|Coordinates: 32°46′N 97°17′W / 32.77°N 97.29°W|
|Named for||Edward H. Tarrant|
|Largest city||Fort Worth|
|• Total||902 sq mi (2,340 km2)|
|• Land||864 sq mi (2,240 km2)|
|• Water||39 sq mi (100 km2) 4.3%|
|• Density||2,340/sq mi (900/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|Congressional districts||6th, 12th, 24th, 25th, 26th, 33rd|
Tarrant County is located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of 2020, it had a population of 2,110,640. It is Texas' third-most populous county and the 15th-most populous in the United States. Its county seat is Fort Worth. Tarrant County, one of 26 counties created out of the Peters Colony, was established in 1849 and organized the next year. It was named in honor of General Edward H. Tarrant of the Republic of Texas militia.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 902 square miles (2,340 km2), of which 864 square miles (2,240 km2) is land and 39 square miles (100 km2) (4.3%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Race / Ethnicity||Pop 2010||Pop 2020||% 2010||% 2020|
|White alone (NH)||937,135||904,884||51.80%||42.87%|
|Black or African American alone (NH)||262,522||358,645||14.51%||16.99%|
|Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH)||7,037||7,033||0.39%||0.33%|
|Asian alone (NH)||83,378||127,783||4.61%||6.05%|
|Pacific Islander alone (NH)||2,938||4,147||0.16%||0.20%|
|Some Other Race alone (NH)||2,491||8,321||0.14%||0.39%|
|Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH)||30,556||78,920||1.69%||3.74%|
|Hispanic or Latino (any race)||482,977||620,907||26.70%||29.42%|
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.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,809,034 people. Tarrant County is currently the second most populous county in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metropolitan Statistical Area. Non-Hispanic whites are believed to constitute about 46.7% of the county's population according to current population trends.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,446,219 people, 533,864 households, and 369,433 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,675 people per square mile (647/km2). There were 565,830 housing units at an average density of 655 per square mile (253/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 71.2% White, 12.8% Black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 3.6% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 9.1% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. 19.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 533,864 households, out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.22. As of the 2010 census, there were about 5.2 same-sex couples per 1,000 households in the county.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 28.1% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $46,179, and the median income for a family was $54,068. Males had a median income of $38,486 versus $28,672 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,548. About 8.0% of families and 10.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.
Tarrant County, like all Texas counties, is governed by a Commissioners Court. The court consists of the county judge, who is elected county-wide and presides over the full court, and four commissioners, who are elected in each of the county's four precincts.
|County Judge||Tim Ohare||Republican|
|County Commissioner, Precinct 1||Roy Charles Brooks||Democratic|
|County Commissioner, Precinct 2||Alisa Simmons||Democratic|
|County Commissioner, Precinct 3||Gary Fickes||Republican|
|County Commissioner, Precinct 4||Manny Ramirez||Republican|
|County Clerk||Mary Louise Nicholson||Republican|
|Criminal District Attorney||Phil Sorrells||Republican|
|District Clerk||Thomas A. Wilder||Republican|
|Sheriff||Bill E. Waybourn||Republican|
|Tax Assessor-Collector||Wendy Burgess||Republican|
|Constable, Precinct 1||Dale Clark||Republican|
|Constable, Precinct 2||Robert McGinty||Democratic|
|Constable, Precinct 3||Darrell Huffman||Republican|
|Constable, Precinct 4||Joe D. "Jody" Johnson||Republican|
|Constable, Precinct 5||Pedro Munoz||Democratic|
|Constable, Precinct 6||Jon H. Siegel||Republican|
|Constable, Precinct 7||Sandra Lee||Democratic|
|Constable, Precinct 8||Michael R. Campbell||Democratic|
The JPS Health Network (Tarrant County Hospital District) operates the John Peter Smith Hospital and health centers.
Countywide law enforcement is provided by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office and Tarrant County Constable's Office. All cities in the county provide their own police services, with three exceptions: Westlake contracts service from the Keller Police Department, and Haslet and Edgecliff Village contract service from the Sheriff's Office. DFW Airport, the Tarrant County Hospital District, and the Tarrant Regional Water District also provide their own police forces.
Since the disbandment of the North Tarrant County Fire Department, no countywide firefighting services exist. All municipalities provide their own fire departments. Most cities also operate their own ambulances, with two notable exceptions: Fort Worth and 14 other Tarrant County cities are served by the Metropolitan Area EMS Authority (MAEMSA), a governmental administrative agency established under an interlocal operating agreement and operating as MedStar Mobile Health, while the city of Arlington contracts paramedic apparatus from private entity American Medical Response.
