Weatherford, Texas is a rather wealthy city located within 20 minutes west of Fort Worth and about an hour away from Dallas. Weatherford was founded sometime during the 1850's and named after the State Senator Thomas Weatherford who, supposedly, never visited the town. From 1846 to 1874 there were many Native American attacks. In June of 1880, the railroad arrived in Weatherford and the Santa Fe Depot was constructed in 1908 and is now home to the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce. The Weatherford Democrat, the cities daily newspaper, was started in 1895 and is still operating today. Today, Weatherford is home to many historic buildings, some of which are open for touring during the Christmas season.
With a population of 27,437 in 2009, Weatherford showed a 44% population increase since the year 2000. The estimated $50,271 median household income is slightly above the state of Texas's average of $48,259 and the estimated house value in 2009 was about $16,000 above the Texas median. The five main neighborhoods offer almost 35,000 households. The population density is 1314 people per square mile which is a relatively low number compared to 3794 people per square mile in Dallas. Weatherford has a strong public school system with seven elementary schools, two middle schools, one ninth grade school, and a single, large high school for grades 10 through 12. There are also two private schools. The town is also home to a community college, Weatherford College. The college is 140 years old and offers thirty-five different study areas and has a full-time enrollment count of over 2,600 students.
In its 20.9 square miles of land, Weatherford has a ton of options for shopping. There are quilt shops, bakeries, grocery stores, supermarkets, gas stations, and all the other typical stores you would find in a fairly large suburban city. If, for some reason, you can't find what you're looking for in town, you can take a trip to Fort Worth. Overall, the city of Weatherford would make a great place to start up a family and live. In 2004, the crime rate was well below the United States average and has been steadily decreasing since then. The public school system is large and the shopping options are almost endless. Since it's a large suburb of Fort Worth, it makes a convenient living location for people that have jobs in Fort Worth, but not Dallas. However, traveling to Dallas is close enough for day and weekend trips.