Van, Texas

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Van, Texas
Welcome Sign (2012)
Welcome Sign (2012)
Location within Van Zandt County and Texas
Location within Van Zandt County and Texas
Coordinates: 32°31′34″N 95°38′11″W / 32.52611°N 95.63639°W / 32.52611; -95.63639
Country United States
State Texas
County Van Zandt
 • Total 3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)
 • Land 3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 489 ft (149 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,632
 • Density 880/sq mi (340/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 75790
Area code(s) 903, and 430
FIPS code 48-74912 [1]
GNIS feature ID 1376568 [2]

Van is a city in Van Zandt County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,632 at the 2010 census.


Van is an oilboom town that grew to over 15,000 in population essentially overnight once oil was discovered. The thousands who came to town to drill for oil departed after a few short years once the oil industry was established.

Prior to the discovery of oil, Van was a small community. After the oil boom, Van was originally named "Whodathoughtit", but was officially named Van years later.

On May 10, 2015, shortly after sunset, Van was struck by a strong tornado during the May 5–10, 2015 tornado outbreak sequence, causing heavy damage to structures in the town and prompting local emergency management officials to declare a mass-casualty incident. Two people were killed and 47 were injured. The following day, the tornado was given a rating of EF3 from the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.


Van is located at 32°31′34″N 95°38′11″W / 32.526029°N 95.636493°W / 32.526029; -95.636493 (32.526029, -95.636493).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.7 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2000 2,362
2010 2,632 11.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,362 people, 894 households, and 616 families residing in the city. The population density was 789.6 people per square mile (305.0/km2). There were 999 housing units at an average density of 334.0 per square mile (129.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.85% White, 0.34% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 2.12% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.11% of the population.

There were 894 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.4% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 26.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% Tch was here who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,177, and the median income for a family was $38,864. Males had a median income of $34,464 versus $21,087 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,495. About 11.1% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.


Van is served by the Van Independent School District and home to the Van High School Vandals.

Notable people[edit]

Dan Flynn, a businessman and rancher from Van, is a Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives.



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