Dublin, Texas

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Dublin, Texas
Downtown Dublin, Texas
Downtown Dublin, Texas
Location of Dublin, Texas
Location of Dublin, Texas
Erath County Dublin.svg
Coordinates: 32°5′12″N 98°20′33″W / 32.08667°N 98.34250°W / 32.08667; -98.34250Coordinates: 32°5′12″N 98°20′33″W / 32.08667°N 98.34250°W / 32.08667; -98.34250
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.59 sq mi (9.29 km2)
 • Land3.59 sq mi (9.29 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation1,463 ft (446 m)
 • Total3,654
 • Estimate 
 • Density990.52/sq mi (382.40/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code254
FIPS code48-21484[4]
GNIS feature ID1334711[2]

Dublin is a city located in southwestern Erath County in Central Texas, United States. Its population was 3,654 at the 2010 census,[5] down from 3,754 at the 2000 census.

The town is the former home of the world's oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant (see Dublin Dr Pepper). The plant was for many years the only U.S. source for Dr Pepper made with real cane sugar (from Texas-based Imperial Sugar), instead of less expensive high-fructose corn syrup. Contractual requirements limited the plant's distribution range to a 40-mile (64 km) radius of Dublin, an area encompassing Stephenville, Tolar, Comanche, and Hico.

Dublin was the southern terminus of the Wichita Falls and Southern Railroad, one of the properties of Frank Kell, Joseph A. Kemp, and later Orville Bullington of Wichita Falls. The line was abandoned in 1954.[6]

Dublin was the boyhood home of legendary golfer Ben Hogan, who was born on August 13, 1912, at the hospital in nearby Stephenville. Hogan lived in Dublin until 1921, when he and his family relocated to Fort Worth.

American jurist and 1924 Texas Republican gubernatorial nominee George C. Butte married and resided in Dublin for several years and is interred there at Live Oak Cemetery.

Dublin is the birthplace of Lt. Col. George Andrew Davis, Jr., who was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 10 February 1952, near the Sinuiju-Yalu River area in North Korea. Davis ranks 16th on the list of most highly decorated U.S. military personnel of all time who received the Medal of Honor.

In 2005, Governor Rick Perry signed a bill that designated Dublin as the official Irish Capital of Texas. Thus, Dublin is known to be home to many people of Irish American descent.


Dublin is located in southwestern Erath County. U.S. Route 377 bypasses the city on the west, leading northeast 13 miles (21 km) to Stephenville, the county seat, and southwest 21 miles (34 km) to Comanche. Texas State Highway 6 passes through the center of Dublin as Blackjack Street, leading southeast 20 miles (32 km) to Hico and west 12 miles (19 km) to De Leon. Fort Worthis 80 miles (130 km) to the northeast, and Waco is 90 miles (140 km) to the southeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Dublin has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2), all land.[5]


The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen climate classification describes the weather as humid subtropical, designated as Cfa.[7]

Climate data for Dublin, Texas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 13
Average low °C (°F) 0
Average precipitation mm (inches) 46
Source: Weatherbase[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2020 census[edit]

Dublin racial composition[10]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 1,818 54.12%
Black or African American (NH) 16 0.48%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 14 0.42%
Asian (NH) 18 0.54%
Pacific Islander (NH) 2 0.06%
Some other race (NH) 10 0.3%
Mixed/multiracial (NH) 97 2.89%
Hispanic or Latino 1,384 41.2%
Total 3,359

As of the 2020 United States census, 3,359 people, 1,025 households, and 730 families were residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, 3,754 people, 1,309 households, and 920 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,102.4 people per square mile (425.1/km2). The 1,507 housing units had an average density of 442.5/sq mi (170.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.42% White, 0.24% African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 16.28% from other races, and 2.05% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 29.62% of the population.

Of the 1,309 households, 39.8% had children under 18 living with them, 53.4% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were not families. About 26.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.78, and the average family size was 3.38.

In the city, the age distribution was 32.4% under 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,397, and for a family was $27,880. Males had a median income of $27,798 versus $16,786 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,724. About 28.1% of families and 31.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.1% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.

