Fort Worth is the epitome of the Western world, with the most typical rodeos and cowboy culture that is the hallmark of this frontier and erstwhile outpost for the military. Learn fun facts about Fort Worth, one of the most amazing cities in the United States, right here.
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Fort Worth Demographics and Geographical Fast Facts
- As per the 2010 census, the population of Fort Worth was 741,206 with the female population outnumbering the male; in 2014, population estimate was 812,238 making it the 17th largest state in the US.
- The population of Fort Worth comprises people of different ethnicity including Caucasian Americans, African Americans, American India and Alaskans, Asians, Hispanic/Latino.
- Land area is around 759 square km and average temperature ranges from 43.4 degree F to 85.3 degree F, with the highest altitude of 780 feet and lowest at 520 feet.
- Fort Worth is home to 1032 churches, 222 city parks, 13 TV stations and a civilian labor force numbering 3,375,900. Unemployment rate was 3.8%.
- 60% of the American paper currency is printed in the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing at Fort Worth and it is also home to the Texas Civil War Museum in Fort Worth which has the largest collection of the era of the Civil War west of Mississippi.
- Fort Worth is in Tarrant county and it is separated from Dallas by 30 miles comprising the DFW International Airport and cities like Grand Prairie and Arlington.
- The Trinity River is located in central Fort Worth. Lake Worth, Eagle Mountain Lake, Arlington Lake and Benbrook form the border of this city.
- Fort Worth has a continental, humid subtropical climate with wide differences in yearly weather characterized by long summers and short winters; while the winters are mild, the summers here are hot.
- For close to a century and five decades, Fort Worth remained the only city in the US that had never faced a massive tornado.
- Fort Worth has an area of 292.5 square miles and elevation ranges from 5 to 8 hundred above sea level with a mean elevation of 670 feet.
- Average annual temperature is 65.5 degree F and average yearly rainfall was 34.73 inche, while winds average 11 miles per hour from the south.
- Fort Worth is located to the western part of the DFW Metroplex and the latter is the fourth largest metro serving the nation.
- Fort Worth experiences temperate weather with mild spring and fall, warm summers and cool winters.
Fort Worth Historical Fast Facts
- Fort Worth was founded in 1849 by Major Ripley Arnold as a military front on the Trinity to act as a defense from attacks by Indians and Mexicans.
- The city gets its name from commander of the Texan army, General W. J. Worth.
- Fort Worth was established as Camp Worth on the banks of the Trinity in 1849.
- It was one of the seven army and military outposts established between the years 1848 and 1849.
- While the military outpost closed in the 1850s, Tarrant County’s Courthouse remains in the same position as it was constructed ; the latter was build in pink granite from central areas of Texas and was completed in the 1890s.
- By the 1870s, mail stage-coaches were operational in Fort Worth for all days of the week except one.
- The city of Fort Worth was incorporated in the year 1873.
- Growth of the city progressed in the 1870s with the establishment of the cattle trail at Chisholm.
- The city received a new boost when prospectors struck oil in 1917 and it became the hub for the meat packing and shipping industries.
- Aviation was new wealth creator for the nation and cultural hubs such as the well known museum districts were built during the post war years.
- Sundance Square was constructed in the 1980s and the city expanded as a convention centre with well known halls and conference buildings.
- Four historical museums- Cowgirl Museum, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Cattleman’s Museum and the Museum of Cattle Raisers capture the cowboy culture of this city.
- Since the 1890s, Fort Worth hosts the yearly Southwestern Exposition cum Livestock Show and rodeo, which is the oldest event of its kind in the US.
- Camp Bowie was constructed in Fort Worth area at USD 3,000,000.
- US Fort Worth is a combat ship to be named after the city and Fort Worth also has an opera company of its own which was formed in 1946 and is the oldest such company in Texas.
- President Kennedy delivered his last public speech at Fort Worth in 1963; it was also during the 1900s that Billy Box Texas, the world’s largest honkey tonk was constructed.
- John Denver, famous singer and songwriter was from Fort Worth and the oldest museum in Texas is also in Fort Worth, namely the Modern Art Museum
Fort Worth Economy and Government Fast Facts
- Fort Worth has been consistently ranked as the top place in the US for doing business by noted groups like Newsweek, Fortune, Site Selection and Money.
- American Airlines, Acme Brick, Justin Brands and GE are some of the top industries of Fort Worth which is home to more than 30,000 firms.
- Fort Worth City is split between the 6th, 24th, 28th, 33rd and 12th congressional districts of Texas.
- The Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth is located in Fort Worth and currency production commenced in December 1990 here.
- FBI and Federal Aviation Administration have offices in Fort Worth City.
Fort Worth Interesting and Fun Facts
- Outlaws Frank and Jesse Hames were fond of Fort Worth’s chili parlor because of which they never robbed a bank in the city.
- Arlington Baptist College was once an infamous gambling den called Top O Hill Terrace and it's underground tunnel used to escape raids is still present to date.
- Fort Worth is one of the top places for country music outside of Nashville and LA.
- Fort Worth zoo is the oldest zoo in Texas and it was founded in 1909; it is now home to more than five thousand animals.
- Situated in the Stockyards National Historic District, Fort Worth Herd’s the only twice per day cattle drive in all of Texas.
- Fort Worth was once a stop in a cattle trail used in 19th century called Chisholm Trail which earned the name Cowtown for it.
- A light bulb in StockExchange Building for Livestock in Fort Worth has the Guinness World Record for the second longest lasting light bulb.
- DFW International Airport is the biggest Texas airport and the second largest airport in the United States.
- The Texas Civil War museum features the Ray Richey Civil War Collection which is the largest private civil war collection.
- Alex Bean, the 4th man on the moon was a Texan native from Fort Worth; Fort Worth also has the second largest capacity for NASCAR tracks in the Texas Motor Speedway.
- Fort Worth Cultural District is one of the biggest districts devoted solely to art with five globally recognized museums.
- Singer Kelly Clarkson, the first performer to win the American Idol TV reality show was from Fort Worth; other top celebs from this city include actress Kate Capshaw, William J Marsh who also composed the official state hymn of Texas.
- The first washtaria in the world was opened in Fort Worth in the 1930s; this city is also known as the museum capital of the Southwest.