Rowlett, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Rowlett, Texas
settlement_type = City

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mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location within Dallas County and the state of Texas

mapsize1 = 250px
map_caption1 = U.S. Census Map
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Texas
subdivision_type2 = Counties
subdivision_name2 = Dallas, Rockwall
government_type =
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = John Harper
established_date =
area_magnitude = 1 E9
area_total_km2 = 52.4
area_land_km2 = 52.4
area_water_km2 = 0.1
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 44503 (city proper)
population_density_km2 = 849.4
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
area_total_sq_mi = 20.2
area_land_sq_mi = 20.2
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
elevation_m = 154
elevation_ft = 505
latd = 32 |latm = 54 |lats = 25 |latNS = N
longd = 96 |longm = 32 |longs = 51 |longEW = W
website =
postal_code_type = ZIP codes
postal_code = 75030, 75088, 75089
area_code = 972
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 48-63572GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 1345719GR|3
footnotes =
:"Rowlett" redirects here. For other uses, see Rowlett (disambiguation)."Rowlett is a city in Dallas and Rockwall Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 44,503 at the 2000 census. It is a quiet upscale bedroom community near Dallas in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, located on Lake Ray Hubbard.


Rowlett derives its name from “Rowlett Creek” which flows into Lake Ray Hubbard and is a major tributary of the east fork of the Trinity River. The creek in turn was named for a waterway running through the property of [ Daniel Rowlett] who moved from Kentucky to Bonham, Texas in 1835. Daniel, who was a member of the Smoot-Rowlett political family, had no direct dealings with the town that now bears his name.

The first post office opened on April 5, 1880 and it was called “Morris” after Postmaster Austin Morris.

The town was later renamed “Rowlett.” The Dallas and Greenville Railway passed through the town in 1886, connecting Dallas with Greenville, Texas and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad. Shortly after its opening, the line was formally sold to the MKT. [ [ Texas Handbook Online History of Dallas and Greenville Railway] ]

In 1921 the town was a stop on the Bankhead Highway.

The town incorporated in 1952 when its population was 250. In the 1960s the town languished as Interstate 30 bypassed Rowlett. [ [ Official Rowlett history] ]

The town has had a building boom since the completion of Lake Ray Hubbard in 1971 – growing to 1,600 by 1973; 10,573 by 1989; 23,260 by 1990; and 44,503 by 2000.

Rowlett gained international notoriety in 1996 when local resident Darlie Routier was convicted of murdering her children as they slept.

In 2003 the town made an unsuccessful formal proposal to get the Dallas Cowboys to move to a 1,000 acre “5-Point Park” on the banks of Lake Ray Hubbard when the lease for Texas Stadium expires. [ [ City of Rowlett Press Release November 7, 2003]


Rowlett is located at coor dms|32|54|25|N|96|32|51|W|city (32.907020, -96.547415)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 20.2 square miles (52.4 km²), of which, 20.2 square miles (52.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.10%) is water.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 44,503 people, 14,266 households, and 12,354 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,200.2 people per square mile (849.4/km²). There were 14,580 housing units at an average density of 720.8/sq mi (278.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.81% White, 9.01% African American, 0.49% Native American, 3.33% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 3.53% from other races, and 1.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.76% of the population.

There were 14,266 households out of which 53.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.3% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.4% were non-families. 10.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.3% 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 3.33.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.5% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 36.9% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 5.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $70,947, and the median income for a family was $73,417. Males had a median income of $49,394 versus $35,286 for females. The per capita income for the city was $26,144. About 2.2% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.


The Dallas County portion of Rowlett is served by the Garland Independent School District, while the Rockwall County portion is a part of the Rockwall Independent School District.

Back, Stephens, Dorsey, Giddens-Steadham, Herfurth, Keeley, Pearson, Rowlett, and Liberty Grove Elementary Schools, Coyle and Schrade Middle Schools, and Rowlett High School are located within the city boundaries of Rowlett.

Garland ISD has a free choice program that allows for a student to attend any school within the district.

Rockwall ISD residents are zoned to Cullins-Lake Pointe Elementary School, Williams Middle School and Rockwall High School.


External links

* [ City of Rowlett]
* [ All Rowlett Community Website]
* [ Waterview Resort Community]

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