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Farmers Branch, Texas
Coca-Cola Enterprises offices in Farmers Branch
Coca-Cola Enterprises offices in Farmers Branch
Flag of Farmers Branch, Texas
The City in a Park
Location in Dallas County and the state of Texas
Location in Dallas County and the state of Texas
Country  United States
State  Texas
County Dallas
First Settled Early 1850s
Incorporated February 23, 1946
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City 12.04 sq mi (31.18 km2)
 • Land 11.88 sq mi (30.77 km2)
 • Water 0.16 sq mi (0.41 km2)  0.8%
463 ft (141 m)
 • City 28,616
 • Estimate 
 • Density 4,053.36/sq mi (1,565.02/km2)
 • Urban
5,121,892* (6th)
 • Metro
7,539,711* (4th)
 • CSA
7,957,493* (7th)
  • Farmers Branch as part of the Urban, Metro (MSA) & Combined Statistical Areas (CSA)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (Central)
ZIP code
75234, 75244
Area code 214, 469, 945, 972
FIPS code 48-25452
GNIS feature ID 1335711
Interstates I-35E (TX).svg I-635 (TX).svg
Toll Roads Toll Texas DNT new.svg

Farmers Branch, officially the City of Farmers Branch, is a city in Dallas County, Texas, United States. It is an inner-ring suburb of Dallas and is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Its population was 28,616 at the 2010 census.

Known as a "City in a Park" for its 28 parks in only 12 square miles, Farmers Branch is a small community in close proximity to Dallas, and has a business community that accounts for 80% of the city's tax base, allowing residents to have one of the lower city tax rates in Dallas County, while having dedicated city services and public safety.

The city received media attention due to 2006 anti-illegal immigration measures and a law making English the city's official language. These measures were struck down by courts and/or repealed. In 2017, the community elected the city's first millennial mayor, Robert C. Dye. Under the mayor and council's leadership, the city has prioritized creating a more ethnically diverse community focused on leadership in education, sustainability, innovative commercial development, and smart city design.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.1 km2 (12 sq mi). 31.1 km2 (12 sq mi) of it is land and 0.08% is water.


Farmers branch railroad depot 2013
Historic railroad depot, built 1877

The community was first settled in the early 1850s. In 1842, Thomas Keenan, Isaac B. Webb, and William Cochran received original land grants in the area. By 1843, a community called Mustang Branch had been established. Mr. Cochran later changed the name to Farmers Branch to reflect the area's rich soil and farmland. Farmers Branch was the first location of the Texan Land and Emigration Company (or Peters Colony) in 1845. This made the community one of the best-known places in Dallas County during the 1840s because of its advertising throughout Europe and the United States. Baptist minister William Bowles opened a blacksmith shop and gristmill in 1845. On May 5, 1845, Isaac B. Webb donated land for Webb's Chapel Methodist Church, the first formal place of worship in Dallas County. A school was established in the church one year later. Webb became the first postmaster at the Farmers Branch post office, which opened on January 5, 1848. It continued to function until its closure in 1866. The post office reopened in 1875. To assure that railroads would eventually pass through Farmers Branch, prominent early settler Samuel Gilbert and others sold right-of-way through their land in 1874. Around three to four years later, the Dallas and Wichita Railway completed a track from Dallas – through Farmers Branch – to Lewisville. It was absorbed by the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad in 1881. The community had a population of approximately 100 by 1890 with several businesses. The population had grown to 300 during the early 1900s. A brick school building was constructed in 1916. The number of people living in the community remained stable until after World War II.