Local media[edit]

The local newspaper is The Dublin Citizen. Local television stations that provide coverage for Dublin and surrounding areas come from the Dallas/Fort Worth and Waco/Temple/Killeen metropolitan areas. Local radio stations include KSTV-FM, KEQX and KTRL (FM), all licensed to Dublin or Stephenville, with studios in Erath County.


The city is served by the Dublin Independent School District and is home to the Dublin Lions.


Each year, several events are held in Dublin.

During the week of St. Patrick's Day, the community welcomes visitors with a parade, "ambassador" pageant, and other events.

Each June during the Dr Pepper birthday celebration, Dublin celebrates its era as the oldest Dr Pepper bottling plant in the world, when it still bottled Dr Pepper with the original recipe and pure cane sugar. Following legal disputes, Dr Pepper Snapple split ties with the Dublin bottling company after 120 years of service. The newly renamed Dublin Bottling Works has become an independent company and continues to hold the birthday celebration every June.

The birthday events coincide with the Irish Stampede, a charity 10-2-4K run sponsored by the local Lions Club; the "Tour de Agua" bicycle race; and the "Gotta Love Gravel: Dublin" evening gravel ride sponsored by Dublin Bottling Works. Scores of former students from Dublin primary, middle, and high schools return at this time for the annual Dublin Area Reunion.

The community celebrates its large Hispanic population with events during Cinco de Mayo (in May) and during Hispanic Heritage month is observed in September and October.

The local Dublin Chamber of Commerce sponsors one-third of the tri-angler tournament, with a bass-fishing tournament in July held nearby at Proctor Lake. October safe trick or treating activities seek to ensure safe Halloween activities, and Christmas festivities the first Thursday in December include an annual Christmas parade.

The Double In Cowboy Church holds routine barrel races and other western-related riding events.

Throughout the year, visitors to the community enjoy seeing the five local museums—the Rodeo Heritage Museum, the Dublin Historical Museum, the Dr Pepper Museum, the National Health and Public Safety History Museum, and the renowned Ben Hogan Museum.

Notable people[edit]

  • Gene Autry was co-owner of a world championship rodeo company and Lightning C Ranch in Dublin, Texas.
  • George Andrew Davis, Jr., a highly decorated fighter pilot and flying ace of the United States Army Air Forces in World War II, and later of the US Air Force during the Korean War, was born in Dublin in 1920.
  • Johnny Duncan, a popular country singer in the mid- to late 1970s, was born Oct. 5, 1938, in Dublin. His family resides locally. The home where he grew up is still owned by family members. Duncan passed away August 14, 2006, at age 67.
  • Dustin Hodge, a television producer and writer, graduated from Dublin High School.
  • Ben Hogan began his life in his hometown of Dublin as the son of the local blacksmith. At his father's side, he watched the way metal could be crafted to produce the best result for the end user. Years later, he used that knowledge of crafting "irons" to create a new category of golf clubs. The local Ben Hogan Museum pays tribute to the legendary golfer.
  • Nicole James, captain and member of the USA Women's Olympic Rugby Team, was born in Dublin. She graduated from high school from Dublin High School and Texas A&M University.
  • Everett Colburn, the former owner and managing director of the World Championship Rodeo in Madison Square Garden, raised the livestock for the rodeo on the Lightning "C" Ranch near Dublin, Texas. Cowboys and cowgirls would join the animals on the "rodeo train" and travel from Dublin to Madison Square Garden for the annual competition.
  • Harry Tompkins held multiple rodeo world championships.
  • H. Lane Mitchell, municipal public works commissioner in Shreveport, Louisiana, 1934–1968, was born in Dublin in 1895.[13]
  • Rom Stanifer was an Olympic rifle competitor.[14]
  • Slim Willet, musician, songwriter and radio personality, was born in Dublin in 1919.


See also[edit]


  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: Dublin, Texas
  3. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Dublin city, Texas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "H. Allen Anderson, "Wichita Falls and Southern Railroad"". tshaonline.org. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
  7. ^ Climate Summary for Dublin, Texas
  8. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013. Retrieved on September 7, 2013.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-21.
  11. ^ http://www.census.gov[not specific enough to verify]
  12. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  13. ^ "H. Lane Mitchell dies, funeral Friday morning", Shreveport Times, November 9, 1978, p. 10-A
  14. ^ "Rom Stanifer". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  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.[11][12]

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