Kennedale, TX

By: Brian Hart

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: February 1, 1995

Kennedale is on State Highway 496 ten miles southeast of Fort Worth in southeastern Tarrant County. The area was settled during the 1860s or 1870s at the site of a mineral-water well. A post office opened in 1884. The townsite was surveyed in 1886 and named for Oliver S. Kennedy, who platted it and, in an effort to induce rail construction through the community, donated every other lot to the Southern Pacific Railroad. The rail line eventually built a station and section house in Kennedale. The local school enrolled 108 students and employed one teacher in the 1896–97 term. By 1904 Kennedale had a population of 216 and a two-teacher school, which registered ninety-one students. In 1926 the community had a population of 312 and ten businesses. The development of the defense industry in Fort Worth beginning in the 1940s provided new jobs for area residents and encouraged growth in the county. In the late 1940s Kennedale had a population of 325 and eight businesses; by 1955 it had 1,046 residents and twenty businesses. In 1965 it had a population of 1,800, in 1975 it had 2,900 residents and seventy businesses, and in 1990 the population was 4,096. In 1991 Kennedale had eighty-three businesses. The population was listed as 5,850 in 2000.

Historic Resources Survey: Selected Tarrant County Communities (Fort Worth: Historic Preservation Council for Tarrant County, 1990).
  • Communities
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • North Texas

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Brian Hart, “Kennedale, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 17, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

February 1, 1995

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Currently Exists
Place Type
Town Fields
  • Has post office: Yes
  • Is Incorporated: Yes
Belongs to
  • Tarrant County
  • Latitude: 32.64340190°
  • Longitude: -97.21722600°
Population Counts
People Year
1,046 1950
1,521 1960
3,076 1970
2,594 1980
4,098 1990
5,850 2000
6,763 2010
8,399 2019