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Mineral Wells, Texas
Downtown Mineral Wells, Texas
Downtown Mineral Wells, Texas
Location within Palo Pinto County
Location within Palo Pinto County
Country United States
State Texas
Counties Palo Pinto, Parker
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
Area
 • Total 21.16 sq mi (54.79 km2)
 • Land 20.40 sq mi (52.83 km2)
 • Water 0.76 sq mi (1.96 km2)
Elevation
883 ft (269 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 16,788
 • Estimate 
(2019)
15,213
 • Density 745.77/sq mi (287.95/km2)
Time zone UTC−06:00 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−05:00 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
76067-76068
Area code(s) 940
FIPS code 48-48684
GNIS feature ID 1341714
Website MineralWellsTX.gov

Mineral Wells is a city in Palo Pinto and Parker Counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 16,788 at the 2010 census (14,644 in Palo Pinto and 2144 in Parker). The city is named for mineral wells in the area, which were highly popular in the early 1900s.

Geography

Mineral Wells is located at 32°48′31″N 98°6′7″W / 32.80861°N 98.10194°W / 32.80861; -98.10194 (32.808594, -98.101859). Mineral Wells lies east of the Brazos River and Palo Pinto Mountains.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 21.2 square miles (54.9 km²), of which, 20.5 square miles (53.0 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (3.45%) is water.

Mineral Wells is 50 miles (80 km) west of Fort Worth.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 577
1900 2,048 254.9%
1910 3,950 92.9%
1920 7,890 99.7%
1930 5,986 −24.1%
1940 6,303 5.3%
1950 7,801 23.8%
1960 11,053 41.7%
1970 18,411 66.6%
1980 14,468 −21.4%
1990 14,870 2.8%
2000 16,946 14.0%
2010 16,788 −0.9%
2019 (est.) 15,213 −9.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, 16,946 people, 5,707 households, and 3,857 were families residing in the city. The population density was 828.6 people per square mile (319.9/km2). The 6,386 housing units averaged 312.2 per square mile (120.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 77.69% White, 8.77% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 10.51% from other races, and 1.84% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 19.27% of the population.

Of the 5,707 households, 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% were not families. About 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56, and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city, the age distribution was 24.1% under 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 19.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 120.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 123.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,233, and for a family was $33,765. Males had a median income of $29,074 versus $18,633 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,336. About 16.6% of families and 20.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.2% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate System describes the weather as humid subtropical, and uses the abbreviation Cfa.

Climate data for Mineral Wells, Texas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 57
(14)
62
(17)
68
(20)
77
(25)
84
(29)
94
(34)
97
(36)
98
(37)
91
(33)
80
(27)
67
(19)
60
(16)
78
(26)
Average low °F (°C) 33
(1)
37
(3)
42
(6)
52
(11)
62
(17)
70
(21)
73
(23)
72
(22)
65
(18)
54
(12)
41
(5)
35
(2)
53
(12)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.6
(41)
1.5
(38)
1.4
(36)
3.4
(86)
5
(130)
2.5
(64)
2.6
(66)
1.7
(43)
2.2
(56)
2.9
(74)
1.5
(38)
1.4
(36)
27.7
(700)
Source: Weatherbase

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Education

Mineral Wells is served by the Mineral Wells Independent School District, and by the Community Christian School.

Weatherford College operates a branch campus on the old Fort Wolters facility.

Notable people

  • Barbara H. Bowman, geneticist
  • Adrian Colbert, NFL football player for the Miami Dolphins
  • Alvin Garrett, NFL football player and Super Bowl champion
  • Dan Herbeck, journalist for The Buffalo News; co-author of American Terrorist, best-seller biography of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh
  • Millie Hughes-Fulford, American medical investigator, molecular biologist and former NASA astronaut who flew aboard a NASA Space Shuttle mission as a Payload Specialist
  • Shane McAnally, singer-songwriter and record producer
  • Alvy Ray Smith (born 8 September 1943), noted pioneer in computer graphics and the cofounder of Pixar
  • Amanda Shires, singer songwriter
  • James Vick, UFC lightweight

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