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Livingston, Texas
Livingston City Hall at 220 West Church Street
Livingston City Hall at 220 West Church Street
Location of Livingston, Texas
Location of Livingston, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Polk
 • Type Council / Manager
 • Total 8.4 sq mi (21.7 km2)
 • Land 8.4 sq mi (21.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
167 ft (51 m)
 • Total 5,335
 • Density 635/sq mi (245.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
77351, 77399
Area code(s) 936
FIPS code 48-43132
GNIS feature ID 1361573
Website Livingston City website
Livingston, TX, water tower IMG 8288
Livingston water tower
Fain Theatre, Livingston, TX IMG 8294
The Fain Theatre
Polk County Texas Court House
The Polk County Courthouse in Livingston
Courthouse Whistle Stop Cafe, Livingston, TX IMG 8283
The Courthouse Whistle Stop Cafe is located across from the courthouse in downtown Livingston.
Historic downtown Livingston
Central Baptist Church, Livingston, TX IMG 8300
Central Baptist Church in Livingston

Livingston is a city in and the county seat of Polk County, Texas, United States. With a population of 5,335 at the 2010 census, it is the largest city in Polk County. It is located approximately seventy-five miles north of Houston and was originally settled in 1835 as Springfield. Its name was changed to Livingston and became the county seat of Polk County in 1846.

The Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation is just to the east of Livingston. The 2000 census reported a resident population of 480 persons within the reservation.


Livingston is located at 30°42′34″N 94°56′4″W / 30.70944°N 94.93444°W / 30.70944; -94.93444 (30.709518, -94.934443).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.4 square miles (22 km2), of which, 8.4 sq mi (22 km2) of it is land and 0.12% is covered by water. However, the town of Livingston is about 10 mi (16 km) east of Lake Livingston, which is the largest drinking-water reservoir in the state of Texas.

Elevation: 148 ft

The zip code 77399 is used exclusively by a mail service called Escapees for those who are signed up with the service.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 135
1920 928
1930 1,165 25.5%
1940 1,851 58.9%
1950 2,865 54.8%
1960 3,398 18.6%
1970 3,965 16.7%
1980 4,928 24.3%
1990 5,019 1.8%
2000 5,433 8.2%
2010 5,335 −1.8%
Est. 2015 5,172 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, 5,433 people, 2,048 households, and 1,341 families resided in the town. The population density was 649.9 inhabitants per square mile (250.9/km²). There were 2,358 housing units at an average density of 282.1 per square mile (108.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 70.38% White, 18.50% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 8.08% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. About 13.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 2,048 households, 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were not families. About 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the town, the population was distributed as 27.7% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,424, and for a family was $37,868. Males had a median income of $30,318 versus $21,774 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,214. About 18.2% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.7% of those under age 18 and 17.4% of those age 65 or over.

In the 2010 Census, Livingston lost 1.8 percent of its population.2010 Census for Livingston, Texas


Greyhound Lines operates the Livingston Station at the Super Stop Food Mart. The city's airport, Livingston Municipal Airport (LMA) is located to the southwest of the city. It is classified as a general aviation facility serving private aircraft.

Major highways:

  • US 59.svg U.S. Highway 59
    • U.S. 59 is scheduled to be upgraded to Interstate 69.
  • US 190.svg U.S. Highway 190
  • Texas 146.svg State Highway 146


Lake Evelyn is within the borders of Camp Cho-Yeh, which began operation in the 1940s continues to function as a summer camp and retreat center to this day. Cho-Yeh means, 'land of tall pines' and was labeled that because of the large pine trees on the property.

Tourism & Recreation



  • Fain Theatre
  • Triple J Lanes Bowling


  • Light of Saratoga at Bragg Road
  • 391 Historical Markers
  • Polk County Museum[3]
  • Swartout: Former River Ferry Town, now a ghost town


  • Trinity Neches Livestock show and Rodeo (founded in 1945)
  • Polk County Fireworks on Lake Livingston
  • Annual Jingle Bell Fun Run and Walk
  • Hometown Christmas
  • 5k Dam Run
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