Forest Hill, Texas

Coordinates: 32°39′48″N 97°16′6″W / 32.66333°N 97.26833°W / 32.66333; -97.26833
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Forest Hill, Texas
City of Forest Hill
Location of Forest Hill in Tarrant County, Texas
Location of Forest Hill in Tarrant County, Texas
Coordinates: 32°39′48″N 97°16′6″W / 32.66333°N 97.26833°W / 32.66333; -97.26833
Country United States
State Texas
County Tarrant
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Stephanie Boardinham
(Mayor Pro Tem) Keith Smith
Eric Robinson
Anthony Cook
Carlie Jones
Timey Boradingham (Mayor's Husband)
Jesus Rivas
 • Total4.17 sq mi (10.80 km2)
 • Land4.17 sq mi (10.80 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
682 ft (208 m)
 • Total13,955
 • Density3,345.72/sq mi (1,291.79/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
76119 and 76140
Area code817
FIPS code48-26544[3]
GNIS feature ID1336023[4]

Forest Hill is a suburb of Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas, United States. The population was 13,955 at the 2020 census.[2]


Forest Hill began around 1860. The community was called Brambleton Station and Forest Hill Village before being named Forest Hill.[5] By 1896 the community had its first schools and was established as a suburb of Fort Worth.[6] In 1905 Old Mansfield Road and Forest Hill Drive were the city's two main roads. In 1912 citizens drilled a "crooked hole well," the first private water system in the community.[5] By 1925 the community had 25 residents and two businesses.[6] Forest Hill gained a new source of water in the early 1940s. By 1944 Trentman Company and the Johnson Campbell Company began building homes. The owners of the private water system sold it to Texas Water Company.

The community incorporated as a village on March 16, 1946.[5] In the late 1940s the village had around 90 people.[6] In 1949 the village petitioned to be relabeled as a city after reaching 500 citizens; on April 8 of that year the village was relabeled as a city. By 1954 the volunteer fire department, the court, and the corporation court opened.[5] The city had 1,519 people in the mid-1950s.[6]

The city expanded in the 1960s.[5] In 1967 the city had 3,800 people; the city grew due to its proximity to Fort Worth.[6] By the early 1970s the city adopted the Forest Hill Home Rule Charter in order to more easily annex territory and to allow for better governance.[5] The city had 10,250 people in 1976 and 11,482 in 1990.[6] In the 1970s, it elected its first female mayor, Jackie Larson.


Forest Hill is located at 32°39′48″N 97°16′6″W / 32.66333°N 97.26833°W / 32.66333; -97.26833 (32.663383, –97.268292).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (11.0 km2), all land.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
Forest Hill racial composition as of 2020[9]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 1,216 8.71%
Black or African American (NH) 5,490 39.34%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 11 0.08%
Asian (NH) 151 1.08%
Some Other Race (NH) 31 0.22%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 199 1.43%
Hispanic or Latino 6,857 49.14%
Total 13,955

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 13,955 people, 3,754 households, and 2,944 families residing in the city.


By 1911 the city became a stop on the Fort Worth Southern Traction Company's electric urban railway from Fort Worth to Cleburne.[6] The streetcar line operated on an hourly basis in the 1900s.[5]


Forest Hill is partly in the Everman Independent School District and partly in the Fort Worth Independent School District.

Two primary schools, Harlean Beal Elementary School and David K. Sellars Elementary School, serve separate areas within the FWISD section of Forest Hill. The FWISD secondary schools that serve the section of Forest Hill, located in Fort Worth, include Glencrest 6th Grade School, Forest Oak Middle School, and O. D. Wyatt High School.[11]

In 1896 Forest Hill schools had three teachers, 91 white students, and 15 black students. By 1905 Forest Hill, now having no schools for black students, had two schools, four teachers, and 226 students.[6]

Students living in the Everman Independent School District portion of the city attend Roger E. Souder Elementary School, Dan Powell Intermediate School, Everman Junior High School and Everman High School.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2020 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Forest Hill city, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "History Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine." City of Forest Hill. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Forest Hill, Texas (Tarrant County) from the Handbook of Texas Online
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved May 22, 2022.
  10. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  11. ^ "Street Index Book." Fort Worth Independent School District. Retrieved on November 26, 2008.
  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.[10]

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