Latexo, Texas

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Latexo, Texas
Location of Latexo, Texas
Location of Latexo, Texas
Houston County Latexo.svg
Coordinates: 31°23′21″N 95°28′29″W / 31.38917°N 95.47472°W / 31.38917; -95.47472Coordinates: 31°23′21″N 95°28′29″W / 31.38917°N 95.47472°W / 31.38917; -95.47472
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.98 sq mi (2.54 km2)
 • Land0.98 sq mi (2.54 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
397 ft (121 m)
 • Total322
 • Estimate 
 • Density319.76/sq mi (123.51/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code936
FIPS code48-41644[3]
GNIS feature ID1360972[4]

Latexo (/ləˈtɛks/ lə-TEK-soh) is a city in Houston County, Texas, United States. Its population was 322 at the 2010 census.[5]


Just after 1900, the Louisiana Texas Orchard Company purchased 3,000 acres (12 km2) surrounding the settlement and platted a town named "Latexo", an acronym of the company's name.[6] Five schools have been built over the years in the community and the city of Latexo.

The first Bethel school building was on a dirt road that ran parallel with the railroad tracks, about 500 feet (150 m) south of the railroad crossing at the north end of the city. This building was later occupied as the home of Cleveland Willis. The second Bethel school built in the community was located on a street that went east from what was at that time the main road that ran south along the railroad tracks. This site in the 1960s and later years was known as the home site of the Stokes Reed family. This building was later sold (around 1930) to the Baptist Church and was used as such for many years.

The third site of the school was located about two houses east of the second site and was the location of what was referred to as the old Ed Burton home, but was the Bill McKinney home in 1961, and later the Clifford Price home. The third school was moved in 1930 to the present location. Two new buildings have been built on the same school property, replacing the previous building.[citation needed]


Latexo is located north of the center of Houston County at 31°23′21″N 95°28′29″W / 31.38917°N 95.47472°W / 31.38917; -95.47472 (31.389285, –95.474699).[7] U.S. Route 287 is the main road through the city, leading south 5 miles (8 km) to Crockett, the county seat, and north 7 miles (11 km) to Grapeland.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.97 square miles (2.5 km2), all of it land.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)314[2]−2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[3] of 2000, 272 people, 116 households, and 70 families were residing in the city. The population density was 276.0 people per square mile (106.1/km2). The 136 housing units averaged 138.0 per mi2 (53.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.07% White, 3.31% African American, 21.37% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 3.68% from other races, and 2.21% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.51% of the population.

Of the 116 households, 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.6% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were not families. About 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34, and the average family size was 3.04.

In the city, theage distribution was 26.5% under 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,750, and for a family was $35,833. Males had a median income of $29,583 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,603. About 21.4% of families and 22.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.2% of those under the age of 18 and 12.7% of those 65 or over.


The city is served by the Latexo Independent School District.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Latexo city, Texas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Temple, Robert D. Edge Effects: The Border-Name Places (2nd edition, 2009), iUniverse, ISBN 978-0-595-47758-6, page 324.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.