West Tawakoni is a lakeside community on State Highway 276 about six miles east of Quinlan and eighteen miles southeast of Greenville in southeastern Hunt County. Development in the area began in the 1960s after the completion of Lake Tawakoni, and West Tawakoni incorporated on March 11, 1967, so named because it rests on the west side of the lake's causeway. Shortly after incorporation the new city gained attention in Hunt County when citizens narrowly voted in favor of liquor sales. In 1970 the city had a population of 465. That figure increased steadily to 840 in 1980 and 932 in 1990. The community caters to many lake visitors with its various fishing and boating establishments. West Tawakoni has a mayor/council form of government, a police force, and a public library. In 2000 the population was 1,462.