Yoakum, Texas

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Not to be confused with Yoakum County, Texas.
Yoakum, Texas
City center
City center
Official seal of Yoakum, Texas
Nickname(s): Leather Capital of Texas, Hub City of South Texas
Location of Yoakum, Texas
Location of Yoakum, Texas
Location of Yoakum, Texas
Location of Yoakum, Texas
Country  United States
State  Texas
County DeWitt, Lavaca
Incorporated May 13, 1889
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City council Mayor Anita R. Rodriguez
Elorine Sitka
Tim McCoy
Rodney Jahn
Tim Faulkner
 • City manager Kevin Coleman
 • Total 4.6 sq mi (12 km2)
 • Land 4.5 sq mi (12 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 365 ft (111.3 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,731
 • Density 1,256.2/sq mi (485.0/km2)
 • Demonym Yoakumite
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 77995
Area code(s) 361
Website http://www.cityofyoakum.org/

Yoakum is a city in DeWitt and Lavaca Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 5,815 at the 2010 census.


Yoakum is located at 29°17′28″N 97°8′50″W / 29.29111°N 97.14722°W / 29.29111; -97.14722 (29.291052, -97.147315).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.6 square miles (11.8 km²), of which, 4.6 square miles (11.8 km²) of it is land and 0.22% is covered by water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Yoakum has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[2]


As of the census[3] of 2000, 5,731 people, 2,156 households, and 1,515 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,256.2 people per square mile (485.3/km²). There were 2,529 housing units at an average density of 554.3 per square mile (214.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.29% White, 11.88% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 12.41% from other races, and 1.81% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 33.89% of the population.

Of the 2,156 households, 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were not families. About 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the city, the population was distributed as 29.1% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,680, and for a family was $30,556. Males had a median income of $23,226 versus $15,594 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,835. About 16.0% of families and 20.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.4% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.

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  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ Climate Summary for Yoakum, Texas
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Wayne Graham Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  5. ^ Walter Prescott Webb, Eldon Stephen Branda, The Handbook of Texas vol. 3 (1952), p. 482
  6. ^ "Obert Logan". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 

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