Introduction to Carthage, Texas

Carthage, Texas, in Panola county, is 33 miles SE of Longview, Texas (center to center) and 150 miles E of Dallas, Texas.

Carthage History

Johnathan Anderson donated 100 acres to create Carthage in 1848. Many pioneering families had established themselves at farms and homesteads in the nearby area by then. Pulaski, the temporary county seat on the Sabine River, was also settled by that time. Carthage became the county seat of Panola County. Oil and gas discovery in the area led to an economic boom. Carthage is indebted to the oil and gas industry which contributed greatly to its growth. Among the notable residents of the city were Jim Reeves, country singer and Tex Ritter, singing cowboy.

Carthage and Nearby Attractions

  • Texas Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Lake Murvaul
  • Jim Reeves Memorial
  • Panola County Heritage Museum
  • Tyler Municipal Rose Garden
  • Ellen Trout Zoo

Things To Do In Carthage

The memorial of music legend Jim Reeves is located at the outskirts of Carthage. Texas Country Music Hall of Fame celebrates the contribution to country music by Texan musicians. Tex Ritter Museum houses memorabilia given by the Ritter's family from California. Activities like boating, water skiing, and fishing may be enjoyed at Martin Creek Lake State Park. The 287-acre park also has picnic areas and camping grounds. Places of historical significance in the area include Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Jefferson Railway Depot, Starr Family Home State Historic Site, and Mansfield State Historic Site.

Carthage Transportation

Flights are available from Shreveport Regional Airport.

Carthage Higher Education

Panola College, Wiley College, and LeTourneau University are nearby colleges.


Total Population 6,856
Male Share of the Population 44.9%
Female Share of the Population 55.1%
Senior Citizens 17.7%
Employed Population 16+ 2,697
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 41.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $52,083
% Above Poverty Level 82.4%
% Below Poverty Level 17.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.1%
Median Gross Rent $637
Median House Value $99,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.3%
US/American 0%
English 6.5%
Irish 14.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Carthage Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 33 miles SE of Longview, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 150 miles E of Dallas, Texas
County Panola
Standard Zip Codes 75633
Phone Area Codes 903
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.157
Longitude -94.337

Carthage Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.8 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 57 F
Apr Temp 52 to 76 F
Jul Temp 72 to 94 F
Oct Temp 53 to 79 F
Annual Precip 51.5 inches
Station LONGVIEW 11 SE
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 56 F
Apr Temp 55 to 76 F
Jul Temp 74 to 93 F
Oct Temp 57 to 77 F
Annual Precip 48.9 inches
Distance 25.7 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 52 to 77 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 52 to 79 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Beckville 966 $53,409
Easton 501 $41,406

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Carthage Public Libraries

Sammy Brown Library
Carthage, Texas
(903) 693-6741

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Carthage Hospitals

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Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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Serves 98 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 24.5

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