Carthage, Texas

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Carthage, Texas
City of Carthage
The historic Hawthorn-Clabaugh-Patterson House is now the location of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.
The historic Hawthorn-Clabaugh-Patterson House is now the location of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce.
Motto: "Country at its best!"
Location of Carthage, Texas
Location of Carthage, Texas
Panola County Carthage.svg
Coordinates: 32°9′23″N 94°20′32″W / 32.15639°N 94.34222°W / 32.15639; -94.34222Coordinates: 32°9′23″N 94°20′32″W / 32.15639°N 94.34222°W / 32.15639; -94.34222
Country  United States
State  Texas
County Panola
 • Total 10.5 sq mi (27.3 km2)
 • Land 10.5 sq mi (27.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 312 ft (95 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,779
 • Density 650/sq mi (250/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 75633
Area code(s) 903 Exchanges: 265.690,693,694
FIPS code 48-13108[1]
GNIS feature ID 1353900[2]
Carthage welcome sign
Federal Building in downtown Carthage
Anderson Park is located in the center of downtown Carthage.
The large Central Baptist Church in downtown Carthage
The Esquire Theater in Carthage hosts Country music on Saturday evenings.
First State Bank and Trust Company in downtown Carthage
An African American community lived in Carthage from East Panola to Live Oak streets from 1940 to 1965.

Carthage is a city in Panola County, Texas, United States. This city is one hundred and fifty miles southeast of Dallas. The population was 6,779 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Panola County,[3] and is situated in East Texas near the Louisiana state line.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Carthage has a total area of 10.5 square miles (27 km2), of which 10.5 square miles (27 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.4%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 290
1890 554 91.0%
1920 1,366
1930 1,651 20.9%
1940 2,178 31.9%
1950 4,750 118.1%
1960 5,262 10.8%
1970 5,392 2.5%
1980 6,447 19.6%
1990 6,496 0.8%
2000 6,664 2.6%
2010 6,779 1.7%
Est. 2016 6,756 [4] −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 6,779 people, 2,628 households, and 1,745 families residing in the city. The population density was 645.6 people per square mile (249.2/km²). There were 2,909 housing units at an average density of 277.0 per square mile (106.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.5% White, 21.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 6.5% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.0% of the population.

There were 2,628 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 30.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.9 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.8 males.

As of the 2000 Census, the median income for a household in the city was $31,822, and the median income for a family was $37,031. Males had a median income of $33,080 versus $21,473 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,332. About 11.8% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 12.9% of those age 65 or over.

The film Bernie is a fictionalized account of a celebrated murder in Carthage.[6]


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

There is also the two-year Panola College, a community college located across from Carthage City Hall.

The Carthage Bulldogs football team won their fifth state title in ten years on December 16, 2016 against Abilene Wylie at AT&T Stadium.

Points of interest[edit]

The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame is located in Carthage, which also houses the Tex Ritter museum. The Jim Reeves Memorial is located just on the outskirts of Carthage, east on U.S. 79. Reeves and Ritter were from the nearby unincorporated communities of Galloway and Murvaul, respectively.

The old Panola County Jail Museum is located on North Shelby Street.

Panola County Heritage Museum is located at 100 East Sabine Street across from the gazebo in downtown Anderson Park.

Lake Murvaul is fifteen miles west of Carthage on Murvaul Bayou.

Notable people[edit]


Carthage is served by two local radio stations: KGAS 1590 AM and KGAS 104.3 FM and by a local newspaper, The Panola Watchman. The nearest media market of notable size is in nearby Shreveport, Louisiana.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Carthage has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[9]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 22, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ Rhodes, Joe (2012-04-12). "Article in New York Times magazine". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "NEAL, MARGIE ELIZABETH". Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  8. ^ "Texas Historical Marker – Margie Neal". Archived from the original on 1 November 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015. 
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Carthage, Texas

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