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Overview

Introduction to Kilgore, Texas

Kilgore, Texas, in Gregg county, is 11 miles SW of Longview, Texas (center to center) and 115 miles E of Dallas, Texas. The people of the city are in the Longview - Marshall metropolitan area.

Kilgore History

Kilgore was established in 1872 when the first phase of the rail line connecting Palestine and Longview was completed. In 1873, the town had a post office and began attracting residents and businesses from New Danville. Over the next couple of years, Kilgore had 250 residents and a church, two cotton gins, and a school. In 1910, the Kilgore Independent School District was established.

Kilgore and nearby Attractions

  • East Texas Oil Museum
  • Tyler Municipal Rose Garden
  • Jefferson Railway Depot
  • Caldwell Zoo
  • Gregg County Historical Museum
  • Longview Museum of Fine Arts

Things To Do In Kilgore

The Martin Creek Lake State Park, which occupies an area of 287 acres, offers facilities for picnicking, boating, fishing, water skiing, and camping. Tyler Park, which lies farther away, is spread over a huge 985-acre of land and has facilities for fishing, boating, swimming, mountain biking, picnicking, and camping.

Kilgore Transportation

East Texas Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Kilgore Higher Education

Kilgore College is the local higher education institution. Others in the neighborhood are the University of Texas and Tyler Junior College.

People

Total Population 14,442
Male Share of the Population 47.4%
Female Share of the Population 52.6%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 6,562
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 44.5%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.5%
Median Earnings25+ $33,179
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,318
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,579

Wealth

Median Family Income $64,977
% Above Poverty Level 84.7%
% Below Poverty Level 15.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.3%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 27.6%
Median Gross Rent $731
Median House Value $103,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.1%
US/American 0.5%
English 7.6%
Irish 12.6%

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

Kilgore Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles SW of Longview, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 115 miles E of Dallas, Texas
County Gregg
Metro Area Longview - Marshall
Standard Zip Codes 75662
P.O. Box Zip Codes 75663
Phone Area Codes 903
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.386
Longitude -94.875

Kilgore Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station LONGVIEW
Distance 10 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 LONGVIEW 11 SE
Distance 13.4 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
Station HENDERSON
Distance 14.7 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
Clarksville City 768 $60,515
Gladewater 6,451 $39,384

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

Kilgore Public Libraries

Library
Kilgore Public Library
301 N HENDERSON BLVD
Kilgore, Texas
(903) 984-1529

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Kilgore Hospitals

LAIRD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1612 SOUTH HENDERSON BLVD
(903) 984-3505
Emergency Service: Yes

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Kilgore High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

KILGORE H S
301 N KILGORE ST
903-984-5591
Serves 1,066 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

DANVILLE ALTERNATIVE H S
301 N KILGORE ST
903-984-1239
A Non-traditional School
Serves 29 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.3

ELDER COOP ALTER SCHOOL
301 N KILGORE ST
903-984-0021
A Non-traditional School

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