• Community Profile

  • Overview Overview

    Uniquely located in rural Texas one-hour southwest of Dallas/Fort Worth for easy access

    to metropolitan amenities and a major airport, yet isolated from big city stress.

    A city of over 20,000 friendly people, Stephenville is an inviting, gracious community

    with a rich western heritage in a beautiful country setting along the Bosque River. 

    It is distinctively Texan – independent, hardworking, and educated.

     Known as the ‘Cowboy Capital of the World’ and the ‘City of Champions’, Stephenville takes pride

    in having small town values, where a strong work ethic, family-values, and a giving heart still matter. 

    Agriculture is the leading industry, with Erath County in the top 10% in overall agriculture production and ranking #3 in milk production in the State of Texas.  In addition to farmers and ranchers, Fortune 500 companies provide a strong manufacturing diversity to the economy.  Stephenville serves as a regional medical and retail center for the area with many family-owned businesses thriving as they draw from our strong, diverse workforce, educational opportunities and family oriented atmosphere. 

    Tarleton State University, a part of the Texas A&M University System, is known far and wide for creating a culture of excellence in both academic and athletic programs. Erath County is also served by Ranger College, offering a variety of continuing education and workforce training for students of all ages.

    As the ‘Cowboy Capital of the World’, Stephenville is uniquely home to more professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls than any other place in the world.  And the equine industry continues to grow throughout the surrounding County.

    The ‘City of Champions’ designation reflects the commitment as a community to excellence in youth and civic organizations.  Our community strongly believes that investing in our youth is a wise and worthwhile endeavor.  Families seeking a positive place to raise kids will find an excellent school system, civic organizations dedicated to youth programs, numerous sports leagues, and family fun events at parks, museums and churches throughout the year.   

    Stephenville is a special place that reflects pride in the community’s rich heritage and commitment to the future. We welcome the opportunity to partner with your company and feel confident you will soon see why Stephenville has been listed as one of 'The 100 Best Small Towns in America!'

  • Population


    2021 (Est)




    City - Stephenville





    County – Erath





    The City of Stephenville has experienced a 54% growth in population since 2000.

    Sources: 1990, 2000, 2010 - U.S. Census Bureau;

    2021 – North Central Texas Council of Governments

  • Median Age: 30.2

    Avg. Household Income: $56,988

    Median Household Income: $42,500

    Per Capita Income: $22,781

    Median Home Value: $127,000

    Cost of Living Index: 92.3 (U.S. Average is 100)

    Source: Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas (for Erath County)

  • Tax Rates / Revenue Tax Rates / Revenue

  • Sales Tax Rate

    Municipal Sales Tax


    County Sales Tax


    State Sales Tax




  • Property Tax Rate (per $100 Assessed Value)

    Erath County


    City of Stephenville


    Stephenville ISD


    Middle Trinity Water District




  • Workforce Workforce

  • Workforce


    2017 2016 2015






    Unemployment Rate (Avg)

    3.2% 4.1% 3.9%

    4.2 %





    Civilian Labor Force

    20,504 20,168 20,098






    Source: Texas Workforce Commission

    Our greatest asset is our citizens. Providing an honest days’ work for an honest days’ pay - you will find highly motivated and educated employees with a good work ethic. We encourage you to contact the manufacturers in town about the exceptional quality of the workforce in our area. Training opportunities are available locally through the Texas Workforce Commission as well as Tarleton State University and Ranger College.

  • Major Area Employers

    Employer Industry / Service FTE #
    Tarleton State University* Higher Education 1100
    TechnipFMC Oilfield Related Products (Fortune 500) 735
    Stephenville ISD Education: K-12 475
    Saint-Gobain Abrasives Coated Abrasives (Fortune 500) 470
    Schreiber Foods Cheese Processing, Packaging 435
    Walmart Supercenter Retail / Groceries 300
    Pecan Valley Centers Behavioral & Developmental Health Care 210
    Western Dairy Transport Milk Transport 210
    Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital / Medical 200
    Erath County Government 180
    Fibergrate Composite Structures Fiberglass Reinforced Products (Fortune 500) 180
    City of Stephenville** Government 155
    Tejas Tubular Oilfield Tubular Products 150
    Emerson Electric - Appleton Group Metal Processing / Electrical (Fortune 500) 145
    Outlaw Conversions Horse Trailer Customization 130
    ABF Packing, Inc. Meat Processing Plant 110
    H-E-B Grocery Retail / Groceries 110
    Bruner Motors Automobile Sales / Service / Car Wash 105
    Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic Health Care / Medical 105
    PAL-CON Ltd. Gas Turbine Regenerators 100
    Senior Care at Stephenville Nursing Home & Rehabilitation 90
    Prime Building Components, LLC Metal Buildings - Design / Engineer 85
    Mulberry Manor Nursing Home Facility 80
    United Cooperative Services Rural Electric Utility Service 50
    Wolfe Nursery Direct Wholesale Nursery Grower / Distributor 50
    *Tarleton State University also employs over 500 part-time student workers
    **City of Stephenville also employs over 170 seasonal part-time employees  
  • Education

