Local Information for Tyler, TX and Smith County

Tyler is strategically positioned just ninety-five miles east of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, and ninety-five miles west of Shreveport, Louisiana. Excellent interstate and highway systems provide efficient and economical transportation to all destinations. Several national manufacturers and distributors operate in Tyler. We have a fine municipal airport, a beautiful public library, and an outstanding parks system.

Tyler is also an educational center. We are home to Tyler Junior College, TJC Regional Training and Development Complex, The University of Texas at Tyler, and Texas College. The Tyler Independent School District is the major district in Smith County with an enrollment of over 16,000 in grades K-12. Our city has outstanding medical facilities with two large private hospitals and the University of Texas at Tyler Health Center. Because of these rapidly expanding facilities and our renowned quality of life, Tyler was recently ranked the 12th healthiest city in the US.

Tyler is the capital of Smith County and one of the most beautiful cities in East Texas. Life moves at a fast, but comfortable pace. The city offers many amenities to its citizens and is appealing to tourists as well.

Population Trends

 19501990200020052007
Tyler38,96875,45083,650101,10696,451
Smith County74,701151,309174,706174,706197,093

Climate

Temperature Average:

  • Annual 77
  • January 57
  • July 94

Average Annual Rainfall: 43"
Annual Average Snowfall: 1.9"
Prevailing Winds: S SE

City of Tyler

Elevation (feet): 558
Square Miles (City/County): 47/950

Police Department

Police Department Personnel:

  • Full-time 184
  • Civilian Police Employees 41
  • 911 Service Yes (Enhanced) 20

Crime

Violent Crimes

2002 2003 2004 2006 2007
Murder: 4 8 6 5 2
Robbery: 140 147 133 110 133
Assault: 441 519 352 450 480
Total: 585 674 491 565 615

Property Crimes

2002 2003 2004 2006 2007
Burglary: 1,008 994 1,061 842 844
Larceny/Theft: 4,512 4,021 3,548 3,290 3,425
Auto/Theft: 449 267 229 169 148
Total: 5,969 5,282 4,838 4,301 4,417

Tyler Employers with over 200 Employees

Company Name Product Employees
East Texas Medical Center Medical Care 3,650
Trinity Mother Frances Hospital Medical Care 3,567
Brookshire Grocery Company Grocery Distribution/ Bakery 2,190
Tyler Independent School District Education 2,572
The Trane Company Air Conditioning Units 1,949
Carrier Corporation Air Conditioning Units 1,201
Suddenlink Cable, Internet Services & Phone 1,057
Tyler Junior College Education 998
The University of Texas at Tyler Education 854
CB&I Engineering Contracting 853
City of Tyler Government 785
Smith County Government 773
Target Distribution Center Retail Distribution 735
Tyler Pipe Cast Iron Pipe, Iron Fittings 703
The University of Texas Health Center Medical Care and Research 580
Southside Bank Banking Services 505
John Soules Foods, Inc. USDA Inspected Meat Processing 461
Loggins Meat Company, Inc. Meat Packing 275

Fire Department Personnel

Full-Time: 149
Fire Insurance ISO: 3
Structural Stations: 10
Airport Stations: 1

Retail

Major Retailers

  • Academy Sports+Outdoors
  • Anne Taylor Loft
  • Dillard's
  • James Avery
  • Target Distribution Center
  • Sam's Club
  • Lowe's
  • Macy's
  • Toys R Us
  • Sears
  • JC Penney
  • Best Buy
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Home Depot
  • Wal-Mart (1 standard, 3 Supercenters)
  • Cold Water Creek
  • Chico's
  • Stein Mart
  • Gander Mountain

Broadway Square Mall

Size: 617,010 SF
Number of Stores: 95
Anchors: Dillard's, Sears and JC Penney

Tyler Attractions

  • Antique District
  • Azalea 10K, Fun Run
  • Azalea and Spring Flower Trail
  • Ballet Tyler
  • Beauty and the Beast Bike Tour
  • Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum
  • Caldwell Auditorium
  • Caldwell Zoo
  • Camp Tyler
  • Camp Ford
  • Carnegie History Center
  • Cattle Baron's Gala
  • Cottonbelt Train Depot
  • Drewberry Plantation
  • R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center
  • Discovery Place
  • East Texas State Fair
  • East Texas Symphony
  • Festival on the Square
  • Fire Mountain Amusements
  • Four Winds Renaissance Fair
  • Goodman Museum
  • Harrold's Model Train Museum
  • Historic Aviation Memorial Museum
  • Hudnall Planetarium
  • McClendon House
  • Mike Carter Field
  • Mistletoe & Magic
  • Noble E Young Skatepark
  • Noonday Onion Festival
  • Parade of Homes
  • Rose City Jazz Festival
  • Rose Garden and Museum
  • Smith County Historical Museum
  • Taste of Tyler
  • Texas Blues Festival
  • Texas Rose Festival
  • Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge
  • Tyler Civic Theatre
  • Tyler's Komen Race for the Cure
  • Tyler Market Center
  • Tyler Museum of Art
  • Tyler Rose Garden & Museum
  • Tyler State Park
  • Tyler Trade Days
  • Vaughn Conservatory

