In 1849, the U.S. War Department established Fort Worth as the northernmost of a system of 10 forts for protecting the American Frontier. As a stop on the legendary Chisholm Trail, Fort Worth was stimulated by the business of the cattle drives and became a brawling, bustling town. Millions of head of cattle were driven north to market along this trail. Fort Worth became the center of the cattle drives, and later, the ranching industry. It was given the nickname of Cowtown.
Fort Worth is the most populous city in Tarrant County, and second most populous community within the DFW metroplex. In 2019, the population grew to an estimated 909,585 residents. Fort Worth is also the 13th-largest city in the United States. The physical size of Fort Worth is 358 Square Miles.
Median age: 31.2
Median Household Income: $60,205
Median Family Income: $69,973
The Fort Worth ISD contains 139 K-12 schools with more than 81,000 students. The Fort Worth Independent School District is the largest district in Tarrant County, which has 20 other school districts within its borders.
Major colleges and universities in Ft. Worth are:
Southwesten Baptist Theological Seminary
Texas Christian University
Texas A&M University School of Law
Texas Wesleyan University
Tarrant County College
Tarleton State University, Ft. Worth Campus
UNT Health Science Center
UTA Fort Worth
Several major companies are headquartered in Fort Worth. These include American Airlines Group, the John Peter Smith Hospital, Chip 1 Exchange, Cash America International, GM Financial, Budget Host, BNSF Railway, Bell Textron, Lockheed Martin, Cook Children’s Health Care System, and Alcon Laboratories.
Residents of Fort Worth have multiple museums to visit, The Amon Carter Museum of America Art, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, The Kimball Art Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, The National Cowgirl Museum, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, and more. Fans of the theater will enjoy seeing performances from The Texas Ballet Theatre, Broadway at the Bass, The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and The Cliburn Competition at the Bass Hall. Live music can easily be found at the world famous Billy Bob’s Texas, the Panther Island Pavilion, Lola’s Trailer Park or Shipping and Receiving. Sports fans will love catching games at TCU, watching The Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club, or cheering on Los Vaqueros FC at La Grave Field. Dining out presents many options of locally owned, award winning restaurants in Fort Worth. Family fun will always be had the Fort Worth Zoo, Botanic Gardens, or the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.