Location of Vinton, Texas
|• Mayor||Madeleine Praino|
|• Total||2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)|
|• Land||2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||3,796 ft (1,157 m)|
|• Density||820/sq mi (310/km2)|
|Time zone||Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)|
|• Summer (DST)||MDT (UTC-6)|
|GNIS feature ID||1370660|
Native Americans inhabited the site of Vinton before the arrival of the Spaniards, who made it a stopping place along the Camino Real, the road from El Paso to Santa Fe, which passed along the east bank of the Rio Grande through what is now Vinton. In Spanish and Mexican colonial times, it was known as La Salinera, from the salt cedars which grew there in abundance; when the area passed to the United States after the US-Mexican War, this water stop became known as Cottonwood, and was located in the northern part of Vinton along the river, 22 miles from El Paso. In 1857, it was used by the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line and from 1858 to 1861 by the Butterfield Overland Mail, that had a stage station called Cottonwood Station, located 22 miles from El Paso and 25 miles from Fort Fillmore up river in New Mexico.
Vinton was named for Southern Pacific Railroad surveyor John C. Vinton, who laid the cross-country route for the railroad through the area in 1881, and was most likely established around that time. A post office was opened there in 1892, and the town grew slowly in the next 100 years, reaching 605 in 1990, then tripling in population in the following decade to 1892 in the 2000 census. The incorporation of Vinton as Village of Industry on August 8, 1961  originated with Border Steel Corporation, which opened a mill in town that year; now owned by Arcelor Mittal, it is still in operation.
2000 Census data
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,892 people, 496 households, and 431 families residing in the village. The population density was 779.9 people per square mile (300.6/km²). There were 520 housing units at an average density of 214.4/sq mi (82.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 80.44% White, 1.00% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 15.59% from other races, and 2.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 93.60% of the population.
There were 496 households out of which 67.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.1% were non-families. 11.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.81 and the average family size was 4.13.
In the village the population was spread out with 43.0% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 12.7% from 45 to 64, and 3.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 101.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males. The median income for a household in the village was $26,779, and the median income for a family was $27,240. Males had a median income of $22,955 versus $14,777 for females. The per capita income for the village was $9,974. About 25.2% of families and 30.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.6% of those under age 18 and 32.8% of those age 65 or over.
Vinton is served by the Canutillo Independent School District. Childress Elementary School is located in the village and it is zoned to Childress for pre-kindergarten to fifth grades and Canutillo Middle School for sixth to eighth grades. High-school students attend Canutillo High School and may also attend Northwest Early College High School should they qualify for admission.
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