Quitman, Texas

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Quitman, Texas
Quitman Town Square
Quitman Town Square
Location of Quitman, Texas
Location of Quitman, Texas
Wood County Quitman.svg
Coordinates: 32°47′46″N 95°26′40″W / 32.79611°N 95.44444°W / 32.79611; -95.44444Coordinates: 32°47′46″N 95°26′40″W / 32.79611°N 95.44444°W / 32.79611; -95.44444
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.8 sq mi (4.8 km2)
 • Land1.8 sq mi (4.8 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
413 ft (126 m)
 • Total1,809
 • Density1,000/sq mi (380/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)903 Exchange: 763
FIPS code48-60188[1]
GNIS feature ID1375601[2]

Quitman is a city in Wood County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,809 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Wood County.[3] It is most notable for being the birthplace of Academy Award-winning actress Sissy Spacek. Established in 1850, the city's slogan is "The County Seat & Heart of Wood County."


Quitman is located at 32°47′46″N 95°26′40″W / 32.79611°N 95.44444°W / 32.79611; -95.44444 (32.796026, -95.444501).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.8 km²), all land.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Quitman has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[5]


Quitman operates under a mayor-council form of government in which the mayor is the head of the government. The mayor, with advice from the council, hires a professional administrator which oversee the day-to-day operation of the city. Currently, the Quitman Mayor is David Dobbs.[6] Rodney Kieke is the current city administrator [7].


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,843[8]1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 1809 people, 775 households, and 509 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,103.5 people per square mile (426.0/km²). There were 874 housing units at an average density of 475.1 per square mile (183.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.05% White, 6.40% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.49% Asian, 1.63% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.30% of the population.

There were 775 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 29.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,607, and the median income for a family was $39,643. Males had a median income of $28,929 versus $25,060 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,831. About 9.2% of families and 11.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.6% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

Education and public library[edit]

The City of Quitman is served by the Quitman Independent School District, a UIL Class AAA school district. Recently, the school has produced a state championship in golf, UIL News Writing, Powerlifting, and received First Runner-Up at the 2011 State UIL One-Act Play contest.

The Quitman Public Library is located at 202 East Goode Street one block east of the Wood County Courthouse. The library was formed in 1975 when a group of caring citizens gathered to study the need for a public library that would serve the City of Quitman and the surrounding community. The Quitman City Council chartered the library in 1975. The library’s first building was in a frame house offered by the Liles family located at the corner of Main and Lane Streets near the courthouse square.

In August 1980, a financial drive began to purchase a larger building to house the many books that had been collected from donations. The community supported the drive and the former facility of the First National Bank, at 202 East Goode Street, Quitman TX was purchased. In early 1987, a local fundraising effort was started for additional space in the library to accommodate a children’s department, staff book processing area, and a community meeting room. The library received several grants, and in October 1988, the Thurman Shamburger Wing was dedicated.

Today, the Quitman Public Library is fully staffed and houses a collection of nearly 30,000 items in a variety of formats; the library also houses the collection of the Wood County Genealogical Society. The library has an Advisory Board and active Friends of the Library group.

The Mayor of Quitman and the Quitman City Council are the governing body of the Quitman Public Library as it is a department of the City of Quitman.

The Quitman Public Library is in the heart of Quitman and Wood County.[10]


Quitman serves as the home to many local businesses, most of which provide services to Wood County. BTH Bank, however, has spread its roots beyond county lines, and continues to grow throughout the East Texas area. Several locally owned restaurants provide a "mom and pop" service to the town. Quitman is also the home to several cooperative businesses. Wood County Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Peoples Telephone Cooperative, Inc are both located in Quitman.

Community, arts and entertainment[edit]

The Quitman Community Theatre, awarded by County Line Magazine as the Best Small Town Community Theatre in the Upper Eastside of Texas for five consecutive years, has provided the town with live productions since 2001. Each production takes place at the Carroll Green Civic Center, and on average, the theatre produces around three productions per year, including a musical. The 2017 Reaching Others Through Christ (ROTC) went to Quitman to build wheelchair ramps for some of the families living in Quitman and the surrounding cities.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Quitman, Texas
  6. ^ https://quitmantx.org/government/mayor_and_city_council.php
  7. ^ "Welcome To City Of Quitman, TX". www.quitmantx.org. Retrieved 2018-08-17.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ Delene Allen, Civic Services Director, 2015

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