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Dimmitt, Texas
—  City  —
Location of Dimmitt, Texas
Coordinates: 34°32′57″N 102°18′55″W / 34.54917°N 102.31528°W / 34.54917; -102.31528
Country United States
State Texas
County Castro
 - Total 2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)
 - Land 2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,875 ft (1,181 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 4,375
 - Density 2,116.4/sq mi (817.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79027
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-20464[1]
GNIS feature ID 1356029[2]

Dimmitt is a city in Castro County, Texas, United States. The population was 4,375 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Castro County[3].



Dimmitt is located at 34°32′57″N 102°18′55″W / 34.54917°N 102.31528°W / 34.54917; -102.31528 (34.549052, -102.315355)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,375 people, 1,464 households, and 1,124 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,116.4 people per square mile (816.0/km²). There were 1,692 housing units at an average density of 818.5/sq mi (315.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 75.02% White, 2.99% African American, 1.69% Native American, 18.10% from other races, and 2.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 56.94% of the population.

There were 1,464 households out of which 39.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.2% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.46.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.4% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,454, and the median income for a family was $33,885. Males had a median income of $24,575 versus $20,162 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,228. About 19.0% of families and 23.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.1% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents

  • John Brooks, former news editor of Castro County News and managing editor of Hereford Brand. Brooks is a 1973 graduate of Dimmitt High School. Brooks was a major player in the successful campaigns of both George W. Bush in 2000 and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Brooks is currently retired due to health concerns and living in the Seattle area.

Notable event

In 1995, Dimmitt found itself the unwilling host of what was to be known as the Dimmitt tornado. The event, localised Friona and Dimmitt inclusively, became the most thoroughly studied tornadic storm in history.

Having been followed by project VORTEX, Josh Worman, the head of the team at the time, followed the F4 twister with sensors and radars, thereby capturing images of the inner core of the violent twister and providing a better understanding of the thermodynamics and the mesocyclonic elements involved with the birth of tornado spawing storms.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  5. ^ J. R. Brown | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

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