Downtown Ranger, Texas
Location of Ranger, Texas
|Coordinates: 32°28′12″N 98°40′36″W|
|• Total||7.13 sq mi (18.46 km2)|
|• Land||7.00 sq mi (18.12 km2)|
|• Water||0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)|
|Elevation||1,437 ft (438 m)|
|• Density||353/sq mi (136.2/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1344793|
During the 1920s, Ranger, like nearby Cisco, Eastland, and Desdemona, was a petroleum boomtown. At the time, Ranger had railroad service through the since-defunct Wichita Falls, Ranger, and Fort Worth Railroad, acquired by the Wichita Falls and Southern Railroad, one of the properties of Frank Kell, Joseph A. Kemp, and later Orville Bullington of Wichita Falls, Texas. The Wichita Falls and Southern was abandoned in 1954.
Ranger is located in northeastern Eastland County at 32°28′12″N 98°40′36″W (32.470102, -98.676734). Interstate 20 passes south and east of the city, with access from Exits 349, 351, 352, and 354. I-20 leads east 85 miles (137 km) to Fort Worth and west 65 miles (105 km) to Abilene. Eastland, the county seat, is 10 miles (16 km) to the west.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Ranger has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18.5 km2), of which 7.0 square miles (18.1 km2) are land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2), or 1.83%, is water.
Ranger Antique Airfield dates back to 1911. Pilot Amelia Earhart landed at the field in 1931 in her Pitcairn Autogyro. Ranger Airfield has two grass runways: 1/19 - 3400 x 80 ft and 17/35; 1950 x 60 ft.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, 2,584 people, 989 households, and 616 families resided in the city. The population density was 369.0 people per square mile (142.5/km²). The 1,214 housing units averaged 173.4 per square mile (67.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.83% White, 6.73% African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 5.65% from other races, and 1.70% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 13.51% of the population.
Of the 989 households, 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.7% were not families. About 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the city, the population was distributed as 22.7% under the age of 18, 17.4% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $22,500, and for a family was $28,255. Males had a median income of $24,333 versus $15,946 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,698. About 14.4% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.1% of those under age 18 and 17.8% of those age 65 or over.
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