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Elkhart, Texas
Downtown Elkhart
Downtown Elkhart
Location of Elkhart, Texas
Location of Elkhart, Texas
Anderson Elkhart.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Anderson
 • Type Type A Mayor & Council
 • Total 1.54 sq mi (3.99 km2)
 • Land 1.54 sq mi (3.99 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
384 ft (117 m)
 • Total 1,287
 • Density 843.4/sq mi (325.65/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 903
FIPS code 48-23140
GNIS feature ID 1373620

Elkhart is a town the U.S. state of Texas, in Anderson County. Named for a friendly Native American who assisted the early settlers of the area, Elkhart's population was 1,287 at the 2020 U.S. census.


Elkhart is located in southern Anderson County at 31°37′42″N 95°34′43″W / 31.62833°N 95.57861°W / 31.62833; -95.57861 (31.628429, -95.578588). U.S. Route 287 passes through the town, leading north 10 miles (16 km) to Palestine, the county seat, 12 miles (19 km) south to Grapeland, and 25 miles (40 km) south to Crockett, the seat of Houston County.

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

Surrounding municipalities


The history of Elkhart is closely tied to nearby Fort Parker, the site of the famous Fort Parker massacre, during which Cynthia Ann Parker was abducted by the Comanche Indians. Elkhart is the "railroad village" associated with Fort Parker.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 751
1950 776 3.3%
1960 780 0.5%
1970 997 27.8%
1980 1,317 32.1%
1990 1,076 −18.3%
2000 1,215 12.9%
2010 1,371 12.8%
2020 1,287 −6.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the census of 2000, there were 1,215 people, 473 households, and 321 families residing in the town. The population density was 783.0 people per square mile (302.7/km2). There were 532 housing units at an average density of 342.8 per square mile (132.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 89.05% White, 8.15% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.82% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.05% of the population. In 2020, its population was 1,287. Among the population in 2020, its racial and ethnic makeup remained predominantly non-Hispanic white, though Black or African Americans were the second largest group.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,927, and the median income for a family was $33,977 in 2000. Males had a median income of $27,841 versus $21,705 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,809. About 12.9% of families and 20.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 32.5% of those age 65 or over. In 2020, its median household income was $37,159, and 19.9% of its population lived at or below the poverty line.


The town of Elkhart is served by the Elkhart Independent School District.

Notable people

  • F. Tillman Durdin, journalist
  • Tye Sheridan, actor
  • Jeff Wilson (American football), NFL Running Back for the San Francisco 49ers

See also

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