Wilmer, Texas: the city is experiencing population growth

The small town of Wilmer, Texas now has a population of 6,690. This is a significant increase from the 4,600 demographics recorded in 2021.

WILMER, Texas – About 15 miles south of Dallas and sandwiched between Lancaster, Hutchins, Seagoville and Ferris is the small town of Wilmer, Texas.

“Our city is unique. We are growing,” said Mayor Sheila Petta.

The town of Wilmer is experiencing a significant increase in population.

“Last year, our city had 4,600 inhabitants. This year we have a population of 6,690. I’m very proud of that,” Petta said.

The energy and interest in Wilmer is something city leaders said they planned for an area with the lowest tax rates in Dallas County.

Big companies like Amazon, Nike and Whirlpool are among those building warehouses and distribution centers in the city. In addition to jobs, new schools are opening in the region. Housing for more families is also in sight.

“With the population increasing, we know we have a place where people want to come,” Pro Tem Mayor Jeff Steele said.

City leaders say the growth gives them the opportunity to expand public safety resources.

“With our budget this year, the police department has doubled over the past five years,” Steele added.

Wilmer Fire Department personnel have also increased.

Even with its positive momentum, the city still faces critical challenges.

Wilmer is described as being located in a healthcare desert and a food desert. This means convenient access to full-service grocery stores and medical facilities is outside of town. Mayor Petta said the closest full-service grocery store is about nine miles away.

“If someone set up a grocery store here, they would make money. And that’s going to bring in a lot of money,” Petta said.

Town leaders said they will continue to push for the quality of life needs of the community, while proudly touting the potential and opportunities the town of Wilmer has to offer. They are optimistic about the continued growth of the city.