White Oak, Texas

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White Oak, Texas
City
White Oak Municipal Building
White Oak Municipal Building
Motto: "Pride, Tradition"
Location of White Oak, Texas
Location of White Oak, Texas
Gregg County WhiteOak.svg
Coordinates: 32°31′56″N 94°51′27″W / 32.53222°N 94.85750°W / 32.53222; -94.85750Coordinates: 32°31′56″N 94°51′27″W / 32.53222°N 94.85750°W / 32.53222; -94.85750
Country United States
State Texas
County Gregg
Area
 • Total 9.1 sq mi (23.7 km2)
 • Land 9.1 sq mi (23.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 413 ft (126 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,469
 • Density 710/sq mi (270/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 75693
Area code(s) 903
FIPS code 48-78436[1]
GNIS feature ID 1349958[2]
Website City o White Oak, Texas
White Oak State Bank
Emmanuel Baptist Church (2011 pastor Jay Van Zandt) is located off U.S. Highway 80 in White Oak.

White Oak is a city in Gregg County, Texas, United States. The population was 6,469 at the 2010 census.[3]

History[edit]

The establishment of a school in the area in 1887 led to the development of the town. During the oil boom of the 1930s, the population of the town increased significantly.[4]

The town was named for two trees growing near the site of the first school.[5]

Geography[edit]

White Oak is located at 32°31′56″N 94°51′27″W / 32.53222°N 94.85750°W / 32.53222; -94.85750 (32.532349, -94.857638)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.1 square miles (24 km2), of which 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), or 0.55%, is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,624 people, 2,004 households, and 1,595 families residing in the city. The population density was 618.9 people per square mile (238.9/km²). There were 2,118 housing units at an average density of 233.1 per square mile (90.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.58% White, 1.94% African American, 1.00% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 1.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.20% of the population.

There were 2,004 households out of which 44.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.7% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.4% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.81 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.0% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 21.6% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,802, and the median income for a family was $50,781. Males had a median income of $44,063 versus $2,530 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,486. About 9.9% of families and 11.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.4% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The City of White Oak is served by the White Oak Independent School District - Home of the Roughnecks.

The largest graduating class from White Oak High School was the class of 2007 graduating with a total of 108 people, they were also the first class to have over 100 people.

Notable people[edit]

  • Mike Barber, tight end for the Houston Oilers from 1976–81, known for his scandal in the private high school coaching profession and his prison ministry
  • Byron Hunt, played for the New York Giants in the early 1980s
  • Sam Hunt, linebacker for the New England Patriots from 1974 to 1979
  • Max McGee, who played college football at Tulane University of Louisiana in New Orleans during the 1950s and went on to play for the famous Green Bay Packers and was a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers; scored the very first touchdown in Super Bowl I (1967) on a 37 yard pass reception from quarterback Bart Starr
  • Taylor Muse, singer / songwriter / multi-instrumentalist for the band Quiet Company

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. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1) - White Oak city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau American Factfinder. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 
  4. ^ "White Oak, Texas". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Profile for White Oak, Texas, TX". ePodunk. Retrieved August 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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