Introduction to Kaufman, Texas

Kaufman, Texas is 20 miles SE of Mesquite, Texas (center to center) and 31 miles SE of Dallas, Texas. Kaufman is located in Kaufman County.

Kaufman History

This region was originally inhabited by the Caddo, Comanche, Cherokee, Delaware, and Kickapoo Indians. The first white settlers, who arrived in 1840, were comprised of forty families led by Dr. William P. King. King built a fort which caused the region to become known as Kings Fort. In the next few years the community continued to develop and was renamed Kingsboro. In 1846, it became part of the newly established Henderson County. Several years later, Kaufman County was founded on land taken from Henderson County. Kingsboro became a part of the new county and was renamed Kaufman. It was incorporated as a town in 1872.

Kaufman and Nearby Attractions

  • Southfork Ranch
  • Dallas World Aquarium
  • Terrell Heritage Museum
  • Little Chapel-in-the-Woods
  • White Rock Lake Park

Things To Do In Kaufman

Southfork Ranch a nearby attractions where the popular television series Dallas was filmed. The Little Chapel-in-the-Woods is a late 20th century chapel with stained glass windows that is considered to be one of the finest examples of architecture in the state. Other nearby attractions include Terrell Heritage Museum, Dallas World Aquarium, and Gov. Hogg Shrine Historic Site. The White Rock Lake Park is a 1015 acre park which allows outdoor activities like hiking and biking.

Kaufman Transportation

Air transportation is available from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

Kaufman Higher Education

Amberton University, Brookhaven College, Cedar Valley College, Collin County Community College, and Criswell College are some of the colleges near Kaufman.


Total Population 6,947
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 12.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,776
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 38.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.4%
Median Earnings25+ $30,607
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,745
Median Earnings With High School Degree $31,044


Median Family Income $45,398
% Above Poverty Level 72.3%
% Below Poverty Level 27.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 0.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 23.3%
Median Gross Rent $865
Median House Value $84,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.5%
US/American 0%
English 9.4%
Irish 8.1%

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

Kaufman Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 20 miles SE of Mesquite, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 31 miles SE of Dallas, Texas
County Kaufman
Standard Zip Codes 75142
Phone Area Codes 972
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.588
Longitude -96.308

Kaufman Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station KAUFMAN 3 SE
Distance 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 54 F
Apr Temp 52 to 74 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 54 to 78 F
Annual Precip 38.9 inches
Distance 18.7 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 50 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 77 F
Annual Precip 43.6 inches
Distance 33.8 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 54 to 78 F
Jul Temp 73 to 96 F
Oct Temp 56 to 80 F
Annual Precip 38.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Crandall 3,059 $69,297
Forney 16,793 $87,045

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

Kaufman Public Libraries

Kaufman County Library
Kaufman, Texas
(972) 932-6222
Library Web Site

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Kaufman Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
HWY 243 W AT HWY 175
(972) 932-7200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Kaufman High Schools

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Serves 842 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.9

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Serves 132 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 55

4814 COUNTY RD 151
A Non-traditional School
Serves 72 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.8

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