Location of Daisetta, Texas
|• Mayor||Lynn Wells|
|• Total||1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)|
|• Land||1.5 sq mi (3.8 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||82 ft (25 m)|
|• Density||701.0/sq mi (270.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1333877|
The city was named for Daisy Barrett and Etta White, two early residents.
Daisetta is located at (30.114325, -94.642912).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all of it land.
Daisetta sits on a salt dome. In 1969, 1981, and again in 2008, sinkholes formed in the area. The 1981 sinkhole, which grew out of the smaller 1969 sinkhole, is thought to have formed from a collapse in the salt dome and is now a lake. The cause of the 2008 sinkhole is not yet known, but a collapse in the salt dome that Daisetta sits on is thought to be the cause and suspected to be caused by a company drilling oil out of the area. The 1981 sinkhole grew to 250 feet (75 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) deep. By the evening of the day after the 2008 sinkhole formed, its growth had stabilized, but officials still saw it as a potential risk to the safety of city residents. With its length of 600×525 feet (180×160 m) and maximum depth of 150 feet (45 m), it was nicknamed the "Sinkhole de Mayo" by local residents (a pun on "Cinco de Mayo").
As of 2010 Daisetta had a population of 966. The racial and ethnic makeup of the population was 91.5% white, 3.2% black or African American, 3.2% from other races and 2.1% from two or more races. 5.5% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,034 people, 369 households, and 290 families residing in the city. The population density was 701.0 people per square mile (269.7/km²). There were 413 housing units at an average density of 280.0 per square mile (107.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.55% White, 2.32% African American, 1.16% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.13% of the population.
There were 369 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.4% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.9% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was US$28,173, and the median income for a family was $33,281. Males had a median income of $30,529 versus $17,396 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,969. About 14.7% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 19.0% of those age 65 or over.
- Oscar Griffin, Jr., journalist, was born in Daisetta.
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- Horsewell, Cindy, Massive sinkhole continues to grow near Daisetta, The Houston Chronicle, 2008-05-08. Retrieved on 2008-05-08.
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- Massive Sinkhole Closes Texas Highway, WISN, 2008-05-07. Retrieved on 2008-05-08.
- 8 months after it formed, sinkhole is still a mystery
- 2010 general profile of population and housing characteriticis from the US census for Daisetta