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Centerville, Texas
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Location of Centerville, Texas
Location of Centerville, Texas
Leon County Centerville.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Leon
 • Total 1.79 sq mi (4.62 km2)
 • Land 1.79 sq mi (4.62 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
354 ft (108 m)
 • Total 892
 • Estimate 
 • Density 507.84/sq mi (196.12/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 903
FIPS code 48-13900
GNIS feature ID 1354216

Centerville is a city in Leon County, in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 892 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Leon County.

Centerville was so named as it is near the geographic center of Leon County. However, it is also coincidentally located nearly midway between Dallas and Houston.


Centerville became the county seat of Leon County in 1850. It was originally built on 200 acres donated by Robert J Townes and D.C. Carrington.

The town established an annual Black-Eyed Pea Festival in 1937.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Centerville has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 221
1880 225 1.8%
1890 288 28.0%
1930 388
1940 900 132.0%
1950 961 6.8%
1960 836 −13.0%
1970 831 −0.6%
1980 799 −3.9%
1990 812 1.6%
2000 903 11.2%
2010 892 −1.2%
2019 (est.) 907 1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census, 903 people, 388 households, and 230 families were living in the city. The population density was 620.9 people per square mile (240.4/km2). The 464 housing units had an average density of 319.0/sq mi (123.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 75.30% White, 21.82% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 1.66% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.99%.

Of the 388 households, 25.3% had children under 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.5% were not families. About 38.1% of households were one person, and 22.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.17, and the average family size was 2.89.

The age distribution was 22.1% under 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 23.9% 65 or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.5 males.

The median income for a household was $25,677 and for a family was $35,278. Males had a median income of $38,125 versus $19,167 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,469. About 14.9% of families and 19.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.


Centerville is home to several churches representing the main denominations of the Christian faith, in addition to several non-denominational congregations.


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


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

Notable people

  • Marva Black Beck, Texas politician
  • Lightnin' Hopkins, blues singer; born in Centerville in 1912

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