Introduction to Yoakum, Texas

Yoakum, Texas, in Lavaca county, is 34 miles N of Victoria, Texas (center to center) and 76 miles SE of Austin, Texas.

Yoakum History

The land on which Yoakum is now located was given to John May by the Coahuila and Texas government. The town was laid out in 1887 during the construction of the San Antonio and Arkansas Pass Railway. It was named in honor of Benjamin F. Yoakum, the general manager and vice president of the line. A post office was established in 1887. In 1889, the town was incorporated, and L. W. Thomas was the first mayor.

Yoakum and Nearby Attractions

  • Presidio La Bahia
  • Lavaca Historical Museum
  • Yoakum Heritage Museum
  • Sebastopol House State Historic Site
  • Texas Zoo

Things To Do In Yoakum

The Greek revival house that was built in 1856 is located at the Sebastopol House State Historic Site. The 13 acre site where Col. J.W. Fannin laid down arms before the Mexicans in 1836 is also accessible from the city. The colonel and 341 soldiers were put to death seven days after the Battle of Coleto. Canoeing, swimming, tubing, camping, fishing, and picnicking opportunities are available at the Palmetto State Park on the San Marcos River. The nearby Lockhart State Park has a golf course.

Yoakum Transportation

Victoria Regional is the nearest airport.

Yoakum Higher Education

University of Houston - Victoria, Victoria College, and Texas State University are located close to Yoakum.


Total Population 5,483
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 16.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,457
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 46.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $40,702
% Above Poverty Level 87%
% Below Poverty Level 13%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 13 minutes
% Working from Home 1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 31.4%
Median Gross Rent $583
Median House Value $62,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 68%
US/American 0%
English 1.9%
Irish 6.4%

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

Yoakum Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles N of Victoria, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 76 miles SE of Austin, Texas
County Lavaca
Standard Zip Codes 77995
Phone Area Codes 361
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 29.29
Longitude -97.14

Yoakum Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station YOAKUM
Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 40 to 62 F
Apr Temp 57 to 80 F
Jul Temp 71 to 94 F
Oct Temp 58 to 83 F
Annual Precip 40.9 inches
Distance 16.7 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 64 F
Apr Temp 58 to 80 F
Jul Temp 73 to 94 F
Oct Temp 60 to 83 F
Annual Precip 42.2 inches
Distance 26.1 miles
Jan Temp 42 to 62 F
Apr Temp 59 to 79 F
Jul Temp 73 to 95 F
Oct Temp 61 to 82 F
Annual Precip 38.5 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Fordtran (77995)

Hope (77995)

Pearl City (77995)

Petersville (77995)

Terryville (77995)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cuero 7,024 $52,077
Gonzales 7,370 $42,693
Hallettsville 2,582 $51,591

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

Yoakum Public Libraries

Carl & Mary Welhausen Library
Yoakum, Texas
(361) 293-5001

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Yoakum Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(361) 293-2321
Emergency Service: Yes

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Yoakum High Schools

Serves 503 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.2

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