Westlake, Texas

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Westlake is a town in Denton and Tarrant Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 207 at the 2000 census.

The area known as Westlake was originally settled in 1847 by Charles and Matilda Medlin with about 20 other families. In the mid-twentieth century, now-Westlake was known as Circle T Ranch. Despite its name, Westlake is actually located south of Lake Grapevine. When incorporated in the late 1950s, the name Southlake, Texas already existed, so ranchers and homeowners took the name Westlake.[3]

During the late 1990s, the City Council attempted to disband the city. The large Solana development was annexed by Southlake, while several large tracts of land were annexed by Fort Worth, Texas. A local district judge ruled the annexations in violation of state law, and the properties returned under Westlake jurisdiction.[4]

In 2000, the radio program This American Life featured a story about the battle to disband the town in the face of development by Ross Perot, Jr..[5]

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Geography

Westlake is located at 32°58′57″N 97°12′20″W / 32.9825°N 97.20556°W / 32.9825; -97.20556 (32.982584, -97.205670)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.7 square miles (17.3 km²), of which, 6.6 square miles (17.1 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (1.35%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 207 people, 84 households, and 69 families residing in the town. Current population estimates are between 800 and 1000, after several years of growth in two master-planned residential subdivisions. The population density was 31.4 people per square mile (12.1/km²). There were 87 housing units at an average density of 13.2/sq mi (5.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.17% White, 2.42% African American, 2.42% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.97% of the population.

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