Fort Worth, Texas Population 2021

942,323
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Fort Worth is a city located in Texas. With a 2020 population of 942,323, it is the 5th largest city in Texas (after Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Austin) and the 12th largest city in the United States. Fort Worth is currently growing at a rate of 1.77% annually and its population has increased by 27.13% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 741,206 in 2010. Fort Worth reached it's highest population of 942,323 in 2021. Spanning over 354 miles, Fort Worth has a population density of 2,727 people per square mile.

The average household income in Fort Worth is $82,977 with a poverty rate of 14.49%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,060 per month, and the median house value is $169,700. The median age in Fort Worth is 32.6 years, 32 years for males, and 33.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.0 males.

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 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 prepared 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.

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 genuine 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 significant 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 Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Fort Worth was:

  • White: 63.76%
  • Black or African American: 18.90%
  • Other race: 9.03%
  • Asian: 4.56%
  • Two or more races: 3.19%
  • Native American: 0.47%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.08%
The current population of Fort Worth, Texas is 942,323, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 893,216.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 741,206.

Fort Worth, Texas Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20217,807,900117,3801.50%
20207,690,520117,3801.53%
20197,573,140117,3801.55%
20187,455,760118,6601.59%
20177,337,100142,3401.94%
20167,194,760152,1902.12%
20157,042,570152,8002.17%
20146,889,770135,8801.97%
20136,753,890109,3301.62%
20126,644,560134,0202.02%
20116,510,540118,4801.82%
20106,392,0600.00%

Fort Worth Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White557,50963.76%
Black or African American165,30218.90%
Some Other Race78,9669.03%
Asian39,8884.56%
Two or More Races27,9063.19%
American Indian and Alaska Native4,1100.47%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander7200.08%
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Fort Worth Population by Race

Fort Worth Population Pyramid 2021

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Fort Worth Median Age

32.6


Total

32


Male

33.3


Female

Fort Worth Adults

There are 632,012 adults, (84,903 of whom are seniors) in Fort Worth.

Fort Worth Age Dependency

59.8

Age Dependency Ratio

15.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Fort Worth Sex Ratio

Female

446,163

51.02%

Male

428,238

48.98%

Fort Worth Population by Age

Fort Worth Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Fort Worth Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married75.1%24.9%
All57.4%42.6%
Male49.1%50.9%
Female43.5%56.5%
Non Family39.9%60.1%

57.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Fort Worth Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All297,4982.8957.4
Married138,7483.675.1
Non Family95,4371.2939.9
Female45,6483.7443.5
Male17,6653.7249.1

3.54

Average Family Size

2.89

Average Household Size

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Fort Worth Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade48,7588.93%
9th to 12th Grade48,4228.86%
High School Graduate136,08424.91%
Some College113,37620.75%
Associates Degree37,4686.86%
Bachelors Degree109,14819.98%
Graduate Degree53,0119.70%
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Fort Worth Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Fort Worth Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White243,978230,710104,984
Hispanic162,61396,30219,918
Black104,14392,27922,360
Other Race44,44321,8353,457
Asian27,17321,95311,623
Multiple Races10,3179,1523,409
Native American2,6402,120622
Islander48342438

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.56%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 43.03%.

Fort Worth Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,338$46,090$33,070
Less Than High School$26,189$30,627$18,861
High School Grad$31,591$37,364$26,267
Some College$39,601$47,871$32,737
Bachelors Degree$57,358$70,201$50,660
Graduate Degree$72,219$87,189$61,931

$40,338

Average Earnings

$46,090

Average Male

$33,070

Average Female

Fort Worth Earnings by Educational Attainment

Fort Worth Language by Age

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Fort Worth Language

66.84% of Fort Worth residents speak only English, while 33.16% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 26.88% of the population.

Fort Worth Language

Fort Worth Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic303,19858,14819.18%
Black162,04433,09620.42%
White334,67125,8747.73%
Other78,45315,37319.60%
Asian39,5104,60711.66%
Multiple27,0484,03314.91%
Native3,93257814.70%
Islander65071.08%

14.49%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.01%

Male Poverty Rate

15.89%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Fort Worth

The race most likely to be in poverty in Fort Worth is Black, with 20.42% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Fort Worth is Islander, with 1.08% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.18%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.85%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.92%.

Fort Worth Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School21.48%
High School14.46%
Some College9.42%
Bachelors or Greater4.50%

Fort Worth Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed30.92%
Male Unemployed25.49%
Female Employed7.24%
Male Employed5.27%

Fort Worth Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Fort Worth Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$62,187$82,977
Families$72,062$93,503
Married Families$89,455$111,289
Non Families$40,725$56,160
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Income by Household Type

Fort Worth Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.4%

Male Marriage Rate

44.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Fort Worth Married by Age and Sex

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Fort Worth Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Fort Worth Marital Status by Race

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Fort Worth Marital Status

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42,121

Number of Veterans

36,996

Male Veterans

5,125

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War11,858
Vietnam11,850
Second Gulf War11,491
Korea2,373
World War II952

Fort Worth Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 5412,815
55 to 648,888
65 to 748,185
75+6,428
18 to 345,805

Fort Worth Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White30,3337.41%
Black8,8587.40%
Hispanic5,0332.54%
2 or More1,0687.82%
Other9951.86%
Asian6922.25%
Indian1755.82%

Fort Worth Veterans by Race

Fort Worth Veterans by Education

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7.81%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.31%

Veteran Disability Rate

Fort Worth Veterans by Education

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67.5%

Labor Force Participation

63.6%

Employment Rate

5.4%

Unemployment Rate

Fort Worth Employment by Age

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Fort Worth Employment by Race

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Fort Worth Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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57.24%

Born in Texas

83.18%

Native Born

16.82%

Foreign Born

10.76%

Non Citizen

6.06%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

83.18% of Fort Worth residents were born in the United States, with 57.24% having been born in Texas. 10.76% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Fort Worth Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021942,32316,3691.77%
2020925,95416,3691.80%
2019909,58516,3691.83%
2018893,21618,4072.10%
2017874,80918,6322.18%
2016856,17720,8212.49%
2015835,35620,2992.49%
2014815,05718,9842.38%
2013796,07315,0271.92%
2012781,04616,9042.21%
2011764,14215,7012.10%
2010748,441213,7473.42%
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 by Year