Waskom is a city in the U.S. state of Texas with a census-estimated population of 2,189 in 2018, up from 2,160 residents in 2010. It is located in Harrison County and lies about 19 miles (31 km) east of the county seat, Marshall, on U.S. Route 80 and Interstate 20. Waskom forms part of Greater Marshall, which is also included in the Longview-Marshall CSA in the Ark-La-Tex region. To the east are the cities of Greenwood and Shreveport, Louisiana.
Waskom Volunteer Fire Department
The Gateway to Texas
Location within Harrison County
|• Total||2.7 sq mi (6.9 km2)|
|• Land||2.7 sq mi (6.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||285 ft (87 m)|
|• Density||805/sq mi (311.0/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1349531|
The city of Waskom was established in 1850 as Powell Town, presumably for Jonathan S. Powell, who owned a land grant in the area. It was founded as a midway point for an east-west (Dallas to Shreveport) cattle and cotton economic trail to the Red River in Louisiana.
From 1850 to 1872 it had a post office as Powellton. In 1872, it became a main railroad station between Dallas, Texarkana, and Shreveport. The city's named was changed to Waskom Station in 1872 and to Waskom in 1881 after J. M. Waskom, a director of the Southern Pacific Railroad.
In June 2019, the city council voted to outlaw abortion in the city, declaring Waskom a "sanctuary city for the unborn", as state governments elsewhere in the US also were drafting abortion bans. There is currently no abortion clinic in the city.
Waskom is located in eastern Harrison County at  The eastern border of the city is the Texas–Louisiana border. Interstate 20 provides access to the city from Exit 633 on the west side and Exit 635 to the south. I-20 leads east 20 miles (32 km) to Shreveport and west 166 miles (267 km) to Dallas.(32.478416, -94.063769).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 km2), all land. The city drains to the north towards Paw Paw Bayou and to the south towards tributaries of Cross Bayou. Both bayous run east to Cross Lake, which flows out to the Red River in Shreveport.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,068 people, 790 households, and 571 families residing in the city. The population density was 750.0 people per square mile (289.3/km²). There were 894 housing units at an average density of 324.2 per square mile (125.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.05% White, 15.76% African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 7.16% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.86% of the population.
There were 790 households out of which 34.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.9% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the city, the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 23.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,737, and the median income for a family was $32,243. Males had a median income of $29,625 versus $18,859 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,080. About 19.4% of families and 24.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.5% of those under age 18 and 14.8% of those age 65 or over.
The city is served by the Waskom Independent School District.
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