Evant, Texas

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Evant is a town in Coryell and Hamilton Counties in Central Texas. The population was 393 at the 2000 census. The Coryell County portion of Evant is part of the KilleenTempleFort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The town of Evant was first a settlement called Langford Cove, settled by Asa Langford and his family in 1855. Langford served as postmaster in the first post office, named Cove, established in February 1876. By the late 1850s, Langford had built a general store, a blacksmith shop, and a sawmill near the current site of the town.

An Alabama man named Evant Brooks purchased some 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land from Langford in the late 1870s. In 1881, Brooks had donated 60 acres (240,000 m2) of land "for sale and settlement as a town", and by 1884 the growing community changed its name to Evant in Brooks' honor. In the 1890s, the community had a cotton gin, three general stores, a gristmill, and a hotel. Its population was around 10 residents.

Evant continued to grow, reporting a peak population of 550 sometime in the 1950s. The town was formally incorporated in the mid-1970s. Its population at the time was 540 and has continued to shrink. According to the 1990 census, the town's population was 444, and as of 2005, the census estimates the population at 388.

Geography

Evant is located at 31°28'35" North, 98°9'6" West (31.476352, -98.151694)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 393 people, 159 households, and 100 families residing in the town. The population density was 645.0 people per square mile (248.8/km²). There were 189 housing units at an average density of 310.2/sq mi (119.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 87.28% White, 1.53% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.25% Pacific Islander, 7.89% from other races, and 2.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.52% of the population.

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