Kirbyville, Texas

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Kirbyville is a city in Jasper County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,085 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Kirbyville is located at 30°39′33″N 93°53′49″W / 30.65917°N 93.89694°W / 30.65917; -93.89694 (30.659203, -93.896852)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.3 km²), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.3 km²) of it is land and 0.41% is water.

Historical development

The town was first established in 1895 when the Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City railroad reached the site. It was first named Kirby for John Henry Kirby, a lumber businessman who intended to use the site for building a facility to market his lumber. The post office was established the same year, but the name was changed to Kirbyville when it was discovered that a town called Kirby already existed.[4]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,085 people, 828 households, and 550 families residing in the city. The population density was 856.1 people per square mile (329.9/km²). There were 931 housing units at an average density of 382.2/sq mi (147.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.31% White, 21.20% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 1.20% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.69% of the population.

There were 828 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.01.

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