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Welcome To Hurst, The Average American City

By Carol Cavazos, CBS 11 News
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Forms for Census 2010 are displayed. (credit: Getty Images/Alex Wong)

Forms for Census 2010 are displayed. (credit: Getty Images/Alex Wong)

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HURST (CBSDFW.COM) – When you take a look at Hurst, you’re looking at a snapshot of America.

“I think we are an all-American city,” Mayor Richard Ward said.

The Census demographics are nearly identical: A near 50:50 man to woman ratio. Per capita income rests at $27,000. About a quarter of its residents are college graduates.

“I feel American! I feel all American,” said Hurst resident Dennis Braun.

Like the U.S, Hurst averages 2.6 members per household.

But ask Brett Russell, working behind the bar at Italianni’s, a favorite Hurst restaurant, and he’ll tell you, “We don’t get a whole lotta 2.6 family people in here, ha ha ha.”

You could say, Judy Davis and her 18 year old daughter Margo Beck, have the average household.

“I guesss it’s us two and .6 is our cat,” Davis said.

Which is not so strange considering “Precious” has been with the family 14 years.

“It’s almost like she’s a sister, you know the best friend that isn’t going to tell any of your secrets,” Beck said.

It’s no secret anymore that Hurst represents the average American city.

“We are that average city that just works, and raises our kids in the community and gets involved and go to parks. We just live our lives,” Davis said.

The mayor, while not fond of the word average, is happy nontheless with the picture portrayed.

“It’s a good snapshot,” Ward said. “I’m very pleased with it. I don’t think we have anything to apologize for”

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