Forney, Texas

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Forney, Texas
Downtown Forney, Texas
Downtown Forney, Texas
Flag of Forney, Texas
"City Without Limits"; FLIPTOWN, TX;
"Antique Capital of Texas"
Location of Forney in Kaufman County, Texas
Location of Forney in Kaufman County, Texas
Coordinates: 32°45′5″N 96°28′2″W / 32.75139°N 96.46722°W / 32.75139; -96.46722Coordinates: 32°45′5″N 96°28′2″W / 32.75139°N 96.46722°W / 32.75139; -96.46722
CountryUnited StatesUnited States
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Mary Penn
Shaun Myers (Mayor Pro Tem)
Mike Thomas
Robbie Powers
Kevin Moon
Derald Cooper
David Johnson
 • City ManagerAnthony Carson
 • Total14.83 sq mi (38.40 km2)
 • Land14.81 sq mi (38.35 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
472 ft (144 m)
 • Total23,455
 • Density1,839.40/sq mi (710.21/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)214, 469, 972
FIPS code48-26604[2]
GNIS feature ID1336039[3]
Forney City Hall
A portion of downtown Forney
Hamblen Park is located behind City Hall and near the Missouri Pacific Railroad car in Forney.

Forney is a city in Kaufman County, Texas, United States, and has been named by the Texas Legislature as the "Antique Capital of Texas". It is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Its population was 14,661 at the 2010 census,[4] up from 5,588 at the 2000 census; in 2020, its population was 23,455.[5]


Forney is located in northwestern Kaufman County at 32°45'5" North, 96°28'2" West (32.751521, –96.467225).[6] U.S. Route 80 passes through the city as a four-lane limited-access highway, leading west 20 miles (32 km) to the center of Dallas and east 11 miles (18 km) to Terrell.

According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2010,the city had a total area of 13.2 square miles (34.1 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2), or 0.13%, was covered by water.[4]

Forney is about 4 mi (6 km) southeast of Lake Ray Hubbard, which was formerly known as Forney Lake.


On April 3, 2012, an EF-3 tornado struck the city as part of the tornado outbreak of that date. Several homes were completely destroyed, and many others were severely damaged in the Diamond Creek subdivision. The tornado caused significant roof damage to Crosby Elementary School in Forney. A car in the parking lot of the school was tossed about 300 yards and found in a field. Less severe damage was reported in downtown Forney and to a dry cleaning business. Despite the severe damage, no deaths occurred, but seven people sustained injuries from the tornado.[7] No deaths were reported from either the Forney tornado or any other tornado that day.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)27,236[8]85.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
Forney racial composition as of 2020[5]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 12,665 54.0%
Black or African American (NH) 4,118 17.56%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 105 0.45%
Asian (NH) 547 2.33%
Pacific Islander (NH) 15 0.06%
Some Other Race (NH) 69 0.29%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 1,064 4.54%
Hispanic or Latino 4,872 20.77%
Total 23,455

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 23,455 people, 7,624 households, and 5,812 families residing in the city.


The Forney Independent School District serves Forney, Talty, an annex of Mesquite, and part of the community of Heartland. Forney is served by several elementary schools, Warren Middle School, Brown Middle School, Forney High School, and North Forney High School. In 2010, the district received an academic rating of "Exemplary" based on the test results of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. The district also has an eBook program, where students in high school, middle school, and elementary school beginning in the fifth grade are provided with a laptop for schoolwork.

In June 2022, the Forney Independent School District announced a new dress code that bans all "hoodies" and hooded coats and jackets. It also bans dresses, skirts, and skorts for all except kids in prekindergarten through the fourth grade in an effort the district says will “help prepare students for a safe and successful future.”[12]

Notable people[edit]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification, Forney has a humid subtropical climate,Cfa on climate maps.[14]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "State and County Quick Facts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Forney city, Texas". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved April 19, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Tornadoes rip through Dallas area, northeast Texas". Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^[not specific enough to verify]
  11. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  12. ^ Timothy Bella (2022-06-24). "Tex. school district bans dresses, skirts to promote 'workforce skills'". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. ISSN 0190-8286. OCLC 1330888409.
  13. ^ Chozick, Amy (August 28, 2018). "Stormy Daniels Isn't Backing Down". Vogue.
  14. ^ Climate Summary for Forney, Texas
  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][11]

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