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The city of Fort Worth began in 1849 as an army outpost protecting settlers from Indians. It grew rapidly after the Civil War due to its location on the Chisholm Trail, on which cattle were driven to Kansas to be transported via train—earning it the nickname “Cowtown.” The name stuck, and the now cosmopolitan city still uses a longhorn steer as part of its official logo and maintains the Fort Worth Stockyards as a historic district and tourist destination. But people who call the area home know this city’s present encompasses more than its past.

In the last decade, it has been one of the fastest-growing areas in the country, and Fort Worth is continually recognized by Money, Fortune, and other magazines as one of the best places to live and work in the United States. A healthy job market, affordable housing, and the energy associated with several colleges and universities contribute to its vibrancy. And then you have the cultural offerings: Fort Worth has exceptional museums (including Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and The Modern) and galleries, as well as the gorgeous Bass Performance Hall in Sundance Square. The general vibe of Fort Worth is different from that of Dallas, and though the cities are usually tied together by outsiders, they are distinct in many ways.

By The Numbers

 20162021
Population1,083,3591,180,957
Households378,881410,358
Average Household Size2.822.84
Media Age33.033.2
Median Household Income$54,393$59,489
Average Household Income$71,744$77,759
Per Capita Income$25,520$27,414

Race and Ethnicity

 2016 (%)2021 (%)
White Alone674,786 (62.3%)711,868 (60.3%)
Black Alone185,544 (17.1%)211,526 (17.9%)
American Indian Alone6,958 (0.6%)7,426 (0.6%)
Asian Alone44,700 (4.1%)54,597 (4.6%)
Pacific Islander Alone1,301 (0.1%)1,558 (0.1%)
Some Other Race Alone133,810 (12.4%)151,133 (12.8%)
Two or More Races36,259 (3.3%)42,849 (3.6%)
Hispanic Origin (Any Race)362,957 (33.5%)417,336 (35.3%)

Educational Attainment (Population 25+)

 2016
TOTAL673,843
Less Than 9th Grade8.6%
9th-12th Grade, No Diploma9.2%
High School Graduate21.4%
GED/Alternative Credential4.5%
Some College, No Degree23.6%
Associate Degree6.6%
Bachelor’s Degree17.5%
Graduate/Professional Degree8.6%

Household Expenditures (Average Annual Spend)

 2016
TOTAL$62,148
Food$7,714
Housing$19,378
Apparel and Services$1,920
Transportation$7,713
Travel$1,687
Healthcare$4,798
Entertainment and Recreation$2,717
Personal Care Products/Services$685
Education$1,247