Potosi, Texas

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Potosi, Texas
Location of Potosi, Texas
Location of Potosi, Texas
Taylor County Potosi.svg
Coordinates: 32°20′8″N 99°39′57″W / 32.33556°N 99.66583°W / 32.33556; -99.66583Coordinates: 32°20′8″N 99°39′57″W / 32.33556°N 99.66583°W / 32.33556; -99.66583
Country United States
State Texas
County Taylor
 • Total 18.5 sq mi (47.8 km2)
 • Land 18.5 sq mi (47.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,821 ft (555 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,991
 • Density 160/sq mi (63/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79602
Area code(s) 325
FIPS code 48-59108[1]
GNIS feature ID 1344423[2]

Potosi is a census-designated place (CDP) in Taylor County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,991 at the 2010 census.[3] It is part of the Abilene, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Potosi is located at 32°20′8″N 99°39′57″W / 32.33556°N 99.66583°W / 32.33556; -99.66583 (32.335615, -99.665777).[4] It is situated along FM 1750, about 9 miles south of Abilene in east-central Taylor County.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 18.5 square miles (47.8 km²), all of it land.


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Potosi has a humid subtropical climate, Cfa on climate maps, typically characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. Potosi also borders the neighboring semiarid climate (Köppen BSh or BSk) of the West Central Texas region, which has characteristically long, hot summers and short, moderate winters.[6]


The first settlers in the area were the Pollard family in the 1870s. In 1893, R.A. Pollard applied for a post office and chose the name Potosi after the Mexican city of San Luis Potosí.[5] An estimated 100 inhabitants were living in the community in 1896. By 1940, 80 residents, a school, a church, four businesses, and a number of dwellings were there. In 1949, Potosi's school consolidated with the Wylie Independent School District.[7]

The population declined to 20 during the 1950s and rose to 149 in 1968. Significant growth in the area, aided its proximity to Abilene, began to occur in the late 1980s, and by 1992, 1,441 people were living in Potosi.[5] That growth has continued to date, as new subdivisions are being constructed and expanded along FM 1750, the main route through Potosi. They include Deerwood, Pack Saddle Prairie, Blackhawk Estates, Pack Saddle Farms, Seven Winds, and Pack Saddle Meadows.


As of the census[1] of 2000, 1,664 people, 589 households, and 501 families resided in the CDP. The population density was 90.1 people per square mile (34.8/km²). The 624 housing units averaged 33.8/sq mi (13.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.25% White, 0.66% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 2.04% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.23% of the population.

Of the 589 households, 42.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.0% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.9% were not families; 12.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the CDP, the population was distributed as 27.6% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $49,438, and for a family was $56,471. Males had a median income of $38,839 versus $20,822 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,997. About 9.5% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.8% of those under age 18 and 22.6% of those age 65 or over.


The community of Potosi is served by the Wylie Independent School District of Abilene, Texas.


The residents of Potosi, Texas receive water from the Potosi Water Supply Corporation and they are protected by the Potosi Volunteer Fire Department.


  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. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Counts, 2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). Texas: 2010. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ a b c "Potosi, Texas". The Handbook of Texas online. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 
  6. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L.; McMahon, T. A. (2007-10-11). "Updated world map of the Köppen-Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11 (5): 1633–1644. doi:10.5194/hess-11-1633-2007. ISSN 1607-7938. 
  7. ^ "Wylie ISD started with only 13 students". Abilene Reporter-News. 2006-01-27. Retrieved 2009-01-13. 

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