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The 12th Congressional District is located in North Texas and includes the western half of Tarrant County and most of Parker County.
The region was settled in 1849 when a U.S. Army outpost was established on the Trinity River and named for the Army commander in the region, General William Worth. In the late 1800s, the Fort Worth region was the last stop before the famed western cattle drives set off on the long trek to rail yards in Kansas. Railroads were responsible for ending the cattle drives and the creation of a stockyard center on the North Side. Discovery of oil in Texas in the early 1900s created a boom in Fort Worth and the region. Fort Worth’s winning a competition for a bomber plant in the 1940s started the aerospace/defensive aviation manufacturing industry in the region that still thrives.
Based on the 2020 U.S. Census, the population of District 12 is 824,946. The racial composition of the district is: Anglos: 60.9 percent, Blacks: 8.45 percent, Hispanics: 20.17 percent, Asians: 3.50 percent, and others: 6.98 percent.
The Tarrant County portion of District 12 includes 17 cities and Parker County has 14 cities.
Fort Worth is the largest city in the 12th District, with an estimated 2022 population of more than 972,228 and it is the county seat for Tarrant County. It is the thirteenth largest U.S. city and the fifth largest city in Texas. Weatherford, with a population of 33,710, is the largest Parker County city. The North Central Texas Council of Governments expects the area within District 12 will double in population between Years 2000 and 2030.
The number of female and male residents in the district is virtually equal: 51.67 percent female and 48.32 percent male. The median age is 35.8 years old. The average family size is 3.23 persons, with 61.8 percent of the residents owning their homes.
The District 12 area is renowned for its quality of life. The region not only offers excellent jobs, it also is considered an outstanding place in which to live and relax.
Named in 2004 as one of the most livable areas in the country, the economic engine of the area is Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), located a few miles to the east of District 12. A Texas Department of Transportation study estimated the annual economic impact of D/FW Airport at $37 billion annually. An estimated 73 million passengers come through DFW annually. Two-hundred-thousand-eighty-five people work directly or in secondary employment related to the airport. The airport handles 60 percent of the air cargo that comes through Texas. More than 260 destinations are served with non-stop flights from DFW. More than 1,850 round trip flights come and go to these destinations daily.
District 12’s Fort Worth is home to the nation’s only industrial airport—Alliance Airport. Alliance is the heart of a booming Alliance industrial corridor, with a FedEx sorting hub as one of the major airport tenants.
With Interstates 35 West and 30 crossing in Fort Worth, Amtrak and Trinity Rail Express commuter passenger train service, freight rail service and the airports, District 12 is a transportation hub.
Four Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in District 12—AMR Corp, and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. Hundreds of other excellent internationally known companies also are located in District 12, including Lockheed Martin Corp., the manufacturer of the F-16, the Joint Strike Fighter, the F-22 Raptor, and the F-35, as well as XTO Energy and First Cash. A combination of aerospace, logistic/distribution services, life science and retail business sectors, as well as agricultural businesses, are the economic backbone of the district.
District 12 has a wide array of housing, from popular downtown condos and lofts to ranch lifestyle in the outlying areas. More new home building permits have been issued in the District 12 area in last several years than in the remainder of the North Texas. A recent National City Corp. study concluded that home prices in the District 12 area are among the most affordable in the country.
A strong education system prepares the youth of the district for tomorrow. A system of public and private elementary and high school feeds into excellent colleges and universities that include Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, Tarrant County College, Weatherford College, University of North Texas Health Science Center and others.
Located within District 12 are some of Texas’ best culture and entertainment venues, starting with the best small museum district in the country that features the Kimbell, Modern Art, Amon Carter, Cowgirl and the Science and History museums. They are situated next to the famed Will Roger Memorial Complex that hosts more equestrian events than any facility in the United States. Cowboys and culture are truly complimentary in the District 12 area.
Complementing the Fort Worth Cultural District is the Historic Stockyards area in North Fort Worth where the area’s western heritage is still alive and downtown Fort Worth, which is recognized as one of the best and most vibrant downtowns in the country. In Weatherford, the annual Peach Festival is considered a must-see event.
A hallmark of the area is its ability to work together. A variety of partnerships involving the public and private sectors as well as civic greater Fort Worth are credited with numerous accomplishments that includes everything from a successful crime-fighting campaign to the internationally-acclaimed Bass Performance Hall and central city revitalization.