- Paducah, Texas
official_name = Paducah, Texas
mapsize1 = 250px
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 3.9
area_land_km2 = 3.9
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 1.5
area_land_sq_mi = 1.5
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 1497
population_density_km2 = 380.3
population_density_sq_mi = 985.0
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 567
elevation_ft = 1860
latd = 34 |latm = 0 |lats = 50 |latNS = N
longd = 100 |longm = 18 |longs = 14 |longEW = W
Paducah is located at coor dms|34|0|50|N|100|18|14|W|city (34.013957, -100.303780)GR|1.
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. [http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/PP/hjp1.html]
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,498 people, 650 households, and 421 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 985.0 people per square mile (380.5/km²). There were 820 housing units at an average density of 539.2/sq mi (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 incomefor 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.
The Town of Paducah is served by the
Paducah Independent School District, a Title I school with 29 full-time teachers and an enrollment of 281 students. [http://www.school-stats.com/TX/COTTLE/PADUCAH_ISD.html]
Paducah was the home of William S. "Bill" Heatly, a Democratic
politician. A member of the Texas House of Representativesfrom 1954-1982, 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 Manadvertising campaign stemming from a 1949 issue of " LIFE" magazine, was born in Paducah in 1910.
* [http://www.paducahisd.org/ Paducah ISD -- Home of the Dragons!]
* [http://www.co.cottle.tx.us/ Cottle County website]
* [http://www.paducahtx.com/index.html Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.paducahpostonline.macwebsitebuilder.com/index.html The Paducah Post]
* [http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/CC/hcc24.html Cottle County in "Handbook of Texas Online"] at the University of Texas
* [http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/CC/fco81.html Cottle, George Washington (1811-1836)]
* [http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/common/viewform.asp?atlas_num=5101001074&site_name=Cottle+County&class=5000 Historical Marker -- Cottle County]
* [http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/common/viewform.asp?atlas_num=5101001075&site_name=Cottle+County&class=5000 Historical Marker -- Cottle County]
* [http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/common/viewform.asp?atlas_num=5507013447&site_name=Cottle+County+Courthouse&class=5000 Historical Marker -- Cottle County Courthouse]
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