Eagle Lake, Texas

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Eagle Lake is a city in southeastern Colorado County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,664 at the 2000 census. It is home to a golf course, the largest private lake in Texas, and the Eagle Lake Regional Airport, which services light aircraft.

The lake, along with adjacent rice fields, attracts a large variety of migratory birds. The city is known as the "Goose Hunting Capital of the World" and also borders a wildlife preserve.

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History

The first newspaper in Eagle Lake was established by Joseph J. Mansfield in the 1880s.[3]

Geography

Eagle Lake is located at 29°35′16″N 96°19′48″W / 29.587790°N 96.330128°W / 29.587790; -96.330128.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,664 people, 1,296 households, and 935 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,344.6 people per square mile (520.1/km2). There were 1,500 housing units at an average density of 550.5/sq mi (212.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 52.78% White, 23.39% African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 20.47% from other races, and 2.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 44.21% of the population.

There were 1,296 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.8% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.31.

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