New London, Texas

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New London, Texas
City
New London, Texas is located in Texas
New London, Texas
New London, Texas
Coordinates: 32°15′22″N 94°55′54″W / 32.25611°N 94.93167°W / 32.25611; -94.93167Coordinates: 32°15′22″N 94°55′54″W / 32.25611°N 94.93167°W / 32.25611; -94.93167
Country United States
State Texas
County Rusk
Area
 • Total 8.6 sq mi (22.4 km2)
 • Land 8.6 sq mi (22.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 551 ft (168 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 987
 • Density 114.3/sq mi (44.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 75682
Area code(s) 903
FIPS code 48-51168[1]
GNIS feature ID 1342494[2]

New London is a city in Rusk County, Texas, United States. The population was 987 at the 2000 census.

On March 18, 1937, the London School Explosion killed in excess of three hundred people (most were children). This event led to the legal requirement in the United States that natural gas, which is normally odorless, be given an identifying smell.

The top of the cenotaph in New London commemorating the 1937 disaster

New London was originally known as just "London". However, as the US Post Office had already established a station at London, Texas in Kimble County, the town changed its name to "New London" in 1931.

Geography[edit]

New London is located at 32°15′22″N 94°55′54″W / 32.25611°N 94.93167°W / 32.25611; -94.93167 (32.256101, -94.931567).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.6 square miles (22 km2), of which, 8.6 square miles (22 km2) of it is land and 0.12% is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 987 people, 352 households, and 268 families residing in the city. The population density was 114.3 people per square mile (44.1/km²). There were 388 housing units at an average density of 44.9/sq mi (17.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.59% White, 4.86% African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 2.33% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.86% of the population.

There were 352 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.2% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,984, and the median income for a family was $36,979. Males had a median income of $27,981 versus $15,313 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,009. About 13.5% of families and 16.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The city of New London is served by the West Rusk Independent School District.

Notable people[edit]

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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Proud to Be Texan". texansforstovall.com. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 

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