White Settlement, Texas

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White Settlement, Texas
City of White Settlement
Location of White Settlement in Tarrant County, Texas
Location of White Settlement in Tarrant County, Texas
Coordinates: 32°45′33″N 97°27′38″W / 32.75917°N 97.46056°W / 32.75917; -97.46056Coordinates: 32°45′33″N 97°27′38″W / 32.75917°N 97.46056°W / 32.75917; -97.46056
Country United States
State Texas
County Tarrant
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Ronald A. White
Paul Moore
Evelyn Spurlock
Christina Grudzinski
Steve Ott
Danny Anderson
 • City ManagerJeff James
 • Total5.04 sq mi (13.05 km2)
 • Land5.04 sq mi (13.05 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation667 ft (203 m)
 • Total16,116
 • Estimate 
 • Density3,543.97/sq mi (1,368.36/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)817 and 682
FIPS code48-78544[4]
GNIS feature ID1349989[5]

White Settlement is a city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and a northwestern suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 17,851 in 2019.[6]


The city got its name because it was the lone settlement of white settlers amid several Native American villages in the Fort Worth area in the Texas Republic territory in the 1840s.[7][8] The area was called "white" because it was a settlement of white homesteaders, as opposed to other settlements in the vicinity that were composed of both white and Native American residents.

On October 14, 2005, city leaders, citing hurdles in attracting businesses,[9] announced a plan to have local voters decide on a possible name change for the town from White Settlement to West Settlement. In the November 8 election, the name change was overwhelmingly rejected by a vote of 2,388 to 219.[8][10]

The oldest street in White Settlement is White Settlement Road. This original trail led from the fort to the "white settlement" about eight miles west into Native American territory. As the Native Americans were forced from the area and the settlement moved westward, the road followed. This was the only public road in White Settlement's early history.[11]

Two members of the city's West Freeway Church of Christ were killed by a gunman on December 29, 2019, during a morning service. The shooter was in turn killed by a church member, Jack Wilson, who shot him in the head. Wilson is a firearms instructor and a former reserve deputy sheriff, who is on the church's volunteer security team.[12]


White Settlement is located at 32°45′33″N 97°27′38″W / 32.75917°N 97.46056°W / 32.75917; -97.46056 (32.759280, -97.460442).[13]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13.1 km2), all of it land.[14]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)17,851[3]10.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]
Castleberry Baptist Church, a Baptist church in White Settlement, TX

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 14,831 people, 5,614 households, and 3,789 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,043.9 people per square mile (1,175.8/km2). There were 6,027 housing units at an average density of 1,237.0 per square mile (477.8/km2).

Race and ethnicity[edit]

The racial makeup of the city was 85.8% White, 4.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.5% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.6% of the population. There were 5,614 households, out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.08.

Median age[edit]

In the city, the population was spread out, with 27.3% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males.

Median income[edit]

The median income for a household in the city was $32,598, and the median income for a family was $36,338. Males had a median income of $28,363 versus $22,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,440. About 11.2% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.9% of those under age 18 and 10.1% of those age 65 or over.


57.3% of the people in White Settlement are religious.19.3% are Baptist, 0.3% are Episcopalian, 11.7% are Catholic, 0.9% are Lutheran, 6.4% are Methodist, 1.7% are Pentecostal, 0.7% are Presbyterian, 1.3% are Latter Day Saint, 12.0% are another Christian faith, 0.2% practice Judaism, 0.5% are an eastern faith, and 2.3% affilitate with Islam.[16]


White Settlement is also the winter home of several groups of Irish Travellers.[17]

The majority of White Settlement residents identify as Protestant Christians; however, there is also a Mormon church as well as a Buddhist temple within the city limits.[18]

The Texas Civil War Museum is located in White Settlement.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth has some territory in White Settlement.[19] The United States Postal Service operates the White Settlement Post Office.[20] The city is under the jurisdiction of Tarrant County and operates as a Council-Manager government type.[21]


The City of White Settlement is served by the White Settlement Independent School District. In 2009, the school district was rated "academically acceptable" by the Texas Education Agency.[22]

The White Settlement Public Library is located in the Municipal Complex.[23]


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  2. ^ "White Settlement". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. November 30, 1979. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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  8. ^ a b "White Settlement Residents Vote Down Name Change". www.kxii.com. Archived from the original on 2020-02-11.
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  10. ^ Romero, Simon (2005-11-13). "A Town With a Provocative Name Says No to Change". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  11. ^ "White Settlement Streets Named For Pioneer And Developer's Families". www.wsmuseum.com.
  12. ^ "Grand Jury Declines to Indict Church Security Guard Who Killed Gunman in Texas".
  13. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  14. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): White Settlement city, Texas". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  16. ^ "Neither Mormon nor Protestant? The Reorganized Church and the challenge of identity", Mormon Identities in Transition, Bloomsbury Academic, 1996, doi:10.5040/9781350005594.ch-006, ISBN 978-1-4742-8129-4
  17. ^ Boyd, Deanna (2015-03-21). "Travellers have long history in Tarrant County". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  18. ^ "Neither Mormon nor Protestant? The Reorganized Church and the challenge of identity", Mormon Identities in Transition, Bloomsbury Academic, 1996, doi:10.5040/9781350005594.ch-006, ISBN 978-1-4742-8129-4
  19. ^ "White Settlement city, Texas Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 24, 2010.
  20. ^ "Post Office Location – White Settlement Archived 2010-07-15 at the Wayback Machine." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 24, 2010.
  21. ^ "About Us | White Settlement, TX". www.wstx.us. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  22. ^ "2009 Accountability Rating System". 2015-10-25. Archived from the original on 2015-10-25. Retrieved 2020-06-03.
  23. ^ TEGNA. "White Settlement library cat to stay". KREM. Retrieved 2016-07-03.

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