San Angelo, Texas

San Angelo, Texas

Infobox Settlement
official_name = City of San Angelo
settlement_type = City
nickname = The Shining Star of Texas

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mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location within the state of Texas

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Texas
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Tom Green
government_type =
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = J.W. Lown
established_date =
area_magnitude = 1 E9
area_total_km2 = 150.9
area_land_km2 = 144.8
area_water_km2 = 6.1
area_total_sq_mi = 58.2
area_land_sq_mi = 55.9
area_water_sq_mi = 2.3
elevation_m = 562
elevation_ft = 1844
latd = 31 |latm = 27 |lats = 11 |latNS = N
longd = 100 |longm = 27 |longs = 9 |longEW = W
population_as_of = 2004
population_note =
population_total = 103,772
population_density_km2 = 610.8
timezone = CST
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
latitude = 31°27'11" N
longitude = 100°27'9" W
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area_code = 325
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 48-64472GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 1375953GR|3
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San Angelo is a city in and the county seat of Tom Green CountyGR|6, Texas, United States. It is also the principal city of the "San Angelo, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area" that includes all of Irion and Tom Green counties. As of the 2000 census, San Angelo had a total population of 88,439. San Angelo is home to Angelo State University and is considered a major College Town in Texas.

The city is located at the confluence of the North Concho River and South Concho River, which in turn form the Concho River, a tributary of the Texas Colorado River.

San Angelo is also home to the Fort Concho National Historic Landmark. During the late 19th century, it was the headquarters of the 10th Cavalry, which was made up mainly of "buffalo soldiers." A yearly Christmas festival called "Christmas at Old Fort Concho" is held at the fort today.

Local sports teams include the San Angelo Colts, a United League Baseball minor league team; as well as the San Angelo Stampede Express, a minor league indoor football team.

Goodfellow Air Force Base is also located at the city's outskirts. The primary tasks of the units stationed there are intelligence and firefighter training.

Mathis Field (also known as San Angelo Regional Airport) is the commercial airport serving the city.

San Angelo's main newspaper is the "San Angelo Standard-Times".

San Angelo has three local TV stations: KSAN/3, which is an NBC affiliate, KIDY/6, which is a Fox affiliate, and KLST/8, which is a CBS affiliate. The ABC Affiliate, KTXS is located in Abilene, TX (market 164), but has a low-powered transmitter in San Angelo and provides San Angelo with ABC programming via the call letters of KTXE.

Geography and Climate

San Angelo is located at coor dms|31|27|11|N|100|27|9|W|city (31.453113, -100.452502)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 58.2 square miles (150.9 km²), of which, 55.9 square miles (144.8 km²) of it is land and 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²) of it (4.03%) is water.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 88,439 people, 34,006 households, and 22,409 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,582.2 people per square mile (610.8/km²). There were 37,699 housing units at an average density of 674.5/sq mi (260.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.10% White, 4.73% African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 13.96% from other races, and 2.53% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 33.15% of the population.

There were 34,006 households out of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 13.8% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,232, and the median income for a family was $38,665. Males had a median income of $27,532 versus $20,470 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,289. About 11.6% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.


The history of the frontier town began in the late 1860s across the North Concho River from Fort Concho, which had been established in 1867. As an early frontier town, San Angelo was characterized by saloons, prostitution, and gambling. Officers of nearby Fort Concho would not leave the garrison after dark. Shortly after the fort was established, Bartholomew DeWitt, the founder of San Angelo, bought convert|320|acre|km2 of land from Granville Sherwood for a dollar an acre and, over the river, established a trading post, which was later called Santa Angela. There are several stories as to how the town was named, including one in which it was named for DeWitt's sister-in-law, a nun in San Antonio. A local historian found that DeWitt named the town in memory of his wife, Carolina Angela, who died in 1866. The name had changed to San Angela by 1883, when application was made for a post office. The proposed name of San Angela was rejected because of the ungrammatical construction. The name should be Santa Angela or San Angelo. The latter was chosen. Oscar Ruffini,qv the architect of many of the early business buildings in San Angelo, arrived in the town shortly after the flood of 1882, which destroyed the county courthouse in Ben Ficklin, the county seat. After the voters decided on San Angelo as the new county seat, Ruffini was asked to design and supervise the construction of the new county courthouse. Ruffini remained in San Angelo, where he was the architect of about forty buildings in the downtown area, some of which are still in use.


