Talco, Texas

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Talco, Texas
Talco City Hall
Talco City Hall
Location of Talco, Texas
Location of Talco, Texas
Titus County Talco.svg
Coordinates: 33°21′44″N 95°6′15″W / 33.36222°N 95.10417°W / 33.36222; -95.10417Coordinates: 33°21′44″N 95°6′15″W / 33.36222°N 95.10417°W / 33.36222; -95.10417
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.77 sq mi (1.99 km2)
 • Land0.77 sq mi (1.98 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
364 ft (111 m)
 • Total516
 • Estimate 
 • Density648.83/sq mi (250.67/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip Code
FIPS code48-71732[3]
GNIS feature ID1369562[4]

Talco is a town in Titus County, Texas, United States. The population was 516 at the 2010 census. The name is derived from a local candy bar (It was either a shelf carton or because the local people said it was "Texas-Arkansas-Louisiana Country hence Talco). Also reports said it may have been a local company name Texas-Arkansas-Louisiana Company. There are varying reports to what it was actually.


Two post offices were established near the current site of Talco: Gouldsboro in 1856 and Goolesboro in 1878. Due to name conflict the community changed its name to "Talco" based on the Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana Candy Company initials on a candy wrapper. In 1912, Talco relocated to be closer to a railroad line.

Oil was discovered in 1936, leading to a big boom in the economy. Talco called itself the "Asphalt capital of the world."


Talco is located at 33°21′44″N 95°6′15″W / 33.36222°N 95.10417°W / 33.36222; -95.10417 (33.362131, –95.104090).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km2), all of it land.

US Route 271 is a major north–south highway through Talco. The community is a mile east of the Franklin County line.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)497[2]−3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

2020 census[edit]

Talco racial composition[7]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 220 44.53%
Black or African American (NH) 81 16.4%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 6 1.21%
Some Other Race (NH) 1 0.2%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 30 6.07%
Hispanic or Latino 156 31.58%
Total 494

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 494 people, 258 households, and 206 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 570 people, 220 households, and 150 families residing in the city. The population density was 743.0 people per square mile (285.8/km2). There were 277 housing units at an average density of 361.1 per square mile (138.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.60% White, 12.81% African American, 8.25% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.16% of the population.

There were 220 households, out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 30.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 104.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $17,500, and the median income for a family was $21,250. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $12,426 for females. The per capita income for the city was $8,243. About 36.4% of families and 38.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.5% of those under age 18 and 18.8% of those age 65 or over.


The City of Talco is served by the Rivercrest Independent School District (Talco-Bogata Consolidated Independent School District prior to July 1999).[10]

It previously maintained Talco Elementary.[11] The previous Talco school opened in 1939.[12] The district began construction of the consolidated elementary on May 1, 2000 and the scheduled completion was in June 2001.[10]


  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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-21.
  8. ^ https://www.census.gov/[not specific enough to verify]
  9. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". www.census.gov. Retrieved 18 May 2022.
  10. ^ a b "Home". Rivercrest Independent School District. 2001-05-15. Archived from the original on 2001-05-15. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  11. ^ "Talco-Bogata Cons ISD Data". Texas Education Agency. 2001-05-04. Archived from the original on 2001-05-04. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  12. ^ "Home". Talco Elementary and Junior High. 2001-04-08. Archived from the original on 2001-04-08. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[8][9]

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