Freer, Texas

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Freer, Texas
Location of Freer, Texas
Location of Freer, Texas
Duval County Freer.svg
Coordinates: 27°52′45″N 98°36′58″W / 27.87917°N 98.61611°W / 27.87917; -98.61611Coordinates: 27°52′45″N 98°36′58″W / 27.87917°N 98.61611°W / 27.87917; -98.61611
CountryUnited States
 • Total4.13 sq mi (10.71 km2)
 • Land4.12 sq mi (10.68 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation518 ft (158 m)
 • Total2,818
 • Estimate 
 • Density646.62/sq mi (249.64/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code361
FIPS code48-27432[4]
GNIS feature ID2410544[2]

Freer is a city in Duval County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,818 at the 2010 census,[5] down from 3,241 at the 2000 census.

Like Sweetwater, the seat of Nolan County in West Texas, Freer holds an annual rattlesnake roundup in March.

The first oil well in Texas was drilled in Freer in 1860, a year after the discovery in Titusville, Pennsylvania, but it was unproductive. In 1907, oil was again discovered in Duval County, six years after Spindletop near Beaumont.

Oil well pump exhibit in Freer
Modern oil derrick east of Freer off U.S. Route 59 (Future Interstate 69W)


Brush Country Bank in Freer

Freer is located in northwestern Duval County at 27°52′45″N 98°36′58″W / 27.87917°N 98.61611°W / 27.87917; -98.61611 (27.879156, –98.616237).[6] U.S. Route 59 passes east–west through the city as Riley Street. Once outside the city limits, US 59 leads northeast 68 miles (109 km) to Beeville and southwest 59 miles (95 km) to Laredo. Texas State Highway 16 (Norton Avenue) crosses US 59 in the center of town and leads north 111 miles (179 km) to San Antonio and southwest 92 miles (148 km) to Zapata on the Rio Grande. Texas State Highway 44 passes through the center of Freer on Riley Street with US 59 but leads east 25 miles (40 km) to San Diego, the Duval County seat, and 35 miles (56 km) to Alice, as well as west 47 miles (76 km) to Interstate 35 at Encinal.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Freer has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.5 km2), of which 0.012 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.30%, is water.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)2,666[3]−5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

2020 census[edit]

Freer racial composition[8]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 317 12.88%
Black or African American (NH) 4 0.16%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 5 0.2%
Asian (NH) 24 0.98%
Some Other Race (NH) 1 0.04%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 92 3.74%
Hispanic or Latino 2,018 82.0%
Total 2,461

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,461 people, 809 households, and 663 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,241 people, 1,111 households, and 845 families residing in the city. The population density was 804.3 people per square mile (310.5/km2). There were 1,334 housing units at an average density of 331.1 per square mile (127.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.59% White, 0.46% African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 14.87% from other races, and 3.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 77.38% of the population.

There were 1,111 households, out of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.40.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 33.1% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,078, and the median income for a family was $26,475. Males had a median income of $26,789 versus $17,159 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,457. About 18.4% of families and 21.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.5% of those under age 18 and 25.4% of those age 65 or over.


The city is served by the Freer Independent School District.

Notable people[edit]

  • Jim Acker, (b 1958) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1983 to 1992 most with the Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Toni Adams, (1964–2010) was a professional wrestling manager and valet who appeared in several American regional promotions during the 1980s
  • Steve McMichael, (b 1957), is a former American football defensive tackle for Chicago Bears and former professional wrestler for WCW.
  • Paul Sadler,(b 1955) is a attorney and Texas politician.
  • Buddy Temple (D), was a (1942–2015) was a businessman and politician.


KBRA-FM radio at 95.9 MHz.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Freer has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[11]


  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: Freer, Texas
  3. ^ a b "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 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Freer city, Texas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2022-05-19.
  9. ^[not specific enough to verify]
  10. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  11. ^ Climate Summary for Freer, 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.[9][10]

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