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The City of Watauga: Overview
When the railroad came to North Texas in 1876, the early settlements around Watauga began to grow steadily. In 1930, the Watauga railroad stop was moved to Hodge, which slowed the town’s growth. But that changed when Watauga was officially incorporated in 1958, and today, the city is home to many thriving businesses along the major thoroughfares.
Watauga is a relatively affordable place to live, thanks to a median home cost below that of the state and the nation. Although transportation costs are higher than state or national averages, other costs of living, such as utilities and groceries, are more affordable than much of Texas.
Located along Highway 377, Watauga is approximately 15 miles from downtown Fort Worth and just over 30 miles from downtown Dallas. The I-35W/I-820 junction is a short drive southwest of town, allowing residents accessible options for travelling throughout Texas and beyond. The Texas Eagle Amtrak line stops in Dallas and Fort Worth and runs from Chicago to Los Angeles and back again, and DFW International Airport is around 20 miles from town.
Watauga is served by two school districts: Birdville Independent School District and Keller Independent School District. There are also a number of preschool and private school options available in the area.
Eagle Mountain Lake and Grapevine Lake are both within 30 miles of Watauga, providing residents with plenty of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, waterskiing and more. Foster Village Park is a popular spot for basketball games, baseball leagues, and tennis matches, and Capp Smith Park is great for hiking, fishing, and even camping. Favorite local eateries include Shipley Donuts, Chef Point Bar and Restaurant, and Ying Cafe. With so much to do in and around Watauga, it’s no wonder so many love calling it home.