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Talco, Texas
Location of Talco, Texas
Location of Talco, Texas
Titus County Talco.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Titus
Area
 • Total 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Land 0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
364 ft (111 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 516
 • Density 650/sq mi (258/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip Code
75487
FIPS code 48-71732
GNIS feature ID 1369562

Talco is a city in Titus County, Texas, United States. The population was 516 at the 2010 census. The name is derived from a local candy bar (It was either a shelf carton or because the local people said it was "Texas-Arkansas-Louisiana Country hence Talco. Also reports said it may have been a local company name Texas-Arkansas-Louisian Company. There are varying reports to what it was actually.

History

Two post offices were established near the current site of Talco: Gouldsboro in 1856 and Goolesboro in 1878. Due to name conflict the community changed its name to "Talco" based on the Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana Candy Company initials on a candy wrapper. In 1912, Talco relocated to be closer to a railroad line.

Oil was discovered in 1936, leading to a big boom in the economy. Talco called itself the "Asphalt capital of the world."

Geography

Talco is located at 33°21′44″N 95°6′15″W / 33.36222°N 95.10417°W / 33.36222; -95.10417 (33.362131, -95.104090).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.

US Route 271 is a major north-south highway through Talco. The community is a mile east of the Franklin County line.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1940 912
1950 917 0.5%
1960 1,024 11.7%
1970 837 −18.3%
1980 751 −10.3%
1990 592 −21.2%
2000 570 −3.7%
2010 516 −9.5%
Est. 2015 513 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 570 people, 220 households, and 150 families residing in the city. The population density was 743.0 people per square mile (285.8/km²). There were 277 housing units at an average density of 361.1 per square mile (138.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.60% White, 12.81% African American, 8.25% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.16% of the population.

There were 220 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the city, the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 104.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $17,500, and the median income for a family was $21,250. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $12,426 for females. The per capita income for the city was $8,243. About 36.4% of families and 38.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.5% of those under age 18 and 18.8% of those age 65 or over.

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