Daisetta, Texas

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Daisetta is a city in Liberty County, Texas, United States, North America. The population was 1,034 at the 2000 census.

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History

The city was named for Daisy Barrett and Etta White, two early residents.[1]

Geography

Daisetta is located at 30°6′52″N 94°38′34″W / 30.11444°N 94.64278°W / 30.11444; -94.64278 (30.114325, -94.642912)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.8 km²), all of it land.

Geology

Daisetta sits on a salt dome. In 1969, 1981, and again in 2008, sinkholes formed in the area. The 1981 sinkhole, which grew out of the smaller 1969 sinkhole, is thought to have formed from a collapse in the salt dome and is now a lake. The cause of the 2008 sinkhole is not yet known, but a collapse in the salt dome that Daisetta sits on is thought to be the cause. The collapse it not yet known, but suspected by a company drilling oil out of the area. [1] The 1981 sinkhole grew to 250 feet (75 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) deep.[5][6][7] By the evening of the day after the 2008 sinkhole formed, its growth had stabilized, but officials still saw it as a potential risk to the safety of city residents. With its length of 600×525 feet (180×160 m) and maximum depth of 150 feet (45 m)[8], it was nicknamed the "Sinkhole de Mayo" by local residents (a pun on "Cinco de Mayo").[1]

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 1,034 people, 369 households, and 290 families residing in the city. The population density was 701.0 people per square mile (269.7/km²). There were 413 housing units at an average density of 280.0/sq mi (107.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.55% White, 2.32% African American, 1.16% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.13% of the population.

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