Hamlin, Texas

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Hamlin, Texas
City
Strauss Dry Goods Co. storefront, which has been converted into a public park, and adjoining building
Strauss Dry Goods Co. storefront, which has been converted into a public park, and adjoining building
Location of Hamlin, Texas
Location of Hamlin, Texas
Jones County Hamlin.svg
Coordinates: 32°53′12″N 100°7′31″W / 32.88667°N 100.12528°W / 32.88667; -100.12528Coordinates: 32°53′12″N 100°7′31″W / 32.88667°N 100.12528°W / 32.88667; -100.12528
Country United States
State Texas
Counties Jones, Fisher
Year Established 1907
Government
 • Mayor E.C. Ice III
Area
 • Total 5.30 sq mi (13.72 km2)
 • Land 5.29 sq mi (13.69 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 1,722 ft (525 m)
Population (2013)
 • Total 2,059
 • Density 402/sq mi (155.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79520
Area code(s) 325
FIPS code 48-31964[1]
GNIS feature ID 1337284[2]
Downtown Hamlin near sunset

Hamlin is a city in Jones and Fisher counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 2,124 at the 2010 census.[3] The Jones County portion of Hamlin is part of the Abilene, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The city was named for W. H. Hamlin, a railroad official of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway.[4] The Orient reached Hamlin in 1906[4] and was followed by the Texas Central Railroad within a couple of years and by the Abilene and Southern Railroad in 1910. The arrival of the railroad was announced in 1902, and the first train arrived in 1906. The county's first gypsum plant was constructed 6 miles (10 km) outside of Hamlin in 1903. Business boomed with the rail service, and the town included gins, a cottonseed oil mill, and a number of other businesses. Oil was discovered in 1928, which also contributed to the economy.[4] The Hamlin Herald was first published in 1906[4] and is still in print.[5] Hamlin would later gain its first and only hospital, Hamlin Memorial, in 1948. In 2015 Hamlin Memorial Hospital's name was changed to Hamlin Health.

Geography[edit]

Hamlin is located in northwestern Jones County at 32°53′12″N 100°7′31″W / 32.88667°N 100.12528°W / 32.88667; -100.12528 (32.886690, -100.125207).[6] The city limits extend west into Fisher County, although no people lived in this portion as of 2010.[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.7 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.20%, is water.[3]

U.S. Route 83 passes through the center of Hamlin as Central Avenue, leading north 18 miles (29 km) to Aspermont and southeast 17 miles (27 km) to Anson, the Jones County seat. Abilene is 42 miles (68 km) to the southeast. Texas State Highway 92 crosses Hamlin as Lake Drive, leading east 20 miles (32 km) to Stamford and west 20 miles to Rotan.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 1,978
1920 1,633 −17.4%
1930 2,828 73.2%
1940 2,406 −14.9%
1950 3,569 48.3%
1960 3,791 6.2%
1970 3,325 −12.3%
1980 3,248 −2.3%
1990 2,791 −14.1%
2000 2,248 −19.5%
2010 2,124 −5.5%
Est. 2015 2,042 [8] −3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,248 people, 924 households, and 623 families residing in the city. The population density was 422.4 people per square mile (163.1/km²). There were 1,090 housing units at an average density of 204.8 per square mile (79.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.58% White, 6.23% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.71% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 11.48% from other races, and 1.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.69% of the population.

There were 924 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 10.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.5% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 21.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,873, and the median income for a family was $33,667. Males had a median income of $25,887 versus $16,350 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,308. About 13.7% of families and 20.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.6% of those under age 18 and 21.2% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

The city is served by the Hamlin Independent School District and is home to the Hamlin High School Pied Pipers.[10] The Hamlin High School Pied Pipers were undefeated until semi-finals in 2014.

Climate[edit]

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Hamlin has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[11]

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