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Kirbyville is a city in Jasper County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,142 at the 2010 census, and services another 8,000 households of central Jasper county. Kirbyville has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) of it is land and 0.41% is water. Kirbyville was first established in 1895 when the Gulf, Beaumont and Kansas City railroad reached the site. It was first named Kirby for John Henry Kirby, a lumber businessman who intended to use the site for building a facility to market his lumber. The post office was established the same year, but the name was changed to Kirbyville when it was discovered that a town called Kirby already existed.
In the year 2000, there were 2,085 people, 828 households, and 550 families residing in the city. The population density was 856.1 people per square mile (329.9/km²). There were 931 housing units at an average density of 382.2 per square mile (147.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.31% white, 21.20% African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 1.20% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.69% of the population.
There were 828 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.5% were married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 79.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,438, and the median income for a family was $32,381. Males had a median income of $30,144 versus $20,060 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,839. About 22.6% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.9% of those under age 18 and 17.2% of those age 65 or over.
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