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Kaufman, Texas
Maples Block in downtown Kaufman, Texas (2022)
Maples Block in downtown Kaufman, Texas (2022)
"Progress, Tradition"
Location of Kaufman in Kaufman County, Texas
Location of Kaufman in Kaufman County, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Kaufman
 • Total 9.22 sq mi (23.88 km2)
 • Land 9.05 sq mi (23.45 km2)
 • Water 0.17 sq mi (0.43 km2)
459 ft (140 m)
 • Total 6,703
 • Estimate 
 • Density 860.17/sq mi (332.12/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 214, 469, 945, 972
FIPS code 48-38488
GNIS feature ID 1338964

Kaufman is a city in Kaufman County, Texas, United States. Its population was 6,703 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Kaufman County.


Kaufman was founded as a fort, named after Dr. William P. King who established the fort after purchasing 2.5 square miles of land where the city is now located in 1840. Kings Fort was renamed Kingsboro after five years of growth. In 1852, Kingsboro was renamed Kaufman after the newly formed Kaufman County, which in turn was named after David S. Kaufman. Kaufman was the first place that Bonnie Parker, of Bonnie and Clyde fame, was incarcerated.

Nearby Camp Kaufman was used as a German POW camp during World War II.


Kaufman is located at 32°35′7″N 96°18′28″W / 32.58528°N 96.30778°W / 32.58528; -96.30778 (32.585395, -96.307673).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.8 square miles (18 km2), of which, 6.6 square miles (17 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (2.64%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 490
1890 1,282 161.6%
1900 2,378 85.5%
1910 1,959 −17.6%
1920 2,501 27.7%
1930 2,279 −8.9%
1940 2,654 16.5%
1950 2,714 2.3%
1960 3,087 13.7%
1970 4,012 30.0%
1980 4,658 16.1%
1990 5,238 12.5%
2000 6,490 23.9%
2010 6,703 3.3%
2019 (est.) 7,788 16.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of 2010 Kaufman had a population of 6,703. The median age was 32. The ethnic and racial composition of the population was 55.4% non-Hispanic White, 9.4% non-Hispanic Black, 0.9% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 13.6% some other race, and 3.5% from two or more races. About 32.6% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census of 2000, 6,490 people, 2,179 households, and 1,579 families were residing in the city. The population density was 977.9 people per square mile (377.4/km2). The 2,310 housing units had an average density of 348.1/sq mi (134.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 47.83% White, 12.87% African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 15.92% from other races, and 2.31% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 39.74% of the population.

Of the 2,179 households, 40.9% had children under 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.5% were not families; 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.86, and the average family size was 3.39.

In the city, the age distribution was 30.4% under 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,250, and for a family was $38,983. Males had a median income of $29,637 versus $23,695 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,024. About 12.4% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.


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


Kaufman was home to minor league baseball. The 1915 Kaufman Kings played as members of the Class D level Central Texas League before the league disbanded.


Public schools

Kaufman and surrounding portions of Kaufman County are served by the Kaufman Independent School District.

Private schools

Honors Academy operates the Legacy Academy, a grades 6–12 charter school, in Kaufman.

In addition, Kaufman Christian School, a church-run school with classes from prekindergarten to 12th grade, also serves the area.

Colleges and universities

Trinity Valley Community College operates its Health Science Center in Kaufman. (The college offers other nonmedical general-education courses at other TVCC campuses.)

Notable people

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