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Overview

Introduction to Texarkana, Texas

Texarkana, Texas, in Bowie county, is 64 miles N of Shreveport, Louisiana (center to center) and 165 miles E of Dallas, Texas.

Texarkana History

The community was named "Texarkana" because of its location near the state lines of Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. However, other sources claim that the name was taken from an 1860 steamboat called "Texarkana," or from a drink known as "Texarkana Bitters." This region was originally the site of a Caddo Indian village, and the Great Southwest Trail connected it to other villages of the Mississippi River country, the South, and the West. The city of Texarkana was officially established on December 8, 1873, and was granted a charter in 1876. By the late 1890s, Texarkana already had an electric light plant, gas works, waterworks, a cotton oil mill, streetcar lines, schools, foundries, a sewer system, and a hotel. It became one of Southwest's major railroad centers in the mid-1900s.

Texarkana and Nearby Attractions

  • Discovery Place
  • Museum of Regional History
  • Old Washington Historic State Park
  • Clinton Birthplace
  • Caldwell Zoo
  • Atlanta State Park

Things To Do In Texarkana

Texarkana is home to the Discovery Place which features permanent exhibits including a general store, a costume theater, a biology laboratory, and a sound wall. The Museum of Regional History, also in the city, showcases artifacts reflecting the region's agriculture, early industry, and World War II history. On the other hand, Tex-Ark Antique Auto Museum houses autos and related pieces from the Texarkana area. The city also offers easy access to places of historic interest like Old Washington Historic State Park, and Clinton Birthplace. Atlanta State Park, and Millwood State Park offer facilities for the enjoyment of fishing, boating, biking, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and camping. Some of the other popular destinations in the region are Caldwell Zoo, Garvan Woodland Gardens, Magic Springs Theme Park, National Park Aquarium, and Tyler Municipal Rose Garden. The city of Texarkana also hosts annual events like the Four States Fair & Rodeo, and Quadrangle Festival.

Texarkana Transportation

Shreveport Regional Airport is the nearest major airport.

Texarkana Higher Education

Texarkana is home to the Texas A&M University Texarkana, and Texarkana College. University of Arkansas Community College at Hope is also close by.

People

Total Population 37,088
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 14.2%
Employed Population 16+ 14,199
Age of the Population 35

Families

% of people married 41.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.9%
Median Earnings25+ $30,191
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,205
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,621

Wealth

Median Family Income $49,866
% Above Poverty Level 77.2%
% Below Poverty Level 22.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.3%
Median Gross Rent $706
Median House Value $106,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.7%
US/American 0%
English 5.8%
Irish 9.1%

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

Texarkana Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 64 miles N of Shreveport, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 165 miles E of Dallas, Texas
County Bowie
Metro Area Texarkana
Standard Zip Codes 75501, 75503
P.O. Box Zip Codes 75504, 75505
Company Zip Codes 75507, 75599
Phone Area Codes 903
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.425
Longitude -94.047

Texarkana 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 TEXARKANA
Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 77 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches
Station TEXARKANA WEBB FIELD
Distance 3.2 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 53 F
Apr Temp 54 to 75 F
Jul Temp 73 to 93 F
Oct Temp 55 to 77 F
Annual Precip 47.3 inches
Station OKAY
Distance 24.8 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 52 to 76 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 77 F
Annual Precip 50.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Texarkana, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

South Texarkana (75501)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Hooks 2,757 $36,000

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

Texarkana Public Libraries

Library
Texarkana Public Library
600 W 3RD ST
Texarkana, Texas
(903) 794-2149

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Texarkana Hospitals

WADLEY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
1000 PINE STREET
(903) 798-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

CHRISTUS ST MICHAEL HEALTH SYSTEM
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2600 ST MICHAEL DR
(903) 614-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Texarkana High Schools

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TEXAS H S
2112 KENNEDY LN
903-794-3891
Serves 1,430 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

LIBERTY-EYLAU H S
2905 LEOPARD DR
903-832-1535
Serves 657 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.4

PLEASANT GROVE H S
5406 MCKNIGHT
903-832-8005
Serves 621 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

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4241 SUMMERHILL RD
903-793-5632
A Non-traditional School
Serves 98 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 28

ALTER SCH
2901 LEOPARD DR
903-831-5767
A Non-traditional School
Serves 85 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

JUVENILE JUSTICE DETENTION CTR
2901 LEOPARD DR
903-838-8725
A Non-traditional School
Serves 54 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 27

LINCOLN STREET ALTER
3201 LINCOLN ST
903-794-2175
A Non-traditional School
Serves 51 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 6.4

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