Fort Worth, Texas Population 2018

Fort Worth is one of the largest cities in the United States in terms of sheer size with almost 350 square miles of land in three counties. Located in North Central Texas, Fort Worth is the 5th largest city in Texas and the 17th largest in the U.S. with a population of 792,700.

Fort Worth proper has a population density of 2,166 people per square mile (835/square kilometer). The metro area is much larger, however, with 6.81 million residents, which makes it the 4th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Fort Worth is the second-largest city in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA, following Dallas with 1.23 million people. Other major cities in the MSA include Arlington (pop: 375,000), Plano (270,000), Garland (233,000), Irving (225,000), Grand Prairie (182,000), McKinney (143,000), and Mesquite (143,000).

Fort Worth Demographics

Fort Worth is very culturally and ethnically diverse. According to the 2010 census, the racial makeup of the city was 61% White (42% non-Hispanic white), 19% Black or African American, 3.7% Asian (1% Vietnamese, 0.6% Indian, 04% Laotian, 0.3% Filipino, 0.3% Chinese, 0.3% Korean, and populations of Burmese, Pakistani, Nepalese, Japanese, Thai, and Cambodian), 0.6% Native American, and 3% two or more races. Hispanic and Latino people of any race account for 34% of the population. Of those, almost 30% are Mexican, followed by 1.3% Salvadoran, 0.8% Puerto Rican, 0.6% Honduran, 0.4% Guatemalan, and 0.2% Cuban.

Fort Worth History

The Treaty of Bird's Fort between many Indian tribes and the Republic of Texas in 1843 led to the establishment of Fort Worth as an Army outpost in 1849. Seven posts were created during this time following the Mexican-American War to protect Texan settlers in the region. While attacks from Native Americans were still a very real threat at the time, settlers began to move to the fort.

The first resident of Fort Worth was E.S. Terrell. Seemingly overnight, the small outpost of Fort Worth became a busy town once it became a stop along the Chisholm Trail, on which millions of head of cattle were passed to market. Fort Worth soon grew with a thriving ranching industry and cattle center, which earned it the nickname "Cowtown."

Fort Worth went through very hard times during the Civil War and the Reconstruction that followed, with a population that reached just 175 for some time due to food and supply shortages. After more than a decade, the town once more began to grow. By 1876, the Texas and Pacific Railway reached the town and caused a major boom. The population soon swelled and it became a major point on the railroad system. After a long period of rampant crime and vice, Fort Worth's economy eventually turned to oil and natural gas. These industries are still a part of Fort Worth's economy and have helped to make it one of America's fastest-growing cities.

Fort Worth Population Growth

The Dallas-Fort Worth area has remained one of the country's fastest-growing metropolitan areas for several years in a row. In 2014, census figures found that Fort Worth had the highest population growth rate in the United States with growth of more than 42% between 2000 and 2013.

There is one reason above all others that draws in new residents: the region's strong economy and jobs market. Despite its economy, many experts warn that Fort Worth isn't ready for the growth, just as city leaders agree that it wasn't ready for the rapid population boom almost 15 years ago. The growing population has led to some of the worst traffic problems in the state, long police response times, and a lack of funding and community services.

Fort Worth's growth rate shows no signs of slowing. By 2040, the population is expected to skyrocket from 793,000 today to almost 1.2 million.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017874,16818,6642.18%
2016855,50420,5362.46%
2015834,96820,3972.50%
2014814,57118,4102.31%
2013796,16115,1211.94%
2012781,04016,9522.22%
2011764,08815,5192.07%
2010748,569213,8753.42%
2000534,69487,0751.79%
1990447,61962,4551.51%
1980385,164-8,291-0.21%
1970393,45537,1871.00%
1960356,26877,4902.48%
1950278,778101,1164.61%
1940177,66214,2150.84%
1930163,44756,9654.38%
1920106,48233,1703.80%
191073,31246,62410.63%
190026,6883,6121.46%
189023,07616,41313.23%
18806,6630.00%

Fort Worth Population in 2018Source: By Joe Mabel (Photo by Joe Mabel) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White531,736
Black or African American156,413
Some Other Race65,091
Asian31,328
Two or More Races26,804
American Indian and Alaska Native3,592
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander966

