Keller, Texas

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Keller, Texas
Keller Town Hall
Keller Town Hall
Location within Tarrant County and Texas
Location within Tarrant County and Texas
Coordinates: 32°55′39″N 97°14′10″W / 32.92750°N 97.23611°W / 32.92750; -97.23611Coordinates: 32°55′39″N 97°14′10″W / 32.92750°N 97.23611°W / 32.92750; -97.23611
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
County Tarrant
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council Mayor Mark Mathews
Debbie Bryan
Armin Mizani
Tom Cawthra
Bill Dodge
Bill Hodnett
Rick Barnes
 • City Manager Mark Hafner
 • Total 18.4 sq mi (47.8 km2)
 • Land 18.4 sq mi (47.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 709 ft (216 m)
Population (2013)
 • Total 42,907
 • Density 2,300/sq mi (900/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 76244, 76248, 76262
Area code(s) 817
FIPS code 48-38632[1]
GNIS feature ID 1338994[2]

Keller is an affluent city located in the northeast portion of Tarrant County in the U.S. state of Texas, that is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Keller advertises itself as "successfully balancing big-city comforts with small-town charm". Its density of 2,200 people per square mile and plenty of natural land is complemented by its recently constructed town hall, municipal service center, and award-winning recreation and aquatic center. The 2010 census recorded its population as 39,627, which ranks as 74th in the state.

Keller was settled in the early 1850s and became a stop on the Texas and Pacific Railway, named after John C. Keller, a foreman on the railroad. The wooded region around Keller attracted settlers because of the close proximity to the Trinity River, a supply of plentiful game and water, and the abundance of land for cattle raising and farming. Keller was incorporated on November 16, 1955.

Keller is primarily residential, home to very little industry, but features more than 300 acres of developed park land, 11 park sites and nearly 19 miles of hike and bike trails. [2] Nearly equidistant from Tarrant County College District in Fort Worth, The University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Woman's University and University of North Texas, both in Denton, the Keller Independent School District has 41 campuses serving more than 37,500 students. [3]


Before Establishment[edit]

Keller is in the western fringe of the Eastern Cross Timbers in north Tarrant County comprised part of the frontier of the Peters Colony settlers of the 1840s. In about 1845, the area was first settled by a group of families from Missouri that homesteaded near the head-waters of Big Bear Creek. Mount Gilead Baptist Church was established on July 13, 1850. In 1859 the little log church was burned in an Indian raid. It served as the only schoolhouse in that part of the county until about 1910. [3]

Mount Gilead Baptist Church was established in 1850

The area became known as ‘Double Spring’ for the two large springs approximately ½ mile north of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church. In the early 1870s, the Double Springs area had a cotton gin, a grist mill, a blacksmith shop and several stores. John C. Keller established the site for the railroad depot and in 1896 an artesian well was drilled in Keller; the Double Springs filled with silt over time and eventually were plugged and lost until rediscovery in 1984. Today ‘Samantha Springs,’ produces more than 200,000 gallons of water per day. [4] [5]

Establishment of Keller[edit]

The Texas and Pacific Railway between Fort Worth and Texarkana was completed in June 1881, and the first train ran on this track on May 9, 1881. With the advent of rail service, new villages were established all along the line. The Keller of today was one of them. On July 19, 1881, H.W. Black, a druggist of Tarrant County, set aside 40 acres (0.16 km2) out of the north end of the 62 acres (0.25 km2) deeded to him by A.C. Roberts (being a part of the Samuel Needham Survey) for a town site to be known as Athol, situated 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Fort Worth. The land was dedicated to the public for streets and alleyways, but title to the remainder of the 62 acres (0.25 km2) was held by Mr. Black. Settlers migrated to the new village, and before a year had passed the name of the town was changed from Athol to Keller, honoring John C. Keller, a foreman on the railroad. Streets were named and those in the original 40-acre (0.16 km2) site still carry the names given to them in 1881. Streets going north and south are Lamar, Main and Elm; those running east and west are Price, Taylor, Hill, Vine, Bates, Olive and Pecan.

