Fate, Texas

Coordinates: 32°56′29″N 96°22′53″W / 32.94139°N 96.38139°W / 32.94139; -96.38139
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Fate, Texas
Downtown Fate
Downtown Fate
Location of Fate in Rockwall County, Texas
Location of Fate in Rockwall County, Texas
Coordinates: 32°56′29″N 96°22′53″W / 32.94139°N 96.38139°W / 32.94139; -96.38139[1]
CountryUnited States
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorDavid Billings
 • City ManagerMichael Kovacs, M.P.A.
 • Total12.02 sq mi (31.13 km2)
 • Land11.85 sq mi (30.68 km2)
 • Water0.17 sq mi (0.45 km2)
Elevation584 ft (178 m)
 • Total6,357
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,317.15/sq mi (508.54/km2)
 • Urban density1,375/sq mi (518/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
75132, 75189, 75087, 75032
Area code(s)214, 469, 945, 972
FIPS code48-25572[4]
GNIS feature ID2410491[1]
Mixed-use building, Pablos Restaurant and Cantina, It's Fate Creamery, Pizza Factory, Minced, Live-above Apartments, The Villages of Fate, downtown Fate, Fate Main Place
The Villages of Fate is the first mixed-use building in downtown Fate. This award winning building was the first building project in the downtown revitalization program.[5]
Fate City Hall
In February of 2017, Fate finished construction of the new City Hall. The original City Hall was in downtown, but moved north to CD Boren and SH 66 for more space.
Fate Brought Us Here Mural, Downtown Fate
The "Fate Brought Us Here" by Caleb Jacks was the first mural to be installed in the downtown district.[6] Currently in 2022 there are three murals.

Fate is a city located in the center of Rockwall County, Texas, United States. The population in 2020 was 17,958, an increase from 6,357 in 2010, and 602 in 2000.


According to tradition, the city was named after Lafayette "Fate" Brown, a pioneer settler.[7] However, the unique name of the town is derived from a nickname of one of two residents, either William Lafayette Brown or GW Lafayette Peyton. Which former resident named the City has been debated for years. According to a 1976 City document, "there is considerable agreement that the town was named for William Lafayette Brown." However, there are no absolute evident records for verification of the inception of the town’s name. Therefore, it will never be known for sure. What Is known, is that there were two influential gentlemen nicknamed “Fate” who lived in the area during the 1860s. Three important aspects of life played a role in the naming of the City, land ownership, a post office, and the railroad. Since the town was small, it is likely that both the Brown and Peyton families were common relatives with Fate’s first postmaster Harvey Peyton White and could have been named after either or both men.[8]


Downtown Fate is 4.8 miles to the east of downtown Rockwall on Texas State Highway 66. FM 551 is the most northern road that is just north of I-30. Downtown Royse City is 4.5 miles to the northeast.[9]

The city has a total area of roughly 12.4 mi2 (20.44 km2). of which 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) is covered by water.


Historical population
2021 (est.)21,013[3]17.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
Fate racial composition as of 2020[11]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 10,815 60.22%
Black or African American (NH) 1,711 9.53%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 86 0.48%
Asian (NH) 570 3.17%
Pacific Islander (NH) 17 0.09%
Some Other Race (NH) 56 0.31%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 814 4.53%
Hispanic or Latino 3,889 21.66%
Total 17,958

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 17,958 people, 4,552 households, and 3,895 families residing in the city. The age distribution was 33.6% under the age of 18 and 7.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The percentage of women was 52.1% across the city. Persons age 25 or older who graduated high school was 95.8%, with 44.6% of those adults holding a bachelor's degree or higher.


Fate is served by the Rockwall Independent School District in the southern and western portions of the city and the Royse City Independent School District in the northern and eastern portions. Royse City ISD provides three campuses in Fate; Miss May Vernon Elementary School, Harry H Herndon Elementary School and Bobby Summers Middle School.[14]

The Rockwall ISD has two elementary campuses. Billie Stevenson Elementary School, which opened at the start of the 2013–2014 school year and is located in the city's Woodcreek subdivision. As well as, Lupe Garcia Elementary, which opened at the start of the 2021–2022 school year and is located in the Williamsburg subdivision.[15]

Site of remarriage of Lee Harvey Oswald's widow[edit]

The town made national news in 1965 when Marina Oswald, the widow of accused presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, remarried a little more than 18 months after her husband's slaying. Electronics worker Kenneth Porter and she worked at eluding reporters, who had learned of the engagement, and traveled to Fate to be wed by Carl Leonard Jr., a justice of the peace.[16]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fate, Texas
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Downtown Revitalization | Fate, TX". www.fatetx.gov. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  6. ^ "Murals". website. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  7. ^ "From Bug Tussle to Tarzan, here are 40 of the oddest Texas town names". Click2Houston. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  8. ^ "Historic Fate | Fate, TX". www.fatetx.gov. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  9. ^ Rockwall, Texas, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1963 (1973 rev)
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved May 21, 2022.
  12. ^ https://www.census.gov/[not specific enough to verify]
  13. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  14. ^ "ArcGIS Web Application". portal.metrostudygis.com. Retrieved January 6, 2022.
  15. ^ Shamburger, Meredith. "Rockwall ISD adds new elementary in Fate as population grows." The Dallas Morning News. August 23, 2013. Retrieved on June 18, 2016.
  16. ^ "Oswald Widow Weds Electronics Worker", Chicago Tribune, June 2, 1965, p1
  17. ^ "Smith III, Robert". tyrustimmregistry.org. Retrieved January 10, 2022.

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