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Corsicana is a
United States. It is located on
Interstate 45 some fifty-five
miles south of downtown
Dallas. The population was
24,485 at the 2000
census. It is the
county seat of
Corsicana is located at
According to the
United States Census Bureau,
the city has a total area of 21.7 square miles (56 km2),
of which, 20.7 square miles (54 km2) of it is land
and 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2) of it is
water. The total area is 4.42%
Corsicana is home to the Lake Halbert dam
and recreational park, and is less than fifteen miles from
Richland Chambers Reservoir,
with recreational fishing, public boat ramps, and 330 miles of
treed and green shorelines. Richland Chambers Reservoir is the
third-largest lake by surface area and the eighth-largest
reservoir by water volume in Texas.
Corsicana has a moderate humid subtropical
climate. The range of low-high average temperatures in January,
April, July, and October is 34/55, 53/75, 73/95, and 55/79 degrees
Corsicana rainfall averages
39.5 inches per year.Leafy oak, pecan, magnolia, and walnut trees
are common, and grasses grow tall and green. Rain is fairly evenly
distributed throughout the year, with small wetter peaks in May and
Corsicana is best known as the home of the
Collin Street Bakery, which has
fruitcakes since 1896.
Oil City Iron Works, Inc., today a
ductile and gray iron
foundry, was started in 1866 to
make parts for the owner's cotton gin.
Wolf Brand Chili, a national brand named for the owner's
pet wolf, Kaiser Bill, started in 1895 as a downtown by-the-bowl
Today's economy shows little reliance on oil
and gas. Major employers include
Russell Stover Candies and Collin
Street Bakery, Guardian Industries (glass), Corsicana Bedding, the
Home Depot distribution centers,
Navarro Regional hospital (160+ beds), Trinity/Mother Francis Health
System, and the Texas State Home.
There are several 24/7 pharmacies, grocery
stores, and chain department stores scattered about the town.
College Park Mall is an enclosed shopping mall which primarily
houses a Beall's clothing store. Additionally, a 24-hour
Wal-Mart Supercenter can be found
on the southwestern edge of the town.
Corsicana was also the home of the coin-arcade
and video game company,
Tradewest, founded in 1986.
Tradewest was known for such Nintendo Entertainment System classics
as Double Dragon and Battletoads. Tradewest later became Williams
Entertainment (known for the Mortal Kombat series) in 1994, then
Midway Home Entertainment after an acquisition from WMS Industries.
The Corsicana offices were closed by Midway in late 2002.
As of the
of 2000, there were 24,485 people, 8,762
households, and 5,966 families residing in the city. The
population density was 1,180.4
people per square mile (455.8/kmē). There were 9,552 housing units
at an average density of 460.5 per square mile (177.8/kmē). The
racial makeup of the city was 59.28%
African American, 0.49%
Native American, 0.63%
Pacific Islander, 13.64% from
other races, and 1.91% from two or
Latino of any race were 22.47% of
There were 8,762
households out of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18
living with them, 48.6% were
married couples living together,
15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9%
were non-families. 27.3% of all households were made up of
individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of
age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average
family size was 3.21.
In the city the population was spread out with
27.3% under the age of 18, 12.6% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44,
18.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.0% who were 65 years of age or older.
The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.2
males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city
was $27,203, and the median income for a family was $33,078. Males
had a median income of $27,516 versus $19,844 for females. The
per capita income for the city was
$14,001. About 17.4% of families and 22.3% of the population were
poverty line, including 29.4% of
those under age 18 and 15.1% of those age 65 or over.
The housing stock in 2007 consisted of 12,313
houses and condominiums. About two-thirds were owner-occupied, and
one-third rented. The median price asked for vacant for-sale houses
and condos in 2007 was $87,955. The median amount of real estate
property taxes paid for housing units in 2007 was $912.
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