Fate, Texas

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City of 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; -96.38139Coordinates: 32°56′29″N 96°22′53″W / 32.94139°N 96.38139°W / 32.94139; -96.38139[1]
CountryUnited States
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorJoe Burger
 • 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)
Elevation587 ft (179 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]

Fate is a city located in the center of Rockwall County, Texas. The population in 2010 was 6,357, up from 602 in 2000; a 1,179.1% increase.


According to tradition, the city was named after Lafayette "Fate" Brown, a pioneer settler.[5]


The city is about 4 miles east of Rockwall on Texas State Highway 66 and FM 551 and just north of I-30. Royse City is 4 miles to the northeast.[6]

The city has a total area of 6.8 square miles (18 km2), of which 6.4 square miles (17 km2) are land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) is covered by water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)15,603[3]145.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the 2010 census,[4] 6,357 people, 1,756 households, and 568 families were residing in the city. The population density was 1,094 people per square mile. The 2,108 housing units had a homeownership rate of 94.7%. The racial makeup of the city was 84.0% White, 6.8% African American, 0.8% Native American, 1.6% Asian, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 14.9% of the population.

In the city, the age distribution was 35.1% under the age of 18, 49.6% from 18 to 65, and 4.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. The percentage of women was 50.5 across the city.

The median income for a household in the city was $78,071, with a housing median value of $175,000. Persons age 25 or older who graduated high school was 94.8%, with 34.4% of those adults holding a bachelor's degree or higher. Less than 5.6% of the population was below the poverty line.


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 two campuses in Fate; Miss May Vernon Elementary School and Harry H Herndon Intermediate School with Bobby Summers Middle School under construction and scheduled to open fall of 2020.[citation needed]

The Rockwall ISD elementary campus is Billie Stevenson Elementary School, which opened at the start of the 2013-2014 school year. It is located in the city's WoodCreek subdivision.[8]

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.[9]

Notable people[edit]


  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. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "From Bug Tussle to Tarzan, here are 40 of the oddest Texas town names". Click2Houston. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  6. ^ Rockwall, Texas, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1963 (1973 rev)
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ Shamburger, Meredith. "Rockwall ISD adds new elementary in Fate as population grows." The Dallas Morning News. August 23, 2013. Retrieved on June 18, 2016.
  9. ^ "Oswald Widow Weds Electronics Worker", Chicago Tribune, June 2, 1965, p1

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