Affordable starter homes and a good school are drawing more young families to Blue Mound, its mayor says.
The small town just north of Northeast Loop 820 has the second-youngest population in the county, with a median age of 27.7 years, and one of the largest average family sizes, 3.86, according to American Community Survey data.
Although the town's population barely budged over the past decade, the change came as many longtime residents retired and moved away, Mayor Alan Hooks said. Some even offered owner financing in selling their homes, Hooks said.
"That has allowed new families that might still be developing their credit to buy good homes now rather than later," Hooks said. "We have a good elementary school close, so you can feel good that your kids are walking to school every day with a good police force watching over them."
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The town did become more diverse, according to 2010 Census data. About half of Blue Mound residents are Hispanic.
Among residents who listed an ancestry, the most common was Irish, at 11.9 percent of the population. Only three other Tarrant towns -- Lake Worth, Pelican Bay and Pantego -- have the Irish as the largest ancestry group.
Longtime resident James Boyles, 79, is proud of his Irish heritage. He and his wife, Martha, say they have lived in the town the longest.
The town is third-densest in the county, after Watauga and Bedford. Still, the mayor says there's just enough room for a bit of commercial development.
He hopes to entice restaurant owners to use up 11 acres off Blue Mound Road to bolster the town's tax base and further improve residents' quality of life.
"We get about 22,000-23,000 cars a day going down Blue Mound, so it would definitely be good for business," he said.
Eva-Marie Ayala, 817-390-7700