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De Kalb, Texas
Downtown De Kalb
Downtown De Kalb
"Opportunity. Innovation"
Location of De Kalb, Texas
Location of De Kalb, Texas
Bowie County DeKalb.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Bowie
 • Total 1.37 sq mi (3.55 km2)
 • Land 1.37 sq mi (3.55 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
410 ft (125 m)
 • Total 1,527
 • Density 1,163.62/sq mi (449.28/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 903
FIPS code 48-19648
GNIS feature ID 1381748

De Kalb ( di-_-kab) is a city in Bowie County, Texas, United States; it is part of the Texarkana metropolitan statistical area. Its two area codes are 430 and 903. Its ZIP code is 75559. It is in the Central Time Zone, and its population was 1,527 at the 2020 United States census.


De Kalb is located at 33°30′29″N 94°36′59″W / 33.50806°N 94.61639°W / 33.50806; -94.61639 (33.508016, -94.616264).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 420
1920 910
1930 1,023 12.4%
1940 1,287 25.8%
1950 1,928 49.8%
1960 2,042 5.9%
1970 2,197 7.6%
1980 2,217 0.9%
1990 1,976 −10.9%
2000 1,769 −10.5%
2010 1,699 −4.0%
2020 1,527 −10.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

At of the census of 2000, there were 1,769 people, 725 households, and 477 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,349.1 people per square mile (521.4/km2). There were 853 housing units at an average density of 650.5 per square mile (251.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 66.70% White, 30.81% African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.68% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.43% of the population.

In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau reported a population of 1,527 people living in the city. According to the 2020 census and 2020 American Community Survey's 5-year estimates program, the majority of the population has remained predominantly non-Hispanic white, though Black or African Americans remained second largest racial and ethnic group, followed by Hispanic and Latino Americans.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,713, and the median income for a family was $32,212 at the 2000 census. Males had a median income of $27,955 versus $20,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,360. About 25.3% of families and 28.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.3% of those under age 18 and 25.0% of those age 65 or over. By the publication of the 2020 census estimates, the median household income increased to $34,178. There was a mean income of $55,765 according to census estimates.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers (average of 30 or more days of 100 degrees F or more) and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, De Kalb has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


The city of De Kalb is served by the De Kalb Independent School District.

Communities Hubbard and Dalby Springs lie south of De Kalb on US Highway 259 and most children attend the De Kalb ISD school system; however Hubbard does have its own small school district serving Pre-K through 8th grades. Some children elect to attend Hubbard in their formative years.

Notable people

  • Dan Blocker, birthplace of Bonanza star who played the character "Hoss Cartwright" on the NBC television Western series
  • Terrance Ganaway was an American football running back for the St. Louis Rams
  • Al Perkins is a musician, singer-songwriter, and producer
  • Timothy Rhea, Director of Bands and Music Activities at Texas A&M University and a former president of the American Bandmasters Association, graduated from De Kalb High School
  • Luke Walker is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played between 1965 and 1974 for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1965–1966 and 1968–1973) and Detroit Tigers (1974)
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