Farmers Branch was incorporated as a city after an election was held on February 23, 1946. William F. (Bill) Dodson was elected as the city's first mayor. The implementation of city services began immediately after incorporation. In the 1950 census, Farmers Branch had a population of 915. In 1956, a home rule charter was approved that adopted a council-manager form of government. The rapid growth of the city during the 1950s was made apparent in the 1960 census, which recorded a total of 13,441 residents, a 1,369 percent increase over the 1950 figure. Most of the new residents commuted to nearby Dallas for employment. The population topped 27,000 by 1970. A variety of manufacturers producing items such as steel products, concrete, asphalt, cosmetics, and food products were operating in the city. The number of residents declined to 24,863 in 1980 and 24,250 in 1990. The falling population was offset, however, by the wide variety of businesses located in the city. Farmers Branch is home to a large number of corporations that have attained frontage along Interstate 635, the Dallas North Tollway, and Interstate 35E. Its Dallas North Tollway segment is part of the Platinum Corridor, and its land along Interstate 635 is an extension of the lengthy Irving Prairie office park. By 2000, the city's population had grown to 27,508.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 915
1960 13,441 1,369.0%
1970 27,492 104.5%
1980 24,863 −9.6%
1990 24,250 −2.5%
2000 27,508 13.4%
2010 28,616 4.0%
2019 (est.) 48,158 68.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
JP Morgan Chase Bank in Farmers Branch

As of the 2010 United States Census, 28,616 people, 19,797 households, and 6,923 families wereresiding in the city. The population density was 2,384.6 people/sq mi (920.1/km2). The 11,549 housing units averaged 962.4/sq mi (371.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 73.4% (21,017) White, 4.8% (1,365) Black or African American, 0.7% (206) American Indian and Alaska Native, 4.4% (1,249) Asian, 0.00% (12) Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 13.8% (3,945) from some other race, and 2.9% (822) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 45.4% of the population.

Of the 10,797 households, 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were not families. About 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64, and the average family size was 3.33.

In the city, the age distribution was 25.6% under 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 or older, and 51.3% were female. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $57,454, and for a family was $62,661. Males had a median income of $34,791 versus $27,372 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,921. About 4.0% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.


Farmers Branch is considered to be part of the humid subtropical region.

In the news

Robert Tilton

For many years, TV evangelist preacher Robert Tilton maintained his church on the northeast corner of the I-35E and I-635 interchange. The scandal that ABC News uncovered in the 1990s regarding thousands of prayer requests found in the dumpster, plus the divorce of Tilton and his then second wife and fellow preacher, Leigh Valentine, caused Tilton to leave the Dallas area and his land was given to the city for re-use. During the time that Tilton's Word of Faith congregation used the church building on this site, a K-12 school named Lexington Academy provided "Christian" education on the church campus.

Unique Performance

In November 2007, the Farmers Branch Police Department conducted a series of police raids on Unique Performance properties. Unique Performance was a company in Farmers Branch that built Carroll Shelby licensed "Eleanor" Mustangs and Chip Foose 1969 Camaros. However, several customers complained that they had paid for cars and not received them. The Farmers Branch Police Department seized 61 vehicles that had tampered Vehicle Identification Numbers. Unique Performance declared bankruptcy a week later.

Immigration measures

In November 2006, the city of Farmers Branch entered the national spotlight when its council became the first in Texas to pass anti-illegal immigration measures, proposed by Councilman Tim O'Hare, which include fining landlords that rent to illegal aliens, and allowing local authorities to screen illegal aliens in police custody. The measures also included a provision making English the official language of the city. The original discussions in August 2006 additionally considered punishing employers who hire illegal immigrants and eliminating subsidies for illegal immigrants in the city's youth programs. After initially being set aside in favor of a resolution calling for the federal government to increase immigration-law enforcement, the rental, police, and official-language measures were adopted by the council on November 13, 2006 Following disputes over whether closed-door discussions of the measures violated the state's open-meetings law, a petition was circulated by opponents in order to force the council either to repeal the measures or to hold a special election to allow voters to decide the issue directly; the petition was certified in late December 2006, leading to the scheduling of a vote in May, until which time the measures would not be enforced.

