Ennis is on the Southern Pacific Railroad and at the intersection of Interstate Highway 45, State highways 34, 75, and 287, and Farm roads 85, 879, 1183, 1722, and 3413, fourteen miles southeast of Waxahachie in southeastern Ellis County. Bardwell Lake, a popular recreational area, is less than a mile south of the city limits. The Houston and Texas Central Railway reached the area in 1871, and the community established there was named for an early railroad official, Col. Cornelius Ennis. The David Rose survey of 300 acres and the W. H. Bundy survey of 347 acres were purchased by the trustees of a land company in 1872. Capt. W. G. Veale selected the townsite in May, and Theo Kosse mapped it in August and laid out the streets and alleys. The first train ran through the community that year, on its way from Corsicana to Dallas. Citizens of Burnham, a small town to the south, responded violently to being bypassed and attacked the new community, killing one man and wounding several.

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Pop. Year Source
21,042 2019 Texas Demographic Center
18,513 2010 Texas Demographic Center
16,045 2000 Texas Demographic Center
13,869 1990 Texas Demographic Center
12,110 1980 Texas Demographic Center
11,046 1970 Texas Demographic Center
9,347 1960 Texas Demographic Center
7,815 1950 Texas Demographic Center
7,087 1940 Texas Demographic Center
7,069 1930 Texas Demographic Center
7,224 1920 Texas Demographic Center
5,669 1910 Texas Demographic Center
4,919 1900 Texas Demographic Center
2,171 1890 Texas Demographic Center
1,351 1880 Texas Demographic Center