Riverside, Texas

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Riverside is a small city in Walker County, Texas, United States. The population was 425 at the 2000 census. Two famous natives of Riverside are singer-actress Jennifer Holliday (born 1960), best known for her creation of the role of Effie in the successful Tony-award winning Broadway musical "Dreamgirls".

Eugene C. Barker, premier historian of Texas, was born in Riverside in 1874. He was affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin from 1895, when he arrived as a student, until his death as professor emeritus in 1956.



Riverside is located at 30°50′49″N 95°23′53″W / 30.84694°N 95.39806°W / 30.84694; -95.39806 (30.847070, -95.398092)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.3 km²), of which, 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (8.25%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 425 people, 168 households, and 116 families residing in the city. The population density was 224.6 people per square mile (86.8/km²). There were 269 housing units at an average density of 142.2/sq mi (55.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.59% White, 20.71% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 3.29% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.76% of the population.

There were 168 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.4% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.00.

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