Royse City is a city in Rockwall County in the U.S. state of Texas. It also extends into Collin and Hunt Counties.
The population was 2,957 at the 2000 census. The population was 9,349 in 2010.
|Motto: "A Friendly Touch of Texas"|
Location of Royse City in Rockwall County, Texas
|Coordinates: 32°58′27″N 96°19′58″W|
Garrett Burgess Griffin Royse, better known as Byrd Royse, was born in Adair County, Kentucky on January 31, 1838, to William and Mary Stone Royse. He was the seventh of fourteen children. Around 1850, Royse's future grandmother-in-law, Mrs. McCasland, and her sons bought several tracts of land that were later to be known as Royse City.
Royse was instrumental in getting the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway line brought from Greenville to Dallas through Rockwall County. Royse City was settled in 1885, when the railway came through the area. The town was named after G. B. Royse, who plotted the town and sold the first lots.
After its founding, Royse City presered its stable small country town status due to its close proximity to Garland (21.3 miles) and Dallas (33.5 miles).
Interstate 30 was constructed just south of the city in the mid-1960s. The city grew south to meet the interstate.
In 2000, Royse City had a population of 2,957. Still a small town, Royse City was feeling the impacts of the rapid growth of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, along with Rockwall County. The city's location along Interstate 30 betweenRockwall and Greenville helped to fuel this growth.
Royse City has grown rapidly to the north and to the south as newer subdivisions have been built. By 2010, Royse City had a population of 9,349. This represents a growth rate of 216.2%, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Trends show that this rapid growth will continue into the foreseeable future.
Royse City is located at (32.974257, -96.332827).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.2 square miles (26 km2), all land.
Royse City serves as a bedroom community for nearby Dallas and Greenville. Thus, most of the development is residential.
The local economy consists of service businesses, restaurants, stores, schools, and medical offices. Restaurants include Denny's, McDonald's, Taco Bell, Sonic,KFC, Subway, Jack in the Box, Quizno's, Rice Express (Chinese), and Soulman's Bar-B-Que. A Holiday Inn Express and a Family Dollar are nearby. OMi Cranes, a crane manufacturer, is located at the western edge of the city. All of these are along Interstate 30.
In 2007, Royse City was designated as an official Texas Main Street City. The Royse City Main Street program was set up to promote the city's downtown area, where the goals are to foster a thriving business district while preserving historic buildings. Some attractions downtown include Arbeledas Mexican Grill, Jimmy's Donuts, Los Pinos Mexican, Luigi's Italian Cafe, Milano's Pizza, Mariscos Del Golfo (seafood), and Joe's Meat Market (groceries).
In 2012, Walmart confirmed that there will be a Walmart Supercenter built at Interstate 30 and Erby Campbell Blvd. An Interstate 30 overpass is under construction at Erby Campbell Blvd. The Walmart is planned for a grand opening in 2015.