Fate, Texas

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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.[1]
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.[2] Currently in 2022 there are three murals.

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


According to tradition, the city was named after Lafayette "Fate" Brown, a pioneer settler.[3] 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.[4]


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.[5]

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
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)15,603[6]145.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2020 census[edit]

Fate racial composition[8]
(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.

2010 census[edit]

As of the 2010 census,[11] 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 three campuses in Fate; Miss May Vernon Elementary School, Harry H Herndon Elementary School and Bobby Summers Middle School.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Downtown Revitalization | Fate, TX". www.fatetx.gov. Retrieved 2022-01-06.
  2. ^ "Murals". website. Retrieved 2022-01-06.
  3. ^ "From Bug Tussle to Tarzan, here are 40 of the oddest Texas town names". Click2Houston. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Historic Fate | Fate, TX". www.fatetx.gov. Retrieved 2022-01-06.
  5. ^ Rockwall, Texas, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1963 (1973 rev)
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-21.
  9. ^ https://www.census.gov/[not specific enough to verify]
  10. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  12. ^ "ArcGIS Web Application". portal.metrostudygis.com. Retrieved 2022-01-06.
  13. ^ Shamburger, Meredith. "Rockwall ISD adds new elementary in Fate as population grows." The Dallas Morning News. August 23, 2013. Retrieved on June 18, 2016.
  14. ^ "Oswald Widow Weds Electronics Worker", Chicago Tribune, June 2, 1965, p1
  15. ^ "Smith III, Robert". tyrustimmregistry.org. Retrieved 2022-01-10.

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