Welcome to Red Oak, Texas! Where city and suburb meet. Strategically located on I-35E, Red Oak is in the heart of Northern Ellis County - only 20 minutes south of Dallas and 30 minutes southeast of Fort Worth. One will quickly discover Red Oak offers the advantages of suburban living with nearby metropolitan conveniences of shopping, entertainment, and other extras. The Red Oak community offers a comfortable atmosphere perfectly suited for family enjoyment. With our winding streets, rolling hills, and abundance of red oak trees, Red Oak is a great place to call home.
Join us in Red Oak! Whether you’re looking for a great place to visit, an enjoyable community to live, or a business-friendly environment to build your business, Red Oak invites you to join us and become a part of one of the fastest growing communities in all of Texas.
Community Profile & Quick Facts
2021 - 2022 State of the City
Individual Sections of Mayor's Address
- Quick Facts (Population, Financial Stability, Ad Valorem Tax, Sales Tax)
- Community Improvements (City Facilities, Infrastructure, Parks & Recreation, Technology)
- New Developments (Residential, Medical & Healthcare, Technology, Commercial & Retail)
- Excellence in Education (New Apprenticeships & Scholarship Programs)
- Public Safety (Fire Rescue, Police)
- Public Library ( Curbside Pickup, e-Books, e-magazines, Audiobooks, Virtual Programming)
Location, Community Overview, Population & Taxable Sales Growth, Developments
Below is a comprehensive overview categorized by the various sectors of the Red Oak community including strategic location, historical growth in population and taxable sales, education opportunities (PK - higher education), workforce and labor availability, industrial developments, residential developments, and retail and commercial developments.
RED OAK, TEXAS, is located in northern Ellis County on Interstate Highway 35, twenty miles south of Dallas. In 1844, Colonel James E. Patton and his family settled on Red Oak Creek. Red Oak was named for Red Oak Creek and for the plentiful supply of Red Oak trees along its banks. On July 25, 1847, James E. Patton also founded the Shiloh congregation of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church which was the first church in the area.
The first store in Red Oak was constructed circa 1852, the store also served as the post office. In 1890, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Rail Road (M-K-T, or Katy) was completed; it was located approximately one mile to the northwest of Red Oak. In 1909, and once again 1919, fires caused extensive damage first to the southern and later to the northern part of town. In 1949, Red Oak was legally incorporated as a city under the Texas Local Government Code.
Today, Red Oak is the home for an impressive portfolio of industries, businesses, and higher education including Qarbon Aerospace (advanced technology and manufacturing, defense, aviation and aerospace), Bombardier US Aerospace (Global 7500 ultra-long-range business jet), Compass Datacenters DFW III, LLC (co-location datacenters), National Freight Industries (transportation, logistics, distribution, and warehousing), and Knapheide Truck Equipment Center – Southwest (truck bodies), multiple banking and finance institutions, and a wide range of retailers and restaurants. Red Oak is also the home for Texas State Technical College North Texas (TSTC), a state-funded, fully accredited, higher education, technical-vocational college.
In 1967, Red Oak was used for three days as the site of filming for the motion picture Bonnie and Clyde. In 1950, the population in Red Oak was 350, and increased to 1,882 by 1980. In the late 1900’s, cotton was still produced, although farming was not central to the local economy. From 2000 to 2010, the population in Red Oak increased from 4,310 in 2000 to 10,769 in 2010. In 2020, the population in Red Oak increased to 14,732, or 22.5%.
Population Growth (2010 - 2020)
From 2010 through 2020, Red Oak's 22.5% population growth rate continues to outpace the growth rates of the United States (2.4%), the State of Texas (4.5%), the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metro Area (6.7%), and Ellis County (10.3%).
Population by Segment and Educational Attainment Level
The population in Red Oak has increased from 10,769 in the year 2010, to 14,732 in the year 2020, resulting in a growth of 73.1%. Approximately 51.4% of the Red Oak population is female and 48.6 are male. Currently, it is estimated that Red Oak's median age is 34.6 years.
The majority of Red Oak citizens have some college, and 29.47% have a college degree. Red Oak has a daytime population of approximately 27,963, including a daytime workforce of 10,035, and a daytime residential population of 17,928. Within 50 miles of Red Oak, 84 colleges offer Associates Degrees, and 82 universities offer Bachelor's Degrees or higher.
Education Excellence in Red Oak!
Unsurpassed excellence in education is easily accessible in Red Oak for all levels and for all ages!
The Red Oak ISD (ROISD) is rated a Top 10% District in Texas, and the Red Oak High School is rated a Top 50 high school in Dallas/Ft. Worth! The ROISD is committed to preparing students for their next steps after graduation through partnerships with Texas State Technical College North Texas (TSTC), located in Red Oak, University of Texas at Arlington, and Navarro College with campuses located in Ellis County. These unique partnerships allow selected high school students to earn an Associate’s degree via dual credit through Navarro College that the University of Texas at Arlington will accept intact.
Texas State Technical College (TSTC) offers technical and vocational higher education programs in areas of electrical power and controls, logistics technology, diesel equipment technology, computer aided manufacturing and basic machining, computer aided drafting and design, computer networking, cyber security, combination welding, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, and industrial maintenance.
- Red Oak IDC provides scholarship opportunity to TSTC - Scholarships are available for students living in Red Oak who are planning to attend Texas State Technical College’s North Texas campus.
