Rockwall, Texas

Rockwall, Texas

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Rockwall is a city in Rockwall County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The population was 17,976 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Rockwall CountyGR|6. The name is derived from a geological formation.


The area of Rockwall was originally occupied by Caddo Indians. Creek Indians moved to the area in early 1800s. The origin of Rockwall also is related to the selection of its name. In 1851, as the first Anglo-American settlers moved to the area, they started to dig wells. During the digging, they found large underground rock walls that seemed to be manmade though scientist believe they are natural formations. The town was established April 17, 1854 and named after these rock walls. While originally part of Kaufman County, in 1873, Rockwall County was formed with Rockwall being the county seat.


Rockwall is located at coor dms|32|55|12|N|96|27|35|W|city (32.920014, -96.459715)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.6 square miles (58.7 km²), of which, 22.3 square miles (57.7 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (1.63%) is water.

Rockwall is on the east shore of Lake Ray Hubbard. It is on State Highways 205 & 740, north of Interstate 30.


Rockwall has the distinction of being the smallest county in Texas but one of the top five fastest growing counties in the United States. As of the 2006 census by the North Texas Central Council of Governments, the city had a population of 29,500. As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 17,976 people, 6,605 households, and 5,158 families residing in the city. The population density was 806.9 people per square mile (311.5/km²). There were 7,089 housing units at an average density of 318.2/sq mi (122.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.35% White, 3.00% African American, 0.38% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.57% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.44% of the population.

There were 6,605 households out of which 39.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.8% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.9% were non-families. 18.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 30.9% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $65,411, and the median income for a family was $75,121. Males had a median income of $55,370 versus $35,139 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,843. About 3.2% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 3.0% of those age 65 or over.


Public Schools

The city is served by the Rockwall Independent School District.

Higher Education

The city is home to the Higher Education Center at Rockwall, which is part of the Collin County Community College District. The campus is the District's first campus outside of Collin County itself. Texas A&M University-Commerce holds classes at the Center.


Ralph M. Hall Rockwall Airport serves general aviation flights. Interstate 30 passes through the city, along with State Route 66 and State Highway 205.


The city is home to the Dallas Diesel, a football team in the North American Football League. The Diesel enter the 2007 season in July as the defending league champions. Zac Leatherwood is the well-known quarterback in their county that led them to their victory.

Notable Residents

*Honorable David Bridges is the fifth circuit of appeal court Justice, resides in Rockwall, Tx. in Rockwall County east of Dallas. Hon. Bridges is a graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler. Earned his law degree from the Texas Tech. School of Law in Lubbock, Texas in 1984.
*Jason Castro - Top 12 contestant on American Idol (season 7)
*Mason Musso - Lead singer and guitarist in Metro Station
*Mitchel Musso - Actor most notable for portraying character Oliver Oken in "Hannah Montana"
*Kelsey Schultz - Competitor on
*Larry Lea - Former televangelist, ministry was based in Rockwall during the 1980s and early 1990's


*In 2006, Rockwall County was the fastest growing county in the United States by population.
*The highest point in Rockwall is at 591 ft. at the First Baptist Church.

External links

* [ The City of Rockwall Home Page]
* [ Planet Rockwall - Online Magazine & Community Information Site]
* [ Information on Rockwall and Rockwall Real Estate]

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