Sanderson, Texas

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Sanderson, Texas
Location of Sanderson, Texas
Location of Sanderson, Texas
Terrell County Sanderson.svg
Coordinates: 30°8′28″N 102°23′45″W / 30.14111°N 102.39583°W / 30.14111; -102.39583Coordinates: 30°8′28″N 102°23′45″W / 30.14111°N 102.39583°W / 30.14111; -102.39583
Country United States
State Texas
County Terrell
 • Total 4.2 sq mi (10.8 km2)
 • Land 4.2 sq mi (10.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,789 ft (850 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 861
 • Density 205.7/sq mi (79.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79848
Area code(s) 432
FIPS code 48-65084[1]
GNIS feature ID 1346563[2]

Sanderson is a census-designated place (CDP) in and the county seat of Terrell County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 837 at the 2010 census. Sanderson was created in 1882 as a part of neighboring Pecos County. It became the seat of Terrell County in 1905.


Sanderson was founded in 1882. It was a switching point for a railroad. Mohair and wool production formed a significant part of the economy. The community entered in an economic decline when the operations involving sheep and goats decreased and the Southern Pacific train crewing ended in 1995. By 2013, the community lost most of the businesses that it had during its peak, and the population was half of what it was at its peak.[4]


Sanderson is located at 30°8′28″N 102°23′45″W / 30.14111°N 102.39583°W / 30.14111; -102.39583 (30.141024, -102.395924)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.9 km²), all of it land.

Sanderson is located on U.S. Route 90, 120 miles (190 km) west of Del Rio.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 861 people, 356 households, and 237 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 205.7 people per square mile (79.3/km²). There were 635 housing units at an average density of 151.7/sq mi (58.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 86.88% White, 2.09% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 9.18% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 51.45% of the population.

There were 356 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 22.1% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $23,594, and the median income for a family was $29,500. Males had a median income of $22,946 versus $14,453 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $13,714. About 21.8% of families and 26.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.5% of those under age 18 and 31.4% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Sanderson is served by the Terrell County Independent School District and home to the Sanderson High School Eagles.

At one point the American football team converted into a six man football team.[4]



The Terrell County Sun's first issue was published in late November 2013. It was established to replace the previous paper, the Terrell County News-Leader, which closed in July 2013. Between the closing of the News-Leader and the opening of the Sun the only source of local news was a bulletin board. Kern Norris, the county commissioner, stated that the San Angelo Standard-Times was previously distributed in the community.[4]

Norris stated in 2013 that there is no radio reception in Sanderson. Norris stated that the television in the community as of 1989 came from Colorado.[4]


Sanderson is the location of the trailer park where Llewellyn Moss lives in the book and film No Country for Old Men.[6]

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  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. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ a b c d e MacCormack, John. "In fading town, the news is back." Houston Chronicle. December 27, 2013. Retrieved on December 27, 2013. - Also available from the San Antonio Express-News. "In fading town, the news is back", December 25, 2013.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
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