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De Kalb (/dɪ ˈkæb/ di KAB) is a city in Bowie County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,699 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Texarkana metropolitan statistical area. Its two area codes are 430 and 903. Its ZIP code is 75559. It is in the Central Time Zone.

De Kalb, Texas
"Opportunity. Innovation"
Location of De Kalb, Texas
Location of De Kalb, Texas
Bowie County DeKalb.svg
Coordinates: 33°30′29″N 94°36′59″W / 33.50806°N 94.61639°W / 33.50806; -94.61639Coordinates: 33°30′29″N 94°36′59″W / 33.50806°N 94.61639°W / 33.50806; -94.61639
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Land1.3 sq mi (3.4 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
410 ft (125 m)
 • Total1,769
 • Density1,349.1/sq mi (520.9/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)903
FIPS code48-19648[1]
GNIS feature ID1381748[2]


De Kalb is located at 33°30′29″N 94°36′59″W / 33.50806°N 94.61639°W / 33.50806; -94.61639 (33.508016, -94.616264).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.


Census Pop.
Est. 20161,656[4]−2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,769 people, 725 households, and 477 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,349.1 people per square mile (521.4/km²). There were 853 housing units at an average density of 650.5 per square mile (251.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 66.70% White, 30.81% African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.68% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.43% of the population.

There were 725 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 19.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.7% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 25.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 79.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 70.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,713, and the median income for a family was $32,212. Males had a median income of $27,955 versus $20,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,360. About 25.3% of families and 28.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.3% of those under age 18 and 25.0% of those age 65 or over.


The City of De Kalb is served by the De Kalb Independent School District.

Communities Hubbard and Dalby Springs lie south of De Kalb on US Highway 259 and most children attend the De Kalb ISD school system; however Hubbard does have its own small school district serving Pre-K through 8th grades.[6] Some children elect to attend Hubbard in their formative years.


Rick NelsonEdit

On December 31, 1985, at approximately 5:14 pm, a Douglas DC-3 private aircraft, N711Y, owned by Rick Nelson, with a pilot, co-pilot, and seven passengers, including Nelson, his fiancée, and five members of his band, crashed in a wooded area near DeKalb. The plane was on a flight from Guntersville, Alabama, to Dallas, Texas, where Nelson was scheduled to appear at a New Year's Eve performance. All seven passengers were killed in the accident when the plane caught fire. The pilot and co-pilot were able to escape and survived.[7]

Notable peopleEdit


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers (average of 30 or more days of 100 degrees F or more) and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, De Kalb has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[9]



  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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  7. ^ Hayes, Thomas C. (January 1, 1986). "Ricky Nelson and Six Others Die as Their Plane Crashes in Texas". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
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  9. ^ Climate Summary for De Kalb, Texas

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