Jarrell, Texas

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City of Jarrell
Jarrell City Hall
Jarrell City Hall
Williamson County Jarrell.svg
City of Jarrell is located in Texas
City of Jarrell
City of Jarrell
Location in the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°49′40″N 97°36′24″W / 30.82778°N 97.60667°W / 30.82778; -97.60667Coordinates: 30°49′40″N 97°36′24″W / 30.82778°N 97.60667°W / 30.82778; -97.60667
CountryUnited States
CountiesWilliamson County, Texas
 • MayorLarry Bush (L)[1][2]
 • Total2.82 sq mi (7.30 km2)
 • Land2.81 sq mi (7.26 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation896 ft (273 m)
 • Total1,753
 • Density653.12/sq mi (252.19/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code512
FIPS code48-37396
GNIS feature ID2410133[4]

Jarrell is a city in Williamson County, Texas, United States. It was incorporated as a city in 2001.[5] The total population is 1,753 according to the 2020 census.[6]


Historic plaque in Jarrell

Founded in 1909 by real estate developer O.D. Jarrell, along with E. C. Haeber and B. N. Dover, the town was settled at the intersection of an old stagecoach road and the Bartlett Western Railroad that was under construction. Soon after the railroad was completed, a saloon, two stores, a post office, and a bank were built. Because of the proximity of Jarrell to the railroad, Jarrell received all of the people and most of the buildings of nearby Corn Hill, Texas, thus killing that town.[7][8] The city reached a population peak of 500 residents in 1914. The closing of the railway in 1935[9] and the decline of the cotton industry, however, led to a long-term recession. At one point, Jarrell had only 200 residents. After this low point, the city experienced a recovery that increased its population to 410 by 1990. Over 15 new businesses opened in Jarrell in 2009.[10]

On May 27, 1997, the town suffered heavily from a destructive F5 tornado, which obliterated the Double Creek Estates subdivision, killing 27 people plus 300 cattle and horses.[11][12]


Jarrell is served by the Jarrell Independent School District. The district currently has two elementary, one middle school and one high school.[13]

Between 2012 and 2019 student enrollment more than doubled.[14] The district's middle school was built in 2014, but is undergoing an expansion in 2018–2019 to gain more classroom and science labs so that it can better accommodate the growing population of students. The high school is also being expanded including the addition of a performing arts center.[15]

The current superintendent for the district is Dr. Toni M. Hicks. A native Texan, Dr. Hicks earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas State University. She began her educational career in El Paso ISD as an English as a Second Language teacher and then later as a middle school teacher in Leander ISD. While working as a full-time teacher, she completed a Master of Education from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.[16]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[17]
Jarrell racial composition as of 2020[18]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 981 55.96%
Black or African American (NH) 48 2.74%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 8 0.46%
Asian (NH) 12 0.68%
Pacific Islander (NH) 2 0.11%
Some Other Race (NH) 3 0.17%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 57 3.25%
Hispanic or Latino 642 36.62%
Total 1,753

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,753 people, 417 households, and 365 families residing in the city.


The current Mayor of Jarrell is Larry Bush. City council meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at City Hall. Jarrell Emergency services are provided by the Jarrell Fire Department operating under Williamson County ESD#5, with Chief Mark McAdams. The City's chief of police is Kevin Denney. The Police department serves a growing population and maintains a very low crime rate.


The climate in the area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Jarrell has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[21]


  1. ^ "City of Jarrell, Texas". City of Jarrell. Archived from the original on July 4, 2007. Retrieved August 3, 2007.
  2. ^ "2018 Elected and reelected Libertarian officials". Libertarian Party. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  4. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Jarrell, Texas
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Counts, 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). Texas: 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "Corn Hill, Texas". TexasEscapes.com. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  8. ^ "Jarrell, Texas". TexasEscapes.com. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  9. ^ "Bartlett Western Railway". Chris Cravens, Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  10. ^ "Jarrell, Texas". Texas State Historical Association. April 19, 2007. Retrieved August 3, 2007.
  11. ^ "Texas Tornadoes". National Climatic Data Center. August 2, 2006. Retrieved August 3, 2007.
  12. ^ Hensen, Bob (May 26, 2017). "Twenty Years On: A Look Back at the Jarrell Tornado Catastrophe".
  13. ^ "Schools". Jarrell Independent School District. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  14. ^ Millweard, Christy. "Jarrell ISD Expanding to Accommodate Growth". kvue.com. KVUE-TV. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  15. ^ "Construction". Jarrell Independent School District. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  16. ^ "Superintendent". www.jarrellisd.org. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  17. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  18. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved May 24, 2022.
  19. ^ https://www.census.gov/[not specific enough to verify]
  20. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  21. ^ Climate Summary for Jarrell, 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.[19][20]

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