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City Government

Terrell was incorporated in 1873 and now operates under a home rule charter with a city manager form of government. The present city government complex was constructed in 1978 and contains most city departments including the fire department. The city has a Planning and Zoning Board, Parks and Downtown Improvement Corporation (PADIC) and a Comprehensive Urban Development Plan that provides growth direction.


Property Taxes

2022 Tax Rate per $100:

Taxing Unit Assessed Value
City 0.764200
Road and Bridge
School 1.498050
Trinity Valley Community College 0.138540
Total Effective Rate per $100 2.937902

Sales Tax

Taxing Unit Assessed Value
Municipal 2.00%
State 6.25%
Economic Development 0.5%
Other 0.5%
Total 8.25%


Terrell is the largest city in Kaufman County and Kaufman County is the third fastest growing county by percentage in the U.S. among counties of 20,000 people or more.*

The population growth of the area is as follows:

2010 2019
15,816 17,842
  • Median age: 36.3 years
  • Population within 20 mile radius: 86,969
  • More data for Terrell and Kaufman County

*U.S. Census Bureau, April 2019

Local Economy

The City of Terrell has a diversified economic base.

  • General commerce
  • Industrial manufacturing
  • Retail and wholesale trade activity
  • Distribution
  • Commuters
  • Services
  • Federal, state, and local governments
  • Mental health services
  • Ranching & agriculture


The Terrell climate is considered moderate.

  • Coldest Month: January (33 degrees F average)
  • Hottest Month: July (96 degrees F average)
  • Annual Average: 64.5 degrees F
  • Wettest Month: May (4.47 inches rainfall)
  • Driest Month: January (1.80 inches rainfall)
  • Annual Average: 40.8 inches rainfall
  • Average Number of days between killing frosts: 249



Public Transportation

STAR Transit is is a public bus transportation service, offering bus transportation in Kaufman County, Rockwall County, Mesquite, Balch Springs, Seagoville, Hutchins and DeSoto. Anyone residing in their Service Area may ride STAR Transit. Destinations could include job locations, educational facilities, non-emergency medical appointments, senior centers, and career-training facilities. They can take you to run errands and to visit friends as well.


Terrell is located on U.S. 80 and I-20.  Both highways provide four-lane interstate access to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, as well as points east.  State Highway 34 runs north and south from the city, as does SH205/FM-148. Numerous farm-to-market roads connect Terrell to I-30 to the north and U.S. 175 to the south.

Terrell's excellent transportation system allows easy access to the Metroplex, affording our citizens the amenities of Dallas while enjoying the small town atmosphere in which to live and raise a family.


The Union-Pacific Railroad provides freight service six times per week to terminal points of Dallas and Mineola and all points in Texas and the U.S.


Terrell Municipal Airport offers the following facilities for private aircraft:  5,500 feet hard-surfaced, lighted runway, hangar space, radio facilities, pilot lounge, major repairs, and 100LL and Jet A fuel. In 2014 it was named the General Aviation Airport of the year by TxDOT. View the Terrell Airport brochure.

DFW Airport, the third largest and busiest international airport in the U.S., is just a short 55-minute drive via major interstates.

Dallas Love Field, the main hub for Southwest Airlines (the world's largest low-cost carrier), is located only 45 minutes from Terrell and offers daily flights for passengers, as well as freight delivery.

Motor Freight

Terrell has excellent motor freight services provided by Central Freight Lines, Tex Pack Parcel, United Parcel Service, Continental Trailways, FedEx and Mistletoe Express.

Building Permits

Visit the City of Terrell website for information on Building Permits.

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