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Ennis is a city in
United States, and a
southeastern suburb of
Dallas. The population
was 16,045 at the
In 1871, the Houston and Texas
Central Railroad (H&TC) purchased 647 acres (2.62 km2)
of land in Ellis County at a price of $5.00 per acre
($12.36/ha), establishing the line's northern terminus.
On May 8, 1872, this site was established as the City of
Ennis. The namesake of the town was Cornelius Ennis, an
early official of the
Houston and Texas Central Railroad.
Ennis served as
Mayor of Houston
(1856-57), and as a director of the
Houston Tap and Brazoria Railway
Houston and Texas Central Railway.
Ennis is in the Northeastern region of Texas. The city
is 39 miles (63 km) south of
Dallas and 74 miles
(119 km) northeast of
Waco, Texas. Ennis
covers 18 square miles (47 km2) of land and
0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of water.
As of the
of 2000, there were 16,045
people, 5,335 households, and 3,947 families residing in
the city. The
population density was
891.7 people per square mile (344.4/km2).
There were 5,618 housing units at an average density of
312.2 per square mile (120.6/km2). The racial
makeup of the city was 66.57%
African American, 0.47%
Native American, 0.29%
other races, and 2.03%
from two or more races.
Latino of any race were
33.19% of the population.
There were 5,335 households out of which 38.1% had
children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4%
were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 26.0% were
non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of
individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was
65 years of age or older. The average household size was
2.95 and the average family size was 3.45.
In the city the population was
spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18
to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 18.5% from 45 to 64, and
12.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age
was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 95.7
males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were
The median income for a household
in the city was $38,923, and the median income for a
family was $44,608. Males had a median income of $28,585
versus $22,855 for females. The
per capita income for
the city was $15,677. About 10.4% of families and 13.0%
of the population were below the
poverty line, including
17.3% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those age 65 or
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