Quitman, Texas

Quitman, Texas

According to usprivateschoolsfinder.com, Quitman, Texas is a small city located in Wood County, Texas. It is situated in the northeast corner of the state and lies within an area known as the Piney Woods. The city has a population of approximately 2,000 people and covers an area of just over 1 square mile.

Geographically, Quitman is surrounded by lush green forests that are home to a wide variety of wildlife including deer, foxes, coyotes and wild turkeys. The climate in the area is hot and humid during the summer months with temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity levels. During the winter months temperatures can drop to below freezing at night with occasional snowfall.

The city was established in 1853 by settlers from Tennessee and Arkansas who were seeking fertile land for farming. In 1856 Quitman was named as the county seat for Wood County and has remained so ever since.

Politically, Quitman operates under a mayor-council government system wherein five council members are elected to represent each ward and serve two-year terms while the mayor serves a four-year term. The current mayor is Jeff Broughton who was first elected in 2018.

The economy of Quitman largely revolves around agriculture with cotton being the most important crop grown in the area followed by corn, soybeans, wheat and hay production. Other industries include manufacturing, retail trade, construction and tourism which bring additional revenue into the city’s coffers each year as well as providing employment opportunities for local residents .

Quitman has two public schools which provide educational opportunities for students from kindergarten through 12th grade; these include Quitman Elementary School which serves students from prekindergarten through sixth grade and Quitman High School which serves students from seventh through twelfth grades . Both schools are part of the Quitman Independent School District (ISD) which also operates several other educational facilities within its jurisdiction such as an alternative school campus for students struggling academically or behaviorally .

Some of the notable landmarks within Quitman include Historic Downtown Square which features several historic buildings including City Hall, Old Jail Museum , First National Bank Building, Wood County Courthouse, Palace Theater, among others. Additionally there are several parks located throughout town including Lake Fork Park, Freedom Park, Cedar Creek Park, Indian Mound Park and more.

Population: 2,030. Estimated population in July 2020: 2,198 (+8.3% change)
Males: 939 (46.3%), Females: 1,091 (53.7%)

Wood County

Zip code: 75783

Median resident age: 42.9 years
Median household income: $31,607
Median house value: $67,300

Races in Quitman:

  • White Non-Hispanic (88.5%)
  • Black (6.4%)
  • Hispanic (3.3%)
  • Other race (1.6%)
  • American Indian (1.2%)
  • Two or more races (1.0%)

Ancestries: United States (16.4%), Irish (10.6%), English (9.6%), German (6.1%), French (2.4%), Scottish (1.8%).

Elevation: 413 feet

Land area: 1.8 square miles

Quitman, Texas


Quitman, Texas is a small town located in Wood County, with a population of just over 1,400 people. The town was founded in 1876 and named after Captain Edmund J. Quitman, who fought in the Mexican-American War. The majority of the population is White (78.3%), followed by Black or African American (18.3%), Hispanic or Latino (2%), Asian (1%), and Native American (0.4%).

The median household income in Quitman is $37,539, which is lower than the national median of $61,372. The poverty rate is higher than the national average at 24%, and many residents rely on government assistance to make ends meet each month. Additionally, only 8% of residents have a college degree or higher compared to 30% nationwide.

The housing market in Quitman is affordable and has seen steady growth over the past decade. The median home value is around $90K which is significantly lower than the national average of $219K. Renters make up nearly half of all households in Quitman with an average monthly rent cost of approximately $654 per month which is much less expensive than other cities nearby such as Tyler and Longview where rent often exceeds $800 per month for similar properties.

For population 25 years and over in Quitman

  • High school or higher: 74.3%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 16.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.1%
  • Unemployed: 4.5%
  • Mean travel time to work: 23.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Quitman city

  • Never married: 14.5%
  • Now married: 56.0%
  • Separated: 2.9%
  • Widowed: 16.2%
  • Divorced: 10.4%

1.1% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +340 (+20.1%).


Hospital/medical center in Quitman:


Other hospitals/medical centers near Quitman:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Quitman:

  • TYLER POUNDS RGNL (about 31 miles; TYLER, TX; Abbreviation: TYR)
  • COX FLD (about 58 miles; PARIS, TX; Abbreviation: PRX)
  • EAST TEXAS RGNL (about 59 miles; LONGVIEW, TX; Abbreviation: GGG)

Other public-use airports nearest to Quitman:

  • WOOD COUNTY (about 6 miles; MINEOLA/QUITMAN, TX; Abbreviation: 3T1)
  • MINEOLA WISENER FIELD (about 10 miles; MINEOLA, TX; Abbreviation: 3F9)
  • WINNSBORO MUNI (about 16 miles; WINNSBORO, TX; Abbreviation: F51)

Amtrak station near Quitman:

  • 10 miles: MINEOLA (115 E. FRONT ST.). Services: fully wheelchair accessible, enclosed waiting area, public payphones, vending machines, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service, intercity bus service.

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Quitman:

  • TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE (about 18 miles; TYLER, TX; Full-time enrollment: 5,872)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT TYLER (about 34 miles; TYLER, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,433)
  • TEXAS A & M UNIVERSITY-COMMERCE (about 45 miles; COMMERCE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,998)
  • KILGORE COLLEGE (about 49 miles; KILGORE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,814)
  • TRINITY VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 51 miles; ATHENS, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,858)
  • EASTFIELD COLLEGE (about 83 miles; MESQUITE, TX; Full-time enrollment: 4,457)
  • NAVARRO COLLEGE (about 86 miles; CORSICANA, TX; Full-time enrollment: 2,842)


Public high schools in Quitman:

  • QUITMAN H S (Students: 339; Location: 1101 E GOODE ST; Grades: 09 – 12)
  • WOOD CO ALTER (Students: 8; Location: 1101 E GOODE ST; Grades: 07 – 12)
  • ALTER SCHOOL (Students: 4; Location: 1101 E GOODE ST; Grades: 07 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Quitman:

  • QUITMAN EL (Students: 596; Location: 902 E GOODE ST; Grades: PK – 06)
  • QUITMAN J H (Students: 186; Location: 1101 E GOODE ST; Grades: 07 – 08)
  • SALESMANSHIP CLUB (Students: 42; Location: 1101 E GOODE ST; Grades: 05 – 12)


Library in Quitman:

  • QUITMAN PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $104,173; Location: 202 E GOODE ST; 21,240 books; 810 audio materials; 1,493 video materials; 9 serial subscriptions)