Waskom, Texas

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Waskom is a city in Harrison County, Texas, United States. It lies about 20 miles (32 km) east of the county seat, Marshall, on U.S. Route 80. To the east is Shreveport, Louisiana. The population was 2,068 at the 2000 census with a United States Census Bureau 2005 population estimate of 2,129 citizens.

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Geography

Waskom is located at 32°28′42″N 94°3′50″W / 32.47833°N 94.06389°W / 32.47833; -94.06389 (32.478416, -94.063769)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.1 km²), all of it land.

Waskom was established in 1850 as a midway point of an east-west (Dallas, TX to Shreveport, LA) cattle and cotton economic travelway to the Red River in Louisiana, some 20 miles (32 km) east. In 1872 it became a main railroad station between Dallas and Shreveport to the west and east respectively and Texarkana to the north. A major railway still travels through Waskom. Today Waskom sits on I-20 that connects the Carolinas to southwest Texas and Mexico.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,068 people, 790 households, and 571 families residing in the city. The population density was 750.0 people per square mile (289.3/km²). There were 894 housing units at an average density of 324.2/sq mi (125.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.05% White, 15.76% African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 7.16% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.86% of the population.

There were 790 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.10.

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