Recreational Facilities

  • Golf Courses, Public 5
  • Golf Courses, Private 8
  • Tennis Courts 66
  • Parks/Playgrounds 26
  • Baseball Fields 30
  • Soccer Fields 15
  • Bowling Alleys 2
  • Movie Theater Screens 33
  • Zoos 1
  • Museums 8
  • Library (248,619 Volumes) 1
  • Resorts & Campgrounds 15
  • Restaurants 110

Churches/Synagogues

Over 300 representing all major denominations

Lodging

Hotels/Motels: 26 (2,177 rooms)
Bed and Breakfasts: 12 (55 rooms)


Tyler Schools

Tyler Independent School District

1319 West 8th Tyler 
903-531-3500 
tyler.sprnet.org

School DistrictsNumber of StudentsStudent/ Teacher RatioExpenditures Per StudentAverage Teacher Salary
Arp89410:6$7,141$39,040
Bullard1,77314:3$6,322$35,195
Chapel Hill3,12313:5$6,519$35,745
Lindale3,49115:1$6,472$36,779
Troup104113:2$6,832$34,102
Tyler18,06414:3$5,972$38,100
Whitehouse4,39215:8$5,945$37,663
Winona1,01013:5$7,215$34,871
Average3,94614:0$6,552$34,824

Source: Texas Education Agency

The Tyler Independent School District (TISD) has completed a comprehensive ten-year blueprint for the future of the ISD. In addition, all area school districts and higher education institutions are involved in a technology partnership organization in order to provide for the future needs of the area.

2007 TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills)

Scores TISD STATE
3rd Grade 76% N/A
4th Grade 75% 73%
5th Grade 69% N/A
6th Grade 69% 77%
7th Grade 63% 70%
8th Grade 54% 60%
9th Grade 53% 59%
10th Grade 41% 50%
11th Grade 67% 69%

Entrance Exam Scores

Scores TISD STATE
2006 Mean Composite SAT 972 999
2006 Mean Composite ACT 18.7 20.5

Other Tyler ISD Results

  TISD
Attendance Rate 95.6%
Completion Rate 79.3%

2004 TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) Scores

  TISD STATE
Reading 95.0 95.0
Mathematics 90.0 90.0

2000 TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) Scores

  TISD STATE
Writing 85.9 88.2
Reading 84.5 85.7
Mathematics 81.3 85.7

High School Students

Graduation Rate: 97% 
Higher Education: 70%

Four-Year Colleges

The University of Texas at Tyler 
5,700 students served annually

UT Tyler—The Bill Ratliff Engineering & Science Complex
Opened in fall 2006, this state-of-the-art facility houses some of UT Tyler's high-quality undergraduate and graduate engineering and science programs relevant to the rapidly changing technological world. This includes such programs as civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science and computer information systems.

The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler
As the only university-based medical center in East Texas, the UTHCT currently offers residency programs, collaborative degree programs, clinical rotations for nurses and other allied health providers and continuing education for physicians and other health care specialists. In June 2005 UTHCT was given authority to award academic degrees.

Texas College, Tyler 
757 students served annually.

Two-Year Colleges

Tyler Junior College 
11,230 Students served annually.

Private Schools

All Saints Episcopal School
2695 SSW Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
903-579-6000 
(Private Episcopal School - Pre-K through 12)

The Brook Hill School
22450 FM 2493
Bullard, TX 75757
903-894-5000
(Evangelical, Interdenominational College-Preparatory
Education for Grades 6 through 12 - Day and Boarding School)

East Texas Christian Academy
1797 Shiloh Rd.
Tyler, TX 75703
903-561-9620
(Pre-K through 12 Christian Education - Private School)

Grace Community School
3215 Jacksonville Rd.
Tyler, TX 75701
(1st - 12 Christian Education - Private School)

Tyler Private Catholic School System
1405 Loop 323 ESE
Tyler, TX 75703
903-561-3165

Stepping Stone Elementary and Preschool
3105 University Blvd.
Tyler, TX
903-566-1851

Good Shepherd School
2525 Old Jacksonville Rd.
Tyler, TX 75701
903-592-4045
(4K-12 A classical & Christian Education)

Kings Academy
714 Shelley Dr. #A
Tyler, TX 75701
(4K-12)

St. Gregory Catholic School
500 S. College
Tyler, TX 75702
903-595-4109
(4K-5)