Italy, Texas

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City Hall in Italy
City Hall in Italy
Location of Italy, Texas
Location of Italy, Texas
Coordinates: 32°10′58″N 96°53′6″W / 32.18278°N 96.88500°W / 32.18278; -96.88500Coordinates: 32°10′58″N 96°53′6″W / 32.18278°N 96.88500°W / 32.18278; -96.88500
Country United States
State Texas
County Ellis
 • Total 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Land 1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 571 ft (174 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,863
 • Density 1,111.2/sq mi (429.0/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76651
Area code(s) 972
FIPS code 48-37072[1]
GNIS feature ID 1338518[2]

Italy (/ˈɪtli/ IT-lee, unlike the country Italy) is a town in Ellis County, Texas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town has a total population of 1,863.[3]


Italy is located at 32°10′58″N 96°53′06″W / 32.182705°N 96.884967°W / 32.182705; -96.884967 (32.182705, -96.884967).[4] According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,993 people, 656 households, and 501 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,111.2 people per square mile (429.9/km2). There were 731 housing units at an average density of 407.6 per square mile (157.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 74.26% White, 19.72% African American, 0.85% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 3.46% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.64% of the population.

There were 656 households out of which 42.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.5% were non-families. 21.2% 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 2.97 and the average family size was 3.41.

In the town the population was spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 89.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,853, and the median income for a family was $47,788. Males had a median income of $33,182 versus $24,600 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,335. About 7.2% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 15.6% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

  • Jack Hyles, pastor of First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana, 1959-2001
  • J. B. Milam, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
  • Keith Davis, former safety for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Art Shires, former first base for the Chicago White Sox


Italy is served by the Italy Independent School District and the S.M. Dunlap Memorial Library.[5]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Italy has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[6]


  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. ^ 2010 Census Population of Italy, TX,
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Library". The City of Italy, Texas. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Italy, Texas

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