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 19th century, Paradise was the largest city in Wise County. It had a bank, a cotton gin, and two hotels. During the 20th century, the population has declined due to urbanization in larger cities. Many middle aged and retired people[who] 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.