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Jarrell, Texas

Coordinates: 30°49′40″N 97°36′24″W / 30.82778°N 97.60667°W / 30.82778; -97.60667
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City of Jarrell
Jarrell City Hall
Jarrell City Hall
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; -97.60667
CountryUnited States
 • MayorPatrick Sherek
 • 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[2]

Jarrell is a city in Williamson County, Texas, United States. The total population is 1,753 according to the 2020 census.[3]


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.[4][5] The city reached a population peak of 500 residents in 1914. The closing of the railway in 1935[6] 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.[7]

In 2001 Jarrell incorporated as a city. Wayne Cavalier became the first mayor for the City of Jarrell.[8][9]



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.[10]


Jarrell has been affected by two major tornadoes in its history. The first one was an F3 that occurred on May 17, 1989, killing one person and injuring 28 people. Damage was incurred mainly on the southern side of town.[11] On May 27, 1997, an F5 tornado devastated the northern side of town. The hardest-hit area was the Double Creek Estates subdivision, which was completely obliterated, with all of the homes in the neighborhood being destroyed. Twenty-seven people were killed in this tornado.[12]

1997 F5 Tornado[13]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[14]
Jarrell racial composition as of 2020[15]
(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.


Jarrell is a type A General-Law city.[18]


Jarrell is served by the Jarrell Independent School District. The district currently has three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.[19][20]

Between 2012 and 2019, student enrollment more than doubled.[21] The district's middle school was built in 2014, but underwent an expansion in 2018–2019 to gain more classroom and science labs so that it could better accommodate the growing population of students. The high school is also being expanded, including the addition of a performing arts center.[22]

In 2023, Jarrell ISD formed its own ISD Police Department.[23]


Jarrell sits directly along Interstate 35, with access to Ronald Reagan Boulevard.[24][25]

Emergency services are provided by the Jarrell Fire Department, operating under Williamson County ESD#5.[26]

The Jarrell Police Department was created in 2006.[9] In 2014, Chief Andres Gutierrez was sentenced to 54 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to a wire fraud/theft of honest services charge.[27]

Notable People[edit]

  • Preston Smith, 40th Governor of Texas: born in Corn Hill which later was absorbed by Jarrell.[28]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Jarrell, Texas
  3. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "Corn Hill, Texas". TexasEscapes.com. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  5. ^ "Jarrell, Texas". TexasEscapes.com. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  6. ^ "Bartlett Western Railway". Chris Cravens, Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  7. ^ "Jarrell, Texas". Texas State Historical Association. April 19, 2007. Retrieved August 3, 2007.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Counts, 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). Texas: 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "City Of Jarrell Texas". July 18, 2011. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2024.
  10. ^ Climate Summary for Jarrell, Texas
  11. ^ Narramore, Jen (May 17, 2019). "Jarrell, TX F3 Tornado - May 17, 1989". Tornado Talk.
  12. ^ Katz, Jesse (May 29, 1997). "A Neighborhood Blown To Nothingness". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 8, 2023.
  13. ^ TX, NWS Austin/San Antonio, TX and NWS Fort Worth/Dallas (May 19, 2022). "May 27, 1997 Central Texas Tornado Outbreak". ArcGIS StoryMaps. Retrieved February 8, 2024.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved May 24, 2022.
  16. ^ https://www.census.gov/ [not specific enough to verify]
  17. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  18. ^ "City of Jarrell, TX: Form of government". City of Jarrell, TX Code. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  19. ^ "Schools". Jarrell Independent School District. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  20. ^ "Double Creek Elementary School". Jarrell Independent School District. Retrieved February 8, 2024.
  21. ^ Millweard, Christy (February 21, 2019). "Jarrell ISD Expanding to Accommodate Growth". kvue.com. KVUE-TV. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  22. ^ "Construction". Jarrell Independent School District. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  23. ^ "Sharif Mezayek Named Chief of Police for Jarrell ISD". Jarrell ISD: 2023. Retrieved February 8, 2024.
  24. ^ "TxDOT launches planned demolition, reconstruction of Ronald Reagan Boulevard bridge". KXAN Austin. May 3, 2021. Retrieved February 8, 2024.
  25. ^ "My35: I-35 at Ronald Reagan Boulevard (Theon Road)". www.my35.org. Retrieved February 8, 2024.
  26. ^ "Williamson County ESD #5 | Jarrell Fire Department". Williamson County ESD #5. Retrieved February 8, 2024.
  27. ^ "Western District of Texas | Former Jarrell Police Chief Sentenced To Federal Prison | United States Department of Justice". www.justice.gov. December 15, 2014. Retrieved February 8, 2024.
  28. ^ "Former Gov. Preston Smith dies". Dallas News. Archived from the original on February 20, 2005. Retrieved February 8, 2024.


  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.[16][17]

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