Elkhart, Texas

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Elkhart is a town in Anderson County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,215 at the 2000 census. Elkhart is named for a friendly Native American who assisted the early settlers of the town.



Elkhart is located at 31°37′42″N 95°34′43″W / 31.62833°N 95.57861°W / 31.62833; -95.57861 (31.628429, -95.578588)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²), all of it land.


The history of Elkhart is closely tied to nearby Fort Parker, the site of the famous Fort Parker massacre, during which Cynthia Ann Parker was abducted by the Comanche Indians.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,150 people, 473 households, and 321 families residing in the town. The population density was 783.0 people per square mile (302.7/km²). There were 532 housing units at an average density of 342.8/sq mi (132.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 89.05% White, 8.15% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.82% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.05% of the population.

There were 473 households out of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town the population was spread out with 25.6% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 20.7% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 77.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.6 males.

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