Modern Keller[edit]

New residential development is gradually filling in open spaces, with neighboring towns affording no opportunity to expand its boundaries. The 1980 Census calculated Keller's population at 4,555; today, about 42,000 residents call Keller home. The city planned for its growth and has recently constructed a new town hall, municipal service center, and award-winning recreation and aquatic center known as The Keller Pointe. It has renovated and expanded its police facility, which houses the Regional Jail, Regional Animal Adoption Center and regional 911 dispatch center, completed a major expansion to the Keller Public Library [4], and constructed a new fire station (#4) for the southern portion of the city. The Keller Independent School District serves portions of the cities of Colleyville, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Watauga and Westlake, as well as the entire city of Keller. Its 51 square miles (130 km2) encompass the third-largest land area in Tarrant County. Enrollment in the school district has doubled during the past 10 years and is expected to do the same during the next decade, making it the ninth fastest-growing school district in Texas.[citation needed] Money magazine rated Keller as one of the 10 "Best Places to Live" in the United States for 2009, ranked number 7. [5] It rated Keller as one of the 100 "Best Places to Live" in the United States for 2011, ranked number 93. [6] The U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey listed Keller as one of the "Nation's Richest Cities" with a population over 20,000 in 2008, ranked number 59 with median household income of $114,542. Neighboring Southlake was ranked number 1. [7]


Keller is located at 32°55′39″N 97°14′10″W / 32.92750°N 97.23611°W / 32.92750; -97.23611 (32.927533, −97.235995).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.4 square miles (47.8 km²), all land. Keller is just east of Interstate 35W, while being situated just south of Highway 114 and Alliance Gate Freeway.

Surrounding Cities[edit]

Here is the list of cities surrounding The City of Keller, whom which are located in either Denton or Tarrant County.[7]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Keller has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. [8]

Keller, Texas
Climate chart (explanation)
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: NWS, Ft Worth Alliance Airport TX
Climate data for Keller, Texas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 86
Average high °F (°C) 65.3
Average low °F (°C) 28.0
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.12
Average snowfall inches (cm) 0.3
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 6 6 8 7 9 7 6 4 6 7 5 6 77
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Ft Worth Alliance Airport, Fort Worth TX


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 827
1970 1,474 78.2%
1980 4,156 182.0%
1990 13,683 229.2%
2000 27,345 99.8%
2010 39,627 44.9%
Est. 2014 43,924 [9] 10.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 27,345 people, 8,827 households, and 7,856 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,483.0 people per square mile (572.6/km²). There were 9,216 housing units at an average density of 499.8 per square mile (193.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.74% White, 1.43% African American, 0.39% Native American, 1.77% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.18% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.51% of the population.

There were 8,827 households out of which 52.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 81.3% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.0% were non-families. 8.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.7% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 4.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household was $107,518, and the median income for a family was $114,542.[11] Males had a median income of $66,969 versus $34,661 for females. The per capita income for the city was $31,986. About 1.0% of families and 1.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.


City government[edit]

The City of Keller is a full-service city, providing police, fire and emergency services, parks and recreation, library, senior center, animal control, planning, building inspection, economic development, public works, street maintenance, water, wastewater, drainage, and solid waste disposal. Organized under the Council-Manager form of government, the Keller city council has seven representatives elected at-large and responsible for enacting local legislation, setting policies and adopting Keller’s annual operating budgets. Keller City Hall is located at 1100 Bear Creek Parkway in Keller Town Center. The current mayor of Keller is Mark Mathews.

