Wortham, Texas is a small city located in Freestone County, about an hour and a half southeast of Dallas. The city is situated in the rolling hills of East Texas and is surrounded by forests, fields, and creeks. The climate is mild with hot summers and cool winters, with occasional snowfall.
Wortham has a rich history that dates back to the mid-1800s when it was founded by German immigrants who were looking for a place to settle down. The economy of Wortham has traditionally been based on agriculture, with cotton being the main crop. In recent years, however, the city has seen an influx of new businesses and industries which have diversified the economic landscape.
Politically, Wortham leans conservative. It has always been a staunchly Republican stronghold with all its representatives at both state and federal levels being Republican since its founding in 1856.
The schools in Wortham are among some of the best in the state with highly rated teachers and curriculum offerings including Advanced Placement courses for college credit. There are also several universities within driving distance from Wortham making higher education accessible to everyone who wants it.
The city boasts several landmarks that are popular tourist attractions such as the Wortham Historical Museum which houses artifacts from the founding days of Wortham as well as more recent items from its history; The Old Mill Park which features a replica of an old grist mill; and The Rodeo Arena where locals can enjoy rodeo events throughout the summer months. There is also a popular farmers market every Saturday morning where visitors can find fresh produce grown locally by local farmers as well as craft items made by local artisans.
Population: 1,082. Estimated population in July 2020: 1,089 (+0.6% change)
Males: 483 (44.6%), Females: 599 (55.4%)
Zip code: 76693
Median resident age: 35.9 years
Median household income: $23,988
Median house value: $38,400
Races in Wortham:
- White Non-Hispanic (78.5%)
- Black (17.8%)
- Hispanic (2.8%)
- Other race (1.2%)
- American Indian (0.7%)
Ancestries: United States (18.1%), English (10.9%), Irish (9.1%), German (7.1%), Scotch-Irish (2.7%), French (2.5%).
Land area: 2.0 square miles
Wortham, Texas is a small rural community located in Freestone County. It has a population of approximately 1,000 people and is home to many local businesses and services. The majority of the population is made up of white Americans with a smaller percentage of African American, Hispanic and Native American residents. The median income in Wortham is $34,000 per year and the median age is 40 years old. The town has a variety of churches ranging from Baptist to Methodist to Catholic, as well as several schools including Wortham High School and Wortham Elementary School. Residents enjoy the town’s rich history, scenic beauty, friendly people and laid-back atmosphere. There are many activities available in Wortham such as fishing, camping, hunting and exploring the outdoors. Additionally, there are several festivals throughout the year that bring visitors to the area such as the Annual Watermelon Festival which features live music, entertainment for all ages and delicious watermelon treats! The town also hosts its own farmer’s market every Saturday morning where local farmers come to sell their fresh produce directly from their farms.
For population 25 years and over in Wortham
- High school or higher: 76.7%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher: 11.4%
- Graduate or professional degree: 3.6%
- Unemployed: 3.5%
- Mean travel time to work: 24.2 minutes
For population 15 years and over in Wortham town
- Never married: 20.5%
- Now married: 56.5%
- Separated: 1.9%
- Widowed: 11.7%
- Divorced: 9.6%
2.5% Foreign born (2.5% Latin America).
Population change in the 1990s: +63 (+6.2%).
Hospitals/medical centers near Wortham:
- PARKVIEW REGIONAL HOSPITAL (about 9 miles; MEXIA, TX)
- LIMESTONE MEDICAL CENTER (about 20 miles; GROESBECK, TX)
- NAVARRO REGIONAL HOSPITAL (about 20 miles; CORSICANA, TX)
Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Wortham:
- WACO REGIONAL (about 54 miles; WACO, TX; Abbreviation: ACT)
- DALLAS LOVE FIELD (about 77 miles; DALLAS, TX; Abbreviation: DAL)
- DRAUGHON-MILLER CENTRAL TEXAS REGIONAL (about 79 miles; TEMPLE, TX; Abbreviation: TPL)
Other public-use airports nearest to Wortham:
- MEXIA-LIMESTONE CO (about 11 miles; MEXIA, TX; Abbreviation: LXY)
- TEAGUE MUNI (about 15 miles; TEAGUE, TX; Abbreviation: 68F)
- C DAVID CAMPBELL FIELD-CORSICANA MUNI (about 17 miles; CORSICANA, TX; Abbreviation: CRS)
Colleges and Universities
Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Wortham:
- NAVARRO COLLEGE (about 20 miles; CORSICANA, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,842)
- TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE-WACO (about 46 miles; WACO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,218)
- BAYLOR UNIVERSITY (about 49 miles; WACO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 13,183)
- TRINITY VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 51 miles; ATHENS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,858)
- MCLENNAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 52 miles; WACO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,658)
- SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY (about 71 miles; DALLAS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 8,231)
- MOUNTAIN VIEW COLLEGE (about 72 miles; DALLAS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,029)
Public high school in Wortham:
- WORTHAM H S (Students: 145; Location: 200 S 5TH ST; Grades: 09 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Wortham:
- WORTHAM EL (Students: 198; Location: 200 S 5TH ST; Grades: PK – 05)
- WORTHAM MIDDLE (Students: 82; Location: 200 S 5TH ST; Grades: 06 – 08)