Daisetta, Texas

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Daisetta, Texas
Location of Daisetta, Texas
Location of Daisetta, Texas
Liberty County Daisetta.svg
Coordinates: 30°6′52″N 94°38′34″W / 30.11444°N 94.64278°W / 30.11444; -94.64278Coordinates: 30°6′52″N 94°38′34″W / 30.11444°N 94.64278°W / 30.11444; -94.64278
CountryUnited States
 • MayorEric thaxton[1]
 • Total1.48 sq mi (3.84 km2)
 • Land1.48 sq mi (3.83 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
82 ft (25 m)
 • Total923
 • Density759.46/sq mi (293.20/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code936
FIPS code48-18476[4]
GNIS feature ID1333877[5]

Daisetta is a city in Liberty County, Texas, United States. The population was 923 at the 2020 census.[3]


The city was named after residents Daisy Barrett and Etta White.[1]


Daisetta is located at 30°6′52″N 94°38′34″W / 30.11444°N 94.64278°W / 30.11444; -94.64278 (30.114325, –94.642912).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all land.


Daisetta sits on a salt dome. In 1969, 1981, and again in 2008, sinkholes formed in the area. The 1981 sinkhole, which grew out of the smaller 1969 sinkhole, is thought to have formed from a collapse in the salt dome and is now a lake. The cause of the 2008 sinkhole is not yet known, but a collapse in the salt dome that Daisetta sits on is thought to be the cause and suspected to be caused by a company drilling oil out of the area.[1] The 1981 sinkhole grew to 250 feet (75 m) wide and 30 feet (9 m) deep.[7][8][9] By the evening of the day after the 2008 sinkhole formed, its growth had stabilized, but officials still saw it as a potential risk to the safety of city residents. With its length of 600×525 feet (180×160 m) and maximum depth of 150 feet (45 m),[10] it was nicknamed the "Sinkhole de Mayo" by local residents (a pun on "Cinco de Mayo").[1]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
Daisetta racial composition as of 2020[12]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 768 83.21%
Black or African American (NH) 34 3.68%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 5 0.54%
Asian (NH) 1 0.11%
Some Other Race (NH) 5 0.54%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 48 5.2%
Hispanic or Latino 62 6.72%
Total 923

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 923 people, 369 households, and 269 families residing in the city.

As of 2010 Daisetta had a population of 966. The racial and ethnic makeup of the population was 91.5% white, 3.2% black or African American, 3.2% from other races and 2.1% from two or more races. 5.5% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.[15]

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 966 people, 369 households, and 290 families residing in the city. The population density was 701.0 people per square mile (269.7/km2). There were 413 housing units at an average density of 280.0 per square mile (107.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.55% White, 2.32% African American, 1.16% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.13% of the population.

There were 369 households, out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.4% were non-families. 19.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 29.9% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was US$28,173, and the median income for a family was $33,281. Males had a median income of $30,529 versus $17,396 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,969. About 14.7% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 19.0% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Daisetta is served by the Hull-Daisetta Independent School District and is home to the Hull-Daisetta High School Bobcats.

Residents of Hull-Daisetta ISD are zoned to Lee College.[16]

Notable people[edit]

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  1. ^ a b c d Sinkhole and Town: Now You See It..., The New York Times, 2008-05-09. Retrieved on 2008-05-09.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Total Population: 2010 Census DEC Summary File 1 (P1), Daisetta city, Texas". data.census.gov. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 20, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ Horsewell, Cindy, Massive sinkhole continues to grow near Daisetta, The Houston Chronicle, 2008-05-08. Retrieved on 2008-05-08.
  8. ^ Regulators Monitor Massive Sinkhole in Southeast Texas Town, Fox News, 2008-05-08. Retrieved on 2008-05-08.
  9. ^ Massive Sinkhole Closes Texas Highway Archived 2011-07-18 at the Wayback Machine, WISN, 2008-05-07. Retrieved on 2008-05-08.
  10. ^ 8 months after it formed, sinkhole is still a mystery
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-23.
  13. ^ http://www.census.gov[not specific enough to verify]
  14. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  15. ^ 2010 general profile of population and housing characteriticis from the US census for Daisetta
  16. ^ Texas Education Code, Sec. 130.186. LEE COLLEGE DISTRICT SERVICE AREA.
  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.[13][14]