China Grove, Texas

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
China Grove, Texas
Location of China Grove, Texas
Location of China Grove, Texas
Bexar ChinaGrove.svg
Coordinates: 29°23′35″N 98°20′44″W / 29.39306°N 98.34556°W / 29.39306; -98.34556Coordinates: 29°23′35″N 98°20′44″W / 29.39306°N 98.34556°W / 29.39306; -98.34556
CountryUnited States
 • Total4.34 sq mi (11.24 km2)
 • Land4.31 sq mi (11.17 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
Elevation653 ft (199 m)
 • Total1,141
 • Density306.28/sq mi (118.26/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)210, 726 (planned)
FIPS code48-14716[3]
GNIS feature ID1332767[2]
ANSI Code2413198[4]

China Grove is a town in Bexar County, Texas, United States, located on the far east side of San Antonio. The population was 1,141 at the 2020 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.


China Grove is about 12 miles (19 km) east of downtown San Antonio.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11 km2), all of it land.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
China Grove racial composition as of 2020[6]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White or European American (NH) 549 48.12%
Black or African American (NH) 74 6.49%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 6 0.53%
Asian (NH) 6 0.53%
Pacific Islander (NH) 1 0.09%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 39 3.42%
Hispanic or Latino 466 40.84%
Total 1,141

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,141 people, 363 households, and 306 families residing in the town.

At the 2000 census 1,247 people, 404 households, and 355 families were residing in the town. The population density was 303.0 people per square mile (116.9/km2). There were 417 housing units at an average density of 101.3 per square mile (39.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 86.93% White, 5.93% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 4.81% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.53%.[3]

Of the 404 households 43.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.0% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.9% were non-families. 9.9% of households were one person and 5.0% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.30.

The age distribution was 28.1% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% 65 or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.5 males.

The median household income was $67,333 and the median family income was $73,125. Males had a median income of $43,482 versus $30,391 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,745. About 2.4% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

Cultural references[edit]

The community became famous in 1973 when the Doobie Brothers' "China Grove" became a hit song. It was written and sung by The Doobies' Tom Johnston, who wrote it after passing through the town on his way to a concert in San Antonio, Texas. Despite its name and Johnston's lyrics, China Grove does not have a sizable Asian-American population; residents tracing their heritage to Asia number less than 0.1% of the population. Instead, the town got its name from a grove of chinaberry trees once located near the town's train depot, no longer extant.

This China Grove is not the one mentioned in Eudora Welty's short story, "Why I Live at the P.O.". That (fictional) town is said to be in Mississippi.


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


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: China Grove, Texas
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "US Gazetteer Files 2016-Places-Texas". US Census. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2022-05-24.
  7. ^[not specific enough to verify]
  8. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  9. ^ Climate Summary for China Grove, Texas
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[7][8]

External links[edit]