Fire and EMS protection in unincorporated portions of Tarrant County is governed by the Tarrant County Emergency Services District #1, which administers contracts with 17 fire departments (including 10 with EMS response) and has mutual aid agreements with eight additional fire departments.
CareFlite air ambulance services operate from Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.
|Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1||Ralph Swearingin Jr.||Republican|
|Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2||Mary Tom Curnutt||Republican|
|Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3||Bill Brandt||Republican|
|Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4||Chris Gregory||Republican|
|Justice of the Peace, Precinct 5||Sergio L. De Leon||Democratic|
|Justice of the Peace, Precinct 6||Jason M. Charbonnet||Republican|
|Justice of the Peace, Precinct 7||Kenneth Sanders||Democratic|
|Justice of the Peace, Precinct 8||Lisa R. Woodard||Democratic|
|County Criminal Court No. 1||David Cook||Republican|
|County Criminal Court No. 2||Carey F. Walker||Republican|
|County Criminal Court No. 3||Bob McCoy||Republican|
|County Criminal Court No. 4||Andy Porter||Republican|
|County Criminal Court No. 5||Brad Clark||Republican|
|County Criminal Court No. 6||Randi Hartin||Republican|
|County Criminal Court No. 7||Eric Starnes||Republican|
|County Criminal Court No. 8||Charles L. "Chuck" Vanover||Republican|
|County Criminal Court No. 9||Brian Bolton||Republican|
|County Criminal Court No. 10||Trent Loftin||Republican|
|County Court at Law No. 1||Don Pierson||Republican|
|County Court at Law No. 2||Jennifer Rymell||Republican|
|County Court at Law No. 3||Mike Hrabal||Republican|
|County Probate Court No. 1||Chris Ponder||Republican|
|County Probate Court No. 2||Brooke Allen||Republican|
|Criminal District Court No. 1||Elizabeth H. Beach||Republican|
|Criminal District Court No. 2||Wayne Salvant||Republican|
|Criminal District Court No. 3||Robb Catalano||Republican|
|Criminal District Court No. 4||Mike Thomas||Republican|
|213th District Court||Chris Wolfe||Republican|
|297th District Court||David C. Hagerman||Republican|
|371st District Court||Mollee Westfall||Republican|
|372nd District Court||Julie Lugo||Republican|
|396th District Court||George Gallagher||Republican|
|432nd District Court||Ruben Gonzalez Jr.||Republican|
|17th District Court||Melody Wilkinson||Republican|
|48th District Court||David Evans||Republican|
|67th District Court||Don Cosby||Republican|
|96th District Court||J. Patrick Gallagher||Republican|
|141st District Court||John P. Chupp||Republican|
|153rd District Court||Susan Heygood McCoy||Republican|
|236th District Court||Tom Lowe||Republican|
|342nd District Court||Kimberly Fitzpatrick||Republican|
|348th District Court||Megan Fahey||Republican|
|352nd District Court||Josh Burgess||Republican|
|231st District Court||Jesus "Jesse" Nevarez Jr.||Republican|
|233rd District Court||Kenneth Newell||Republican|
|322nd District Court||James Munford||Republican|
|324th District Court||Jerome S. Hennigan||Republican|
|325th District Court||Judith Wells||Republican|
|360th District Court||Patricia Baca Bennett||Republican|
|323rd District Court||Alex Kim||Republican|
Since the 1950s, Tarrant County has been fairly conservative for an urban county, and one of the most populous Republican-leaning counties in the nation. However, it elected Democrat Jim Wright to 17 terms (1955-1989) as U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the House (1987-1989), and Wright was succeeded by fellow Democrat Pete Geren (1989-1997).
In 2018, the Democratic Party rebounded to represent a larger portion of the political profile and made huge gains in Tarrant County, concentrated in several areas throughout the county: eastern Euless, Grand Prairie and eastern and southern Arlington, northern and western areas of Mansfield, large portions of Fort Worth, particularly the area surrounding the Stockyards and Meacham Airport, southern and eastern Fort Worth, especially in dense metro areas and along I-35W, and Forest Hill.
Republicans are dominant in many of the rural areas of the county, downtown and western Fort Worth and north of Loop 820, and almost all suburban areas including Benbrook, rural Mansfield areas and western Arlington, Haltom City, Mid-Cities (Hurst, Euless, and Bedford), and the northern suburbs.
