Moran, Texas

Moran, Texas

According to, Moran, Texas is located in Shackelford County and is part of the Abilene Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city lies on the banks of the Leon River, with a population of just over 1,000. The climate in Moran is semi-arid with hot summers and mild winters.

The history of Moran dates back to the mid-1800s when settlers first arrived from Europe and began establishing small settlements along the Leon River. In 1878, a post office was opened in Moran and it became an official town in 1879. In 1912, it was incorporated as a city.

Politics in Moran are largely conservative; Republicans usually dominate local elections. The mayor is elected every two years and there are six members on the city council who serve four-year terms.

The economy of Moran relies heavily on agriculture, ranching, and oil & gas production. There are also several businesses that provide services to locals such as grocery stores, restaurants, retail shops, and auto repair shops.

Moran has two public schools: Moran High School (grades 9-12) and Moran Elementary School (grades K-8). Both schools offer a variety of classes ranging from traditional core subjects to electives such as art and music classes.

Some notable landmarks in Moran include the historic City Hall building which was built in 1910; the old school house which dates back to 1897; and the historic First Baptist Church which was built in 1929. There are also several parks located around town including Memorial Park which features a playground for children; Veterans Memorial Park which honors veterans from all branches of service; and Leon River Park which offers fishing opportunities along with picnic areas for visitors to enjoy nature’s beauty by relaxing or taking leisurely walks along its banks.

Population: 233. Estimated population in July 2020: 223 (-4.3% change)
Males: 110 (47.2%), Females: 123 (52.8%)

Shackelford County

Zip code: 76464

Median resident age: 43.4 years
Median household income: $23,750
Median house value: $17,000

Races in Moran:

  • White Non-Hispanic (94.8%)
  • Hispanic (4.7%)
  • Other race (0.9%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)

Ancestries: Irish (22.3%), United States (13.7%), English (11.2%), German (6.4%), Scottish (5.6%), Danish (3.0%).

Land area: 0.4 square miles

Moran, Texas


Moran, Texas is a small rural town located in Shackelford County, Texas. The town has a population of approximately 280 people. The majority of the population is White non-Hispanic (84%), followed by Hispanic (14%) and other races (2%). The median age of the population is 42 years old and the median household income is $35,250. Over half of the town’s residents are married couples and there are more women than men living in Moran. Education level is slightly below average for the state with only 21% having a high school diploma or higher and only 8% having a bachelor’s degree or higher. The town has two main industries that employ most of its citizens; agriculture and oil & gas. Agriculture plays an important role in the local economy as farmers produce hay, wheat, cotton, sorghum, oats and vegetables for sale. Oil & gas also provides jobs to many of its citizens as well as some tax revenue to the local government. Moran also has a few small businesses scattered throughout the town such as convenience stores, restaurants and auto repair shops to meet the needs of its citizens. Despite its small size, Moran offers many amenities to its residents such as recreational centers that provide activities for children and adults alike including swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts and baseball fields. There are also several churches in Moran that offer worship services on Sundays as well as weekly Bible study classes throughout the week.

For population 25 years and over in Moran

  • High school or higher: 69.6%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 15.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 8.1%
  • Unemployed: 10.0%
  • Mean travel time to work: 25.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Moran city

  • Never married: 24.4%
  • Now married: 51.2%
  • Separated: 1.5%
  • Widowed: 10.4%
  • Divorced: 12.4%

1.3% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: -32 (-12.1%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Moran:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Moran:

  • ABILENE REGIONAL (about 37 miles; ABILENE, TX; Abbreviation: ABI)
  • DYESS AFB (about 49 miles; ABILENE, TX; Abbreviation: DYS)
  • SHEPPARD AFB/WICHITA FALLS MUNI (about 110 miles; WICHITA FALLS, TX; Abbreviation: SPS)

Other public-use airports nearest to Moran:

  • ALBANY MUNI (about 14 miles; ALBANY, TX; Abbreviation: T23)
  • CISCO MUNI (about 15 miles; CISCO, TX; Abbreviation: 3F2)
  • TAYLOR (about 16 miles; ALBANY, TX; Abbreviation: 6F5)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Moran:

  • ABILENE CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY (about 39 miles; ABILENE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,380)
  • HARDIN-SIMMONS UNIVERSITY (about 40 miles; Abilene, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,026)
  • TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY (about 71 miles; STEPHENVILLE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 6,068)
  • MIDWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY (about 101 miles; WICHITA FALLS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,619)
  • TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE (about 128 miles; FT WORTH, TX; Full-time enrollment: 15,454)
  • TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY (about 131 miles; FT WORTH, TX; Full-time enrollment: 7,032)
  • SOUTHWESTERN BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY (about 131 miles; FT WORTH, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,253)

Public primary/middle school in Moran:

  • MORAN SCHOOL (Students: 72; Location: 900 MAIN AVE; Grades: PK – 12)