Union Valley, Texas facts for kids
|Union Valley, Texas|
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Union Valley is a city in Hunt County, Texas, United States. The city voted to incorporate in an election held on November 6, 2007. A total of 90 votes were cast (out of 173 registered voters), 75 (83.3%) in favor of incorporation and 15 (16.7%) against. According to the Union Valley incorporation committee, the city has about 78 households. The U.S. Census Bureau 2010 Census placed the population at 307.
Union Valley is located approximately five miles west of Quinlan in southwestern Hunt County. The city covers around 948 acres (3.84 km2) and contains households and businesses which front Farm to Market Roads 1565 and 35. It also includes the northeast corner of FM 1565 and State Highway 276 as well as a portion of Old Quinlan Road.
Settlement of the area began in the 1880s. From its inception, Union Valley served area farmers as a school and church community. It was bypassed by the railroads that crisscrossed Hunt County in the late 1880s and early 1890s. This resulted in the community remaining lightly populated throughout the twentieth century.
Moves to incorporate Union Valley arose in response to the rapidly growing and expanding communities to the west in neighboring Rockwall County, particularly Royse City, which grew from a population of 2,957 in 2000 to approximately 9,300 in 2007. In the past few years, the city has annexed land extending into Hunt county, and Union Valley residents felt that incorporation was the only way to prevent annexation by Royse City or any other city. Fears of higher taxes and a loss of the area's rural, close-knit feel were the main concerns raised by Union Valley residents.
The first attempt at incorporation took place in May 2006, but was defeated by a vote of 151 (89.3%) against and 18 (10.7%) for. This was due in part to some residents fearing that liquor stores would come to the community. After the resounding defeat, a series of public meetings on the issue occurred in 2007 and a second incorporation vote was held on November 6, 2007 in which it was approved by 83.3% of the voters.
At the 2010 United States Census there were 307 people, 113 households, and 96 families residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 85.99% White (81.43% Non-Hispanic White), 3.91% African American, 0.33% Asian, 0.33% Native American, 7.82% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.70% of the population.
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