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Eden, Texas
Eden, Texas welcome sign
Eden, Texas welcome sign
Location of Eden, Texas
Location of Eden, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Concho
Area
 • Total 2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 • Land 2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
2,054 ft (626 m)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total 2,561
 • Density 1,055.2/sq mi (407.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
76837
Area code(s) 325
FIPS code 48-22552
GNIS feature ID 1356813
Eden, TX, City Hall IMG 4381
Eden City Hall
James Earl Rudder Memorial Plaza, Eden, TX IMG 4376
James Earl Rudder Memorial Park in Rudder's hometown of Eden

Eden is a city in Concho County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,766 at the 2010 census. About half of the population consists of inmates housed at the Eden Detention Center, a for-profit prison operated by Corrections Corporation of America under contract with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Eden is located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 83, which extends north to Abilene and south to Junction, and U.S. Highway 87, a link from San Angelo to the northwest and San Antonio to the southeast.

Eden is the birthplace and hometown of James Earl Rudder, a United States Army general in World War II and former president of Texas A&M University in College Station who helped make the university a coeducational institution. The James Earl Rudder Memorial Park is located in the Eden town square across from the city hall and the Don Freeman Memorial Museum. A small green space, it contains a large gazebo and picnic tables.

Geography

Eden is located at 31°13′3″N 99°50′36″W / 31.21750°N 99.84333°W / 31.21750; -99.84333 (31.217525, -99.843207).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), all of it land.

Don Freeman Memorial Museum in Eden, TX IMG 4377
Don Freeman Memorial Museum in Eden

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 593
1930 1,194 101.3%
1940 1,603 34.3%
1950 1,993 24.3%
1960 1,486 −25.4%
1970 1,291 −13.1%
1980 1,294 0.2%
1990 1,567 21.1%
2000 2,561 63.4%
2010 2,766 8.0%
Est. 2015 2,786 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, 2,561 people, 499 households, and 333 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,055.2 people per square mile (406.9/km²). There were 602 housing units at an average density of 248.0 per square mile (95.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.63% White, 1.52% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 6.48% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 51.43% of the population.

Of the 499 households, 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were not families. About 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was distributed as 12.3% under the age of 18, 12.7% from 18 to 24, 47.4% from 25 to 44, 16.6% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 262.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 320.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,636, and for a family was $34,750. Males had a median income of $17,341 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,119. About 8.8% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.8% of those under age 18 and 16.9% of those age 65 or over.

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Climate

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

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