Wise County, Texas

Wise County: County in Texas, United States


Wise County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 59,127 and a population density of 25 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 71,084 inhabitants. Its county seat is Decatur. The county was created 168 years ago in 1856.

Wise County is located in north central Texas. As of the 2020 census, the population was 70,836 making it the 22nd most populous county in Texas. The county seat is Decatur.


Early days

The county was established in 1856 and named after Henry A. Wise, an officer in the Texas Revolution. The first settlers were cattle ranchers. Decatur was designated the county seat in 1857.

Late 1800s growth

The cattle industry dominated in the late 1800s. The Chisholm Trail passed through the county, facilitating cattle drives to Kansas. The population grew slowly.

Recent times

Recent growth has been due to the expanding Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Decatur's population and industries expanded.



A diverse manufacturing base exists, producing aerospace components, plastics, and machinery. Major companies include Bell Helicopter and Mueller Industries.


Oil and gas production is another important industry. The Newark East field has over 400 wells. Wise County sits above the Barnett Shale natural gas reservoir.


Cattle ranching is still a major agricultural pursuit. Horse breeding is also significant - the county has one of the highest concentrations of horses in the U.S.


Popular attractions include:

  • North Texas Municipal Water District Prairie Wetlands project - wetlands restoration
  • Fort Worth Nature Center - wildlife conservation area
  • Decatur Square - historic downtown with shops and restaurants
Wise County locator map
Location of Wise County on Texas map.

Quick Facts about Wise County

Population : 71,084 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Texas (United States)
Different from : Wise County
Area : 2391 km2
Water as percent of area : 2%
Land as percent of area : 98%
Named for : Henry A. Wise
Capital : Decatur
Establishment : January 01, 1856
Time Zone : Central Time Zone
Local time : 15:39:37 (22nd July 2024)
Density : 30 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 16.82% (2010-2020)
Wise courthouse image
Wise courthouse
Wise courthouse image


Wise County is located at 33°12'57"N 97°39'16"W (33.2159000, -97.6544500). It has 6 neighbors: Cooke County, Denton County, Jack County, Montague County, Parker County and Tarrant County.

Wise County map

The largest city of Wise County is Bryan with a population of 88,165. Other cities include, Decatur population 7,572, Bridgeport population 6,637, Rhome population 1,872 and Runaway Bay population 1,627. See all Wise County cities & populated places.

Wise County Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Wise County.

City Name Population Title
Bryan 88,165 The most populous city in Brazos County, Texas.
Decatur 7,572 City in Texas, USA
Bridgeport 6,637 City in Wise County, Texas, US
Briar 5,665 Census designated place
Rhome 1,872 City in Wise County, Texas, United States
Runaway Bay 1,627 City in the United States
Alvord 1,591 City in Lyon County, Iowa, United States of America
Aurora 1,522 City in Texas, USA
Boyd 1,335 City in Wise County, Texas
Newark 1,251 City in Texas, United States
Chico 1,199 City in Wise County, Texas, United States
Paradise 594 City in Wise County, Texas, United States
Lake Bridgeport 405 City in Wise County, Texas, United States

Wise County has 6 neighbours.

  • Decatur


The population of Wise County increased by 16.82% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 59,127 - census
2011 59,967 1.4% estimation process
2012 60,424 0.76% estimation process
2013 61,019 0.98% estimation process
2014 61,702 1.11% estimation process
2015 62,857 1.84% estimation process
2016 64,478 2.51% estimation process
2017 65,848 2.08% estimation process
2018 68,284 3.57% estimation process
2019 69,984 2.43% estimation process
2020 71,084 1.55% estimation process

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People born in Wise County (6)

People born in Wise County, including Black Liberation Army member Sundiata Acoli, baseball player and manager Jackie Reid, politician John Lee Smith, .


  • Tom Pickett (American cowboy, gambler, lawman and outlaw) he was born in 01/01/1858
  • Booth Mooney (American journalist and writer) he was born in 01/01/1912
  • Florence Moss Carr (American suffragist) she was born in 29/08/1876

Other places with the same name (2)

Texas Other Counties (more counties)

County Name Population Title
Harris County 4,738,253 County in Texas, United States
Dallas County 2,635,888 County in Texas, United States
Houston 2,316,120 The fourth most populous city in the United States and the center of the Houston metropolitan area.
Tarrant County 2,123,347 County in Texas, United States
Bexar County 2,026,823 County in Texas, United States
San Antonio 1,567,118 The seventh most populous city in the United States and the center of the San Antonio metropolitan area.
Dallas 1,343,266 The ninth most populous city in the United States and the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
Travis County 1,300,503 County in Texas, United States
Collin County 1,072,069 County in Texas, United States
Austin 995,484 The eleventh most populous city in the United States and the center of the Austin metropolitan area.
Fort Worth 927,720 The twelfth most populous city in the United States and the center of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
Denton County 919,324 County in Texas, United States
Montopolis 912,791 A neighborhood located in Austin, Texas.
Hidalgo County 875,200 County in New Mexico, United States
El Paso County 841,286 County in Texas, United States
Fort Bend County 839,706 County in Texas, United States