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Huntsville, Texas
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Huntsville, Texas

Huntsville is a city located in Walker County, Texas. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 35,078. Hunstville is the home of Sam Houston State University. It is the county seat of Walker County6 and is situated in East Texas.

Huntsville is particularly infamous because it houses the execution chamber of the state of Texas. Criminals are executed every year in Huntsville, and the death penalty practice has grown controversial. (Death-row inmates are no longer housed in Huntsville, due to the escape of several death-row inmates from Huntsville's Ellis Unit prison, where male death-row inmates were housed from 1965 to 1999. Male death-row inmates are now housed in Texas' Polunsky Unit in Livingston, and female death-row inmates are housed in Texas' Mountain View Unit in Gatesville. Texas death-row inmates are only brought to Huntsville shortly before their scheduled execution.)


Huntsville is located at 30°42'41" North, 95°32'54" West (30.711254, -95.548373)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 80.9 km² (31.2 mi²). 80.0 km² (30.9 mi²) of it is land and 0.9 km² (0.3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.09% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 35,078 people, 10,266 households, and 5,471 families residing in the city. The population density is 438.3/km² (1,135.1/mi²). There are 11,508 housing units at an average density of 143.8/km² (372.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 65.78% White, 26.14% African American, 0.33% Native American, 1.11% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 4.91% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. 16.22% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 10,266 households out of which 25.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.0% are married couples living together, 12.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 46.7% are non-families. 30.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.31 and the average family size is 2.97.

In the city the population is spread out with 15.1% under the age of 18, 29.3% from 18 to 24, 30.8% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 8.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 28 years. For every 100 females there are 152.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 163.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $27,075, and the median income for a family is $40,562. Males have a median income of $27,386 versus $22,908 for females. The per capita income for the city is $13,576. 23.9% of the population and 13.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 23.9% are under the age of 18 and 14.7% are 65 or older.