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Royse City, Texas

Coordinates: 32°58′27″N 96°19′58″W / 32.97417°N 96.33278°W / 32.97417; -96.33278
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Royse City, Texas
Main Street in Royse City
Main Street in Royse City
"A Friendly Touch of Texas"
Location of Royse City in Rockwall County, Texas
Location of Royse City in Rockwall County, Texas
Coordinates: 32°58′27″N 96°19′58″W / 32.97417°N 96.33278°W / 32.97417; -96.33278
CountryUnited StatesUnited States
CountiesRockwall, Collin, Hunt
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Clay Ellis
Mike Holder
Russell Ratterree
Bruce Bradley
Matt Wheatley
James Branch
Tom Crowley
 • City ManagerCarl Alsabrook
 • Total18.42 sq mi (47.71 km2)
 • Land18.30 sq mi (47.38 km2)
 • Water0.13 sq mi (0.33 km2)
Elevation554 ft (169 m)
 • Total13,508
 • Density803.61/sq mi (310.27/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)214, 469, 945, 972
FIPS code48-63668[3]
GNIS feature ID1345732[2]

Royse City is a city in Rockwall County in the U.S. state of Texas. It also extends into Collin and Hunt counties. The population was 2,957 at the 2000 census, rising to 9,349 in 2010.[4] The estimated population in 2018 was 12,998.[5] In 2020, its population grew to 13,508.[6]


Garrett Burgess Griffin Royse, better known as Byrd Royse, was born in Adair County, Kentucky, on January 31, 1838, to William and Mary Stone Royse. He was the seventh of 14 children. Circa 1850, Royse's future grandmother-in-law, Mrs. Nancy McCasland, and her sons bought several tracts of land that were later to become known as Royse City.

Royse was instrumental in getting the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway line brought from Greenville to Dallas through Rockwall County. Royse City was settled in 1885, when the railway came through the area. The town was named after G. B. Royse, who plotted the town and sold the first lots.[7]

After its founding, Royse City preserved its stable, small, country-town status due to its proximity to Garland (21 miles away) and Dallas (33 miles).[8]

Interstate 30 was constructed just south of the city in the mid-1960s.[9] The city grew south to meet the interstate.

In 2000, Royse City had a population of 2,957. Still a small town, Royse City was feeling the impacts of the rapid growth of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, along with Rockwall County. The city's location along Interstate 30 between Rockwall and Greenville helped to fuel this growth.

Royse City has grown rapidly to the north and south as newer subdivisions have been built. By 2010, Royse City had a population of 9,349, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This represents a growth rate of 216.2%.[4]


Royse City is located in the northeastern corner of Rockwall County, and extends north into Collin County and east into Hunt County. According to the United States Census Bureau, Royse City has a total area of 15.1 square miles (39.2 km2), of which 15.0 square miles (38.9 km2) are land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2), or 0.75%, is covered by water.[4]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
Royse City racial composition as of 2020[6]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 8,330 61.67%
Black or African American (NH) 1,122 8.31%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 63 0.47%
Asian (NH) 222 1.64%
Pacific Islander (NH) 12 0.09%
Some Other Race (NH) 35 0.26%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 602 4.46%
Hispanic or Latino 3,122 23.11%
Total 13,508

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 13,508 people, 4,608 households, and 3,711 families residing in the city. In 2000, 2,957 people, 1,027 households, and 781 families were residing in the city.[3]

At the 2000 census, the racial makeup of the city was 79.44% White, 7.51% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 9.54% from other races, and 2.50% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 20.97% of the population. Following nationwide trends of greater diversification, the racial and ethnic makeup in 2020 was 61.67% non-Hispanic white, 8.31% Black or African American, 1.64% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.26% some other race, 4.46% multiracial, and 23.11% Hispanic or Latino of any race.[6]

In 2000, the median income for a household in the city was $42,266, and for a family was $48,804. Males had a median income of $30,966 versus $23,804 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,153. About 8.4% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.0% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.


Royse City serves as a bedroom community for nearby Dallas and Greenville. Most of the development in the city is residential. The local economy consists of service businesses, restaurants, stores, schools, and medical offices. In June 2019, the popular travel center chain Buc-ee's added a store in Royse City.[13]

In 2007, Royse City was designated as an official Texas Main Street City. The Royse City Main Street program was set up to promote the city's downtown area, where the goals are to foster a thriving business district, while preserving historic buildings.[14] In 2015, construction was completed on an overpass at Interstate 30 and Erby Campbell Blvd.[15]


Public schools[edit]

Royse City is served by the Royse City Independent School District.



Notable people[edit]


  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.[11][12]


  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: Royse City, Texas
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Royse City city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved August 16, 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved May 21, 2022.
  7. ^ "Royse City, Texas". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved August 9, 2012.
  8. ^ "Royse City, Texas - A Friendly Touch of Texas". roysecity.com. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  9. ^ Slotboom, Oscar. "Old Road Maps of Texas, 1942–73". Archived from the original on April 12, 2009.[unreliable source?]
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ https://www.census.gov/ [not specific enough to verify]
  12. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  13. ^ "Buc-ee's announces grand opening date".
  14. ^ "Royse City, Texas - Main Street - A Friendly Touch of Texas". roysecity.com. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  15. ^ "Royse City CDC Official Website". roysecitycdc.org. Retrieved August 8, 2015.

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