Watauga, Texas

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Watauga is a city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States, and a suburb of Fort Worth. The population was 21,908 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Watauga is located at 32°52′17″N 97°14′57″W / 32.87139°N 97.24917°W / 32.87139; -97.24917 (32.871416, -97.249122)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.8 km²), all of it land.

History

The first settlers came to the area in 1843.[4] The area was first large farms and ranches, and took its name from the Cherokee word for "village of many springs." Watauga is also the name of a pre-Revolutionary War settlement in East Tennessee, the Watauga Association, and many Tennesseans later came to Texas. The Texas and Pacific Railway came through the area in 1881, which spurred a settlement. Watauga received a railroad station, then and a post office in 1883. The population was 65 in the mid 1930s and 40s, when the railroad station had closed. The population then grew due to defense plants to over 1000 in the 1960s. The population continued to grow to 7050 in 1976, and 20,000 in 1990.[5]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 21,908 people, 7,145 households, and 5,944 families residing in the city. The population density was 5,256.9 people per square mile (2,028.5/km²). There were 7,275 housing units at an average density of 1,745.7/sq mi (673.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 87.05% White, 2.27% African American, 0.64% Native American, 3.69% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 3.91% from other races, and 2.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.66% of the population.

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