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The City of Red Oak, Texas is located in north Ellis County, approximately 18 miles south of Dallas. Red Oak is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (DFW) Metroplex, which covers 9,250 square miles, consists of 12 counties, and over 200 cities and towns. Red Oak is strategically located along Interstate 35E (IH-35E) which offers 4 miles of frontage along the east and west sides of IH-35E. Also known as the NAFTA Highway, IH-35 extends southward to Austin, San Antonio and Laredo; IH-35 extends northward to Oklahoma City, Kansas City, and Canada. Proponents of the Interstate 35 Corridor refer to it as the "real" NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) highway, since the proposed NAFTA Highway (Interstate 69) is currently incomplete. I-35, together with Interstate 29, provides a direct freeway connection between Mexico and Canada. Interstate 35 begins at the International Border with Mexico at Laredo, Texas, and terminates at Duluth, Minnesota, 148 miles southwest of the Canadian line, thus nearly affording it border-to-border status. Interstate 35 in its entirety is part of High Priority Corridor 23: Interstate Route 35 Corridor.

Red Oak is ideally positioned less than 45-minutes drive time from five major interstate highways: IH-35E (immediate access); IH-20 (10 mins); IH-45 (15 mins); IH-30 (24 mins.); and, IH-35W (43 mins.).

Red Oak is ideally positioned less than 45-minutes drive time from five (5) major interstate highways:

1. IH-35E (immediate access)

2. IH-20 (10 minutes)

3. IH-45 (15 minutes)

4. IH-30 (24 minutes)

5. IH-35W (43 minutes)

1. Transportation Network (PDF)

2. Highway Network & Strategic Location Exhibits (PDF)

3. Texas Report: Logistics Hub of the America's - Office of the Governor (PDF)

Available Real Estate (Residential, Commercial/Retail, Industrial)

The Red Oak community offers a comfortable atmosphere perfectly suited for family enjoyment. Red Oak is a great place to call home with our winding streets, rolling hills, and abundance of red oak trees. Red Oak offers reasonably priced housing, from affordable to luxury. Our residents enjoy the advantages of suburban living with nearby metropolitan conveniences of shopping, arts and entertainment, professional and collegiate sports, and other amenities.

Residential Property

1. Residential Developments (PDF)

2. Housing Report - Red Oak, Texas (PDF)

Search for Available Residential Property in Red Oak, Texas

3. - Red Oak, TX - External web site

4. - Red Oak, TX - External web site

Commercial & Industrial Property

5. Commercial/Retail Properties - Map (PDF)

6. Industrial Properties (PDF)

Search for Available Commercial & Industrial Property in Red Oak, Texas

- External web sites

7. Site Selection Data - Texas Economic Development, Office of the Governor
Find optimal business locations using powerful real estate search, demographic analysis,
industry reports, and dynamic mapping tools.

8. Ellis Appraisal District - Ellis County Property Data Search
Easily view information about your property, or other properties in the county, online.

9. Ellis Appraisal District Interactive Map - Searchable Map for all properties located in
Ellis County, Texas.

10. LoopNet - Find Red Oak, Texas commercial real estate for sale and for lease on the
Internet's largest commercial real estate marketplace online.

11 Commercial Search - Commercial & Industrial Properties: Red Oak, Texas

12. - Commercial & Industrial Property Search: Red Oak, Texas

Red Oak Employers: Public & Private

Red Oak is the home for an impressive portfolio of industries, businesses including Triumph Aerostructures (advanced technology and manufacturing, defense, aviation and aerospace), National Freight Industries (transportation, logistics, distribution, and warehousing), and Knapheide Truck Equipment Centers – Southwest (truck bodies).

Red Oak Employers: Public & Private (PDF)

Workforce (Employment, Earnings, Industry, Occupations)

"It goes without saying that available labor, especially skilled labor, is considered to be a key driver in site selection decisions. Workers are often the lifeblood for a company’s operations."
(Source: 26th Annual Corporate Survey of Corporate Executives, Area Development Special Presentation, Winter 2012)

1. Employment by Occupation (Occupation Group, Employment, Percent (PDF)

2. Wages Report by Occupation (PDF)

3. Labor Force Availability (10 Mile Radials: 10 to 60 Miles) (PDF)

4. Labor Force Report (Red Oak, TX) 2015 (PDF)

5. Ellis County Profile (PDF)

6. Texas Industry Profiles: Labor Availability Estimator - The Labor Availability Estimator
helps estimate the available supply of appropriately skilled workers in a region.

