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  • Watauga, Texas was first settled by the Cherokee Native Americans. By mid-1800 the population had transitioned to a group of settlers from Tennessee who opened up the first church in the Watauga area, The Willow Springs Presbyterian Church. Located approximately 14 miles northeast of downtown Fort Worth, Watauga, Texas, rests comfortably on a 4.2-square-mile patch of land near US Highway 377 just east of the cloverleaf confluence of interstate highways 35W and 820. Watauga’s is neighbored to the north by the city of Keller, with the communities of North Richland Hills and Haltom City sharing its borders to the southwest and southeast respectively.

    According to US Census Bureau data compiled by the informational website, Sperling’s Best Places, more than 23,650 people were calling Watauga home in 2020. Sperling’s also tells us that the median cost for a home in Watauga in 2017 was $155,000, with the cost of living index sitting at 98.3.


Shopping and Dining

Watauga has many retail options including chains such as Walmart, Target, Marshall’s, and PetSmart. There are also local options at the various shopping centers including Watauga Towne Crossing, Beach Western Commons, and Basswood Crossing.

The city has a variety of dining options such as Joe’s Coffee ShopTex’s Star Grill, Joe’s Pizza & PastaFrescos Cocina and Chef Point Cafe, which is famous for its bread pudding and was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Nearby Fort Worth is the 16th largest city in the United States. As such, it offers pretty much all of the shopping and dining experiences you expect to find in a major metropolitan area. One unique, must-go dining and entertainment emporiums in “Cowtown” is Sundance Square. Sprawling across 35 square blocks in downtown Fort Worth, Sundance Square offers an eclectic array of live music clubs; restaurants, eateries and cafes; taverns, saloons and bars; and myriad other shopping, dining and entertainment establishments.

Parks and Recreation

The City of Watauga’s Parks and Community Services Department manages and maintains several gorgeous, multi-use, city and neighborhood parks and recreational facilities. Watauga’s Community Center provides a gymnasium, fitness center, activity room and an entertainment area, as well as a wide variety of athletic programs for youths and adults of all shapes, sizes and skill levels.

Here are some of the city’s parks, along with a few amenities available at them:


The median value of a home in Watauga is $185,000 as of 2018. An average of 52 percent of Watauga residents are married and 35 percent are married with children. As part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Watauga enjoys close proximity to the fourth highest concentration of Fortune 500 headquarters in all of the United States, which offers the suburban community’s residents an enormous number of employment options. ExxonMobil, American Airlines, and GE Manufacturing Solutions are only a few of the well-known companies with homes in the sprawling metropolitan area. The unemployment rate in Watauga is 6.9 percent.

Nearby Fort Worth is also flush with diverse art and culture opportunities, such as the breathtaking exhibits on display in its Cultural District; the second-to-none American West showcase at the Stockyards National Historic District; the world-renowned Fort Worth Zoo; and the thrilling life-in-the-fast-lane experience at Texas Motor Speedway.

Perhaps the most notable recognition given to Watauga and the rest of urban and suburban Fort Worth is the No. 4 ranking it received on the aforementioned Sperling’s Best Places’ list of The Best Cities to Relocate to in America in 2011.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Two independent school districts share the K-12 public education duties for the city of Watauga: Birdville Independent School District covers most of the town, but Keller Independent School District serves its northwestern corner.

There are a number of fine hospitals, medical care centers and health care facilities near Watauga, some of which include North Hills Hospital in North Richland Hills, Southwest Surgical Hospital in Hurst City and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.

Numerous highways crisscross Watauga and the rest of the rapidly expanding Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, including the interstate highways 35, 20 and 30. While there is no public transportation option within the city of Watauga itself, Trinity Metro operates buses and several rail options. The Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is only about 22 miles west and a little north of downtown Watauga.

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