Denver City, Texas

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Denver City is a town in Gaines and Yoakum counties in the U.S. state of Texas, just a short distance from the New Mexico boundary that is named for the petroleum company, Denver Productions. The population was 3,985 at the 2000 census. The town is located at the intersection of Texas State Highways 214 and 83.

Oil and ranching remain important to Denver City. The first well was drilled by the wildcatter "Red" Davidson of Fort Worth on the ranch lands of L.P. and Ruth Bennett and her father, Dr. J.R. Smith. Oil gushed to the surface for the first time on October 10, 1935. A part of this Wasson Field, as it is known, is the site of the Yoakum County Park, donated in 1964 by Gene H. Bennett (1921-1998), the youngest son of the Bennetts.[3]

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Geography

Denver City is located at 32°58′07″N 102°49′52″W / 32.968580°N 102.831218°W / 32.968580; -102.831218 (32.968580, -102.831218).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,985 people, 1,366 households, and 1,102 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,594.5 people per square mile (615.4/km2). There were 1,644 housing units at an average density of 657.8/sq mi (253.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 68.38% White, 1.53% African American, 0.78% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 27.60% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 47.15% of the population. There were 1,366 households out of which 44.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.3% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.29.

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