Fort Worth, Texas Population 2019

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
White537,562
Black or African American156,610
Some Other Race75,718
Asian32,541
Two or More Races28,523
American Indian and Alaska Native3,673
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander502

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table B03002

Fort Worth Population Pyramid 2019

10,00020,00030,00040,000 Male Population10,00020,00030,00040,000 Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Fort Worth Median Age

32.2


Total

31.5


Male

32.9


Female

Fort Worth Adults

There are 599,089 adults, (77,993 of whom are seniors) in Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Age Dependency

60.3

Age Dependency Ratio

15

Old Age Dependency Ratio

45.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Worth Sex Ratio

Female

426,326

51.05%

Male

408,803

48.95%

Fort Worth Households and Families

Fort Worth Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1101

Fort Worth Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married74.5%25.5%
All57.2%42.8%
Male46.9%53.1%
Female42.5%57.5%
Non Family41.5%58.5%

57.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Worth Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All284,6872.8857.2
Married131,0873.6274.5
Non Family92,2961.2841.5
Female44,0203.6742.5
Male17,2843.7646.9

3.53

Average Family Size

2.88

Average Household Size

6.3%

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 Grade46,9129.10%
9th to 12th Grade48,3559.38%
High School Graduate127,95524.81%
Some College111,63221.65%
Associates Degree34,6466.72%
Bachelors Degree98,06819.02%
Graduate Degree48,1119.33%

Fort Worth Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White238,947225,58498,902
Hispanic149,52585,02916,162
Black97,32584,46819,154
Other Race40,96419,8312,752
Asian21,75217,6239,001
Multiple Races10,5509,3143,565
Native American2,4402,000458
Islander273227

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.41%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 41.39%.

Fort Worth Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,267$42,480$31,821
Less Than High School$23,647$27,167$16,914
High School Grad$30,258$34,941$25,474
Some College$37,180$45,716$31,201
Bachelors Degree$54,253$65,834$48,172
Graduate Degree$66,724$83,455$57,607

$37,267

Average Earnings

$42,480

Average Male

$31,821

Average Female

Fort Worth Language

Fort Worth Language by Age

Fort Worth Language

67.25% of Fort Worth residents speak only English, while 32.75% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 26.93% of the population.

Fort Worth Poverty

Fort Worth Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic286,98864,53022.49%
Black153,34738,53825.13%
White328,09127,3748.34%
Other75,02017,25523.00%
Asian32,2254,79314.87%
Multiple27,8444,44615.97%
Native3,54259516.80%
Islander4249021.23%

16.89%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.59%

Male Poverty Rate

18.13%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Worth

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Worth is Black, with 25.13% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Worth is White, with 8.34% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.07%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.72%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.52%.

Fort Worth Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School25.54%
High School16.30%
Some College10.32%
Bachelors or Greater4.11%

Fort Worth Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed37.08%
Male Unemployed30.25%
Female Employed8.51%
Male Employed6.80%

Fort Worth Income

Fort Worth Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$57,309$76,309
Families$66,829$86,292
Married Families$84,075$103,727
Non Families$37,492$51,311

Fort Worth Marital Status

Fort Worth Marital Status

Marriage Rates

45.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.1%

Male Marriage Rate

43.8%

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 Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Fort Worth Marital Status by Race


Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1201

Fort Worth Veterans

Fort Worth Veterans by War

42,726

Number of Veterans

37,792

Male Veterans

4,934

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
First Gulf War12,369
Vietnam12,146
Second Gulf War11,071
Korea2,566
World War II1,414

Fort Worth Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 5413,547
55 to 648,751
65 to 747,971
75+6,292
18 to 346,165

Fort Worth Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White31,3627.98%
Black8,1477.25%
Hispanic5,0212.74%
2 or More1,1618.70%
Other9561.89%
Asian7132.84%
Indian2298.00%
Hawaiian15834.88%

Fort Worth Veterans by Education

7.33%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.35%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Worth Employment Status

Fort Worth Employment by Age

67.2%

Labor Force Participation

63.2%

Employment Rate

5.8%

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

57.18%

Born in Texas

83.14%

Native Born

16.86%

Foreign Born

11.33%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

83.14% of Fort Worth residents were born in the United States, with 57.18% having been born in Texas. 11.33% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.