Hewitt, Texas

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Hewitt is a city in McLennan County, Texas, United States. The population was 11,085 at the 2000 census, and was 12,987 after a 2005 estimate. It is part of the Waco Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city was featured in the film Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, including the fictional Hewitt Regional Airport.

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Geography

Hewitt is located at 31°27′14″N 97°11′42″W / 31.45389°N 97.195°W / 31.45389; -97.195 (31.453789, -97.195023)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.9 square miles (17.8 km²), all of it land.

History

The City of Hewitt was established following the donation of land by John A. Warren, the town's first businessman, in the 1880s. Warren purchased the approximately 40 acres (160,000 m2) and the townsite was named Hewitt in 1883 for George A. Hewitt, an employee of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas (KATY) Railroad.

During the following decades, the community flourished on farming and agriculture during the days when "cotton was king."

Hewitt grew slowly but steadily until the late 1970s, when the population exploded. The steady upward growth that continued for more than a century gave way to a 700 percent population boom. In 1890, 60 residents called Hewitt home, with approximately 10,000 finding the town the place to be today. Many of Warren's descendants still live in Hewitt, which today is a suburb of Waco, Texas.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,085 people, 3,931 households, and 3,223 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,608.0 people per square mile (621.2/km²). There were 4,018 housing units at an average density of 582.9/sq mi (225.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.08% White, 7.70% African American, 0.42% Native American, 2.35% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 4.02% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.28% of the population.

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