Kermit, Texas

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Kermit, Texas

Introduction to Kermit, Texas

Kermit, Texas, in Winkler county, is 42 miles W of Odessa, Texas (center to center) and 199 miles E of El Paso, Texas. There are 5,714 residents in the city.

Kermit History

This area was developed initially as a center that supplied provisions to nearby ranches. When Winkler County was organized, Kermit was declared its county seat. The area was named for President Theodore Roosevelt's son Kermit Roosevelt who visited during a hunting expedition. People left because of a drought during 1916 and by 1924 there was only one family left in the town. Oil was found near Kermit in 1926, following which there was boom in development. The Texas-New Mexico Railway arrived in 1929 and the town was incorporated in 1938.

Kermit and Nearby Attractions

  • Ellen Noel Art Museum
  • West of the Pecos Museum
  • Monahans Sand Hills State Park
  • Petroleum Museum
  • Museum of the Southwest

Things To Do In Kermit

Interactive exhibits related to oil fields are displayed at the Petroleum Museum which also exhibits interviews with pioneers and equipment used during the early days of drilling. It has an outdoor exhibit area of 40 acres. The Museum of the Southwest features a planetarium, a children's museum, and an art museum. The 3,840-acre Monahans Sand Hills State Park is accessible from Kermit and offers opportunities for hiking, picnicking, and camping.

Kermit Transportation

The nearest airport is Midland International.

Kermit Higher Education

Midland College, Odessa College, and University of Texas of the Permian Basin are situated close to Kermit.

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High Points

Kermit strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Texas):

Category Trophy
Low Property Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Kermit Low Property Crime
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Kermit Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Kermit Affordability of Rents
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Kermit Racial Diversity
Low Violent Crime
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Kermit Low Violent Crime

Comparative Profile of Kermit, Texas

Comparing Kermit to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Texas (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Racial Diversity 9 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 8 6
Male Share of the Population 7 6
Senior Citizens 6 7
Female Share of the Population 4 5
Age of the Population 4 6
Well-Paid Single Men 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 8 7
Average Household Size 8 6


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 2 3
People in Middle Class or Better 1 3
Median Family Income 1 3
College Educated Adults 1 3

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 5 5
Public Transportation Use 4 8
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5
Working at Home 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 9
Affordability of Rents 9 7
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 6
Housing Recently Built 4 2
People Living Alone 3 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 10 10
Low Violent Crime 9 9

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Kermit Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 42 miles W of Odessa, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 199 miles E of El Paso, Texas
County Winkler
Standard Zip Codes 79745
Phone Area Codes 432
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.857
Longitude -103.092

Kermit Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8.2 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 59 F
Apr Temp 48 to 81 F
Jul Temp 70 to 96 F
Oct Temp 50 to 80 F
Annual Precip 12.9 inches
Distance 22.6 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 60 F
Apr Temp 47 to 84 F
Jul Temp 68 to 99 F
Oct Temp 49 to 82 F
Annual Precip 13.2 inches
Station PECOS
Distance 38.8 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 60 F
Apr Temp 46 to 83 F
Jul Temp 69 to 99 F
Oct Temp 48 to 82 F
Annual Precip 11.6 inches
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Kermit Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,714 100%
Male 2,783 48.7%
Female 2,931 51.3%
Under 18 1,711 29.9%
18+ 4,003 70.1%
65+ 866 15.2%
Median Age 35.2
Average Family Size 3.18
White 4,151 72.6%
African-American 117 2%
Asian 14 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 27 0.5%
Other 1,287 22.5%
Mixed Race 118 2.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,733 47.8%

Estimated Kermit Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,281
Growth -433
Growth % -7.6%

Kermit Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 66.6%
US/American 9.7%
English 6.4%
German 6%
Irish 5.6%
French (except Basque) 1.4%
Dutch 0.8%
Italian 0.6%
Scotch-Irish 0.6%
British 0.6%
Scottish 0.6%
Dutch West Indian 0.3%
European 0.3%
Swedish 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Kermit 5,714 $31,690
Monahans 6,821 $36,726
Pyote 131 $30,833
Wickett 455 $30,500
Wink 919 $44,750

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Winkler County Library
Kermit, Texas
(432) 586-3841

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Kermit High Schools (2004)

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Serves 357 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.3

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1. Kenedy, Texas 87.4   25.3% 17.5% 8.4% 21 $25,152 7.9% 27.6% 3,487 25.8% 15.5 0.8% 1.7
2. Erath, Louisiana 86.3   27.1% 16.6% 11.3% 26 $36,204 7.4% 10.9% 2,187 18.2% 16 0.5% 0.9
3. Jeanerette, Louisiana 85.7   23.2% 12.4% 7.8% 24 $26,810 8.6% 61.7% 5,997 34.2% 20.3 0.5% 1.5
4. Lexington, Oklahoma 84.4   25.6% 16.7% 6.3% 26 $32,155 8.3% 14.4% 2,086 15.5% 20.1 0.6% 1.4
5. Jourdanton, Texas 83.4   20.2% 10.8% 6.1% 30 $38,389 8.5% 25.6% 3,732 13.4% 16.1 0.4% 1.3
6. Linden, Alabama 81.3   28.6% 19.5% 13.3% 22 $30,733 7.3% 47.6% 2,424 29.6% 6.2 0.9% 1.7
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