Hamlin, Texas

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Hamlin is a city in Fisher and Jones Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 2,248 at the 2000 census.

The Jones County portion of Hamlin is part of the Abilene, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Hamlin was named after a railroad official of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway. Hamlin was named for Orient official W. H. Hamlin. The Orient reached Hamlin in 1906 and was followed by the Texas Central Railroad within a couple of years and by the Abilene and Southern Railroad in 1910. The arrival of the railroad was announced in 1902 and the first train arrived in 1906. The county's first gypsum plant was constructed six miles outside of Hamlin in 1903. Business boomed with the rail service, and the town included gins, a cottonseed oil mill, and a number of other businesses. Oil discoveries in the 1920s also contributed to the economy. The Hamlin Herald was first published in 1906 and still prints as of today. Hamlin would later gain its first and only hospital, Hamlin Memorial, in 1948.

Geography

Hamlin is located at 32°53′12″N 100°7′31″W / 32.88667°N 100.12528°W / 32.88667; -100.12528 (32.886690, -100.125207)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.8 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,248 people, 924 households, and 623 families residing in the city. The population density was 422.4 people per square mile (163.1/km²). There were 1,090 housing units at an average density of 204.8/sq mi (79.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.58% White, 6.23% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 11.48% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.69% of the population.

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