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JEWISH AND KOSHER FORT WORTH, TEXAS:
Fort Worth is the
16th-largest city in the
United States of America and the
fifth-largest city in the
Located in North Central Texas, just
Southeast of the
Texas Panhandle, the city is a
cultural gateway into the
American West and covers nearly 300
square miles (780 km2) in
Wise counties, serving as the
seat for Tarrant County. According
2010 Census, Fort Worth had a
population of 741,206. It has been estimated that
by 2030 it will have 1,211,665 residents. The city is the second
most populous in the
The city was
established in 1849 as an Army outpost on a bluff overlooking the
Trinity River. Today Fort Worth still embraces its Western heritage
and traditional architecture and design.
USS Fort Worth (LCS-3) is
the first ship of the
United States Navy named after the
Fort Worth is located in North Texas and the
Southwest, and the
South portion of the United States.
Fort Worth is part of the
Cross Timbers region;
this region is a boundary between the more
heavily forested eastern regions and the almost treeless
Great Plains. Specifically, the
city is part of the
Grand Prairie ecoregion within the
DFW Metroplex is the hub of the
North Texas region. According to
United States Census Bureau, the
city has a total area of 298.9 square miles (774 km2).
292.5 square miles (758 km2) of it is land and 6.3 square
miles (16 km2) of it (2.12%) is water.
A large storage dam was built in 1913 on the
West Fork of the
Trinity River, 7 miles (10 km) from
the city, with a storage capacity of 30 billion US gallons
(110,000,000 m³) of water. The lake formed by this dam is known as
Lake Worth. The cost of the dam was
nearly US$1,500,000 - a handsome sum at the time.
Fort Worth has a
humid subtropical climate according
Köppen climate classification
system. The hottest month of the year is July, when the average high
temperature is 97 °F (36 °C), and overnight low temperatures average
72 °F (23 °C), giving an average temperature of 84 °F (29 °C).
The coldest month of the year is January,
when the average high temperature is 55 °F (13 °C), and low
temperatures average 31 °F (-1 °C).
The average temperature in January is 43 °F
The highest temperature ever recorded in Fort
Worth is 113 °F (45 °C), on June 26, 1980 and June 27, 1980.
The coldest temperature ever recorded in Fort
Worth is -6 °F (-21 °C), on December 24, 1989
Because of its position in North Texas, Fort
Worth is very susceptible to supercell thunderstorms, which produce
large hail and can produce
tornadoes. (See recent history
The average annual precipitation
for Fort Worth is 34.01 inches (863.8 mm).
The wettest month of the year is May, when
4.58 inches (116.3 mm) of precipitation falls.
The driest month of the year is January, when
only 1.70 inches (43.2 mm) of precipitation falls
The average annual snowfall in Fort Worth is
very light, only 2.6 inches (66.0 mm)
Fort Worth's all time high temperature was
113 °F (45 °C) on June 26–27, 1980 during the
Great 1980 Heat Wave,
and the all time low temperature was -1 °F
(-18 °C) on December 24, 1989.
According to the 2006-2008
American Community Survey, the
racial composition of Fort Worth was as follows:
As of the
census of 2000, there were 534,694
people, 195,078 households, and 127,581 families residing in the
city. The July 2004 census estimates have placed Fort Worth in the
top 20 most populous cities (# 19) in the U.S. with the population
Fort Worth is also in the top 5 cities with
the largest numerical increase from July 1, 2003 to July 1, 2004
with 17,872 more people or a 3.1% increase.
population density was 1,827.8
people per square mile (705.7/km²). There were 211,035 housing units
at an average density of 721.4 per square mile (278.5/km²). The
racial makeup of the city was 59.69%
African American, 0.59%
Native American, 2.64%
Pacific Islander, 14.05% from
other races, and 2.72% from two or
more races. 29.81% of the population were
Latino of any race.
There were 195,078 households out of which 34.7%
had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were
married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with
no husband present, and 34.6% are classified as non-families by the
United States Census Bureau. Of
195,078 households, 9,599 are unmarried partner households: 8,202
heterosexual, 676 same-sex male, and 721 same-sex female households.
28.6% of all households were made up of
individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of
age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average
family size was 3.33.
In the city the population was spread out with
28.3% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44,
18.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The
median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3
males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city
was $37,074, and the median income for a family was $42,939. Males
had a median income of $31,663 versus $25,917 for females. The
per capita income for the city was
$18,800. About 12.7% of families and 15.9% of the population were
poverty line, including 21.4% of
those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.
Fort Worth stands as the ninth-safest U.S.
city among those with a population over 500,000 in 2006.
Downtown is mainly known for its
Art Deco-style buildings. The
Tarrant County Courthouse was
created in the American
Beaux Arts Design, which was
modeled after the
Texas State Capitol building. Most
of the structures about
Sundance Square have preserved
their early 20th-century facades.
The city of Fort Worth contains over 1000 natural gas wells
(December 2009 count) tapping the
Barnett Shale. Each well site is a
bare patch of gravel 2–5 acres (8,100–20,000 m2) in size.
As city ordinances permit them in all zoning categories, including
residential, well sites can be found in a variety of locations. Some
wells are surrounded by masonry fences but most are secured by chain
Building on its western heritage and a history of strong local arts
patronage, Fort Worth has, in recent years, begun promoting itself
as the "City of Cowboys and Culture."
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