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Novice, Texas
Location of Novice, Texas
Location of Novice, Texas
Coleman County Novice.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Coleman
Area
 • Total 0.48 sq mi (1.25 km2)
 • Land 0.48 sq mi (1.25 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,988 ft (606 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 139
 • Estimate 
(2019)
128
 • Density 266.11/sq mi (102.71/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
79538
Area code(s) 325
FIPS code 48-52668
GNIS feature ID 1375223

Novice is a city in Coleman County, Texas, United States. Its population was 139 at the 2010 census.

Geography

Novice is located in northwestern Coleman County at 31°59′19″N 99°37′31″W / 31.98861°N 99.62528°W / 31.98861; -99.62528 (31.988664, -99.625334). U.S. Route 84 passes 2 miles (3 km) to the northeast of town, leading 17 miles (27 km) southeast to Coleman, the county seat, and 35 miles (56 km) north to Abilene.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Novice has a total area of 0.46 square miles (1.2 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 252
1960 227 −9.9%
1970 191 −15.9%
1980 201 5.2%
1990 183 −9.0%
2000 142 −22.4%
2010 139 −2.1%
Est. 2019 128 −7.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, 142 people, 57 households, and 40 families were residing in the city. The population density was 314.2 people/sq mi (121.8/km2). The 65 housing units averaged 143.8/sq mi (55.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.6% White, 0.7% Native American, and 0.7% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.63% of the population.

Of the 57 households, 28.1% had children under 18 living with them, 63.2% were married couples living together, 5.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were not families. About 28.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49, and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city, the age distribution was 27.5% under 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,833, and for a family was $32,000. Males had a median income of $22,250 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,766. About 14.3% of families and 19.3% of the population were living below the poverty line, including 26.5% of those under 18 and 11.1% of those over 64.

Education

The city was served by the Novice Independent School District until June 2012. In the summer of 2012, Novice ISD board members voted to consolidate with a neighboring school district, but the exact plans had yet to be decided. The district formally consolidated with Coleman ISD on March 1, 2013.

Notable people

  • Randy McAllister, born in Dallas, Texas; American blues and Americana drummer, harmonica player, singer, and songwriter was raised in Novice
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