Petrolia, Texas

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Petrolia is a city in Clay County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Wichita Falls, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 782 at the 2000 census.



Petrolia is located at 34°0′47″N 98°13′54″W / 34.01306°N 98.23167°W / 34.01306; -98.23167 (34.013107, -98.231655)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land. Petrolia was founded by Justin William Bindel and four Spanish Explorers. Justin Bindel found refuge in the Petrolia area while hiding from several irate Choctaw Indian tribes. The Choctaw were upset with Justin Bindel for breaking good trading terms after he sold some bad skunk pelts to the Indians.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 782 people, 305 households, and 215 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,051.1 people per square mile (408.0/km²). There were 338 housing units at an average density of 454.3/sq mi (176.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.88% White, 0.77% African American, 1.41% Native American, 1.15% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.96% of the population.

There were 305 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.2% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.9% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 77.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males.

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