Red Oak, Texas

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Red Oak is a city in Ellis County, Texas, United States. The population was 4,301 at the 2000 census. More recent estimates of the city's population give it as 6,200.[citation needed] The North Central Texas Council of Governments projects that number to grow to 63,329 by the year 2030 [3], as it is on the verge of explosive suburban growth. Red Oak was also the exterior location for filming "True Stories", a film by David Byrne of Talking Heads released in 1986.



Red Oak is located at 32°31′32″N 96°48′22″W / 32.525607°N 96.806189°W / 32.525607; -96.806189.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.8 square miles (20.3 km2), all of it land.

Adjacent cities are: DeSoto and Duncanville to the Northhwest; Dallas to the North; Glenn Heights and Ovilla to the West; Lancaster to the North and Northeast; and Waxahachie to the South.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,301 people, 1,570 households, and 1,238 families residing in the city. The population density was 550.0 people per square mile (212.4/km2). There were 1,625 housing units at an average density of 207.8/sq mi (80.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.98% White, 5.42% African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 4.65% from other races, and 2.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.69% of the population.

There were 1,570 households out of which 43.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% were married couples living together, 16.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.1% were non-families. 19.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.74 and the average family size was 3.10.

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