Uncertain, Texas

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Uncertain, Texas
City marker of Uncertain
City marker of Uncertain
Uncertain is located in Texas
Uncertain is located in the United States
Coordinates: 32°42′36″N 94°7′19″W / 32.71000°N 94.12194°W / 32.71000; -94.12194Coordinates: 32°42′36″N 94°7′19″W / 32.71000°N 94.12194°W / 32.71000; -94.12194
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.54 sq mi (1.39 km2)
 • Land0.54 sq mi (1.39 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
180 ft (55 m)
 • Total85
 • Density171.32/sq mi (66.17/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code903
FIPS code48-74240[2]
GNIS feature ID1349024[3]

Uncertain is a city in Harrison County, Texas, in the United States. According to the 2010 census, the city population was 94,[4] down from 150 at the 2000 census. In 2020, it had a population of 85.[5]


The city of Uncertain was incorporated in 1961 as a Type B general law city, with a mayor and five aldermen on an at-large basis.[6]

Uncertain has been noted for its unusual place name.[7] According to tradition, the town derives its name from the original application for township where the name for it had not been decided. Therefore when the original residents filled out the application they put "Uncertain" in the blank for the name. When the township was given, it then became "Uncertain".[citation needed]


Uncertain is in the northeast corner of Harrison County, at the west end of Caddo Lake, a water body on Big Cypress Bayou that extends east into Louisiana. The city is at the east end of Farm Road 2198, which leads southwest 5 miles (8 km) to Texas State Highway 43 near Karnack. Uncertain is 21 miles (34 km) northeast of Marshall, the Harrison county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.50 square miles (1.3 km2), of which 0.2 acres (996 m2), or 0.08%, are water.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)92[8]−2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

At the 2000 census, there were 150 people, 77 households, and 49 families residing in the city.[2] The population density was 294.1 people per square mile (113.6/km2). There were 137 housing units at an average density of 268.7 per square mile (103.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 72.67% White, 26.67% African American and 0.67% (i.e. 1 person) Native American. At the 2020 census, there were 85 people; the racial makeup of the city in 2020 was predominantly non-Hispanic white.[5]

Uncertain Flea Market, 2017


The city of Uncertain is served by the Karnack Independent School District.

In film[edit]

  • A 2017 documentary film Uncertain is about the city, several of its residents, and its lake with its extreme weed growth problem.
  • In 2010, several scenes from the film Shark Night 3D were filmed at Caddo Lake.
  • Some scenes in the Andy Sidaris film Picasso Trigger were filmed in Uncertain and in the Big Cypress Bayou.
  • In 1966, several scenes from the film Curse of the Swamp Creature were filmed around the local Fly-N-Fish Lodge Airport.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Uncertain city, Texas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "2020 Race and Population Totals". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2022-05-20.
  6. ^ "City of Uncertain Texas". City of Uncertain Texas. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Retrieved July 27, 2012.
  7. ^ "From Bug Tussle to Tarzan, here are 40 of the oddest Texas town names". Click2Houston. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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