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Ovilla

Population: 3,500 | Area: 5.7 sq mi
A home in the Ashburne Glen subdivision, which consists entirely of custom and semi-custom homes. Photo By Melisa Oporto

The city's pitch: "Ovilla, on upper Red Oak Creek in northern Ellis County, is the oldest town in the county. It began in 1844 as a fortified settlement and grew as settlers arrived in the area to attend brush arbor meetings of the Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church, which was started by Rev. Finis E. King in 1847 ... To escape annexation by DeSoto or any other neighboring city, the town of Ovilla was incorporated in 1963. In the first census after incorporation its population was 339; by 1980 it had risen to 1,067. Its 1984 population was estimated to be nearly 1,300. In 1990 it was 2,027 and the community had extended into Dallas County. The 2000 Census showed a population of 3,405 ... Pride in our past, enthusiasm for our future!"

Demographics

  • Median Age: 47.2
  • Population Growth: 4.7 %
  • Population Density: 614.0 ppl/sq mile

Schools

  • School District: Red Oak ISD/Midlothian ISD
  • Students Passing TAKS: 81%
  • Average SAT Score: 1016

Crime:

  • Violent Crime Rate: 1.145 per 1,000 residents
  • Non-Violent Crime Rate: 8.6 per 1,000 residents

Real Estate:

  • Average Price of Homes Sold: $208,808