Rio Vista, Texas

Rio Vista, Texas

According to allpubliclibraries, Rio Vista is a small city in Johnson County, Texas with a population of around 1,500. It is located about 25 miles south of Fort Worth and about 80 miles west of Dallas. The city lies on the banks of the Trinity River and is surrounded by rolling hills and lush farmland.

The climate in Rio Vista is mild with hot summers and cool winters. Average annual temperatures range from 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall averages around 30 inches per year, with most precipitation falling from April to October.

The history of Rio Vista dates back to the early 1800s when it was founded as a trading post along the Trinity River. The city was officially incorporated in 1881 and has since become an important agricultural center for Johnson County. In recent years, Rio Vista has experienced a surge in population growth due to its close proximity to larger cities like Dallas and Fort Worth.

Politically, Rio Vista is part of Texas House District 60 which is represented by Republican Representative Kenneth Sheets. The city also has its own mayor and council who govern local affairs such as property taxes, public safety, infrastructure improvements, etc.

Economically, Rio Vista relies heavily on agriculture for its livelihood, particularly production of corn and cotton. Other industries include manufacturing, retail trade, health care services, education services, construction services and more recently oil production due to improved fracking technology used in the area’s shale deposits.

Rio Vista is served by two public school districts: Alvarado Independent School District (ISD) which serves students in grades K-8; and Cleburne ISD which serves grades 9-12 including a vocational technical program at Cleburne High School campus located just outside the city limits of Rio Vista.

As far as landmarks go there are several notable attractions within the city limits such as the historic downtown district featuring old buildings that date back to before World War I; Turner Park which offers amenities such as tennis courts; playgrounds; picnic pavilions; walking trails; an outdoor amphitheater; fishing ponds; a baseball field; soccer fields and more; plus several churches including First Baptist Church established in 1891 as well as St Mark’s Catholic Church established in 1898 both located within walking distance from downtown Rio Vista.

Population: 656. Estimated population in July 2020: 728 (+11.0% change)
Males: 332 (50.6%), Females: 324 (49.4%)

Johnson County

Zip code: 76093

Median resident age: 31.7 years
Median household income: $30,859
Median house value: $43,600

Races in Rio Vista:

  • White Non-Hispanic (94.1%)
  • Hispanic (5.2%)
  • Other race (2.7%)
  • Two or more races (1.8%)
  • American Indian (0.8%)

(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Ancestries: United States (34.0%), German (7.0%), English (5.6%), Irish (4.4%), French (3.0%), Scotch-Irish (1.4%).

Land area: 0.8 square miles

Rio Vista, Texas


Rio Vista, Texas is a small town located in Johnson County. As of the 2010 census, there were 1,159 people living in the city. The population is largely made up of White Americans, accounting for 88.2% of the population. African Americans make up 4.3%, Native Americans at 1%, and Asian Americans at 0.9%. The remaining 5.6% are from two or more races.

The median household income for Rio Vista was reported to be $44,375 in 2016 and the median house value was $110,400 in 2017. The poverty rate was 7.1% in 2016 with 5.9% of families living below the poverty line and 15.5% of individuals under 18 years old living below the poverty line as well as 10.2% of individuals over 65 years old living below the poverty line as well.

Rio Vista is a small but diverse community with a variety of activities to do and places to explore for residents and visitors alike! The city offers a variety of outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, camping, hiking and much more! There are also several restaurants, shops and attractions within walking distance from downtown Rio Vista that locals enjoy visiting on a regular basis! Additionally, Rio Vista hosts an annual event called “Rio Vista Days” which celebrates the history and culture of Rio Vista with food vendors, live music performances and other attractions that draw people from all over Johnson County to attend!

For population 25 years and over in Rio Vista

  • High school or higher: 71.5%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 4.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.8%
  • Unemployed: 7.2%
  • Mean travel time to work: 32.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Rio Vista city

  • Never married: 18.9%
  • Now married: 58.7%
  • Separated: 2.3%
  • Widowed: 6.6%
  • Divorced: 13.6%

0.6% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +34 (+5.5%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Rio Vista:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Rio Vista:

  • FORT WORTH NAS JRB/CARSWELL FIELD (about 37 miles; FORT WORTH, TX; Abbreviation: NFW)
  • FORT WORTH MEACHAM INTL (about 40 miles; FORT WORTH, TX; Abbreviation: FTW)
  • WACO REGIONAL (about 46 miles; WACO, TX; Abbreviation: ACT)

Other public-use airports nearest to Rio Vista:

  • CLEBURNE MUNI (about 9 miles; CLEBURNE, TX; Abbreviation: F18)
  • FORT WORTH SPINKS (about 23 miles; FORT WORTH, TX; Abbreviation: FWS)
  • LAKE WHITNEY STATE PARK (about 23 miles; WHITNEY, TX; Abbreviation: F50)

Amtrak station near Rio Vista:

  • 8 miles: CLEBURNE (502 E. HENDERSON ST.). Services: partially wheelchair accessible, free short-term parking.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Rio Vista:

  • TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY (about 35 miles; FT WORTH, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,403)
  • TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE (about 36 miles; FT WORTH, TX; Full-time enrollment: 15,454)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON (about 37 miles; ARLINGTON, TX; Full-time enrollment: 15,467)
  • TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY (about 38 miles; FT WORTH, TX; Full-time enrollment: 7,032)
  • SOUTHWESTERN BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY (about 38 miles; FT WORTH, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,253)
  • MCLENNAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 47 miles; WACO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,658)
  • TEXAS STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE-WACO (about 48 miles; WACO, TX; Full-time enrollment: 3,218)


Public high school in Rio Vista:

  • RIO VISTA H S (Students: 273; Location: 100 CAPPS ST; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Rio Vista:

  • RIO VISTA EL (Students: 350; Location: 100 CAPPS ST; Grades: PK – 04)
  • RIO VISTA MIDDLE (Students: 249; Location: 100 CAPPS ST; Grades: 05 – 08)