Trinity, Texas

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Trinity, Texas
Motto: "You'll never want to leave!"
Location of Trinity, Texas
Location of Trinity, Texas
Trinity County Trinity.svg
Coordinates: 30°56′44″N 95°22′32″W / 30.94556°N 95.37556°W / 30.94556; -95.37556Coordinates: 30°56′44″N 95°22′32″W / 30.94556°N 95.37556°W / 30.94556; -95.37556
Country United States
State Texas
County Trinity
 • Total 3.8 sq mi (9.8 km2)
 • Land 3.8 sq mi (9.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 233 ft (71 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 2,721
 • Density 720.2/sq mi (278.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 75862
Area code(s) 936
FIPS code 48-73664[1]
GNIS feature ID 1370117[2]
Website City of Trinity, Texas

Trinity is a city in Trinity County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,721 at the 2000 census.


Trinity was founded in 1872 on land purchased from the New York and Texas Land Company. The town was a railroad station on the Houston and Great Northern Railroad.[3]

The town was originally named Trinity Station after the Trinity River. The name of the town was later changed to Trinity City, then to Trinity. The town was incorporated in 1910.[3]


Trinity is located at 30°56′44″N 95°22′32″W / 30.94556°N 95.37556°W / 30.94556; -95.37556 (30.945495, -95.375599).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²), all of it land.

Trinity, 80 miles (130 km) north of Houston, has two stoplights. Mandy Oaklander of the Houston Press said that Trinity "is a speck of a town[...]"[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 856
1920 1,363
1930 2,036 49.4%
1940 2,217 8.9%
1950 2,054 −7.4%
1960 1,787 −13.0%
1970 2,512 40.6%
1980 2,620 4.3%
1990 2,648 1.1%
2000 2,721 2.8%
2010 2,697 −0.9%
Est. 2015 2,752 [6] 2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,721 people, 1,098 households, and 703 families residing in the city. The population density was 720.2 people per square mile (277.9/km²). There were 1,284 housing units at an average density of 339.9 per square mile (131.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 57.18% White, 33.88% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 6.76% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.92% of the population.

There were 1,098 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% were married couples living together, 19.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,474, and the median income for a family was $28,678. Males had a median income of $24,470 versus $21,290 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,320. About 15.2% of families and 24.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.6% of those under age 18 and 24.4% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture[edit]

Old Red Schoolhouse[edit]

Old Red Schoolhouse

Completed in 1915, the Prairie Style, T-Plan building housed all grade levels until completion of an adjacent High School in 1928. "Old Red" served as a schoolhouse for 80 years. When it was slated for demolition in the 1990s, concerned citizens and former students worked with the School District to preserve the historic building for continued use. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.[8] It was previously used as a haunted house for Halloween.


The City of Trinity is served by the Trinity Independent School District.


The Trinity Standard newspaper is published weekly by Polk County Publishing Company.[9]


Trinity Steel Fabricators, Inc.[edit]

Avalon Place Nursing Home[edit]

Wilkison Hardware & Furniture[edit]



ETMC Trinity, a branch of the East Texas Medical Center (ETMC) Regional Healthcare System, is a 30-bed hospital and Level IV trauma center.[10] A new addition, the ETMC First Physicians Clinic was opened April 20, 2009 and is owned by the Trinity Memorial Hospital District.[11]

Notable people[edit]

  • Linda Ellerbee: journalist, spent a significant amount of time with her grandmother in Trinity as a youth
  • William Goyen: novelist, born in Trinity April 24, 1915, whose first novel is somewhat based on the town
  • Rebert H. Harris: Gospel Singer, born in Trinity Texas, March 23, 1916, original founding member of the Soul Stirrers gospel group.
  • Ollie Matson: NFL Hall of Fame halfback, born in Trinity May 1, 1930
  • Charlie Wilson: Texas politician


  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. ^ a b "TRINITY, TX (TRINITY COUNTY)". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved July 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Oaklander, Mandy. "Life Without Parole." Houston Press. Wednesday April 13, 2011. 1. Retrieved on May 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ Texas Historical Commission, Reference No 5000865 Certified 2005-08-10.
  9. ^ East Texas News
  10. ^ East Texas Medical Center
  11. ^ East Texas Medical Center, 2009-04-20.

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