Introduction to Gladewater, Texas

Gladewater, Texas, in Gregg county, is 12 miles W of Longview, Texas (center to center) and 109 miles E of Dallas, Texas. Gladewater is part of the surrounding Longview - Marshall metro area.

Gladewater History

Gladewater was established in 1873 when the Texas and Pacific Railway Company purchased land from Jarrett Dean and Anderson White. Residents of St Clair and Point Pleasant moved to town because of the railway link. It is said that the city is named after the nearby Glade Creek. Gladewater was incorporated in 1874. The discovery of oil resulted in a boom in the 1930s and 40s, and a council-mayor form of government was adopted in 1955. Lumbering, manufacturing, and agriculture have remained the mainstay of the city's economy.

Gladewater and Nearby Attractions

  • Longview Museum of Fine Arts
  • Tyler State Park
  • Caldwell Zoo
  • Starr Family Home State Historic Site
  • Jefferson Railway Depot

Things To Do In Gladewater

Gov. Hogg Shrine Historic Site, which can be accessed from Gladewater, was named in honor of the first Texas-born governor of the state, James Stephen Hogg. The site has three museums. Exhibits related to arming, oil, railroads, schools, and timber are displayed at the Gregg County Historical Museum. Steam train rides may be enjoyed at the nearby Jefferson Railway Depot. The 287-acre Martin Creek Lake State Park offers water skiing, picnicking, camping, fishing, and boating opportunities. Daingerfield State Park, and Lake Bob Sandlin State Park are also close to Gladewater.

Gladewater Transportation

Air transportation is available from Shreveport Regional Airport.

Gladewater Higher Education

Kilgore College, LeTourneau University, and University of Texas at Tyler are located close to Gladewater.


Total Population 6,451
Male Share of the Population 49.4%
Female Share of the Population 50.6%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,537
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 46.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $39,384
% Above Poverty Level 71.9%
% Below Poverty Level 28.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 28.1%
Median Gross Rent $750
Median House Value $102,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.4%
US/American 0.2%
English 9%
Irish 17.7%

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

Gladewater Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles W of Longview, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 109 miles E of Dallas, Texas
County Gregg
Metro Area Longview - Marshall
Standard Zip Codes 75647
Phone Area Codes 903
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.536
Longitude -94.942

Gladewater Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 13.1 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 57 F
Apr Temp 51 to 77 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 53 to 80 F
Annual Precip 49 inches
Station GILMER 4 WNW
Distance 16 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 55 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 51 to 78 F
Annual Precip 47 inches
Distance 25.8 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 56 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 78 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Big Sandy 1,843 $51,442
Clarksville City 768 $60,515
East Mountain 985 $57,361

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

Gladewater Public Libraries

Lee Public Library
Gladewater, Texas
(903) 845-2640

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Gladewater High Schools

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2201 W GAY AVE
A Title I School.
Serves 662 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

5424 FM 1252 W
Serves 406 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

Serves 207 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

5424 FM 1252 W
A Non-traditional School
Serves 20 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.6

220 W HWY 80

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