Euless, Texas

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Euless, Texas
City of Euless
MVI 2745 Euless, TX, welcome sign.jpg
Location of Euless in Tarrant County, Texas
Location of Euless in Tarrant County, Texas
Coordinates: 32°50′54″N 97°5′30″W / 32.84833°N 97.09167°W / 32.84833; -97.09167Coordinates: 32°50′54″N 97°5′30″W / 32.84833°N 97.09167°W / 32.84833; -97.09167
Country United States
State Texas
County Tarrant
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Linda Martin
Tim Stinneford
Jeremy Tompkins
Eddie Price
Linda Eilenfeldt
Harry Zimmer
Salman Bhojani
 • City ManagerLoretta Getchell
Area
 • City16.3 sq mi (42.1 km2)
 • Land16.3 sq mi (42.1 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
587 ft (179 m)
Population
 (2010)[1]
 • City51,277
 • Estimate 
(2018)[2]
57,346
 • Rank(US: 691st)
 • Density3,100/sq mi (1,200/km2)
 • Urban
5,121,892 (6th)
 • Metro
6,810,913 (4th)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
76039-76040
Area code(s)214, 469, 972, 817
FIPS code48-24768[3]
GNIS feature ID1335538[4]
Websitehttp://www.eulesstx.gov/

Euless (/ˈjlɪs/ YOO-liss) is a city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and a suburb of Dallas and Fort Worth. Euless is part of the Mid-Cities region between Dallas and Fort Worth. The city's population was 51,277 as of the 2010 census.[5]

The southwestern portion of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is inside the city limits of Euless.

History[edit]

Euless is named after Elisha Adam Euless, a native of Tennessee who moved to Texas in 1867 and later bought 170 acres (0.69 km2) of land on the current intersection of North Main St. and West Euless Boulevard. Euless started a cotton gin and a community center on his property and quickly became a prominent figure among other settlers. He was eventually elected county sheriff, both in 1892 and in 1894, after which Euless retired for health reasons. The community developed around the land Euless owned, and the locals decided to name the city in honor of him.[6]

Geography[edit]

Euless is located at 32°50′54″N 97°5′30″W / 32.84833°N 97.09167°W / 32.84833; -97.09167 (32.848253, -97.091782).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.3 square miles (42.1 km²), all land.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19604,263
197019,316353.1%
198024,00224.3%
199038,14958.9%
200046,00520.6%
201051,27711.5%
Est. 201857,346[2]11.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 46,005 people, 19,218 households, and 11,626 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,828.3 people per square mile (1,091.7/km²). There were 20,136 housing units at an average density of 1,237.9 per square mile (477.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.52% White, 6.49% African American, 0.64% Native American, 7.15% Asian, 1.86% Pacific Islander, 5.38% from other races, and 2.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.31% of the population.

There were 19,218 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.5% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.05. 1.26% of Euless households are same sex couples, giving Euless the ninth highest percentage of same sex couples among cities in Texas with over 50 same sex couples.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 39.7% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $49,582, and the median income for a family was $54,697. Males had a median income of $39,169 versus $32,370 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,764. About 5.7% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 5.7% of those age 65 or over.

Tongan minority[edit]

Euless is notable for having one of the largest concentrations of Tongans outside of Tonga, with a community of 3,000 - 4,000 people.[9][10][11]

The first Tongans to settle in Euless were either Siupeli Netane, an American Airlines employee, and his wife Halatono[12] or the brothers Sione and Tevita Havea, students at the University of Texas at Arlington,[13] depending on sources.

Nepalese minority[edit]

In some neighborhoods in Euless, the Nepalese community is quite culturally prevalent. Many people of Nepali origin have come as refugees from Bhutan. Due to a high concentration of Nepalese residents in the adjacent city of Irving,[14] many important Nepalese cultural and national holidays are celebrated throughout Euless.

