Nazareth, Texas

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Nazareth is a city in Castro County, Texas, United States. The population was 356 at the 2000 census.



Nazareth is located at 34°32′37″N 102°06′08″W / 34.543571°N 102.102183°W / 34.543571; -102.102183.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km2), all of it land.


The city of Nazareth is best known for the High School basketball teams that have played there. Among them, the Nazareth Swiftettes have won 18 state championships (including the 2007 1A-II championship), a current public school national record. Since 1976, the Swiftettes have been to the Final Four of the state tournament 22 times. An article on has recently documented the town and the women's basketball team.[4] The boys have also had tremendous success in basketball, collecting 6 state championships in 14 trips to the state Final Four since 1980, including the 2006, 2007, and most recently, the 2010 1A-II championships.

The town of Nazareth was established through the efforts of a Catholic priest, Joseph Reisdorff, who moved to the site in 1902 with four farmers interested in purchasing land in the area. Father Reisdorff named his colony after the biblical Nazareth and advertised for settlers in several midwestern German Catholic newspapers. By September 1902 the first settlers had begun to arrive. A post office was established in 1903, and later that year the Catholic community finished building its first church. Nazareth had seventy-one residents by January 1904, and the town was platted latter that year. By 1905, in addition to the church, the settlement included a blacksmith shop, a store, and a school; when the community's cemetery was consecrated in 1906, it became the only Catholic cemetery in the area. For many years local church officials supplied what little government the community required. In 1914 Nazareth had an estimated 50 residents, and about 150 people were living there by 1927. During the 1930s the area was swept by huge dust storms that uprooted crops and made farming unprofitable; in 1933, the town was estimated to have only 50 residents. Agriculture in Castro county revived during the 1940s, however, and by 1941 about 200 people were living there. The population fluctuated during the 1950s and 1960, dropping to about 75 in 1955, then rising to an estimated 275 by 1964; the census found 274 people living in the town in 1970 and 299 in 1980. As late as the mid-1980s about 85 percent of the town's residents were Catholics, and church activities helped to bond the community together. In 1990 the population stood at 293.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 356 people, 125 households, and 93 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,022.1 people per square mile (392.7/km2). There were 140 housing units at an average density of 402.0/sq mi (154.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.91% White, 1.12% from other races, and 1.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.90% of the population.

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