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Community Assessment Provides Guideposts to Better Future

Community Assessment Cover-249x249To make a great community like Tarrant County even better, you first have to know what problems need to be addressed. United Way’s new Community Assessment provides valuable information that can be used to evaluate issues and allocate limited resources to enhance lives in Tarrant County.

Using multiple national, state and local sources, United Way has compiled the most current statistics and trend information on 47 issues related to demographics, education, income and health. In cases where the information was available, Tarrant County is compared to Texas and to the U.S.

View and download the Community Assessment here

View and download “50 Things to Know about Life in Tarrant County,” a collection of highlights from the Community Assessment, here

The community assessment was produced by United Way Community Development Vice President Patricia F. Cheong, M.S.S.W. “The assessment provides a snapshot of not only what makes this such a great place to live and work,” she said, “but also of health and human service issues around which community groups can mobilize to improve conditions.”

The information gathered by United Way will be used both by organizations that apply for funding and those that make funding decisions.


  • Tarrant County ranked 8th in the nation in total population growth between 2010-2013.
  • 60% of young students in Tarrant County school districts do not meet 3rd grade reading standards.
  • 42% of Tarrant County families have less than $6,000 in savings.
  • Motor vehicle accidents and suicide tied for the most injury-related deaths in 2009.