Fort Worth


2010: 741,206, #16 in U.S., #5 in Texas

1950: 278,778, #38 in U.S.

Fort Worth is part of the Dallas Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Fort Worth was founded in 1849 as a U.S. Army outpost on the Trinity River. The Fort Worth Stockyards is a historic district, located north of downtown.


Tallest building: Burnett Plaza, 567 feet (1983)

List of tallest buildings


Fort Worth has no downtown department stores.


Amtrak’s Texas Eagle goes east from the Fort Worth Central Station (on the east side of downtown) to Dallas, St. Louis, and Chicago, and south to Austin and San Antonio, continuing west to Los Angeles. The Heartland Flyer has daily service between Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.

Trinity Railway Express (1996) is a 35-mile commuter line between Fort Worth and Dallas Union Station. In downtown Fort Worth, trains stop at the Intermodal Transportation Center and the former Texas and Pacific station. TEXRail (2019) is a 27-mile commuter rail line between downtown Fort Worth and DFW Airport.

Downtown Fort Worth
(Photo by Billy Hathorn)


The Sid Richardson Museum is located downtown. The Museum of Science and History, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Kimbell Art Museum, and the Modern Art Museum are in the Cultural District, west of downtown.


The AMC Palace 9 has first-run movies in downtown’s Sundance Square area. The Bass Performance Hall (1998) hosts the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Fort Worth Opera, and touring Broadway shows. The Jubilee Theatre and the Circle Theatre are also downtown.


The arena at the Fort Worth Convention Center has concerts, sporting events, and other events. The 14,000-seat Dickies Arena, southwest of downtown, opened in 2019.

Map of Downtown Fort Worth

Fort Worth Architecture