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Town of Westlake, Texas
Town
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Location of Westlake in Tarrant County, Texas
Location of Westlake in Tarrant County, Texas
Country United StatesUnited States
State TexasTexas
Counties Tarrant, Denton
Settled 1847
Incorporated 1954
Area
 • Total 6.7 sq mi (17.3 km2)
 • Land 6.6 sq mi (17.1 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)  1.35%
Elevation 574 ft (175 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 992
 • Density 104.77/sq mi (40.57/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76262
Area code(s) 817/682
FIPS code 48-77620
GNIS feature ID 1379259
Website The Town of Westlake, Texas

Westlake is a town in Denton and Tarrant Counties in the U.S. state of Texas and an upscale suburb of Fort Worth. The population is 992 as of the 2010 United States Census.

History

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, what is now Westlake was known as Circle T Ranch, a 2,000 acre ranch founded by Dallas attorney and oilman J. Glenn Turner. When incorporated in the late 1950s, the name Southlake, Texas already existed, so ranchers and homeowners took the name Westlake.

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.

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..

Interestingly, the city does not provide its own police force. Instead, law enforcement services are contracted from the City of Keller, which provides patrol and traffic enforcement officers to serve Westlake. The city does, however, provide its own fire and EMS services.

Westlake styles itself as the "Town of Westlake," but this is technically incorrect - under Texas law, all incorporated places, regardless of size or population, are considered "cities". The official name of the town in government documents is therefore "City of Westlake".

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).

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.

Climate

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Westlake has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

Weather chart for Westlake, Texas
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temperatures in °F
precipitation totals in inches
source: NWS, Ft Worth Alliance Airport TX
Climate data for Westlake, Texas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 86
(30)
90
(32.2)
95
(35)
100
(37.8)
102
(38.9)
108
(42.2)
109
(42.8)
112
(44.4)
112
(44.4)
99
(37.2)
89
(31.7)
90
(32.2)
112
(44.4)
Average high °F (°C) 65.3
(18.5)
67.4
(19.67)
73.0
(22.78)
78.1
(25.61)
83.3
(28.5)
88.2
(31.22)
91.1
(32.83)
92.2
(33.44)
87.3
(30.72)
81.1
(27.28)
72.3
(22.39)
66.0
(18.89)
92.4
(33.56)
Average low °F (°C) 28.0
(-2.22)
30.6
(-0.78)
38.5
(3.61)
50.5
(10.28)
59.2
(15.11)
73.8
(23.22)
77.5
(25.28)
76.9
(24.94)
64.7
(18.17)
50.8
(10.44)
37.1
(2.83)
28.8
(-1.78)
23.5
(-4.72)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.12
(53.8)
2.09
(53.1)
3.09
(78.5)
3.60
(91.4)
3.96
(100.6)
4.12
(104.6)
2.28
(57.9)
2.33
(59.2)
2.71
(68.8)
3.33
(84.6)
2.05
(52.1)
1.93
(49)
33.61
(853.7)
Snowfall inches (cm) 0.3
(0.8)
0.3
(0.8)
0.3
(0.8)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.1
(0.3)
1.4
(3.6)
2.4
(6.1)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 6 6 8 7 9 7 6 4 6 7 5 6 77
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4
Source: National Weather Service Forecast Office, Ft Worth Alliance Airport, Fort Worth TX

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 112
1970 128 14.3%
1980 214 67.2%
1990 185 −13.6%
2000 207 11.9%
2010 992 379.2%
Est. 2015 1,264 27.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census 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 per square mile (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.

There were 84 households out of which 23.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.6% were married couples living together, 3.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.7% were non-families. 14.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.71.

In the town, the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 2.9% from 18 to 24, 21.3% from 25 to 44, 43.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 95.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $128,375, and the median income for a family was $150,000. Males had a median income of $72,250 versus $41,042 for females. The per capita income for the town was $59,206. About 2.9% of families and 2.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 7.7% of those sixty five or over.


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