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Dell City, Texas
Location of Dell City, Texas
Location of Dell City, Texas
Hudspeth County DellCity.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Hudspeth
Area
 • Total 1.67 sq mi (4.32 km2)
 • Land 1.67 sq mi (4.32 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
3,701 ft (1,128 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 365
 • Estimate 
(2019)
526
 • Density 315.54/sq mi (121.85/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
79837
Area code(s) 915
FIPS code 48-19708
GNIS feature ID 1355897

Dell City is a city in Hudspeth County, Texas, United States. The population was 365 at the 2010 census, down from 413 at the 2000 census. It is near the former location of Paulville, a failed Ron Paul-inspired Libertarian cooperative and planned community.

It was incorporated in 1948, shortly after the discovery of an underground water supply by oil prospectors, which attracted farmers to the area. Its name is a reference to the nursery rhyme "The Farmer in the Dell."

Geography

Dell City is located at 31°56′7″N 105°12′1″W / 31.93528°N 105.20028°W / 31.93528; -105.20028 (31.935324, -105.200298).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), all of it land. Dell City is approximately 17 miles (27 km) west of the Guadalupe Mountains in Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 383
1980 495 29.2%
1990 569 14.9%
2000 413 −27.4%
2010 365 −11.6%
2019 (est.) 526 44.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, 413 people, 155 households, and 119 families resided in the city. The population density was 250.1 people per square mile (96.6/km2). The 226 housing units averaged 136.9 per square mile (52.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 61.50% White, 1.45% African American, 1.94% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 32.69% from other races, and 2.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latinos of any race were 69.25% of the population.

Of the 155 households, 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.9% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.6% were not families. About 20.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the city, the population was distributed as 30.5% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $19,602, and for a family was $21,667. Males had a median income of $24,135 versus $18,571 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,580. About 26.4% of families and 29.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.1% of those under age 18 and 38.6% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Climate data for Dell City, Texas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 81
(27)
87
(31)
93
(34)
101
(38)
108
(42)
115
(46)
112
(44)
108
(42)
105
(41)
101
(38)
90
(32)
79
(26)
115
(46)
Average high °F (°C) 60.0
(15.6)
64.8
(18.2)
72.7
(22.6)
80.8
(27.1)
89.4
(31.9)
97.6
(36.4)
97.3
(36.3)
94.9
(34.9)
88.8
(31.6)
80.5
(26.9)
68.4
(20.2)
59.3
(15.2)
79.5
(26.4)
Average low °F (°C) 25.4
(−3.7)
30.0
(−1.1)
35.6
(2.0)
42.9
(6.1)
52.6
(11.4)
60.9
(16.1)
64.8
(18.2)
63.5
(17.5)
56.2
(13.4)
44.4
(6.9)
32.2
(0.1)
25.6
(−3.6)
44.5
(6.9)
Record low °F (°C) 3
(−16)
−9
(−23)
11
(−12)
20
(−7)
32
(0)
44
(7)
53
(12)
50
(10)
34
(1)
21
(−6)
9
(−13)
−5
(−21)
−9
(−23)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.43
(11)
0.59
(15)
0.28
(7.1)
0.27
(6.9)
0.89
(23)
0.94
(24)
1.48
(38)
1.89
(48)
1.74
(44)
0.99
(25)
0.54
(14)
0.52
(13)
10.55
(268)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center

Economy

As of 2019 the major sectors are farming and ranching. There were multiple farms owned by families and two cotton gins that provided employment. By 2016 the number of farms had declined. By 2019 several alfalfa growing operations were established and several persons from the Mesilla Valley and the area around Hatch, New Mexico began growing chile peppers on leased land around Dell City.

In 1979 there were three grocery stores and four bars. By 1989 there was only one grocery and general store, Dell City Mercantile, which had burned down in a fire that year. There were also three bars, two gas stations, two restaurants, a hardware store, and a video rental business. In 2016 the city had one grocery store, Two T's Grocery, in a former bar. Additionally as of that year there was one restaurant, Spanish Angel Cafe.

As of 1989 no barber shops are in Dell City nor in the rest of Hudspeth County.

By 2019 a business owner began operating an Airbnb from several previously disused buildings.

Education

The area is served by the Dell City Independent School District. The district has just one school covering grades kindergarten through 12. In 1949 a teacher from Sierra Blanca Independent School District was sent to Dell City on request by Dell City residents, and another teacher, Grace Grebing, took over the role in 1950; she became the first superintendent of Dell City ISD.

The district operates Grace Grebing Public Library which also serves as a community library for Dell City. It was named after a longtime teacher.

Hudspeth County is within the official service area of El Paso Community College.

Notable people

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