De Kalb, Texas

Coordinates: 33°30′29″N 94°36′59″W / 33.50806°N 94.61639°W / 33.50806; -94.61639
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De Kalb, Texas
Downtown De Kalb
Downtown De Kalb
"Opportunity. Innovation"
Location of De Kalb, Texas
Location of De Kalb, Texas
Coordinates: 33°30′29″N 94°36′59″W / 33.50806°N 94.61639°W / 33.50806; -94.61639
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.37 sq mi (3.55 km2)
 • Land1.37 sq mi (3.55 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
410 ft (125 m)
 • Total1,527
 • Density1,163.62/sq mi (449.28/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code903
FIPS code48-19648[2]
GNIS feature ID1381748[3]

De Kalb (/dɪ ˈkæb/ di KAB) is a city in Bowie County, Texas, United States; 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, and its population was 1,527 at the 2020 United States census.[4]


On December 31, 1985, at approximately 5:14 pm, a Douglas DC-3 private aircraft, N711Y, owned by Ricky 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 De Kalb. 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.[5]

On May 4, 1999 De Kalb took a direct hit to the downtown area from an EF-3 tornado.


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

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.[7]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
De Kalb racial composition as of 2020[9]
(NH = Non-Hispanic)[a]
Race Number Percentage
White (NH) 917 60.05%
Black or African American (NH) 378 24.75%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 12 0.79%
Asian (NH) 16 1.05%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 57 3.73%
Hispanic or Latino 147 9.63%
Total 1,527

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,527 people, 631 households, and 362 families residing in the city.

At of the census of 2000,[2] there were 1,769 people, 725 households, and 477 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,349.1 inhabitants per square mile (520.9/km2). There were 853 housing units at an average density of 650.5 per square mile (251.2/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.

In 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau reported a population of 1,527 people living in the city.[4] According to the 2020 census and 2020 American Community Survey's 5-year estimates program, the majority of the population has remained predominantly non-Hispanic white, though Black or African Americans remained second largest racial and ethnic group, followed by Hispanic and Latino Americans.[12]

The median income for a household in the city was $23,713, and the median income for a family was $32,212 at the 2000 census. 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. By the publication of the 2020 census estimates, the median household income increased to $34,178.[13] There was a mean income of $55,765 according to census estimates.[14]


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.[15] Some children elect to attend Hubbard in their formative years.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "2020 Population and Race Totals". Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Dekalb, Texas Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Weatherbase.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved May 24, 2022.
  10. ^[not specific enough to verify]
  11. ^ "About the Hispanic Population and its Origin". Retrieved May 18, 2022.
  12. ^ "2020 ACS 5-Year Demographic and Housing Estimates". Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  13. ^ "2020 ACS 5-Year Financial Characteristics Estimates". Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  14. ^ "2020 ACS 5-Year Annual Income Estimates". Retrieved April 21, 2022.
  15. ^ ISD, Hubbard. "Hubbard ISD - Home".
  16. ^ "Dr. Timothy Rhea".
  1. ^ Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.[10][11]

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