Kaufman, Texas

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Kaufman, Texas
"Progress, Tradition"[1]
Location of Kaufman in Kaufman County, Texas
Location of Kaufman in Kaufman County, Texas
Coordinates: 32°35′7″N 96°18′28″W / 32.58528°N 96.30778°W / 32.58528; -96.30778Coordinates: 32°35′7″N 96°18′28″W / 32.58528°N 96.30778°W / 32.58528; -96.30778
CountryUnited States
 • Total6.8 sq mi (17.7 km2)
 • Land6.6 sq mi (17.2 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
459 ft (140 m)
 • Total6,490
 • Density977.9/sq mi (377.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)214, 469, 972
FIPS code48-38488[2]
GNIS feature ID1338964[3]

Kaufman is a city in Kaufman County, Texas, United States. The population was 6,703 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Kaufman County.[4][5]

The Greenslade Drug Store in Kaufman, Texas.


Kaufman was founded as a fort, named after Dr. William P. King who established the fort after purchasing 2.5 square miles of land where the city is now located in 1840. Kings Fort was renamed Kingsboro after five years of growth. In 1852, Kingsboro was renamed Kaufman after the newly formed Kaufman County, which in turn was named after David S. Kaufman.[5][6] Kaufman was the first place that Bonnie Parker, of Bonnie and Clyde fame, was incarcerated.

Nearby Camp Kaufman was used as a German POW camp during World War II.[7]


Kaufman is located at 32°35′7″N 96°18′28″W / 32.58528°N 96.30778°W / 32.58528; -96.30778 (32.585395, -96.307673).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 square miles (18 km2), of which, 6.6 square miles (17 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (2.64%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20167,181[9]7.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of 2010 Kaufman had a population of 6,703. The median age was 32. The ethnic and racial composition of the population was 55.4% non-Hispanic white, 9.4% non-Hispanic black, 0.9% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 13.6% reporting some other race and 3.5% from two or more races. 32.6% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.[11]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 6,490 people, 2,179 households, and 1,579 families residing in the city. The population density was 977.9 people per square mile (377.4/km²). There were 2,310 housing units at an average density of 348.1 per square mile (134.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 47.83% White, 12.87% African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 15.92% from other races, and 2.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 39.74% of the population.

There were 2,179 households out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.39.

In the city, the population was spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,250, and the median income for a family was $38,983. Males had a median income of $29,637 versus $23,695 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,024. About 12.4% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.


Public education[edit]

The city of Kaufman and surrounding portions of Kaufman County are served by the Kaufman Independent School District.[12]

Private education[edit]

Honors Academy operates the Legacy Academy, a 6-12 charter school, in Kaufman.[13]

In addition, Kaufman Christian School (KCS), a church-run primary school with classes from pre-kindergarten to sixth grades, also serves the area.

Colleges and universities[edit]

Trinity Valley Community College operates its Health Science Center in Kaufman (however, the Center does not offer general education courses; these must be taken at one of the other TVCC campuses).


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Kaufman has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[14]

Notable people[edit]

  • Ted Healy, comedian, actor and discoverer of The Three Stooges was born in Kaufman in 1896.
  • Ray Jackson, author and high-profile national trial attorney
  • Adelaida and Macario Cuellar, founders of El Chico Restaurants opened their first cafe in Kaufman. It was relocated to Oak Lawn in Dallas, TX in 1940 and renamed El Chico.[15]
  • Matt Mosley, sports journalist, sports comedian and podcast mogul most known for his work with the Dallas Morning News, 103.3 ESPN Radio, and now the Doomsday Podcast. According to himself, he is also a notable Baylor University graduate.
  • Stuart Spitzer, surgeon in Kaufman and incoming Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives[16]
  • Sonny Strait, voice actor
  • Clayton Lee Bass, Professional Angler

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "City of Kaufman Texas". City of Kaufman Texas. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  5. ^ a b "Profile for Kaufman, Texas, TX". ePodunk. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  6. ^ Minor, David (June 15, 2010). "Kaufman, TX". Handbook of Texas (online ed.). Texas State Historical Association.
  7. ^ Krammer, Arnold (1979). Nazi Prisoners of War in America. New York: Stein and Day. p. 245,262. ISBN 0812825713.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ 2010 general profile of population and housing characteristics for Kaufman, Texas
  12. ^ "Kaufman Independent School District". Kaufman Independent School District. Archived from the original on October 29, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  13. ^ "Home Archived 2011-07-27 at the Wayback Machine.." Legacy Academy. Retrieved on September 6, 2011. "Legacy Academy * 607 South Madison Street * Kaufman, TX 75142"
  14. ^ Climate Summary for Kaufman, Texas
  15. ^ "El Chico Story". elchico.com.
  16. ^ "About Stuart Spitzer". stuartspitzer.com. Archived from the original on April 4, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2014.

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