Paducah, Texas

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Paducah, Texas
—  Town  —
A downtown block of Paducah, with the Paducah Post building to the right
Location of Paducah, Texas
Coordinates: 34°0′50″N 100°18′14″W / 34.01389°N 100.30389°W / 34.01389; -100.30389Coordinates: 34°0′50″N 100°18′14″W / 34.01389°N 100.30389°W / 34.01389; -100.30389
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyCottle
Area
 • Total1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
 • Land1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation1,860 ft (567 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total1,497
 • Density985.0/sq mi (380.3/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code79248
Area code(s)806
FIPS code48-54600[1]
GNIS feature ID1364686[2]
 
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Paducah, Texas
—  Town  —
A downtown block of Paducah, with the Paducah Post building to the right
Location of Paducah, Texas
Coordinates: 34°0′50″N 100°18′14″W / 34.01389°N 100.30389°W / 34.01389; -100.30389Coordinates: 34°0′50″N 100°18′14″W / 34.01389°N 100.30389°W / 34.01389; -100.30389
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyCottle
Area
 • Total1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
 • Land1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation1,860 ft (567 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total1,497
 • Density985.0/sq mi (380.3/km2)
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code79248
Area code(s)806
FIPS code48-54600[1]
GNIS feature ID1364686[2]
Paducah welcome sign
Hunter's Lodge Motel in Paducah
First Baptist Church of Paducah

Paducah is a town in Cottle County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,498 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Cottle County[3]. It is just south of the Texas Panhandle.

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Geography

Paducah is located at 34°0′50″N 100°18′14″W / 34.01389°N 100.30389°W / 34.01389; -100.30389 (34.013957, -100.303780)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all of it land.

It is one of two cities named Paducah located in the United States. The other Paducah is in extreme western Kentucky. Paducah, Texas was named after Paducah, Kentucky.[1]

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,498 people, 650 households, and 421 families residing in the town. The population density was 985.0 people per square mile (380.5/km²). There were 820 housing units at an average density of 539.2 per square mile (208.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 79.57% White, 11.21% African American, 7.61% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.29% of the population.

There were 650 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 20.3% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 26.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 82.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,333, and the median income for a family was $30,652. Males had a median income of $26,184 versus $16,131 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,778. About 15.4% of families and 20.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.0% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.

Much of the town is uninhabitable or vacant, as the buildings are poorly maintained or falling down. Occupancy rate of commercial building in the center square appear to be less than 20 percent. This is a classic case of a once thriving community that has fallen into disrepair.

Education

The Town of Paducah is served by the Paducah Independent School District and home to the Paducah High School Dragons.

Notable citizens

Tom Abraham, a business and civic figure and philanthropist in Canadian, Texas, first worked in Paducah upon his graduation from Texas Tech University in 1932.

Will Flemons, the Southwest Conference's men's basketball Player of the Year in 1992 for Texas Tech University, played for Paducah High School.

Paducah was the home of William S. "Bill" Heatly, a Democratic politician. A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1955–1983, he was known as the "Duke of Paducah." A sculpture of his bust is located on the west side of the Cottle County Courthouse. Heatly's son, William H. "Bill" Heatly, is currently serving as District Judge for the 50th Judicial District with his home base in Paducah.

Clarence Hailey Long, the original inspiration for the Marlboro Man advertising campaign stemming from a 1949 issue of LIFE magazine, was born in Paducah in 1910.

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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