Livingston, Texas

Livingston, Texas
Livingston, Texas
—  Town  —
Historic downtown Livingston
Location of Livingston, Texas
Coordinates: 30°42′34″N 94°56′4″W / 30.70944°N 94.93444°W / 30.70944; -94.93444Coordinates: 30°42′34″N 94°56′4″W / 30.70944°N 94.93444°W / 30.70944; -94.93444
Country United States
State Texas
County Polk
 – Total 8.4 sq mi (21.7 km2)
 – Land 8.4 sq mi (21.7 km2)
 – Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 167 ft (51 m)
Population (2000)
 – Total 5,433
 – Density 649.9/sq mi (250.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 – Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 77351, 77399
Area code(s) 936
FIPS code 48-43132[1]
GNIS feature ID 1361573[2]

Livingston is a town in Polk County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,433 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Polk County[3]. Livingston was settled in 1835 as Springfield. Its name was changed to Livingston and became the county seat of Polk County in 1846.[4]

The Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation is just to the East of Livingston. The 2000 census reported a resident population of 480 persons within the reservation.

Livingston has one hospital, the Memorial Medical Center at Livingston



Livingston is located at 30°42′34″N 94°56′4″W / 30.70944°N 94.93444°W / 30.70944; -94.93444 (30.709518, -94.934443)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.4 square miles (22 km2), of which, 8.4 square miles (22 km2) of it is land and 0.12% is water. However, the town of Livingston is approximately 10 miles (16 km) east of Lake Livingston, which is the largest drinking water reservoir in the state of Texas.

Elevation: 148 ft

Major Highways:

  • US 59.svg U.S. Highway 59
  • US 190.svg U.S. Highway 190
  • Texas 146.svg State Highway 146


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,433 people, 2,048 households, and 1,341 families residing in the town. The population density was 649.9 inhabitants per square mile (250.9/km²). There were 2,358 housing units at an average density of 282.1 per square mile (108.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 70.38% White, 18.50% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.83% Asian, 8.08% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. 13.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,048 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 16.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.5% were non-families. 30.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.7% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 26.5% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,424, and the median income for a family was $37,868. Males had a median income of $30,318 versus $21,774 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,214. About 18.2% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.7% of those under age 18 and 17.4% of those age 65 or over.

Government and infrastructure

The United States Postal Service operates the Livingston Post Office.[6]

The Livingston Municipal Airport, operated by the City of Livingston, is located in West Livingston.[7][8]

Nearby West Livingston has the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Allan B. Polunsky Unit,[7][9][10] the location of the State of Texas death row since 1999.[11]


Greyhound Lines operates the Livingston Station at the Super Stop Food Mart.[12] The city's airport, Livingston Municipal Airport (LMA) is located to the southwest of the city. It serves mainly recreational flights but sometimes serves routes to larger airports in East Texas and West Louisiana.


The City of Livingston is served by the Livingston Independent School District.

Polk County College is being built in Livingston. It will offer a full two year college curriculum and some four year college courses.[13]

Notable people

Notable people from Livingston include:


  • KCTL Television
  • KETX Television
  • KETX Radio (1440 KETX (AM) and 92.3 KETX-FM)
  • KDOL Radio (96.1 KDOL-FM)
  • Polk County Enterprise (newspaper)
  • East Texas News (online version of the "Polk County Enterprise")

Sports Championships

High School Football:

  • Livingston Dunbar (1A-PVIL) state champions 1953[24][25]
  • Livingston Dunbar (1A-PVIL) state champions 1954
  • Livingston Dunbar (1A-PVIL) state champions 1958
  • Livingston Dunbar (1A-PVIL) state runner Up 1959

High School Basketball:

  • Livingston High (All schools in one division) 1939
  • Livingston Dunbar (1A-PVIL) Runner Up 1952


  • Lake Livingston Recreational Area

Lake Livingston Home Page

Entertainment References

Lake Livingston was featured on the third episode of the first season of the television show, River Monsters, which airs on Animal Planet. The host, Jeremy Wade, was searching for alligator gar.[27]

Livingston, TX was the hometown of a patient in the show M*A*S*H


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ City of Livingston, Texas, Information, History
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Post Office Location - LIVINGSTON." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 16, 2010.
  7. ^ a b "West Livingston CDP, Texas." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 9, 2010.
  8. ^ "Municipal Airport." City of Livingston. Retrieved on May 9, 2010.
  9. ^ "Polunsky Unit." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on May 7, 2010.
  10. ^ Rainwater, Mary. "Death row inmate: No justice by execution." Rapid City Journal. May 5, 2010. Retrieved on May 9, 2010. "are heavy on the mind of 41-year-old former South Dakota resident Kevin Scott Varga, who sits on death row in the Polunsky Unit in Livingston, Texas."
  11. ^ "Death Tow Facts." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on May 7, 2010.
  12. ^ "Livingston, Texas." Greyhound Lines. Retrieved on May 16, 2010.
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ Russell, Major Samuel L., "Selfless Service: The Cavalry Career of Brigadier General Samuel M. Whitside from 1858 to 1902." MMAS Thesis, Fort Leavenworth: U.S. Command and General Staff College, 2002.
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  16. ^ a b "Alabama-Coushatta Indians"], Texas Handbook Online
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  19. ^ Doolittle Raiders Online
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  21. ^ Thirty_Seconds_Over_Tokyo
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  24. ^ Friday Night History - PVIL Past Football Champions - Texas High School Football
  25. ^ UIL: Athletics - Champions Archives and Records
  26. ^ THC - Atlas - County Search
  27. ^ [2]

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