Sudan, Texas

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Sudan, Texas
Grain elevator in Sudan
Grain elevator in Sudan
Map of Texas
Map of Texas
Location of Sudan in Texas
Coordinates: 34°04′04″N 102°31′28″W / 34.06778°N 102.52444°W / 34.06778; -102.52444Coordinates: 34°04′04″N 102°31′28″W / 34.06778°N 102.52444°W / 34.06778; -102.52444
Country  United States
State  Texas
County Lamb
Region Llano Estacado
Established 1918
Elevation[1] 3,757 ft (1,145 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,039
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
ZIP code 79371
Area code 806
Website Handbook of Texas: Sudan

Sudan is a city in Lamb County of West Texas, United States. The population was 1,039 at the 2000 census.


According to the The Handbook of Texas, the area where the town is now located was once on land granted to the county in 1892 by the 77 Ranch, owned by S.B. Wilson and Wilson Furneaux.[2] The town developed in 1917-18 with a hotel and service from the Santa Fe railroad, which had built a branch line from Lubbock, Texas to Texico, New Mexico, in 1913. The land company manager and first postmaster, P.E. Boesen, suggested the town's name in 1918. A gin was built in 1922 and a bank established a year later. The town was incorporated in 1925, when the population was 600, up from a population of only fifteen in 1920. The first of several grain elevators was also erected in 1925 and the Sudan News began publication. The population was 1,014 in 1930, 1,336 in 1950, 976 in 1970, and 1,091 in 1980. In 1990 it was 983. The population reached 1,039 in 2000.


Sudan is located at 34°04′04″N 102°31′28″W / 34.06778°N 102.52444°W / 34.06778; -102.52444 (34.0678644 -102.5243624).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,039 people, 410 households, and 293 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,145.3 people per square mile (440.8/km²). There were 460 housing units at an average density of 507.1 per square mile (195.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 74.11% White, 5.39% African American, 0.19% Native American, 18.86% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 29.93% of the population.

Water tower in Sudan, Texas

There were 410 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 26.8% 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 2.53 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 83.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,736, and the median income for a family was $37,679. Males had a median income of $30,288 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,727. About 14.5% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.9% of those under age 18 and 20.0% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Sudan is served by the Sudan Independent School District.

Sudan High School is a Texas Education Agency Exemplary ranked campus, and has received multiple “Bronze” designations in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “America’s Best High Schools” feature.

Sudan High School is well known for the vast opportunities they provide to students from Lamb, Bailey and Cochran counties. Sudan High School continues to have success in both curricular and extra-curricular events.

Sudan High School was one of 25 schools nominated by the Texas Education Agency for a 2014 National Blue Ribbon honor.

Notable Sudan I.S.D. Alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sudan". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ William R. Hunt. "Sudan, TX". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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