Surrounding cities[edit]

Euless is located within the Mid-Cities region between Dallas and Forth Worth. Other cities within 10 miles of Euless include Bedford to the west, Grapevine to the north, and Irving to the east.[15]

Government[edit]

Local government[edit]

According to the city's 2007-2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's various funds had $82.7 million in revenues, $73.7 million in expenditures, $239.5 million in total assets, $76.8 million in total liabilities, and $54.7 million in cash and investments.[16]

The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:[16]

City Department Director
City Manager Loretta Getchell
Deputy City Manager Bob Freeman
Director of Finance Janina Jewell
Fire Chief Wes Rhodes
Police Chief Michael Brown
Director of Parks and Community Services Ray McDonald
Director of Planning & Economic Development Mike Collins
Director of Public Works Hal Cranor

The Euless City Council as of June 2019 consisted of:[17]

  • Mayor: Linda Martin
  • Place 1: Tim Stinneford
  • Place 2: Jeremy Tompkins, Mayor Pro Tem
  • Place 3: Eddie Price
  • Place 4: Perry Bynum
  • Place 5: Harry Zimmer
  • Place 6: Salman Bhojani

The city of Euless is a voluntary member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments association, the purpose of which is to coordinate individual and collective local governments and facilitate regional solutions, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and enable joint decisions.

Arbor Daze[edit]

Arbor Daze is a celebration of trees. It is usually held in the municipal complex on the last weekend of April from Saturday to Sunday. During Arbor Daze there is a business tent, an art tent and two concert stages, as well as a kids' tent called Kidz Zone. Parking is available anywhere in the municipal complex or at the nearby church, First Baptist Euless.[18]

The Arbor Daze festival has received over 47 awards and recognitions for excellent programs and publications, making it one of the most decorated festivals in Texas.[19]

Education[edit]

Euless has eight elementary schools, two junior high schools, and one high school. Most of Euless is served by the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, but some parts of the city belong to Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District and attend Bear Creek Elementary, Heritage Middle School, and Colleyville Heritage High School. Euless also includes Harmony Science Academy, a charter school.

The football team of Euless's Trinity High School has achieved national notoriety for its pre-game and post-game ritual dance, the New Zealand Māori Ka Mate haka, started by several players of Tongan descent.[20] The team won 5A Division 1 state football championships in 2005, 2007, and 2009 and was featured in an EA Sports commercial in 2010.[21][22]

Economy[edit]

According to the city's 2008 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[16] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees % of Total City Employment
1 Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District 817 3.21%
2 LSG Sky Chefs, Inc. 800 3.14%
3 City of Euless 390 1.53%
4 Autogrill Group, Inc 325 1.28%
5 Beall Concrete 250 0.98%
6 Target 200 0.78%
7 Life Outreach International 186 0.73%
8 TJ Lambrecht Construction 185 0.73%
9 Home Depot 140 0.55%
10 Lowe's 135 0.53%

Notable people[edit]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Euless has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[27]

Recreation places[edit]

  • Euless Family Life Center
  • American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum
  • McCormick Park
  • Bellaire Park
  • Oldwest Cafe
  • ItzUSA
  • Winewood Grill[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Euless city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  6. ^ "History - City of Euless". www.eulesstx.gov. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ Locke, Charley (2019-01-29). "The Texas Film Showcase Presents: 'From Tonga'". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  10. ^ A Tongan War Dance Enlivens Football In Euless, Texas - WSJ.com Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Longman, Jere (2008-10-09). "An island for Tongans in a Texas high school". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-04-29.
  12. ^ Goodwyn, Wade (4 October 2008). "Texas Football Team Thrives On Tonga Connection Listen Queue". National Public Radio. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  13. ^ Jones, Chris (8 May 2007). "Halatono Netane". City of Euless. Retrieved 27 February 2018.
  14. ^ Reinhart, Brian (2019-03-12). "How Did Irving Become One of the Country's Most Vibrant Nepalese Food Enclaves?". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  15. ^ "Euless". Maps.google.com. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  16. ^ a b c City of Euless CAFR[permanent dead link] Retrieved 2009-08-17
  17. ^ "Euless City Council - City Hall - City of Euless". www.eulesstx.gov. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  18. ^ Euless Today spring/ summer 2010
  19. ^ "Parks & Community Services - City of Euless". Eulesstx.gov. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  20. ^ "Laura Bush: We got the Haka in Texas too". 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
    "Interview of the First Lady by Jonathan Karl, ABC News". 2008-06-09. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
  21. ^ [1][dead link]
  22. ^ Fort worth Star Telegram ; Sports Section Thursday August 26th, 2010
  23. ^ Diane Henry on IMDb; URL accessed 2006-06-07
  24. ^ Adam Roarke on IMDb; URL accessed 2016-11-27
  25. ^ Sarah Shahi on IMDb; URL accessed 2006-06-07
  26. ^ Brumburgh, Gary. "Biography for Janine Turner". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2006-06-07.
  27. ^ "Euless, Texas Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase.com. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  28. ^ "Fun Places and Restaurants in Euless". Tripadvisor.in. Retrieved 1 November 2018.

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