Watauga, Texas

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Watauga, Texas
City Hall facing north on 24 March 2016.
City Hall facing north on 24 March 2016.
Location within Tarrant County and Texas
Location within Tarrant County and Texas
Coordinates: 32°52′17″N 97°14′57″W / 32.87139°N 97.24917°W / 32.87139; -97.24917Coordinates: 32°52′17″N 97°14′57″W / 32.87139°N 97.24917°W / 32.87139; -97.24917
Country United States
State Texas
County Tarrant
 • TypeHome Rule (Mayor-Council-Manager)
 • City CouncilMayor Arthur Miner
Patrick Shelbourne
Tom Snyder
Lovie Downey
Andrew Neal
Malissa Minucci
Mark Taylor
Jan Hill
 • City ManagerJoshua Jones
 • Total4.16 sq mi (10.77 km2)
 • Land4.16 sq mi (10.77 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
607 ft (185 m)
 • Total23,497
 • Estimate 
 • Density5,886.27/sq mi (2,272.64/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
76148, 76137
Area code(s)817, 682
FIPS code48-76672[3]
GNIS feature ID1376659[4]

Watauga (/wɒˈtɔːɡə/)[5] is a city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and a suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 23,497 at the 2010 census.[6] The city's businesses and retail markets are generally located on Highway 377.


Watauga is located at 32°52′17″N 97°14′57″W / 32.87139°N 97.24917°W / 32.87139; -97.24917 (32.871416, –97.249122).[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.8 km2), all of it land.

The city is entirely surrounded by the cities of Keller to the north, Fort Worth to the west, Haltom City to the southwest and North Richland Hills to the south and east. Almost all of the city's land area is located east of US 377, though a portion extends west of that highway and includes homes and some city offices.


Locations within city limits of Watauga include, Capp Smith Park, Watauga Pavilion and Watauga Public Library which is a sworn member of the Fort Worth-based METRO-PAC library catalog system. Other nearby attractions to Watauga and inside the Mid-Cities include North East Mall in Hurst (7–8 miles), Grapevine Lake and Grapevine Mills Mall (17 miles) in Grapevine, NRH20 in North Richland Hills (7 miles), and Southlake Town Square in Southlake (10 miles).


No public transportation operates in Watauga, having not elected to join Trinity Metro but instead chosen to direct local sales tax option funds elsewhere.


The first settlers came to Tarrant County in 1843.[8] The Texas and Pacific Railway came through present-day Watauga in 1881, which spurred a settlement of large farms and ranches. The settlement took its name from the pre-Revolutionary War Watauga Association settlement that was located in the northeastern section of East Tennessee, in areas surrounding the Sycamore Shoals of the Watauga River, near present-day Elizabethton, Tennessee.

Watauga received a railroad station and a post office in 1883. The population was 65 in the mid-1930s and 1940s, when the railroad station had closed. The population then grew due to defense plants to over 1000 in the 1960s. The population continued to grow to 7,050 in 1976, and 20,000 in 1990.[9]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)24,481[2]4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2020 census[edit]

Watauga racial composition[11]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 13,316 56.3%
Black or African American (NH) 1,461 6.18%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 103 0.44%
Asian (NH) 1,461 6.18%
Pacific Islander (NH) 108 0.46%
Some Other Race (NH) 119 0.5%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 1,103 4.66%
Hispanic or Latino 5,979 25.28%
Total 23,650

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 23,650 people, 7,827 households, and 6,100 families residing in the city.


As of the 2019, there were 24,582 people in the city. The population density was 5,909.1 people per square mile (2,028.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 61.70% White Non-Hispanic, 4.02% African American, 0.67% Native American, 7.38% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 24.15% of the population.[14]

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 21,908 people, 7,145 households, and 5,944 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,256.9 people per square mile (2,028.5/km2). There were 7,275 housing units at an average density of 1,745.7 per square mile (673.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.05% White, 2.27% African American, 0.64% Native American, 3.69% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 3.91% from other races, and 2.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.66% of the population.

There were 7,145 households, out of which 49.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.8% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.8% were non-families. 12.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 2.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 3.33.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 32.3% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 36.5% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 4.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $56,751, and the median income for a family was $57,969. Males had a median income of $40,468 versus $28,360 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,872. About 3.5% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.9% of those under age 18 and 4.7% of those age 65 or over.

Local government[edit]

Watauga is a full-service city, providing police, fire and emergency services, parks and recreation, a library, building inspection, economic development, city planning, and public works. The city operates under a Mayor-Council-Manager form of government. According to the city's 2013-2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's various funds had $25.5 million in revenues, $23.3 million in expenditures, $102.8 million in total assets, $32.8 million in total liabilities, and $27.5 million in cash and investments.[15]

The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:[16]

City Department Director
City Manager Joshua Jones
Finance Director Sandra Gibson
Police Chief Robert Parker
Fire Chief Shawn Fannan
Human Resources & Civil Service Director Juliet Rodriguez
Chief Information Officer / PIO Bradley Fraley
Library Director Lana Ewell
Municipal Court Judge J. Stewart Bass
Parks and Community Services Director Sal Torres


Watauga is served by two independent school districts. Birdville serves a majority of the city, while Keller serves the northwestern portion.


Top employers[edit]

According to Watauga's 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[17] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Target 245
2 Birdville ISD 195
3 City of Watauga 190
4 Albertson's 176
5 Harvest Baptist 100
6 North Pointe Health & Rehab 92
7 Fresco's 60
8 Keller ISD 110
9 Cotton Patch Cafe 54
10 Chili's 52


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Watauga Definition and Meaning. Retrieved October 11, 2021.
  6. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Watauga city, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ City of Watauga website
  9. ^ Handbook of Texas Online
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-22.
  12. ^ https://www.census.gov/[not specific enough to verify]
  13. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  14. ^ "Watauga, TX | Data USA".
  15. ^ City of Watauga 2013-14 CAFR Retrieved 2015-06-22
  16. ^ City of Watauga FY2014-15 Budget Retrieved 2015-06-22
  17. ^ City of Watauga CAFR Retrieved 2017-05-30
  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.[12][13]

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