According to the city’s 2013-2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city’s various funds had $76.2 million in revenues, $58.6 million in expenditures, $307.6 million in total assets, $99.3 million in total liabilities, and $49.4 million in cash and investments. [12]

4th of July at Keller town hall

The structure of the management and coordination of city services is: [13]

The lake side of Keller’s town hall
The lake side of Keller’s town hall
City Department Director
City Manager Mark Hafner
City Secretary Shelia Stephens
Fire Chief David Jones
Police Chief Mike Wilson
Director of Administrative Services Sakura Moten-Dedrick
Director of Community Services Cody Maberry
Chief Financial Officer Steve Groom
Director of Human Resources Carolyn Nivens
Director of Information Services Sean Vreeland
Library Director Jana Prock
Director of Public Works Keith Fisher

The city is served by the Keller Police Department. The current Chief of Police is Mike Wilson. The police department shares a communications network, regional jail, and regional animal services and adoption center with neighboring cities Southlake, Colleyville, and Westlake. Police services for Westlake are also provided through contract by the Keller police.

Keller Fire and Rescue

The Keller Fire Department maintains three fire stations throughout the city. Firefighters and paramedics are employed full-time to provide both fire and ambulance services to Keller residents; through mutual aid, assistance is occasionally given to neighboring cities. The fire department, like the police department, participates in a shared communications network with Southlake, Colleyville, and Westlake. The current Fire Chief is David Jones.

The city of Keller is a voluntary member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments association, the purpose of which is to coordinate individual and collective local governments and facilitate regional solutions, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and enable joint decisions.

State representation[edit]

Keller citizens are represented in the Texas House of Representatives by Republican Giovanni Capriglione, District 98, and in the Texas State Senate by Republican Kelly Hancock, District 9.

Federal representation[edit]

In the United States Senate the entire state is represented by Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. In the United States House of Representatives, Keller is in Congressional District 26, currently represented by Republican Michael C. Burgess.


Keller is served by the Keller Independent School District while small portions of the city are in the Northwest Independent School District and Carroll Independent School District. Students zoned to Keller ISD attend 23 different elementary schools (grades K-4), 12 different intermediate/middle schools (grades 5-8), and five different high schools (grades 9-12). Most of the district's schools are located mostly in Northeastern Fort Worth[14] Schools located in the City of Keller are:

Intermediate Schools (Grades 5-6):

  • Bear Creek Intermediate School
  • South Keller Intermediate School

Middle Schools (Grades 7-8):

  • Indian Springs Middle School
  • Keller Middle School

High Schools (Grades 9-12):


One source of Keller's bedroom-community serenity comes from having no contact with any interstate highways. U.S. Route 377, a north-south United States highway runs along Keller’s western border, parallel to Interstate 35W. Davis Boulevard (FM1938), a north-south Farm to Market Road from North Richland Hills to Southlake, runs through Keller. Keller Parkway (FM 1709) runs from Interstate 35W in Fort Worth, where it is named "Golden Triangle Boulevard," to State Highway 114 (SH 114) in Southlake, where it is named "Southlake Boulevard."

In September 2004, Verizon Communications, launched their FiOS fiber-optic communications network; 9,000 customers in Keller, Texas, were the very first in the nation.[15] Verizon replaced copper wires with optical fibers, commencing service in 2005.

Keller consistently scores as a very safe city, in United States cities by crime rate (40,000–60,000) in Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports statistics.[16]


Top employers[edit]

According to Keller’s 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[17] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Keller ISD 3,600
2 City of Keller 341
3 Southstar Logistics 335
4 Kroger 213
5 Home Depot 139
6 Kohl’s 120
7 Lowe’s 110
8 Tom Thumb Grocery 106

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ “Fort Worth Genealogical Society, February 1965 issue of the Bulletin”
  4. ^ Texas State Historical Association
  5. ^ History of Samantha Springs
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
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  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
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  12. ^ City of Keller 2013-14 CAFR Retrieved 2015-06-30
  13. ^ City of Keller FY2014-15 Budget Retrieved 2015-06-30
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  15. ^ Belson, Ken (September 25, 2005). "Verizon Introduces Fiber Optic TV Service". The New York Times. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Crime in the United States by Metropolitan Statistical Area, 2010 (Table 6)". FBI. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  17. ^ City of Keller CAFR Retrieved 2015-07-08
  18. ^ Mary Culbertson obituary, Minden Press-Herald, September 20, 1977, p. 3
  19. ^ "Floyd D. Culbertson, Jr.". Retrieved March 8, 2015. 

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