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Grapevine, Texas
City
City Hall
City Hall
Flag of Grapevine, Texas
Flag
Motto: Aged to Perfection
Location of Grapevine in Tarrant County, Texas
Location of Grapevine in Tarrant County, Texas
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
Counties Tarrant, Dallas, Denton
Grape Vine Prairie 1844
Grape Vine 1854
Grapevine 1907
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council Mayor William D. Tate
Mike Lease
Chris Coy
Sharron Spencer
Roy Stewart
C. Shane Wilbanks
Darlene Freed
 • City Manager Bruno Rumbelow
Area
 • City 35.9 sq mi (92.9 km2)
 • Land 32.3 sq mi (83.6 km2)
 • Water 3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)  9.98%
Elevation 640 ft (195 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 46,334
 • Estimate (2013) 50,195
 • Rank (US: 740th)
 • Density 1,303.0/sq mi (503.1/km2)
 • Urban 5,121,892 (6th)
 • Metro 6,810,913 (4th)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 76051, 76092, 76099
Area code(s) 214, 469, 972, 817
FIPS code 48-30644
GNIS feature ID 1336834
Website grapevinetexas.gov

Grapevine is a city located predominantly in Tarrant County and has areas that extend into Dallas and Denton counties. Highways SH 26, SH 121, SH 360, SH 114, Spur 97, and FM 2499 run into Grapevine. With its central location in the Metroplex, being approximately 22 to 24 miles from the downtowns of both Dallas and Fort Worth, Grapevine is a suburb of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

The city is part of the Dallas Fort Worth Statistical Area and a significant part of the city limits are mostly within the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, with neighboring cities such as Coppell, Euless, and Irving.

In recent years several wineries have opened in Grapevine, and the city has been very active in maintaining its historic downtown corridor. The city is adjacent to Grapevine Lake, a large reservoir impounded by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1952 and serves as both a source of water and recreational area. Part of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is located within Grapevine city limits, the largest portion of any municipality bordering the facility. In 2007 CNNMoney.com rated Grapevine as one of "America's Best Places to Live."

History

In October 1843, General Sam Houston and fellow Republic of Texas Commissioners camped at Tah-Wah-Karro Creek, also known as Grape Vine Springs, to meet with leaders of 10 Indian nations. This meeting culminated in the signing of a treaty of "peace, friendship, and commerce," which opened the area for homesteaders. The settlement that emerged was named Grape Vine due to its location on the appropriately-named Grape Vine Prairie near Grape Vine Springs, both names an homage to the wild grapes that grew in the area.

The first recorded white settlement in what would become the modern city occurred in the late 1840s and early 1850s. General Richard Montgomery Gano owned property near Grape Vine and helped organize the early settlement against Comanche raiding parties before leading his band of volunteers to battle in the American Civil War. Growth during the 19th century was slow but steady; by 1890 roughly 800 residents called Grapevine home, supported by such amenities as a newspaper, a public school, several cotton gins, a post office and railroad service. The settlement made continued gains early in the 20th century, and on January 12, 1914, the post office altered the town's name to one word, Grapevine. On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1934, Henry Methvin, an associate of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, killed two police officers, E.B. Wheeler and H.D. Murphy, during an altercation near Grapevine. A historical marker remains at the intersection of Dove Road and State Highway 114.

The population of Grapevine fell during the interwar period as the economy stagnated, though the city was officially incorporated in 1936. Cotton was the primary crop for Grapevine until the early 20th century when it was overtaken by cantaloupe farms which accounted for as many as 25,000 acres. For several decades until the early 1970s, the Rotary Club sign outside of town boasted Grapevine as "Cantaloupe Capital of the World". Population growth and economic gains resumed to some extent in the decades immediately after the Second World War, though the opening of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in 1974 spurred massive development in the area. Prior to the mid-20th century, Grapevine depended heavily upon agricultural production, but quickly transformed into a regional center of commerce because of its proximity to the airport's north entrance. The economic benefits of the airport's construction continue to encourage new levels of development in Grapevine to this day.

MVI 2943 Grapevile Railroad stop in Fort Worth
The conductor assists a passenger as the Grapevine Vintage Railroad stops at the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Geography

Grapevine is located at (32.935025, −97.085784).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 35.9 square miles (93 km2), of which 32.3 sq mi (84 km2) is land and 3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2) (9.98%) is water.

Climate data for Grapevine, Texas (Grapevine Dam), 1981–2010 normals
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 56.1
(13.39)
60.1
(15.61)
67.6
(19.78)
75.9
(24.39)
83.4
(28.56)
90.8
(32.67)
95.5
(35.28)
96.5
(35.83)
88.6
(31.44)
78.8
(26)
67.0
(19.44)
57.2
(14)
76.5
(24.72)
Average low °F (°C) 32.1
(0.06)
35.3
(1.83)
44.1
(6.72)
51.8
(11)
61.5
(16.39)
68.7
(20.39)
72.7
(22.61)
72.5
(22.5)
64.6
(18.11)
53.2
(11.78)
43.5
(6.39)
33.9
(1.06)
52.8
(11.56)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.24
(56.9)
2.80
(71.1)
3.62
(91.9)
3.16
(80.3)
4.80
(121.9)
4.00
(101.6)
2.38
(60.5)
1.83
(46.5)
3.26
(82.8)
4.02
(102.1)
2.94
(74.7)
2.68
(68.1)
37.73
(958.3)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 7.1 7.4 8.7 6.8 9.2 8.3 5.2 5.2 6.2 7.6 7.1 7.6 86.4
Source: NOAA

