Paradise is a city in Wise County, Texas, United States. The population was 459 at the 2000 census. The majority of the population that claims Paradise as its home lives outside of the city limits. Surrounding areas are flat with rolling hills. Native trees that can be seen in the area are Oak, Pecan, Mesquite, and Cottonwood. The Trinity River, one of Texas's major rivers, is found about 4 miles away from the city. During the 1800s, Paradise was the largest city in Wise County. It had a bank, a cotton gin, and two hotels. During the 1900s, the population has declined due to urbanization in larger cities. Many middle aged and retired people find Paradise to be a refreshing place to live. Major industries in the area are that of excavation, construction, and oil and water well drilling. Some areas of soil are somewhat sandy, making watermelon plants and peach trees well suited for it.
There were 173 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.0% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $36,094, and the median income for a family was $46,750. Males had a median income of $32,188 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,978. About 7.3% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 10.0% of those age 65 or over.