Ennis, Texas

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Ennis is a city in Ellis County, Texas, United States, and a southeastern suburb of Dallas. The population was 16,045 at the 2000 census.

In 1871, the Houston and Texas Central Railroad (H&TC) purchased 647 acres (2.62 km2) of land in Ellis County at a price of $5.00 per acre ($12.4/ha), establishing the line's northern terminus. On May 8, 1872, this site was established as the City of Ennis. The namesake of the town was Cornelius Ennis, an early official of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad. Ennis served as Mayor of Houston (1856-57), and as a director of the Houston Tap and Brazoria Railway and Houston and Texas Central Railway.[1]



Ennis is located at 32°19′56″N 96°37′27″W / 32.332296°N 96.624030°W / 32.332296; -96.624030 (32.332296, -96.624030).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.4 square miles (47.7 km2), of which 18.0 square miles (46.6 km2) is land surface and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (2.17%) is water surface. Ennis is on Interstate Highway 45 about 40 minutes by auto southeast of downtown Dallas, Texas.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 16,045 people, 5,335 households, and 3,947 families residing in the city. The population density was 891.7 people per square mile (344.4/km2). There were 5,618 housing units at an average density of 312.2/sq mi (120.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 66.57% White, 14.71% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 15.93% from other races, and 2.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33.19% of the population.

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