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Overview

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.

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.

People

Total Population 6,057
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 11.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,488
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 56.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.3%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $58,625
% Above Poverty Level 85.4%
% Below Poverty Level 14.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 25.4%
Median Gross Rent $638
Median House Value $42,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 74.2%
US/American 0%
English 2.9%
Irish 5.8%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station WINK WINKLER CO AP
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
Station MONAHANS
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income

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

Kermit Public Libraries

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Winkler County Library
307 S POPLAR ST
Kermit, Texas
(432) 586-3841

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Kermit High Schools

KERMIT H S
601 S POPLAR ST
432-586-1050
A Title I School.
Serves 357 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.3

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