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Watauga, Texas

Watauga, Texas
Location within Tarrant County and Texas
Location within Tarrant County and Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Tarrant
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council Mayor Hector F. Garcia
Brandon Krausse
Lee Griffin
James Wright
Melva Clark
Patrick Shelbourne
Robert Davis
 • City Manager Greg Vick
 • Total 4.2 sq mi (10.8 km2)
 • Land 4.2 sq mi (10.8 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 607 ft (185 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 23,497
 • Density 5,600/sq mi (2,200/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 76148, 76137
Area code(s) 817, 682
FIPS code 48-76672[1]
GNIS feature ID 1376659[2]

Watauga is a city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and a inner suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 23,497 at the 2010 census.[3]


  • Geography 1
    • Surrounding municipalities 1.1
    • Places 1.2
    • Transportation 1.3
  • History 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Local government 4
  • Education 5
  • Economy 6
    • Top employers 6.1
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Watauga is located at (32.871416, -97.249122).[4] 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.

Surrounding municipalities


Locations within city limits of Watuaga 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 Watuaga and inside the Mid-Cities include North East Mall in Hurst (7–8 miles),[5] Grapevine Lake and Grapevine Mills Mall (17 miles)[6] in Grapevine, NRH20 in North Richland Hills (7 miles),[7] and Southlake Town Square in Southlake (10 miles).[8]


No public transportation operates in Watauga and—like all other cities in Tarrant County except for Richland Hills—it is not a member of the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T), having chosen to direct local sales tax option funds elsewhere.


The first settlers came to Tarrant County in 1843.[9] The Texas and Pacific Railway came through present-day Watauga in 1881, which spurred a settlement. At first the area was large farms and ranches, and the settlement took its name from a pre-Revolutionary War settlement in east Tennessee, the Watauga Association. 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.[10]


As of the census[1] 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

Watauga is a full-service city, providing police, fire and emergency services, parks and recreation, library; planning, building inspection, economic development, 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.[13]

The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:[14]

City Department Director
City Manager Greg Vick
Finance Director Sandra Gibson
Police Chief Glen Fowler
Fire Chief Bill Crawford
Human Resources & Civil Service Director Marcia Reyna
Chief Information Officer / PIO Bradley Fraley
Library Director Lana Ewell
Municipal Court Judge J. Stewart Bass
Parks and Community Services Director Salvador Torres


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


Top employers

According to Watauga’s 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[15] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Target 208
2 Birdville ISD 211
3 City of Watauga 199
4 Albertson’s 190
5 Harvest Baptist 115
6 North Pointe Health & Rehab 95
7 Fresco’s 75
8 Keller ISD 61
9 Cotton Patch Cafe 57
10 Chili’s Grill & Bar 46


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Watauga city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^,+Watauga,+TX+76148/1101+Melbourne+Road,+Hurst,+TX/@32.8536669,-97.2658674,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m15!4m14!1m5!1m1!1s0x864dd7f123686b0b:0xc5e6f0d4c11768f5!2m2!1d-97.2588335!2d32.8830209!1m5!1m1!1s0x864e78de392f7f6d:0x1c0f81c73cafe724!2m2!1d-97.1994333!2d32.8307635!3e0!4e1
  6. ^,+Watauga,+TX+76148/3000+Grapevine+Mills+Pkwy,+Grapevine,+TX+76051/@32.9267123,-97.2185903,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m17!4m16!1m5!1m1!1s0x864dd7f123686b0b:0xc5e6f0d4c11768f5!2m2!1d-97.2588335!2d32.8830209!1m5!1m1!1s0x864c2b8692517bab:0xebef98052bff8153!2m2!1d-97.0425031!2d32.9661607!2m1!1b1!3e0!4e1
  7. ^,+Watauga,+TX+76148/NRH2O+Family+Water+Park,+Boulevard+26,+North+Richland+Hills,+TX/@32.8579315,-97.2450291,14z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m17!4m16!1m5!1m1!1s0x864dd7f123686b0b:0xc5e6f0d4c11768f5!2m2!1d-97.2588335!2d32.8830209!1m5!1m1!1s0x864e78b8836a1253:0x105fc81be0e48c98!2m2!1d-97.1945936!2d32.8501767!2m1!1b1!3e0!4e1
  8. ^,+Watauga,+TX+76148/Southlake+Town+Square,+Main+Street,+Southlake,+TX/@32.8921509,-97.2453717,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m15!4m14!1m5!1m1!1s0x864dd7f123686b0b:0xc5e6f0d4c11768f5!2m2!1d-97.2588335!2d32.8830209!1m5!1m1!1s0x864dd48cbd185599:0xd18a7617e2ca32b5!2m2!1d-97.132051!2d32.942978!3e0!4e1
  9. ^ City of Watauga website
  10. ^ Handbook of Texas Online
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ City of Watauga 2013-14 CAFR Retrieved 2015-06-22
  14. ^ City of Watauga FY2014-15 Budget Retrieved 2015-06-22
  15. ^ City of Watauga CAFR Retrieved 2015-07-08

External links

  • City of Watauga, official website
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