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Fort Worth Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Fort Worth Median Age

32


Total

31.4


Male

32.6


Female

Fort Worth Adults

There are 582,574 adults, (74,250 of which are seniors) in Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Age Dependency

60.6

Age Dependency Ratio

14.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

45.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Worth Sex Ratio

Female

416,520

51.05%

Male

399,410

48.95%

Fort Worth Households and Families

Fort Worth Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Fort Worth Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.1%25.9%
All56.7%43.3%
Male46.3%53.7%
Female42%58%
Non Family41.2%58.8%

56.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Worth Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All279,4262.8656.7
Married128,0973.6274.1
Non Family91,5051.2741.2
Female43,9603.6542
Male15,8643.7846.3

3.53

Average Family Size

2.86

Average Household Size

6.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Fort Worth Households

Fort Worth Education

Fort Worth Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade46,1729.21%
9th to 12th Grade47,8729.55%
High School Graduate124,51624.83%
Some College112,07422.35%
Associates Degree32,4276.47%
Bachelors Degree91,98218.34%
Graduate Degree46,3849.25%

Fort Worth Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White234,693221,43695,116
Hispanic143,22579,69114,159
Black94,93082,26918,087
Other Race35,10717,1662,238
Asian20,73616,8548,438
Multiple Races9,7818,2823,171
Native American2,3761,867413
Islander686620

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.35%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 40.69%.

Fort Worth Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,239$41,587$30,813
Less Than High School$21,993$25,397$16,190
High School Grad$28,424$32,220$24,254
Some College$36,815$45,037$30,469
Bachelors Degree$52,161$63,384$46,090
Graduate Degree$65,792$81,794$56,379

$36,239

Average Earnings

$41,587

Average Male

$30,813

Average Female

Fort Worth Language

Fort Worth Language by Age

Fort Worth Language

66.99% of Fort Worth residents speak only English, while 33.01% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 26.98% of the population.

Fort Worth Poverty

Fort Worth Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic274,74166,54524.22%
Black153,07541,35127.01%
White323,78227,2908.43%
Other64,21316,34825.46%
Asian30,9505,35317.30%
Multiple26,2654,75418.10%
Native3,45773421.23%
Islander91315416.87%

17.95%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.47%

Male Poverty Rate

19.36%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Worth

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Worth is Black, with 27.01% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Worth is White, with 8.43% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.42%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.11%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.72%.

Fort Worth Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School27.99%
High School17.10%
Some College10.57%
Bachelors or Greater4.28%

Fort Worth Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed41.29%
Male Unemployed32.32%
Female Employed8.93%
Male Employed7.55%

Fort Worth Income

Fort Worth Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$54,876$73,009
Families$64,412$82,896
Married Families$80,717$99,808
Non Families$36,245$48,946

Fort Worth Marital Status

Fort Worth Marital Status

Marriage Rates

46.0%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.2%

Male Marriage Rate

43.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Worth Married by Age and Sex

Fort Worth Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35To44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Fort Worth Marital Status by Race

Fort Worth Veterans

Fort Worth Veterans by War

42,375

Number of Veterans

37,915

Male Veterans

4,460

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam12,506
First Gulf War11,915
Second Gulf War10,014
Korea2,761
World War II1,747

Fort Worth Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 5413,518
55 to 648,662
65 to 747,909
75+6,448
18 to 345,838

Fort Worth Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White30,8607.97%
Black8,5387.70%
Hispanic4,8222.76%
2 or More1,1028.80%
Other8301.92%
Asian6042.52%
Indian2267.93%
Hawaiian21525.60%

Fort Worth Veterans by Education

7.78%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.98%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Worth Employment Status

Fort Worth Employment by Age

67%

Labor Force Participation

62.5%

Employment Rate

6.4%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Worth Employment by Race

Fort Worth Employment by Education

Fort Worth Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

56.98%

Born in Texas

82.78%

Native Born

17.22%

Foreign Born

11.76%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

82.78% of Fort Worth residents were born in the United States, with 56.98% having been born in Texas. 11.76% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.