Surrounding Cities

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Surrounding municipalities

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 199
1890 442 122.1%
1910 681
1920 821 20.6%
1930 936 14.0%
1940 1,043 11.4%
1950 1,824 74.9%
1960 2,821 54.7%
1970 7,049 149.9%
1980 11,801 67.4%
1990 29,202 147.5%
2000 42,059 44.0%
2010 46,334 10.2%
Est. 2015 51,404 22.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 46,334 people, 18,223 households, and 12,332 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,451 people per square mile. There were 19,685 housing units. The racial makeup of the city was 81.1% White, 3.3% African American, 0.7% Native American, 4.5% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 8.0% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.0% of the population.

There were 18,223 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.3% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 74.9% over the age of 18, 5.6% from 20 to 24, 13.3% from 25 to 34, 24.7% from 35 to 49, 20.9% from 50 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37.5 years.

According to a 2010 estimate, the median income for a household was $76,040, and the median income for a family was $93,587. Males had a median income of $66,378 versus $47,995 for females. The per capita income for the city was $38,304. About 5.2% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Highways

Two grade-separated highways run through the city. State Highways 114 and 121 trisect Grapevine south and slightly west of downtown. 121 runs from the south and 114 from the northwest. The highways intersect near Mustang Drive and William D. Tate Avenue and continue together towards the airport before splitting again at the north entrance of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Grapevine's highways as of 2010 underwent a significant overhaul to improve traffic flow through the area, with heavy construction expected to last until 2014.

Airports

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the main provider of air service to Grapevine and the region at large, providing connections to places around the state, country, and abroad. DFW is the main hub for American Airlines, though other major carriers maintain a significant presence. Love Field in Dallas is relatively close to Grapevine.

Rail

The aforementioned Grapevine Vintage Railroad provides service to and from Fort Worth along the former Cotton Belt Railroad right-of-way. The service is not intended for commuting and acts more as a tourist attraction due to its slow speeds. However, the city's 50-year commitment to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority and approval of a half-cent sales tax increase is expected to pay dividends through the introduction of the TEX Rail service to northeast Tarrant County by 2018. New train stations downtown and north of the airport are included in the plans, as is a connection to DART Rail to provide mass transit service to the eastern half of the metroplex.

Currently, the closest connections to rail are the DFW airport, Terminal A, DART Rail station and the Hurst station for the Trinity Rail Express. Amtrak passenger service is available in both downtown Dallas and Fort Worth.

Bus

The Convention and Visitor's Bureau operates the Grapevine Visitor's Shuttle between points of interest within the city. Additional information including stops and pricing can be found here.

Bicycle

The majority of Grapevine's transportation infrastructure is centered around the automobile, though amenities for bicycles can be found. A bicycle route runs along the length of Dove Road beginning at the intersection of Dove and North Main Street, connecting Grapevine and Southlake. Additionally, the Cotton Belt trail runs parallel to State Highway 26, from the Colleyville city limits to downtown Grapevine. Other bicycle paths can be found at the various city parks, most notably the trail from Parr Park to Bear Creek Park. Off-road trails are also available. Northshore Mountain Bike trail begins at Rockledge Park on the north side of Grapevine Lake and continues into Flower Mound along the shore. Mileage is 22.5 miles broken up into two major loops: East Loops, 1 - 4, which are 12.5 miles and the West Loops, 5 - 7. Horseshoe Trail begins at Catfish Lane, continues to Dove Road, and loops back to the trail head, for a total of 5.4 miles.

Running

Grapevine received the Runner Friendly Community designation from the Road Runners Club of America. The goals of the Runner Friendly Community program are to shine a national spotlight on communities that standout as runner-friendly and provide incentives and ideas for communities to work towards becoming runner friendly communities. Grapevine has approximately 24-miles of hike and bike trails that link parks, schools, and businesses. The hike and bike trails have mileage markers that also have GPS coordinates for location identification in case of emergencies. The city also has an indoor 1/8 mile walking/jogging track and several outdoor tracks that belong to the local school district. The city has joint-use agreement with the school district for the use of school facilities.

The hike and bike trails in Grapevine include water fountains, community bathrooms or portable toilets, available parking, signs linking pedestrian networks, mile markers, walk lights at busy intersections, stop signs at residential intersections, and painted crosswalks. One trail in Grapevine links with four other communities, creating an additional 11-mile trail.

The City Parks & Recreation Board has worked with the running club, Lake Grapevine Runners and Walkers (LGRAW), over the last 15 years to make the city's trails runner friendly. The City of Grapevine invites LGRAW club to city sponsored health events to promote running, walking a healthy lifestyle

Places

  • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Fellowship Church
  • Gaylord Texan
  • Grapevine Craft Brewery
  • Grapevine Mills Mall
  • Lake Grapevine
  • Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine
  • Historic Downtown
  • 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial

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Sister cities

  • Austria Krems an der Donau, Austria (since 1999)
  • Mexico Parras de la Fuente, Mexico (since 1996)
  • United Kingdom Linlithgow, United Kingdom (since 2008).

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