    Tarleton State University

    For over 100 years, Tarleton’s rich history, traditions and legends have resided in the hearts of students and alumni, linking generations together. Tarleton is the largest non-land grant agricultural university in the nation and offers the resources of a major public university, including 64 undergraduate degrees, 22 graduate degrees and a doctorate in education. In addition to cutting-edge academic facilities and faculty experts with extensive university and industry experience, Tarleton offers personal attention, warmth and faculty interaction expected from a smaller college. The university has experienced record enrollment over the past few years and now impacts over 9,500 students through the main Stephenville campus and an additional 3,500 at satellite locations in Waco, Midlothian and Fort Worth as well as through online classes. www.tarleton.edu

    Ranger College

    One of the oldest continuously operating public two-year colleges in the state of Texas, Ranger College offers general education as well as continuing education classes including business and professional, IT and software development, media and design, skilled trades, safety, industrial and sustainable energy. Vocational programs include child development, cosmetology, certified nursing assistant, LVN, welding, machining, EMS, and commercial truck driving courses. Online options and dual enrollment courses through area high schools are also available. www.rangercollege.edu

    Stephenville ISD

    The mission of Stephenville ISD, a premier, values-based, dynamic educational system committed to a tradition of excellence in collaboration with the community, is to ensure that each student achieves his/her highest potential, develops strong moral character, and succeeds in and contributes to a global society as a life-long learner by engaging all students with diversified, challenging programs facilitated by highly-skilled, passionate educators maximizing resources in a positive learning environment. Current enrollment including Pre-K thru 12 is 3,696.
    District Rating: Recognized (among the top 30% in the state)  www.sville.us


    Additional educational providers include:

    Huston Academy Charter School (Grades 9-12) | www.hustonacademy.com

    Stephenville Christian School (Grades Pre-K – 6th grade) | www.stephenvillechristianschool.com

    White Horse Christian Academy (Grades K – 12th grade) | www.whitehorseca.com
    FAITH Home School Network | www.faithhs.com

    Dental Career Center of Stephenville | www.dccstephenville.com

    Other ISDs within Erath County include: Bluff Dale, Dublin, Huckabay, Lingleville, Morgan Mill, and Three Way

  • Transportation

    Air Service:

    • Stephenville Clark Regional Airport (located 1 mile from downtown Stephenville)
      *4,200’ runway, fuel and service available, runway expansion project underway
    • Meacham International Airport - Fort Worth (70 miles northeast of Stephenville)
      *11,400’ runway, corporate business and general aviation
    • Dallas Love Field Airport (100 miles northeast of Stephenville)
      *commercial and general aviation, fuel, maintenance, hangar rentals, and charters
    • Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (90 miles northeast of Stephenville)


    Rail Service: Fort Worth & Western (FWWR):

    FWWR operates over 276 miles of track through 8 counties in North Central Texas. FWWR currently offers unmatched service with its connectivity to three Class-1 carriers and a single short-line railroad – Union Pacific (UPRR), BNSF and Kansas City Southern (KCS) in Fort Worth and Texas Pacifico (TXPF) at San Angelo Junction.  A rail-served location in Stephenville or Erath County can reach across the United States, into Canada today and within the next two years, will be able to reach into Mexico, via the border crossing at Presidio, between the Texas Pacifico (TXPF) and Ferromex Railroads. 


    Freight Carriers:

    Federal Express, Huey Van Lines, Merchants, Purolator Courier, United Parcel Service, DHL, Central Freight

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  • Climate

    Annual Average Temperature

    63.6 F

    Annual Average High Temperature

    75.8 F

    Annual Average Low Temperature

    51.4 F

    Annual Average Precipitation


    Annual Average Snowfall