Keller is a city located in Tarrant County, Texas, in the United States. In 2009, it was ranked 7th in Money Magazine’s list of best cities to live in the United States. It is a northern suburb of the city of Fort Worth and is part of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The population was 39,627 at the 2010 census.
Establishment of Keller
The Texas and Pacific Railway between Fort Worth and Texarkana was completed in June 1881, and the first train ran on this track on May 9, 1881. With the advent of rail service, new villages were established all along the line. The Keller of today was one of them.
On July 19, 1881, H.W. Black, a druggist of Tarrant County, set aside 40 acres (0.16 km2) out of the north end of the 62 acres (0.25 km2) deeded to him by A.C. Roberts (being a part of the Samuel Needham Survey) for a town site to be known as Athol, situated 14 miles (23 km) northeast of Fort Worth. The land was dedicated to the public for streets and alleyways, but title to the remainder of the 62 acres (0.25 km2) was held by Mr. Black.
Settlers migrated to the new village, and before a year had passed the name of the town was changed from Athol to Keller, honoring John C. Keller, a foreman on the railroad. Streets were named and those in the original 40-acre (0.16 km2) site still carry the names given to them in 1881. Streets going north and south are Lamar, Main and Elm; those running east and west are Price, Taylor, Hill, Vine, Bates, Olive and Pecan.
New residential development is expanding the city in all directions. The 1980 Census calculated Keller’s population at 4,555; today, about 40,000 residents call Keller home. The city planned for its growth and has recently constructed a new town hall, municipal service center, and recreation and aquatic center, has expanded the police and municipal court facility, completed a major expansion to the City Library, and constructed a new fire station (#4) for the southern portion of the city. The Keller Independent School District has 36 campuses serving more than 30,000 students. The district serves portions of the cities of Colleyville, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Watauga and Westlake, as well as the entire city of Keller. Its 51 square miles (130 km2) encompass the third-largest land area in Tarrant County. Enrollment in the school district has doubled during the past ten years and is expected to do the same during the next decade, making it the ninth-fastest growing school district in Texas.
Money magazine rated Keller as one of the 10 “Best Places to Live” in the United States for 2009, ranked number 7. It rated Keller as one of the 100 “Best Places to Live” in the United States for 2011, ranked number 93.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey listed Keller as one of the “Nation’s Richest Cities” with a population over 20,000 in 2008, ranked number 59 with median household income of $114,542. Neighboring Southlake was ranked number 1.
Keller is served by the Keller Independent School District and small portions by the Northwest Independent School District.
Keller is located at 32°55′39″N 97°14′10″W (32.927533, −97.235995).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.4 square miles (47.8 km²), all land.
Keller is east of Interstate 35W.
There were 8,827 households out of which 5.23% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 81.3% were married couples living together, 5.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.0% were non-families. 8.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.30.
In the city the population was spread out with 33.7% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 34.7% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 4.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.
According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household was $107,518, and the median income for a family was $114,542.Males had a median income of $66,969 versus $34,661 for females. The per capita income for the city was $31,986. About 1.0% of families and 1.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over.
Information courtesy of Wikipedia