Eden, Texas

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Eden is a city in Concho County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,561 at the 2000 census. Approximately one-half of the population consists of inmates housed at the Eden Detention Center, a for-profit prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Eden is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 83, which extends north to Abilene and south to Junction, and U.S. Highway 87, an east-west link from San Angelo on the west and San Antonio to the southeast. A Dairy Queen, a Shell convenience store, and Venison World, Inc., a hunters' supply store, are located at the intersection.

Eden is the birthplace and hometown of James Earl Rudder, United States Army general in World War II and former president of Texas A&M University in College Station. The James Earl Rudder Memorial Park is located in the Eden town square across from the city hall and the Don Freeman Memorial Museum. A small green space, it contains a large gazebo and picnic tables.



Eden is located at 31°13′3″N 99°50′36″W / 31.2175°N 99.84333°W / 31.2175; -99.84333 (31.217525, -99.843207)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,561 people, 499 households, and 333 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,055.2 people per square mile (406.9/km²). There were 602 housing units at an average density of 248.0/sq mi (95.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.63% White, 1.52% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 6.48% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 51.43% of the population.

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