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Kent, Texas
Ruins of Kent Public School
Ruins of Kent Public School
Nickname(s): 
Kent Ghost Town
Map of Texas
Map of Texas
Kent, Texas
Location in Texas
Map of Texas
Map of Texas
Kent, Texas
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Texas
County Culberson
Elevation
4,206 ft (1,282 m)
Population
 (2000)
 • Total 60
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
79855
Area code(s) 432

Kent is an unincorporated community in Culberson County, Texas, United States. It lies just north of Interstate 10 at exit 176, 10 miles (16 km) west of the beginning of Interstate 20 and 4 miles (6.4 km) west of the Jeff Davis County line. It is sandwiched between the railroad, immediately to its north, and the Interstate. As of 2005, its population was estimated at 60 residents, with three small businesses, a general store, a service station, and a post office, as well as ruins of a public school and other businesses that flourished until the 1960s. As of 2014, only the general store remained in operation; the nearest service station is in Plateau, 18 miles (29 km) to the west along Interstate 10. It, therefore, has had no medical, pharmaceutical, public educational, legal, police, fire, or other governmental services beyond the post office within its boundaries; the nearest source of these is in Van Horn, 37 miles (60 km) west. As of May 9, 2019, the post office closed and redirected customers to Van Horn. No motels, hotels, trailer/RV parks, restaurants, or other tourist services are available. The surrounding county area contains semi-desert land supporting large cattle ranches.

Climate

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Kent has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.

Climate data for Kent, Texas. (1988-2013)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 81
(27.2)
83
(28.3)
89
(31.7)
96
(35.6)
101
(38.3)
108
(42.2)
105
(40.6)
101
(38.3)
99
(37.2)
92
(33.3)
87
(30.6)
80
(26.7)
108
(42.2)
Average high °F (°C) 57.6
(14.22)
61.1
(16.17)
68.2
(20.11)
76.9
(24.94)
84.7
(29.28)
91.4
(33)
88.8
(31.56)
87.9
(31.06)
82.6
(28.11)
76.0
(24.44)
65.5
(18.61)
57.5
(14.17)
74.8
(23.78)
Average low °F (°C) 31.8
(-0.11)
35.0
(1.67)
39.9
(4.39)
47.5
(8.61)
56.4
(13.56)
63.6
(17.56)
64.5
(18.06)
63.5
(17.5)
57.6
(14.22)
49.5
(9.72)
38.4
(3.56)
31.8
(-0.11)
48.3
(9.06)
Record low °F (°C) 6
(-14.4)
0
(-17.8)
11
(-11.7)
23
(-5)
33
(0.6)
47
(8.3)
52
(11.1)
53
(11.7)
34
(1.1)
20
(-6.7)
10
(-12.2)
0
(-17.8)
0
(-17.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 0.59
(15)
0.78
(19.8)
0.47
(11.9)
0.55
(14)
1.00
(25.4)
1.24
(31.5)
2.97
(75.4)
2.36
(59.9)
1.98
(50.3)
1.03
(26.2)
0.49
(12.4)
0.60
(15.2)
14.05
(356.9)
Snowfall inches (cm) 0.7
(1.8)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.3
(0.8)
0.7
(1.8)
1.7
(4.3)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center
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