Rockwall is a city in Rockwall County, Texas, United States, which is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. It is the county seat of Rockwall County. The U.S. Census Bureau estimate's As of the 2020 census, Rockwall's population is 47,251. That's up from 45,888 in 2019. The name Rockwall is derived from a naturally jointed geological formation, which has the appearance of an artificial wall.
|City of Rockwall|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|• City Council||Mayor: Kevin Fowler|
Mayor Pro Tem: Trace Johannesen
|• City Manager||Mary Smith|
|• Total||29.97 sq mi (77.62 km2)|
|• Land||29.47 sq mi (76.33 km2)|
|• Water||0.50 sq mi (1.29 km2) 1.63%|
|Elevation||591 ft (180 m)|
|• Density||1,600/sq mi (610/km2)|
|Demonym(s)||Rockwaller, Rockwallite, Rockwallian|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (CST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|Area code(s)||214, 469, 945, 972|
|GNIS feature ID||1345424|
The association of Paleo-Indian artifacts with extinct Pleistocene mammal remains in various archeological sites within the Texas Prairie-Savannah Region of eastern North Central Texas, including a site in Collin County, and Clovis points recovered from the Brushy Creek Clovis Site in Hunt County demonstrates that the Rockwall region was occupied by prehistoric Native American cultures at least as far back as 13,500 to 13,000 years ago. More recently, the Rockwall region was occupied by Caddo Indians. Creek Indians moved to the area in the early 19th century.
In 1851, the first Anglo-American settlers moved to the area, and wells were dug. During the digging, they found large underground rock walls that were initially believed to be manmade. Later study of the wall-like features by geologists and archaeologists found them to be jointed, natural sandstone dikes that had intruded Cretaceous marl.
The town was established April 17, 1854 and named after these natural rock walls. While originally part of Kaufman County, in 1873, Rockwall County was formed with Rockwall being the county seat.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.6 square miles (82 km2), of which, 22.3 square miles (58 km2) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it (1.63%) is water.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Rockwall has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Black or African American (NH)||3,706||7.84%|
|Native American or Alaska Native (NH)||205||0.43%|
|Pacific Islander (NH)||29||0.06%|
|Some Other Race (NH)||128||0.27%|
|Hispanic or Latino||8,649||18.3%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 47,251 people, 16,151 households, and 12,771 families residing in the city.
According to the city's 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|1||Rockwall Independent School District||1,556|
|2||Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall||592|
|5||Texas Star Express||275|
|6||City of Rockwall||262|
|7||Hilton Bella Harbor||250|
|9||Special Products and Manufacturing||205|
According to the city's most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Fund Financial Statements, the city's various funds had $39.0 million in Revenues, $42.2 million in expenditures, $32.3 million in total assets, $3.6 million in total liabilities, and $25.9 million in investments.
The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:
|City Manager||Mary Smith|
|Assistant City Manager||Joey Boyd|
|Director of Public Works/City Engineer||Amy Williams, PE|
|Director of Parks and Recreation||Travis Sales, MCPTM|
|Chief of Police||Max Geron|
|Fire Chief||Kenneth Cullins|
|Director of Planning||Ryan Miller, AICP|
The city of Rockwall is a voluntary member of the North Central Texas Council of Governments association, the purpose of which is to coordinate individual and collective local governments and facilitate regional solutions, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and enable joint decisions.
At the Federal level, the two U.S. Senators from Texas are Republicans John Cornyn and Ted Cruz; Rockwall is part of Texas' US Congressional 4th District, which is currently represented by Republican Pat Fallon.
The city is served by the Rockwall Independent School District. There are two public high schools in Rockwall: Rockwall High School and Rockwall-Heath High School. There are sixteen elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools in Rockwall.
The city is home to the Higher Education Center at Rockwall, which is part of the community college district, Collin College. The campus is the District's first campus outside of Collin County itself. Texas A&M University-Commerce holds classes at the center. Texas A&M University-Commerce also has a campus located at the Rockwall Technology Park.
Rockwall is served by the following highways that run through the city:
- Interstate 30
- U.S. Highway 67 (runs concurrent with Interstate 30)
- State Highway 66
- State Highway 205
- State Highway 276
- Farm to Market 549
- Farm to Market 552
- Farm to Market 740
Ralph M. Hall/Rockwall Municipal Airport is located two miles east of the city and is used mostly by small general aviation aircraft.
Rockwall offers many different sports complexes as well as activities. Airport Road boasts baseball fields, as well as the Landing Point complex containing the Texas International Fencing Center, zipline and dance facilities. The Rockwall Indoor Sports Expo is located on South 205. Lake Ray Hubbard has several boating marinas and is used for jet skiing.
Rockwall also offers 2 different Golf Courses  within 17 miles of the center of Rockwall.
- Jason Castro, top 12 contestant on season 7 of American Idol
- Joe Driver, Texas State Representative from 1993 to 2013
- Allie Gonino, singer, actress, and violinist who played Laurel Mercer in The Lying Game
- Cliff Harris, professional football safety who played for the Dallas Cowboys
- Alex Jones, conservative radio show host and conspiracy theorist who grew up in Rockwall during the 1980s and early 1990s
- Larry Lea, former televangelist whose ministry was based in Rockwall during the 1980s and early 1990s
- Mason Musso, lead singer and guitarist in Metro Station
- Mitchel Musso, actor
- Marina Oswald Porter, widow of Lee Harvey Oswald
- Amar Sandhu, first American-born Punjabi singer
- Andy Tanner, former wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints
- Travis Tedford, former child actor best known for portraying Spanky McFarland in the 1994 feature film The Little Rascals
- Ray Dethloff, author of "Dallas Cop: True Tales from a Career"
In 2013, forensic geologist, Scott Wolter, on the television show America Unearthed, visited Rockwall to investigate the claims that the wall might have been manmade, and the conclusion of the episode was that the underground structure was natural and not man-made.[unreliable source?]
Rockwall’s sister cities are: Cairo, Egypt Singapore Luxembourg, Luxembourg Belfast, United Kingdom Mumbai, India Peshawar, Pakistan Honolulu, Hawaii Tokyo, Japan Seoul, South Korea Cape Town, South Africa Venice, Italy Cardiff, United Kingdom Cayenne, French Guiana Paramaribo, Suriname
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