- Ennis, Texas
official_name = Ennis, Texas
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population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 16045
population_density_km2 = 344.3
population_density_sq_mi = 891.7
timezone = Central (CST)
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elevation_m = 164
elevation_ft = 538
latd = 32 |latm = 19 |lats = 56 |latNS = N
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Ennis is a city in Ellis County,
Texas, United States. The population was 16,045 at the 2000 census.
In 1871, the Houston and Texas Central Railroad (H&TC) purchased convert|647|acre|km2 of land in Ellis County at a price of $5.00 per acre, 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 (1856-1857), was an incorporator and director of the Great Northern Railroad, and served as a director of the H&TC Railroad. [http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/EE/fen5.html]
Some persons attempt to pronounce Ennis like "Enos"; the proper pronunciation is that it rhymes with "tennis," at least for the local residents.
Ennis has the widest main street in America, possibly the world, due to the fact that it is actually two separate streets, each on opposite sides of the railroad track that runs through town.
Ennis is located at coor dms|32|19|56|N|96|37|27|W|city (32.332296, -96.624030)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.4 square miles (47.7 km²), of which, 18.0 square miles (46.6 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (2.17%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 16,045 people, 5,335 households, and 3,947 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 891.7 people per square mile (344.4/km²). There were 5,618 housing units at an average density of 312.2/sq mi (120.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 66.57% White, 14.71% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 15.93% from other races, and 2.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or 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 91.4 males.
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 incomefor 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 over.
Ennis is served by the
Ennis Independent School District. A local parochial school, St. John's, also serves the city. It was announced on 07/09/08 that St. John Catholic School will be closing it's doors after 97 years of fine education.
The city holds the annual
National Polka Festivalwhich features food, music, dancing, and a parade through downtown.
Ennis has an annual Bluebonnet festival during the month of April.
Ennis is the only incorporated city in the United States that still elects its City Marshal. The election is held every two years with the winner being named Chief of Police by the City Council and City Manager. Currently the post is held by no one
* [http://www.ennis-texas.com Official Website]
* [http://www.ennis-chamber.com The Ennis, Texas Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.ennisrotary.org The Rotary Club of Ennis]
* [http://www.ennis.k12.tx.us/ Ennis Independent School District]
* [http://nationalpolkafestival.com/ National Polka Festival]
*" [http://ennisdailynews.com The Ennis Daily News] "
*" [http://www.ennisjournal.com The Ennis Journal] "
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