Beginning in 1952, the majority of voters supported the Republican Party presidential candidate in every election except 1964, when Tarrant County voted for the Lyndon B. Johnson-Hubert Humphrey Democratic ticket, then again in 2020 when the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris Democratic ticket carried the county. In 2016, Donald Trump-Mike Pence won Tarrant with 51.7% of the vote, the worst showing for Republicans since the Bob Dole-Jack Kemp ticket in 1996 won by a margin of 8.6%, and closest since 1976 when Gerald Ford-Bob Dole carried the county by less than 1% over the Jimmy Carter-Walter Mondale ticket.
The first Republican elected to the State Senate from Tarrant County since Reconstruction was Betty Andujar in 1972.
The county has leaned Republican in United States Senate races since Democrat Lloyd Bentsen's 1988 victory, but in the 2018 election Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke carried Tarrant, though losing statewide to incumbent Ted Cruz.
In 2020, Joe Biden carried the county with 49.3% (to Donald Trump's 49.1%) in the 2020 presidential election, the first win for a Democratic presidential ticket in Tarrant County since Texas native Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 and the closest race in the county since 1976, which was won by the razor thin margin of 1,826 votes (The margin of votes in 2020, in comparison, was 1,836 votes). Many other suburban Texas counties, including Tarrant's immediate neighbors in Denton County and Collin County as well as those around Houston and Austin, have shown similar trends since 2016.
From the 1893 beginning of U.S. House District 12, there have been two Republicans in 127 years elected to the U.S. House for the western half of Tarrant County; from the 1875 inception of U.S. House District 6, there have been three Republicans in 145 years elected to the U.S. House for the eastern portion of Tarrant County, including former congressman and senator Phil Gramm's election as both a Democrat and a Republican after he switched parties in 1983 to run for re-election.
|District 11||Patricia Hardy||Republican|
|District 13||Erika Beltran||Democratic|
|District 90||Ramon Romero Jr.||Democratic||Fort Worth|
|District 91||Stephanie Klick||Republican||Fort Worth|
|District 92||Jeff Cason||Republican||Bedford|
|District 93||Matt Krause||Republican||Arlington|
|District 94||Tony Tinderholt||Republican||Arlington|
|District 95||Nicole Collier||Democratic||Fort Worth|
|District 96||Bill Zedler||Republican||Arlington|
|District 97||Craig Goldman||Republican||Fort Worth|
|District 98||Giovanni Capriglione||Republican||Southlake|
|District 99||Charlie Geren||Republican||River Oaks|
|District 101||Chris Turner||Democratic||Grand Prairie|
|District 9||Kelly Hancock||Republican||Fort Worth|
|District 10||Beverly Powell||Democratic||Burleson|
|District 12||Jane Nelson||Republican||Flower Mound|
|District 22||Brian Birdwell||Republican||Granbury|
|Texas's 6th congressional district||Jake Ellzey||Republican||Waxahachie|
|Texas's 12th congressional district||Kay Granger||Republican||Fort Worth|
|Texas's 24th congressional district||Beth Van Duyne||Republican||Irving|
|Texas's 25th congressional district||Roger Williams||Republican||Weatherford|
|Texas's 26th congressional district||Michael Burgess||Republican||Lewisville|
|Texas's 33rd congressional district||Marc Veasey||Democratic||Fort Worth|
Further information: List of Dallas–Fort Worth area colleges and universities
Under the Texas Education Code, Tarrant County is the entire official service area of Tarrant County College (formerly Tarrant County Junior College).
Universities in Tarrant County include:
Public schools in Texas are organized into independent school districts and charter schools. Tarrant County is also home to dozens of private high schools and nearly 100 lower-level private schools.
Those serving the county include:
Masonic Home Independent School District formerly served a part of the county. In 2005 it merged into FWISD.
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is partially in the cities of Grapevine and Euless in Tarrant County and Irving in Dallas County.
Fort Worth Alliance Airport is a city-owned public-use airport located 14 miles (23 km) north of the central business district of Fort Worth on Interstate-35W. Billed as the world's first purely industrial airport, it was developed in a joint venture between the City of Fort Worth, the Federal Aviation Administration and Hillwood Development Company, a real estate development company owned by H. Ross Perot Jr. Alliance Airport has 9600' and 8200' runways.
Fort Worth Meacham International Airport is located at the intersection of Interstate 820 and U.S. Business Highway 287 in northwest Fort Worth, 5 miles from the downtown business district. Meacham International Airport has two parallel runways.
Fort Worth Spinks Airport is located 14 miles south of the downtown business district. The airport is located at the intersection of Interstate-35W and HWY 1187 and serves as a reliever airport for Fort Worth Meacham International Airport and Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport.