Location of Mabank in Kaufman County, Texas
|• Total||3.0 sq mi (7.8 km2)|
|• Land||3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||394 ft (120 m)|
|• Density||724.2/sq mi (279.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1340780|
Mabank is located at (32.368011, -96.105573).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.8 square kilometers (3.0 sq mi). 7.7 km2 (3.0 sq mi) of it is land and 0.1 km2 (0.04 sq mi) of it (1.00%) is water.
Prior to the existence of Mabank in early 1900, the community of Lawndale was formed in the late 1880s. The community was noted for its agriculture in many areas, including cotton. But with the Texas Trunk Railroad missing the community by a mile, Ranchers Mason and Eubank decided to capitalize on the Texas Trunk and set aside one square mile of land and named it "Mabank".
Mabank is a combination of the names Eubank and Mason and is located one mile (1.6 km) southwest of the former community of Lawndale. Being only a mile away from Lawndale and located on the railroad, its citizens, churches, and businesses naturally decided to move there. Thus attracting, over a brief period of about two years, much of what was Lawndale. This included the Lawndale Courier - the local newspaper that renamed itself the Mabank Courier.
Many of the descendants from the Masons and Eubanks are still alive to this day.
Populations went up highly in the 1960s and 70's due to the building of Cedar Creek Reservoir.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,468 people, 1,069 households, and 658 families residing in the town. The population density was 724.2 per square mile (279.6/km2). There were 895 housing units at an average density of 301.3 per square mile (116.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 90.28% White, 5.11% African American, 0.74% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 2.65% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.76% of the population.
There were 814 households out of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 30.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.25.
In the town the population was spread out with 29.1% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 82.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.8 males.
The median income for a household in the town was US$36,010, and the median income for a family was $40,694. Males had a median income of $32,134 versus $19,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,154. About 7.1% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.9% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.
Mabank is served by the Mabank Independent School District. The schools are Central Elementary, Southside Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, Mabank Intermediate School, Mabank Jr. High and Mabank High School.
Mabank is located on the eastern edge of Cedar Creek Reservoir, a popular destination for weekend visitors from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and thus much of its economy is based on lake activity.
The Biggest Loser contestant Abby Rike is from Mabank, and the location is shown in week 7.
Randal Tye Thomas lived in Mabank from 1980 to 1996. Thomas was the 13th Mayor of Gun Barrel City, Texas (at the age of 21) and served in that capacity from 2000 to 2001, until he resigned following his indictment on misconduct charges.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Christopher Rocchio. Abby Rike the seventh contestant ousted from The Biggest Loser. Reality TV World. Posted: 28 October 2009
- Katy Vine. "Plenty of Ammo", Texas Monthly.