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
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CouncilMayor Ronald A. White
Paul Moore
Evelyn Spurlock
Christina Grudzinski
Steve Ott
Danny Anderson
 • City ManagerJeff James
Area
 • Total5.1 sq mi (13.1 km2)
 • Land5.1 sq mi (13.1 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation666 ft (203 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total16,116
 • Density3,200/sq mi (1,200/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
76108
Area code(s)817 and 682
FIPS code48-78544[2]
GNIS feature ID1349989[3]
Websitewstx.us

White Settlement is a city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and a northwestern suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 16,116 at the 2010 census.[4]

History[edit]

The city got its name because it was the lone settlement of white pioneers amid several Native American villages in the Fort Worth area in the Texas Republic territory in the 1840s.[5][6] On October 14, 2005, city leaders, citing hurdles in attracting businesses,[7] 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.[6][8] 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. 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. 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.[9]

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. "At least six people drew their own weapons in response."[10][11]

Geography[edit]

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).[12]

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.[13]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
195010,827
196011,5136.3%
197013,44916.8%
198013,5080.4%
199015,47214.5%
200014,831−4.1%
201016,1168.7%
Est. 201817,896[14]11.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]

As of the census[2] 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). 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.

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.

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.

Culture[edit]

White Settlement is also the winter home of several groups of Irish Travellers.[16]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

The Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth has some territory in White Settlement.[17]

The United States Postal Service operates the White Settlement Post Office.[18]

Education[edit]

The City of White Settlement is served by the White Settlement Independent School District.

The White Settlement Public Library is located in the Municipal Complex[19]

Museum[edit]

The Texas Civil War Museum is located in White Settlement.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "White Settlement". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 30, 1979. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): White Settlement city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  5. ^ "About Us, History". White Settlement, TX.
  6. ^ a b "White Settlement Residents Vote Down Name Change". www.kxii.com.
  7. ^ Norris, Michele (7 November 2005). "Voters to Decide on Name for 'White Settlement'". NPR. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "White Settlement Streets Named For Pioneer And Developer's Families". www.wsmuseum.com.
  10. ^ "Church's Head of Security Says He 'Killed an Evil,' Not a Human in Taking Down Gunman". NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  11. ^ News, A. B. C. "Armed parishioner says he's 'no hero,' as new details emerge about the Texas church shooter". ABC News. Retrieved 2020-01-02.
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  13. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): White Settlement city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  14. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 30, 2019.
  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  16. ^ Boyd, Deanna (2015-03-21). "Travellers have long history in Tarrant County". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  17. ^ "White Settlement city, Texas Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 24, 2010.
  18. ^ "Post Office Location – White Settlement Archived 2010-07-15 at the Wayback Machine." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 24, 2010.
  19. ^ TEGNA. "White Settlement library cat to stay". KREM. Retrieved 2016-07-03.

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