O'Brien, Texas

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O'Brien, Texas
Location of OBrien, Texas
Location of OBrien, Texas
Haskell County OBrien.svg
Coordinates: 33°22′48″N 99°50′31″W / 33.38000°N 99.84194°W / 33.38000; -99.84194Coordinates: 33°22′48″N 99°50′31″W / 33.38000°N 99.84194°W / 33.38000; -99.84194
Country United States
State Texas
County Haskell
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,575 ft (480 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 106
 • Density 212.0/sq mi (101.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79539
Area code(s) 940
FIPS code 48-53304[1]
GNIS feature ID 1364256[2]

O'Brien is a city in Haskell County, Texas, United States. The population was 132 at the time of the 2000 census. As of 2010, the O'Brien population is 106.[3] O'Brien is located at the junction of Farm Road 2229 and Texas State Highway 6; the nearest large city is Abilene, seventy miles to the south.


O'Brien is located at 33°22′48″N 99°50′31″W / 33.38000°N 99.84194°W / 33.38000; -99.84194 (33.379922, -99.841812).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 287
1970 258 −10.1%
1980 212 −17.8%
1990 152 −28.3%
2000 132 −13.2%
2010 106 −19.7%
Est. 2014 104 [5] −1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 132 people, 54 households, and 32 families residing in the city. The population density was 262.1 people per square mile (101.9/km²). There were 71 housing units at an average density of 141.0/sq mi (54.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 61.36% White, 0.76% Native American, 37.88% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 55.30% of the population.

There were 54 households out of which 24.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 38.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 24.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 15.9% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 25.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 71.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 59.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $17,500, and the median income for a family was $18,750. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $13,214 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,422. There were 22.2% of families and 18.7% of the population living below the poverty line, including 20.0% of under eighteens and 16.7% of those over 64.


The City of O'Brien is served by the Knox City-O'Brien Consolidated Independent School District.

In 1972, O'Brien won the first six-man football state championship in Texas.

Religious establishments[edit]

One of the major entities in the city is the First Baptist Church of O'Brien. Prior to 2012, the church had baptized no one for the preceding three years. From 2012 to 2013, FBC baptized more than forty converts to Jesus Christ and has attendance near one hundred each Sunday, about the population of the whole community. Pastor Lance Rogers, a native of Dallas, said that he has never "experienced what God is doing out here" in the farming community, where most of the families have resided for generations. He quipped that O'Brien is "forty miles on the other side of the Great Commission," but despite population shifts away from rural communities, Rogers said that opportunities to spread the gospel are particularly striking in such outposts.[7]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "O'Brien, Texas: Basic Info". usa.com. Retrieved March 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ Keith Collier, "Rural Churches Still Ripe for Fulfilling Great Commission", Southern Baptist Texan, Southern Baptists of Texas, Grapevine, Texas, October 14, 2013, pp. 1, 16