Earth, Texas

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Earth is a small town in Lamb County, West Texas, United States and is the only place on planet Earth that is named Earth.[3].



Earth was established by William E. Halsell, who laid out the townsite in 1924. Originally Halsell named the town Fairlawn but in 1925 it was later renamed Earth when it was learned that there was already a town in Texas by the name of Fairlawn.[4] In order to find a new name the townspeople sent in suggestions and the agreed upon best name was chosen. The name Earth was submitted by Ora Hume (O.H.) Reeves, who became the owner of the town hotel. Mr. Reeves' son-in-law, Frank Wesley Hyatt, was the first postmasters in Earth. [5] [6]


Earth is located at 34°14′4″N 102°24′19″W / 34.23444°N 102.40528°W / 34.23444; -102.40528 (34.234566, -102.405183)[7].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,109 people, 395 households, and 293 families residing in the town. The population density was 926.2 people per square mile (356.8/km²). There were 458 housing units at an average density of 382.5/sq mi (147.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.13% White, 2.89% African American, 0.81% Native American, 22.09% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 52.93% of the population.

There were 395 households out of which 38.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.7% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.8% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.33.

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