- Bombardier Teams with Texas State Technical College on Apprenticeship Program to Develop Local Talent, Manufacture Global 7500 Wing - The two-year Bombardier Aviation Apprenticeship Program (BAAP) offers students an opportunity to enter the high-tech aerospace sector with no formal qualifications. The program challenges students to present a winning attitude and develop mechanical dexterity and sound logic skills to be able to pass an entry-level aptitude test.
- TSTC, Bombardier Celebrate Federal Apprenticeship Program Registration - Representatives of Texas State Technical College (TSTC) and Bombardier celebrate the registration of the company's apprenticeship program with the U.S. Department of Labor.
Life School - Red Oak, a new type of public school known as a charter school, seeks to develop leaders with the necessary skills to achieve success in the 21st century. Through character training, strong academics and parent involvement Life School will be successful in fulfilling its mission.
- Education Excellence in Red Oak! (PDF)
- 4-Year, 2-Year and Technical, Higher Education Schools (PDF)
- Higher Education: Training, Colleges & Universities (Dallas Regional Chamber PDF Exhibit)
Labor Force Availability & Wages
"It goes without saying that available labor, especially skilled labor, is considered to be a key driver in site selection decisions. Workers are often the lifeblood for a company’s operations." (Source: 26th Annual Corporate Survey of Corporate Executives, Area Development Special Presentation, Winter 2012)
Red Oak is the home for an impressive portfolio of industries and businesses including Qarbon Aerospace (advanced technology and manufacturing, defense, aviation and aerospace), Bombardier US Aerospace (Global 7500 ultra-long-range business jet), Compass Datacenters DFW III, LLC (co-location datacenters), National Freight Industries (transportation, logistics, distribution, and warehousing), and Knapheide Truck Equipment Centers – Southwest (truck bodies).
Government (Local, State, Federal)
City of Red Oak
Incorporated in 1949, the City of Red Oak Red Oak is a Home Rule city subject to the State of Texas laws, rules and regulations. The City Council is elected at-large representing all residents within the City limits. The council members, including the mayor, serve staggered three-year terms. The mayor pro-tem is selected by the council members each year no later than the month of July.
Ellis County was officially established on December 20, 1849, when the Texas State legislature passed a bill sponsored by Gen. Edward H. Tarrant. Ellis County was drawn from Navarro County, and is named for Richard Ellis. Today, Ellis County is home to over 191,036 residents. The County’s total land area is 952 square miles, and is comprised of 15 cities, 7 towns, and unincorporated areas.
Healthcare & Medical Centers
When seconds count, Red Oak residents are indeed fortunate that world-class hospitals and healthcare centers are readily available. Conveniently located within a 10 minute drive time at the intersection of IH-35E and US 287, the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - North Texas provides superior medical and special services from allergists to urologists.
Reasonably priced housing, from affordable to luxury is readily available in Red Oak. Our residents enjoy the advantages of suburban living with nearby metropolitan conveniences of shopping, arts and entertainment, professional and collegiate sports, and other amenities.
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Quality of Life
Fun Things to Do!
Red Oak is located within the Greater Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Area. Within a drive time of only a few minutes, Red Oak residents and visitors have immediate access to world-class arts & culture, entertainment, and professional and collegiate sports. From our community, events such as our Founder’s Day to the many church activities and civic clubs, Red Oak is the perfect place for families and singles alike. Outstanding opportunities await residents and businesses in Red Oak.
Average Temperatures, Humidity, Precipitation
The Red Oak-Dallas-Fort Worth area climate is humid subtropical with hot summers, characterized by a wide annual temperature range. Precipitation also varies considerably, ranging from less than 20 to more than 50 inches. Winters are mild with brief periods of extreme cold so that even in January mild weather occurs frequently. Hot spells in summer are broken into three-to-five day periods by thunderstorm activity.
Transportation Access (Highways & Air Travel)
Highway Transportation Network
Strategically located 18 miles to the south of Dallas directly along Interstate Highway 35 East (I-35E), Red Oak is located within 45 minutes drive time from five interstate highways.US Highway 77 (US 77) runs concurrently with, or is located very close to I-35. Extending north-to-south through Red Oak, US 77 rejoins I-35E just north of a junction with Texas State Highway 342 (SH 342) in Red Oak.
Red Oak is ideally positioned less than 45-minutes drive time from five (5) major interstate highways:
1. IH-35E (immediate access)
2. IH-20 (10 minutes)
3. IH-45 (15 minutes)
4. IH-30 (24 minutes)
5. IH-35W (43 minutes)
Red Oak is conveniently positioned less than 40 miles, or approximately 40 minutes travel time from two premier commercial airports: Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport; and, Dallas Love Field Airport.
Utilities (Public & Private)
The current water supply for the City of Red Oak is rather unique. Portions of the City are covered by a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN). This area was formerly supplied by a City run well system. It is currently supplied by a water line from the City of Dallas Water Utilities (DWU).
Texas is the only state with its own power grid, making it completely independent from other national networks, where one state's decisions may affect electricity markets in all other states.
Visit Power to Choose, the official and unbiased electric choice website of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. This website is available to all electric providers to list their offers for free. Compare offers and choose the electric plan that’s right for you. (NOTE: Red Oak Zip Code: 75154)
- an energy marketplace offering energy plans from top retailers in the Oncor service area. In addition to information about Oncor, the SaveOnEnergy page provides residents with contact information in case of an outage or emergency as well as electricity plans for residents and businesses
Natural gas service is provided by ATMOS Energy Corporation (ATMOS). Headquartered in Dallas, ATMOS is one of the country’s largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving approximately 3 million customers from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West.
Over 400 competitive local exchange carriers (CLEC’s) are certified to provide competitive local phone services in Texas.
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