China Grove, Texas

China Grove is a town in Bexar County, Texas, United States, located on the far east side of San Antonio. The population was 1,179 at the 2010 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

China Grove, Texas
Location of China Grove, Texas
Location of China Grove, Texas
Bexar ChinaGrove.svg
Coordinates: 29°23′35″N 98°20′44″W / 29.39306°N 98.34556°W / 29.39306; -98.34556Coordinates: 29°23′35″N 98°20′44″W / 29.39306°N 98.34556°W / 29.39306; -98.34556
CountryUnited States
 • Total4.3 sq mi (11 km2)
 • Land4.3 sq mi (11 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
653 ft (199 m)
 • Total1,179
 • Density270/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)210, 726 (planned)
FIPS code48-14716[1]
GNIS feature ID1332767[2]
ANSI Code2413198[3]


China Grove is about 12 miles (19 km) east of downtown San Antonio.[citation needed]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11 km2), all of it land.[3]


Census Pop.
Est. 20181,324[4]12.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[1] of 2000, 1,247 people, 404 households, and 355 families were residing in the town. The population density was 303.0 people per square mile (116.9/km²). There were 417 housing units at an average density of 101.3 per square mile (39.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 86.93% White, 5.93% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 4.81% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 22.53% of the population.

There were 404 households out of which 43.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.0% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.9% were non-families. 9.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.09 and the average family size was 3.30.

In the town, the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 27.2% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $67,333, and the median income for a family was $73,125. Males had a median income of $43,482 versus $30,391 for females. The per capita income for the town was $22,745. About 2.4% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.6% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.

Cultural referencesEdit

The community became famous in 1973 when "China Grove" became a hit song. It was written and sung by Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers. Johnston wrote it after passing through China Grove, Texas, on his way to a concert in San Antonio. Despite the song lyrics and the community's name, China Grove does not have a sizable Asian population. Residents tracing their heritage to Asia number less than one-tenth of one percent.

This is not the China Grove mentioned in Eudora Welty's short story "Why I Live at the P.O." That fictional town is said to be in Mississippi.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, China Grove has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[6]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "US Gazetteer Files 2016-Places-Texas". US Census. Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ Climate Summary for China Grove, Texas

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