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Fort Hancock, Texas
—  CDP  —
Location of Fort Hancock, Texas
Coordinates: 31°17′30″N 105°51′37″W / 31.29167°N 105.86028°W / 31.29167; -105.86028
Country United States
State Texas
County Hudspeth
 - Total 37.8 sq mi (97.9 km2)
 - Land 37.7 sq mi (97.5 km2)
 - Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 3,579 ft (1,091 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,713
 - Density 45.5/sq mi (17.6/km2)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 - Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 79839
Area code(s) 915
FIPS code 48-26724[1]
GNIS feature ID 1357587[2]

Fort Hancock is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hudspeth County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,713 at the 2000 census. Fort Hancock and El Porvenir, Chihuahua area is connected by the Fort Hancock-El Porvenir International Bridge.



Fort Hancock is located at 31°17′30″N 105°51′37″W / 31.29167°N 105.86028°W / 31.29167; -105.86028 (31.291596, -105.860364)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 37.8 square miles (97.9 km²), of which, 37.7 square miles (97.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.42%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,713 people, 486 households, and 405 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 45.5 people per square mile (17.6/km²). There were 579 housing units at an average density of 15.4/sq mi (5.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 94.51% White, 0.18% Native American, 4.03% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 90.83% of the population.

There were 486 households out of which 58.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.7% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.5% were non-families. 15.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.52 and the average family size was 3.97.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 39.3% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 105.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $17,525, and the median income for a family was $18,560. Males had a median income of $17,411 versus $13,281 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $7,037. About 44.6% of families and 46.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 50.7% of those under age 18 and 57.6% of those age 65 or over.


Fort Hancock is served by the Fort Hancock Independent School District.


Fort Hancock plays a prominent part in the movie The Shawshank Redemption, as the place where both Andy and Red crossed into Mexico after leaving prison.

Between the years of 1986 and 1992, Fort Hancock High School played in the Six Man Football state championship game 6 times, winning 5 state championships. Among these championships was a streak of 4 straight 6-man titles between 1988 and 1991. [1]

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