Fort Davis, Texas

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Fort Davis, Texas
CDP
Location of Fort Davis, Texas
Location of Fort Davis, Texas
Coordinates: 30°35′34″N 103°53′31″W / 30.59278°N 103.89194°W / 30.59278; -103.89194Coordinates: 30°35′34″N 103°53′31″W / 30.59278°N 103.89194°W / 30.59278; -103.89194
Country United States
State Texas
County Jeff Davis
Area
 • Total 5.6 sq mi (14.5 km2)
 • Land 5.6 sq mi (14.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 4,892 ft (1,491 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,201
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79734
Area code(s) 432
FIPS code 48-26688[1]
GNIS feature ID 1357584[2]

Fort Davis is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jeff Davis County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,050 at the 2000 census and 1,041 according to a 2007 estimate.[3] It is the county seat of Jeff Davis County.[4] It was the site of Fort Davis established in 1854 on the San Antonio-El Paso Road through west Texas and named after Jefferson Davis, who was then the Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce.[5]

Geography[edit]

Fort Davis is located at 30°35′34″N 103°53′31″W / 30.59278°N 103.89194°W / 30.59278; -103.89194 (30.592880, -103.891996).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.6 square miles (15 km2), all land.

Fort Davis has the highest elevation above sea level of any county seat in Texas; the elevation is 5,050 feet.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,050 people, 415 households, and 298 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 188.2 people per square mile (72.7/km²). There were 525 housing units at an average density of 94.1 per square mile (36.3/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.29% White, 0.19% African American, 0.48% Native American, 7.62% from other races, and 3.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 49.33% of the population.

There were 415 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.6% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.0% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% 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 3.02.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $25,882, and the median income for a family was $27,955. Males had a median income of $22,500 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,249. About 20.7% of families and 21.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.3% of those under age 18 and 26.0% of those age 65 or over.

Climate[edit]

Fort Davis experiences a semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with cool, dry winters and hot, dry summers. Precipitation is low, with an annual average of 15.9 inches (400 mm).

Climate data for Fort Davis, Texas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 81
(27)
85
(29)
90
(32)
92
(33)
102
(39)
107
(42)
103
(39)
101
(38)
101
(38)
100
(38)
85
(29)
78
(26)
107
(42)
Average high °F (°C) 61.1
(16.2)
65.8
(18.8)
71.8
(22.1)
79.3
(26.3)
85.8
(29.9)
91.2
(32.9)
89.5
(31.9)
87.5
(30.8)
83.8
(28.8)
78.4
(25.8)
68.5
(20.3)
62.4
(16.9)
77.09
(25.06)
Average low °F (°C) 28.4
(−2)
31.3
(−0.4)
36.2
(2.3)
42.9
(6.1)
51.7
(10.9)
58.5
(14.7)
61.1
(16.2)
59.3
(15.2)
54.0
(12.2)
44.1
(6.7)
34.5
(1.4)
29.1
(−1.6)
44.26
(6.81)
Record low °F (°C) 2
(−17)
0
(−18)
12
(−11)
20
(−7)
36
(2)
42
(6)
47
(8)
51
(11)
36
(2)
18
(−8)
8
(−13)
0
(−18)
0
(−18)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.43
(10.9)
0.35
(8.9)
0.34
(8.6)
0.50
(12.7)
1.46
(37.1)
1.79
(45.5)
2.95
(74.9)
2.97
(75.4)
2.76
(70.1)
1.29
(32.8)
0.49
(12.4)
0.53
(13.5)
15.86
(402.8)
Snowfall inches (cm) 0.3
(0.8)
0.2
(0.5)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.7
(1.8)
1.2
(3.1)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 3.9 2.8 2.7 3.3 6.3 8.9 9.2 10.4 9.7 5.6 2.9 3.2 68.9
Source: NOAA (normals: 1971–2000, records: 1902-2001) [7]

Points of interest[edit]

Education[edit]

Dirks-Anderson Elementary School

Fort Davis is served by the Fort Davis Independent School District.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Fort Davis at City-Data
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "The Davis Mountains of Texas", accessed September 13, 2010
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Climatography of the United States NO.20". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved February 13, 2011. 

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