Westlake.[8] In 1999 the parties splitting PrimeCo agreed that the former headquarters would become the headquarters of the PrimeCo operations taken over by Vodafone AirTouch.[9]

Education[edit]

The town is served by three independent school districts, Northwest Independent School District, Keller Independent School District, and Carroll Independent School District. Westlake residents may also enroll their children in Westlake Academy, an open enrollment state charter school.

The eastern portion of the town is served by Carroll ISD (Exemplary):

  • Walnut Grove Elementary School, Exemplary
  • Durham Intermediate School, Exemplary
  • Carroll Middle School, Exemplary and National Blue Ribbon School
  • Carroll High School, Exemplary and National Blue Ribbon School
  • Carroll Senior High School, Exemplary

The western portion of the town is served by Keller ISD (Recognized):

  • Florence Elementary School, Exemplary and National Blue Ribbon School
  • Bear Creek Intermediate School, Exemplary
  • Keller Middle School, Exemplary
  • Keller High School, Recognized

The northern portion of the town is served by Northwest ISD, however there are no residences in this part of town.

Notable people[edit]

Pop band Jonas Brothers have a Westlake home, in the luxury neighborhood of Vaquero Ranch with their parents and younger brother, Frankie. Josh Hamilton of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has a home in Westlake, as well as Chuck Greenberg, the brief and former owner of the Texas Rangers. Other residents include Sean Payton, Jason Witten, Mark Teixeira, Vernon Wells, professional golfers K.J. Choi and Ben Crane, Terry Bradshaw, Matthew K. Rose and the former chief of Exxon Lee Raymond.[10] Libertarian radio commentator and owner of TheBlaze, Glenn Beck currently resides in Westlake.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "History of Westlake." Town of Westlake. Retrieved on January 10, 2010.
  4. ^ Moffeit, Miles. "When Perot's development plans hit resistance in Westlake, a behind-the-scenes battle began that ultimately left the town in pieces." Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Friday November 28, 1997. Retrieved on January 10, 2010.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Texas's Worst Speed Traps
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Telecommunications firm picks Westlake for headquarters PCS PrimeCo will bring 100 executives, engineers and support staff members to the Solana office complex within six months." Fort Worth Star-Telegram. May 11, 1995. Retrieved on January 10, 2010.
  9. ^ Files, Jennifer. "Vodafone, Bell Atlantic detail split of PrimeCo." The Dallas Morning News. August 4, 1999. Retrieved on January 10, 2010.
  10. ^ http://www.forbes.com/2011/01/18/americas-most-affluent-communities-business-beltway.html

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