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Forney A Community Ready to Pitch In

Population: 15,450 | Area: 7.8 sq mi
De Ridder Antiques is an enormous vaulted warehouse literally crammed with antiques. Photo By Elizabeth Lavin

Forney is less than 20 miles from downtown Dallas, but it feels like East Texas. When many Dallasites grow weary of urban life, this is where they come for their own piece of country. Another reason? Community. When an EF3 tornado hit Forney in April, destroying mostly newer homes in the Diamond Creek subdivision, the people of Forney did what people in Forney do. “Like a mound of ants, residents just descended upon that neighborhood,” says city manager Brian Brooks. “And within a week, they had everything done.” Forney proper has 15,450 residents. The city has an annual growth rate of 11.8 percent and has grown almost 280 percent since 1990. “Our growth’s been somewhat manageable,” he says. “But when we were building 700 homes a year, that was really kind of taking its toll. The economic slowdown allowed us to catch up. There’s always a tension here between the new and the old. You can’t just focus on stuff moving in for the first time. You’ve got to make sure you’re balancing that out with historic presentation and downtown revitalization.” No matter how big Forney gets, its residents see it as a convenient small town—not a Dallas suburb.

Demographics

  • Median Age: 31.7
  • Population Growth: 11.8 %
  • Population Density: 1980.8 ppl/sq mile

Schools

  • School District: Forney ISD
  • Students Passing TAKS: 87%
  • Average SAT Score: 1006

Crime:

  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.705 per 1,000 residents
  • Non-Violent Crime Rate: 28.4 per 1,000 residents

Real Estate:

  • Average Price of Homes Sold: $153,860