Education (Higher Education, Public Education, Charter School)

Education Excellence in Red Oak! (TSTC North Texas, Red Oak ISD, Life School)

Texas State Technical College North Texas can be your key to a great career through quality education at a low price. For our business partners in the North Central Texas area primarily, you can count on TSTC to provide highly-qualified workers to contribute to your company’s success, as well as contributing to communities’ long-term economic development.

Texas State Technical College North Texas (TSTC)
156 Louise Ritter Drive
Red Oak, Texas 75154
PH: 972-617-4040

The Red Oak ISD is committed to preparing students for their next steps after graduation, whether it may be a 4-year university, trade/technical school or entry into the workforce. Our academics and dual credit offerings are paired with a robust career and technical program. Red Oak ISD and Texas State Technical College have a new partnership to create TSTC North Texas

Red Oak Independent School District (ROISD)
109 W. Red Oak Road | PO Box 9000
Red Oak, Texas 75154
PH: (972) 617-2941 | FAX: (972) 617-4333

Life School's mission is to train leaders with life skills for the twenty-first century by establishing strong academics, character training, and a parenting program. Since its inception over a decade ago, Life School, a charter school, has experienced substantial increases in enrollment. Testimonies from parents to friends, neighbors, and co-workers have fueled rapid growth.

Life School – Red Oak
777 S. Interstate 35 Service Road
Red Oak, Texas 75154
PH: (469) 552-9200

Education Excellence in Red Oak! (PDF)

4-Year Universities, 2-Year Colleges and Technical Schools

Red Oak residents enjoy convenient access to higher education offered by more than 50 accredited 4-year universities, 2-year colleges, and technical schools located less than 50 minutes drive. A wide range of college degrees may be earned starting at the associate's level and ranging through the doctorate level.

4-Year, 2-Year and Technical, Higher Education Schools (PDF)

Demographics (Population, Growth Rate, Age Distribution, Educational Attainment)

As of the 2000 census there were 4,301 residents in the City of Red Oak. The 2010 census found the Red Oak population had grown to 10,769 (~150%). The North Central Texas Council of Governments projects by the year 2030, Red Oak’s population will grow to 63,329 (~488%).

1. Population & Sales Tax Growth (2000 - 2014) (PDF)

2. Population by Race and Age (City, 5-10-15 Mile Radials) (PDF)

3. Demographics, Population and Education - Red Oak (PDF)

4. Demographic Quick Facts - 2015 (PDF)

5. Demographic Snapshot Report - Red Oak (PDF)

6. Demographics & Population by Household - 2015 (PDF)

7. Household Quick Facts - 2015 (PDF)

8. Census Demographic Quick Facts Report - 2015 (PDF)

9. Executive Summary: Red Oak, Texas - 2015 (PDF)

10. Red Oak Primary Trade Area Data - 2015 (PDF)

11. Annual Demographic Profile - Ellis County, TX - 2014 (PDF)

Taxes & Cost of Doing Business (City, County, State, Federal)

2017 State Business Tax Climate Index (Tax Foundation) - The Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare. While there are many ways to show how much is collected in taxes by state governments, the Index is designed to show how well states structure their tax systems, and provides a roadmap for improvement.

Property Tax Rates
Ad Valorem Tax Rates
(Per $100 Assessed Value)
City of Red Oak 0.64900
Red Oak ISD 1.54000
Ellis County 0.38091
Total Property Tax 2.56991

Property Tax Exemptions

Residence homestead exemptions are listed below.
Homestead – 10%
Over 65 - $20,000
Over 65 – Frozen
Disabled Person – 3,000

Sales Tax Rates

State Sales Tax 6.25%
City Sales Tax 1.00%
Industrial Development (A) 0.50%
Economic Development (B) 0.50%
Total Sales Tax 8.25%

Income Tax

The State of Texas does not impose a personal or corporate income tax.

Corporate Franchise Tax

A corporate franchise tax is levied in Texas in place of a corporate income tax. The tax is levied on businesses organized in the corporate form in Texas. Corporations are taxed at the rate of the greater of $2.50 per $1,000 of net taxable capital or 4.5% of net taxable earned surplus.

Hotel / Motel Occupancy Tax

The State of Texas imposes a hotel/motel occupancy tax of 6% with individual cities having the option to increase the tax rate up to 7%. The total Hotel / Motel Occupancy Tax Rate in the City of Red Oak is 13%.

Cost of Doing Business in Red Oak (PDF)

Government (City, County, State, Federal)

Red Oak

Incorporated in 1949, the City of Red Oak Red Oak is a Home Rule city subject to the State of Texas laws, rules and regulations. The City Council is elected at-large representing all residents within the City limits. The council members, including the mayor, serve staggered three-year terms. The mayor pro-tem is selected by the council members each year no later than the month of July.