Almost all of San Angelo is in the San Angelo Independent School District. Small parts of San Angelo are served by the Wall Independent School District (SE San Angelo) and the Grape Creek-Pulliam Independent School District (NW San Angelo). San Angelo is home to Angelo State University and a branch campus of Howard College.

Notable residents

*Crawford Goldsby (also known as "Cherokee Bill") was born in Fort Concho (across the Concho River from what is now San Angelo) on February 8, 1876.
*Frank (Bring'em Back Alive) Buck lived in San Angelo in the 1940s and 1950s.
*Jazz musician Jack Teagarden lived in San Angelo.
*College Football Hall of Fame member Pierce Holt attended Angelo State University and was a member of the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons in the 1990s. He was a two-time Pro-Bowl selection.
*Actor Fess Parker grew up on a ranch near San Angelo.
*Pop singer Paula DeAnda was born in San Angelo in 1989.
*Former Major Leaguer David Hulse attended San Angelo Central High School and went on to play for the Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers in the 1990s.
*Four-time Cy Young Award-winning baseball pitcher Greg Maddux was born in San Angelo.
*Musician Ernest Tubb, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, worked for several years in San Angelo and had a daily live music show on a local radio station prior to going to Nashville.
* Robert Nason Beck (1928 - 2008), pioneer researcher of the uses of radioactive materials like technetium-99 for medical imaging using Positron Emission Tomography, was born and has family in San Angelo. [See obituary in [ The New York Times, August 18, 2008] ]
*Award-winning western writer and roustabout Elmer Kelton lives in San Angelo.
*Former tennis player Cliff Richey, who won 10 singles titles in the 1970s, was born in San Angelo and currently lives there.
*Matthew McConaughey owns a ranch nearby and frequently shops in San Angelo. []
*Los Lonely Boys is an American Grammy-winning musical group from San Angelo that plays Tex-Mex rock with elements of blues, soul, country, and Tejano.
*Monty McCutchen American professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association.
*Pulitzer Prize nominee and Texas A&M University professor Joe Feagin was born in San Angelo.
*Shea Morenz graduate of San Angelo Central, former University of Texas quarterback, who was drafted by the New York Yankees

an Angelo in Popular Culture

Marty Robbins wrote a song, "San Angelo," which he recorded and released on his 1960 album, "More Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs". The recording has since resurfaced on many Robbins compilations.

The city is mentioned in the Hank Williams, Jr. song "Texas Women."

The city is mentioned in Texas country artist Mark David Manders's song, "Leaving San Angelo."

Part of the Cormac McCarthy novel "All The Pretty Horses" is set in San Angelo, as is the 2000 movie adaptation. The crew of the movie version scouted locations in San Angelo, and actors Matt Damon and Henry Thomas visited the city, but no filming took place there.

The Christian rock band Third Day has a song called "San Angelo" on their "Wire" album.

Country artist Aaron Watson has a hit single named "San Angelo" on his album of the same name.

Roger Miller included a song entitled Tom Green County Fair on one of his albums.


External links

* [ City of San Angelo, Texas]
* [ San Angelo Independent School District]
* [ Concho Valley Homepage - Powered by KLST-TV and KSAN-TV in San Angelo]
* [ San Angelo Standard-Times]
* [ Angelo State University]
* [] The premier look at San Angelo
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* [ San Angelo LIVE!] Live events and music in San Angelo
* [ Handbook of Texas: San Angelo Page]

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