On May 12, 2007, the referendum passed by a margin of 68% to 32%, despite last-minute opposition from mayor Bob Phelps and many city employees. O'Hare spoke from the headquarters of the proponents of the bill, challenging anyone who might be thinking of filing a lawsuit to prevent the implementation of the ordinance with countersuits. He also said that Farmers Branch would be willing to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary. On the same day, voters elected to the City Council two candidates who had supported the measures. In response to two acts of vandalism against Phelps' house, one after he announced his opposition to the measures, federal agents advised him to abandon his 20-year tradition of spending election night at City Hall and leave town instead until after elections were over.

On May 21, 2007, Judge Sam A. Lindsay of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas granted a temporary restraining order enjoining the city from enforcing the ordinance—one day before it was due to go into effect—until the court ruled on several plaintiffs' motions for a permanent restraining order. Just prior to a June 5 hearing over the preliminary injunction, the same judge dismissed from one of the lawsuits a group of business plaintiffs who had said they suffered business losses and simultaneously denied the request of the national organization Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) to participate in the lawsuit on behalf of the defendants.

In 2008 Mayor Phelps retired after 23 years of service. Farmers Branch residents then elected Mayor Tim O'Hare, who led the campaign for the measures against illegal immigration.

On March 3, 2014, the Supreme Court declined to review the lower-court ruling that declared the ordinance unconstitutional ending the seven year legal battle.


Farmers Branch was one of fifteen cities to approve services of Dallas Area Rapid Transit in 1983 by levying a 1 cent sales tax. The city currently receives DART bus service, with service to downtown Dallas (by both regular route and express bus), the adjacent suburb of Carrollton and crosstown routes as well. On December 6, 2010, the city received light rail transit service with a station near the northeast corner of Interstates 635 and 35E on the Green Line, which runs from Pleasant Grove in southeast Dallas through downtown Dallas following I-35E up to Carrollton at Frankford Road.

The city is between Interstate 35E to the west, the Dallas North Tollway on the east, and Interstate 635 to the south.

Sister cities

Farmers Branch maintains a sister city relationship with Bassetlaw, United Kingdom and Garbsen, Germany.

  • Schools
    • CFBISD middle school: Vivian C. Field Middle School
    • CFBISD elementary schools in Farmers Branch: Dave Blair, Farmers Branch, Janie Stark, McLaughlin/Strickland
    • DISD school: William L. Cabell Elementary School
  • Regarding proposed immigration measures
    • Opposition
      • Uniting Farmers Branch
      • Vote Against Ordinance 2903
    • Support
      • Columnist Mark Davis
        • Is Farmers Branch Racist?, Dallas Morning News, November 29, 2006
        • Farmers Branch voters have spoken; who's listening?, Dallas Morning News, May 16, 2007
        • In Farmers Branch and Washington, the will of the people is being ignored. The Dallas Morning News, May 23, 2007
      • Farmers Branch Legal Defense Fund
      • Support Farmers Branch: Stop Illegal Immigration


According to the city's 2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Internal Revenue Service 1,200
2 Feizy 1,170
3 Brinks Home Security 1,100
4 Anserteam LLC 1,001
5 Telvista 1,000
6 TDIndustries 900
7 Haggar Clothing Company 750
8 IBM 700
9 Encore Enterprises, Inc. 650
10 Glazer's Wholesale Drug Company 650

As of 2012, Farmers Branch had 3,500 companies. Celanese Corporation, Eyemart Express, I2 Technologies, Occidental Chemical, and Varsity Brands have their headquarters in Farmers Branch. Maxim Integrated Products has an office in Farmers Branch. All Smiles Dental Centers formerly had its headquarters in Farmers Branch. Excellence Health Inc. has an office in Farmers Branch that covers the Dallas life sciences cluster.

North Central Texas Council of Governments 2018 estimated total employment for the City of Farmers Branch is 78,393. The report is adjusted by the City of Farmers Branch finance department for businesses closed or moved prior to the reporting year.

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