Ellis County

Ellis County was officially established on December 20, 1849, when the Texas State legislature passed a bill sponsored by Gen. Edward H. Tarrant. Ellis County was drawn from Navarro County, and is named for Richard Ellis. Today, Ellis County is home to over 152,000 residents. The County’s total land area is 952 square miles, and is comprised of 15 cities, 7 towns, and unincorporated areas.

1. Local Government: City and County (PDF)

2. State & Federal Government (PDF)

Utilities (Public & Private)

Public Utilities

Water System

The current water supply for the City of Red Oak is rather unique. Portions of the City are covered by a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN). This area was formerly supplied by a City run well system. It is currently supplied by a water line from the City of Dallas Water Utilities (DWU).

1. Water System Map (PDF)

2. CCN Map: Red Oak & Vicinity (PDF)

Wastewater System

The City of Red Oak is currently served by the Trinity River Authority for wastewater treatment. The treatment plant serving the City is the Red Oak Creek Regional Treatment Plant.

1. Wastewater System Map (PDF)

2. Public Utilities (PDF)

Private Utilities


Texas is the only state with its own power grid, making it completely independent from other national networks, where one state's decisions may affect electricity markets in all other states.

Visit Power to Choose, the official and unbiased electric choice website of the Public Utility Commission of Texas. This website is available to all electric providers to list their offers for free. Compare offers and choose the electric plan that’s right for you.

Oncor Electric Delivery - Oncor Electric Delivery Company is Texas's largest regulated
electric delivery business and the sixth largest in the United States. It supplies electricity to
approximately 10 million consumers in a service area of over 400 communities in east,
west and north-central Texas.

Oncor SaveOnEnergy - an energy marketplace offering energy plans from top retailers in
the Oncor service area. In addition to information about Oncor, the SaveOnEnergy page
provides residents with contact information in case of an outage or emergency as well as
electricity plans for residents and businesses

Natural Gas

Natural gas service is provided by ATMOS Energy Corporation (ATMOS). Headquartered in Dallas, ATMOS is one of the country’s largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving approximately 3 million customers from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West.


Over 400 competitive local exchange carriers (CLEC’s) are certified to provide competitive local phone services in Texas.

Search for Telecommunication Providers that Serve Your Municipality for information from the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) will be provided to facilitate the identification of local telecommunications providers serving municipalities within the State of Texas. Not all municipalities are represented; only the ones for whom the PUC has the most current information on local service providers' activity.

Private Utilities (PDF)

Incentives (City, EDC, IDC, ISD, County, State)


The City of Red Oak offers unsurpassed economic incentives and financial inducements to high-value businesses and industries on a case-by-case basis. Local ad valorem property tax abatements are available from the City of Red Oak and from Ellis County.

The City of Red Oak and the Red Oak ISD have both adopted the Freeport Exemption for certain personal property (inventory) exemption from ad valorem property tax.

Economic incentives are available on a case-by-case basis from 'Type A' sales tax-funded Red Oak Industrial Development Corporation (ROIDC), and the 'Type B' sales tax-funded Red Oak Economic Development Corporation (ROEDC).

In addition to unsurpassed local economic incentives, the City of Red Oak has access to the full compliment of State of Texas economic incentives and financial inducements.

Overview of Local Incentive Programs (PDF)

1. Tax Abatement Policy: City of Red Oak (PDF)

2. Tax Abatement Application: City of Red Oak (PDF)

3. Tax Abatement Policy & Worksheet: Ellis County (PDF)

4. Freeport Tax Exemption: City of Red Oak and Red Oak ISD (PDF)

5. Chapter 380 Agreement: City of Red Oak (PDF)

Overview of State of Texas Incentive Programs (PDF)

1. Texas Enterprise Zone: Office of the State Comptroller (PDF)

2. Texas Capital Fund: Texas Department of Agriculture (PDF)

3. Texas Enterprise Fund: Office of the Governor (PDF)

4. Texas Skills Development Fund - Workforce Training Program (PDF)

Maps & Exhibits (City Limits & ETJ, Zoning Map & Ordinance)

View Red Oak Area Maps & Exhibits
  1. City Limits with ETJ - Map
  2. Zoning Map
  3. Zoning Ordinance No. 07-15
  4. Future Land Use Plan
  5. Transportation Plan
  6. Water Distribution System
  7. Wastewater Collection System