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Corral City, Texas
Location of Corral City in Denton County, Texas
Location of Corral City in Denton County, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Denton
 • Total 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
 • Land 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
692 ft (211 m)
 • Total 27
 • Density 175/sq mi (68/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 940
FIPS code 48-17024
GNIS feature ID 1388542

Corral City is a town in Denton County, Texas, United States. The population was 27 at the 2010 census.

The town contracts with the city of Argyle to meet its police, fire, and court service needs.


Corral City is located at 33°6′3″N 97°13′33″W / 33.10083°N 97.22583°W / 33.10083; -97.22583 (33.100883, -97.225812).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 85
1990 46 −45.9%
2000 89 93.5%
2010 27 −69.7%
Est. 2015 28 3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 89 people, 29 households, and 20 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,022.5 people per square mile (859.1/km²). There were 31 housing units at an average density of 704.4 per square mile (299.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.01% White, 7.87% Native American, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.24% of the population.

There were 29 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 17.2% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.07 and the average family size was 3.75.

In the town, the population was spread out with 39.3% under the age of 18, 4.5% from 18 to 24, 34.8% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 2.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 122.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 134.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,125, and the median income for a family was $38,125. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,161. There were 18.2% of families and 25.0% of the population living below the poverty line, including 53.8% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.


A woman named Geneva Helton and her husband decided to form an incorporated municipality to get around Denton County's liquor laws. The Heltons bought over 20 acres (8.1 ha) of land from a family friend. The two then installed a sewer system and established a liquor store. Corral City incorporated in 1973. Afterwards doublewide trailers and recreational vehicles appeared in the city limits. Candace Carlisle of the Denton Record-Chronicle said that Corral City "prospered" for a decade, but after the early 1990s retirement of Geneva Helton's and the death of her husband, the town, in Carlisle's words, "began a slow decline. Soon, all that remained was a graveyard of rotting doublewides."

According to Carlisle, by 1993 "Corral City looked in every way like a vanquished 'ghost town'." James "Eddie" Draper became the mayor and owner of Corral City. Carlise said that to Draper "it was a boomtown waiting to happen."


Corral City is located halfway between Denton and Fort Worth. It is in proximity to Interstate 35W and Farm to Market Road 407. Most residents of Corral City live in mobile homes; in mobile home parks, permanent structures are not allowed to be built.


In 2008 Candace Carlisle of the Denton Record-Chronicle said, "In Corral City, neighbors share their homes and their lives with each other. They keep their RV doors open at all hours to celebrate the good times and mourn the hard times with their neighbors."

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