New London, Texas

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New London is a city in Rusk County, Texas, United States. The population was 987 at the 2000 census.

On March 18, 1937, the London School Explosion killed in excess of three hundred people (most were children). This event led to the legal requirement in the United States that natural gas, which is normally odorless, be given an identifying smell.

New London was originally known as just "London". However, as the US Post Office had already established a station at London, Texas in Kimble County, the town changed its name to "New London" in 1931.

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Geography

New London is located at 32°15′22″N 94°55′54″W / 32.25611°N 94.93167°W / 32.25611; -94.93167 (32.256101, -94.931567)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22.4 km²), of which, 8.6 square miles (22.4 km²) of it is land and 0.12% is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 987 people, 352 households, and 268 families residing in the city. The population density was 114.3 people per square mile (44.1/km²). There were 388 housing units at an average density of 44.9/sq mi (17.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.59% White, 4.86% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 2.33% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.86% of the population.

There were 352 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.2% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.09.

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