Paradise, Texas

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Paradise is a city in Wise County, Texas, United States. The population was 459 at the 2000 census. The majority of the population that claims Paradise as its home lives outside of the city limits. Surrounding areas are flat with rolling hills. Native trees that can be seen in the area are Oak, Pecan, Mesquite, and Cottonwood. The Trinity River, one of Texas's major rivers, is found about 4 miles away from the city. During the 19th century, Paradise was the largest city in Wise County. It had a bank, a cotton gin, and two hotels. During the 20th century, the population has declined due to urbanization in larger cities. Many middle aged and retired people[who?] find Paradise to be a refreshing place to live. Major industries in the area are that of excavation, construction, and oil and water well drilling. Some areas of soil are somewhat sandy, making watermelon plants and peach trees well suited for it. 

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Geography

Paradise is located at 33°9′2″N 97°41′18″W / 33.15056°N 97.68833°W / 33.15056; -97.68833 (33.150683, -97.688311)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 459 people, 173 households, and 121 families residing in the city. The population density was 230.8 people per square mile (89.1/km²). There were 184 housing units at an average density of 92.5/sq mi (35.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.81% White, 2.18% Native American, 2.40% from other races, and 2.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.58% of the population.

There were 173 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.2% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% 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 3.20.

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