Parker County Economic Development Council | 400 I-20 West | Suite 101 | Weatherford, TX 76086 | 817.609.4131

Living Here

In Parker County, you can join an innovative, team-oriented business community in the middle of scenic ranchland and rolling hills.

tractor plowing field as seen from above

Parker County, Texas isn’t heaven on earth. But in the DFW Metroplex, we think it’s pretty close. The scenic landscape features rolling hills and ranchland. The wide-open spaces make this ideal horse country, with a relaxed, elegant ambience. The sandy loam in much of the county creates ideal footing for cutting horses. That’s a big reason why Parker County is the cutting horse capital of the world. There are hundreds of people engaged in horse-related industries, from boarding and training to equine hospitals with therapeutic swimming pools.

Our heritage of horses and frontier spirit shines through every day. You can enjoy it throughout the year at fun-filled rodeos and competitions. You can attend festivals that celebrate peaches and gardens and Christmas and antique swapping. The Peach Festival. The Brazos Bash. First Monday Trade Days. Christmas on the Square. Candlelight Tour of Homes. Weatherford Blooms. The Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo and Livestock Show. The Parker County Ranch Rodeo. Theatre Off the Square. The list goes on and on. For a curated and updated list of Parker County activities, check out

And don’t forget Heritage Park, a new development near downtown Weatherford with a beautiful outdoor amphitheater. A few blocks away, you can enjoy soul-soothing relaxation with a stroll through Chandor Gardens. It’s a historic mansion with acres of gorgeous gardens and ponds, perfect for quiet walks or festive wedding receptions. The estate was built by a famous resident who used to paint official portraits of American presidents. If you like water recreation, Lake Weatherford spans more than 1,100 acres for fishing, boating, and watersports.

Of course, the greatest resource in Parker County is the people. Our demographics closely match the state of Texas, which means a diverse, colorful blend of citizenry. There’s a new generation that connects with technology and natural, sustainable living. There are young families who appreciate quiet, safe streets and good schools. There are authentic cowboys and cowgirls. And plenty of good souls who will offer you easy smiles with a twinkle in their eyes.

Life in Parker County is the best of both worlds. You have easy access to the Metroplex and an endless array of world-class sports, culture, restaurants, and special events. At the end of the day, you can come home to a special place that feels pretty much the same as it did 100 years ago—timeless, comfortable, and just right.


Here’s an overview of some of the wonderful towns and cities you’ll find in Parker County:


The Annettas are a group of three cities in eastern Parker County. The cities were settled by farmers and ranchers who loved open spaces and a country way of life. Incorporated in 1979 to resist annexation from Fort Worth, the Annettas have a fierce commitment to maintaining a country lifestyle. At the same time, the cities recently invested in infrastructure upgrades to water, wastewater, and roads to accommodate strategic growth. For more information, visit,, or


Brock is 11 miles west of Weatherford on I-20. Known for its country lifestyle and quality schools, Brock residents are proud of its “one high school” feeling. They aim to preserve the freedom to dictate and preserve the small town heritage that residents love. For more information, visit


Hudson Oaks sits between Weatherford and Willow Park on the booming I-20 business corridor. The city prides itself on low taxes—there is still no ad valorem tax, seen commonly in other communities as sales and value-added taxes. Hudson Oaks is actively courting growth and is home to big-box stores, specialty retail shops, and restaurants. The city is installing high-speed internet as an enticement to corporate offices and data-oriented businesses. A new city center on Highway 180 will feature extensive commercial space for business, dining, and entertainment. For more information, visit


Springtown was settled in the mid-1800’s and sits in north-central Parker County on State Highway 199. Springtown is known for the Tabernacle, a covered, open-sided meeting area built in 1936 that was recently renovated. It’s popular today for private and community gatherings. Renovations were done exclusively with volunteers and community donations. Springtown is adding housing to accommodate the steady growth happening throughout Parker County. With in-progress improvements to state and county roadways, commercial development is sure to follow. For more information, visit


Weatherford is the major retail and business hub on the western edge of the DFW Metroplex. City population is around 30,000, with 100,000+ residents within 15 miles. Weatherford has a vibrant and active frontier spirit. The Parker County Sheriff’s Posse, a “must-see” rodeo event, celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2017. Seasonal events like the annual Peach Festival and Christmas on the Square entertain visitors throughout the year. Outdoor activities abound with an abundance of hiking and biking trails; an outdoor amphitheater; and dozens of beautiful, manicured acres at Chandor Gardens. The city and county are recognized as the cutting horse capital of the world—a fact easily verified by the many ranches and equine facilities in the area. Weatherford is also a medical and educational hub with the presence of Medical City Weatherford, part of one of the largest healthcare systems in the Metroplex, and Weatherford College, the oldest continuously operating college west of the Mississippi River. For a curated view of local activities, visit


Willow Park on I-20 is the second-largest city in Parker County. Like many communities in the area, Willow Park’s roots are in farming and ranching. The city’s name can be traced to a roadside park built by early settlers using native willow trees. The park stood until 1968 when it had to be removed to accommodate the construction of the I-20 interstate. Willow Park is committed to growth and has seen a steady population increase in recent years (it’s around 5,000 today). All over town, you see projects to improve roads and water lines, new residential developments, new medical and office buildings, new shops and restaurants. With this growth, Willow Park remains committed to its natural roots; city leaders recently revived the Parks and Recreation Board to ensure quality landscape management. For more information, visit


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