Pyote, Texas

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Pyote, Texas
Town
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Coordinates: 31°32′15″N 103°7′36″W / 31.53750°N 103.12667°W / 31.53750; -103.12667Coordinates: 31°32′15″N 103°7′36″W / 31.53750°N 103.12667°W / 31.53750; -103.12667
Country United States
State Texas
County Ward
Area
 • Total 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 • Land 1.3 sq mi (3.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,625 ft (800 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 114
 • Density 88/sq mi (35/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79777
Area code(s) 432
FIPS code 48-59996[1]
GNIS feature ID 1365876[2]

Pyote (/ˈp.t/ PYE-oat) is a town in Ward County, Texas, United States. The population was 114 at the 2010 census.[3]


History[edit]

Pyote began as a small town. Its fortunes rose with oil, but its population decreased when the railroad was built away from the town. At one time Pyote had 3,500 residents. The 1942 development of the Pyote Army Air Base and the 1967 development of what would become the West Texas State School raised the town's fortunes.[4]

Geography[edit]

Pyote is located at 31°32′15″N 103°7′36″W / 31.53750°N 103.12667°W / 31.53750; -103.12667 (31.537478, -103.126771).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), all land.

Climate[edit]

This area has a large amount of sunshine year round due to its stable descending air and high pressure. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Pyote has a mild desert climate, abbreviated "Bwh" on climate maps.[6]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 420
1970 155 −63.1%
1980 382 146.5%
1990 348 −8.9%
2000 131 −62.4%
2010 114 −13.0%
Est. 2016 122 [7] 7.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 131 people, 56 households, and 32 families residing in the town. The population density was 101.5 people per square mile (39.2/km²). There were 85 housing units at an average density of 65.9 per square mile (25.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 83.97% White, 1.53% African American, 6.87% Native American, 4.58% from other races, and 3.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.90% of the population.

There were 56 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.1% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% 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 3.09.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,625, and the median income for a family was $30,833. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $20,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,505. There were 6.3% of families and 15.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including 17.1% of under eighteens and 9.1% of those over 64.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

An unincorporated area near Pyote is the site of the former Pyote Army Air Base. It was home to the West Texas State School, a youth detention facility operated by the Texas Youth Commission, until its 2010 closure.[9][10][11]

The United States Postal Service operates the Pyote Post Office.[12]

Education[edit]

The Town of Pyote is served by the Monahans-Wickett-Pyote Independent School District.

References[edit]

  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. Retrieved 2017-01-03. 
  4. ^ Johnson, David. "Pyote's future." Odessa American. April 17, 2010. Retrieved on June 4, 2010.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Pyote, Texas
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Facility Address List." Texas Youth Commission. Retrieved on May 23, 2010.
  10. ^ Ward, Mike. "Report: school "did not provide a safe environment"." Austin American-Statesman. Saturday March 17, 2007. Retrieved on May 23, 2010.
  11. ^ "TYC Facility in Pyote Officially Closes Their Doors." Newswest 9. Retrieved on June 3, 2010.
  12. ^ "Post Office Location - PYOTE." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 23, 2010.