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Pearsall, Texas

Pearsall, Texas
Downtown Pearsall
Downtown Pearsall
Location of Pearsall, Texas
Location of Pearsall, Texas
Country United States
State Texas
County Frio
 • Total 4.2 sq mi (11.0 km2)
 • Land 4.2 sq mi (10.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 633 ft (193 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 7,157
 • Density 1,694.7/sq mi (654.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78061
Area code(s) 830
FIPS code 48-56384[1]
GNIS feature ID 1364941[2]

Pearsall ( ) is a city in and the county seat of Frio County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 9,146 at the 2010 census.

Pearsall Town Hall.
The Oaks Theater on Oak Street in Pearsall.
The First United Methodist in Pearsall is located across from the Frio County Courthouse
The First Baptist Church of Pearsall, lined on the left side with tall cedar trees, is located at the intersection of Walnut and San Marcos streets.


  • Geography 1
    • Climate 1.1
  • Demographics 2
  • Government and infrastructure 3
  • Education 4
  • Notable people 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Pearsall is located at (28.891458, -99.094873).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 4.2 square miles (11 km2), of which, 4.2 square miles (11 km2) of it was land and 0.24% is water.

In 2003, Pearsall annexed the West Pearsall CDP, increasing the population of the town by about 350 people. This increased the area of the city by 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2), all land.[5]

Northwest of Pearsall is the ghost town of "Frio Town", the site of a 1958 episode, "Friotown" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western television series, Texas John Slaughter, with Tom Tryon in the title role. Prior to 1886, the community was known as "Frio City".[6]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Pearsall has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[7]


As of the census[1] of 2000, 7,157 people reside in Pearsall with 2,201 households, and 1,688 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,694.7 people per square mile (654.8/km²). There were 2,470 housing units at an average density of 584.9/sq mi (226.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.80% White, 0.39% African American, 0.71% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 22.01% from other races, and 2.79% from two or more races. 84.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,201 households out of which 41.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.1% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 20.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.99 and the average family size was 3.47.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 19.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,602, and the median income for a family was $23,470. Males had a median income of $21,295 versus $14,720 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,383. 35.0% of the population and 30.4% of families were below the poverty line. 43.2% of those under the age of 18 and 40.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Government and infrastructure

The United States Postal Service operates the Pearsall Post Office.[10]

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates the South Texas Detention Facility in an unincorporated area in Frio County near Pearsall.[11]


Pearsall Independent School District has 4 schools - Ted Flores Elementary, Pearsall Intermediate, Pearsall Junior High, and Pearsall High School.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^ US Census change list
  6. ^ Billy Hathorn, "Roy Bean, Temple Houston, Bill Longley, Ranald Mackenzie, Buffalo Bill, Jr., and the Texas Rangers: Depictions of West Texans in Series Television, 1955 to 1967", West Texas Historical Review, Vol. 89 (2013), p. 116
  7. ^ Climate Summary for Pearsall, Texas
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Post Office Location - PEARSALL." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 22, 2010.
  11. ^ "South Texas Detention Facility." U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Retrieved on May 22, 2010.
  12. ^ "Charles E. Maple".  
  13. ^ Player Profile

External links

  • Pearsall Texas Chamber of Commerce
  • LoneStar Internet: Pearsall, Texas Very brief history
  • Handbook of Texas Online: Pearsall, Texas
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