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Center, Texas


Center, Shelby County, Texas

About Center

When you come to Center, Texas, you will find a city nestled in the piney woods of East Texas. This once sleepy little town has now been transformed into a vibrant community bustling with activity.

Center is the proud home of many nationally recognized and locally owned businesses because the community is here to help and also for the available resources, training, affordable utilities and land necessary for business to thrive and succeed.

In Center, there is always something going on from the Windham Civic Center to our picturesque downtown square, to the many festivals and events.

 Center is home to:



Year Community County
2014 6,200 est. 26,019 est.
2000 5,000 22,436
1990 4,950 22,034
1980 5,827 23,084
1970 4,989 19,672


Center Area 78 Square Miles
Average Elevation 345 Feet
County Area 819 Square Miles
Longitude 94.11 West
Latitude 31.47 North


Average Annual Rain 50”
  Snow N/A
  Temperature 65 F
  Direction of Prevailing Wind Southwest
  Seasonal  Temperature January - 46 F
    July - 82 F








Chamber of Commerce Yes
Economic Development Committee Yes
Industrial Development Foundation Yes
Economic Development Corporation Yes
ED 4(A) Tax Yes
ED 4(B) Tax Yes


Employer Product Employees
Tyson Foods Poultry 1,600
Center Independent School District Education 400
Wal-Mart Supercenter Retail 281
Port-A-Cool, LLC Manufacturing 270
Shelby County Government 130
General Shelters of Texas Manufacturing 85
City of Center Municipality 79
Hallmark Center Fixtures Display fixtures 54
Spartan Structures Manufacturing 50
Pilgrim’s Pride Poultry 22

Shelby County has a civilian labor force of 12,575, with 11,983 employed and 592 unemployed. The unemployment rate November  2014 - 4.7%.


  Labor Force Employment Unemployment Rate
Shelby County 12,575 11,983 4.7%
Deep East Texas 162,329 153,297 5.7%
Production Wage   $23,432  
Radius of Labor Drawing Area 40 miles    
Nearest MSA Longview - 60 miles


Number of Banks 10  
Number of Newspapers 2 The Light & Champion & East Texas Press
Number of Radio Stations 2 KDET AM, KXXE FM and KQBB 100.5 FM
Cable TV Service Available Yes  
Satellite Service Available Yes  


Number of Churches 19
Number of Motels 3
Number of Hotels 4


John D. Windham Civic Center 1


Utility Type Company
Electric AEP/Southwestern Electric Power Company
Gas CenterPoint Energy
Telephone Company Southwestern Bell Company
Water Provider City of Center
Water Source Lake Pinkston & Center Lake
Average Daily Demand (GPD) 2,500,000
Excess Capacity (GPD) N/A
Plant capacity 5 mgd
Average Daily Use 2.8 mgd
Peak Use 4.5 mgd
Residential Base Rate $10.50/ + 3.51/1,000 gallons
Industrial Base Rate Approx $12,000 for 5M + 1.75-2.75/1,000 gallons
Sewer Supplier City of Center
Treatment Extended aeration
Excess capacity (GPD) 500,000
Solid Waste Disposal Supplier Allied Waste
Solid Waste Disposal Private
Industrial Disposal Yes


Council of Governments Member Yes
Local Government Council — Manager
Police — Full Time 14
Firemen — Full Time 6
Firemen — Volunteer 20
Number of Trucks 7
Fire Service Outside City Yes
Ambulance Service Yes
City Planning & Zoning Commission Yes


Nearest Interstate Highway I20 - 55 miles
Nearest Major Highway US 96 - 1 mile
State Highway(s) TX 7 & TX 87
Center Municipal Airport
Nearest General Aviation Airport Center Municipal
Length of Runway 5,500 feet
Surface Type Asphalt
Landing Lights Yes
Instrument Landing System No
AWOS System Yes
Aircraft Storage Yes
Aircraft Maintenance Yes
Courtesy Car City of Center
Nearest Airport with Commercial Services Shreveport
Distance to nearest Commercial Airport 60 miles
Commercial Air Freight Services Yes
Rail Services Providers Northern Burlington Santa Fe & Union Pacific
Nearest Deepwater port Port of Houston Authority
Distance to Port 160 miles
Channel Depth 45 feet
Barge Service No
Fed EX Yes


Number of School Districts in Shelby County 6
Private Schools 3
Center ISD Schools 5
Average ACT Score 22.3
Average SAT Score 997
Higher Education Location
Shelby Regional Training Center Center, Texas
1 mile
Shelby College Center Center, Texas
4 miles
Panola College Carthage, Texas
30 miles
Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas
30 miles


Health Facilities Location
Number of Doctors 9
Number of Dentists 6
Number of Clinics 9
Nearest Emergency Facility Nacogodoches Medical Center ER and Diagnostic Clininc in Center, Texas
Number of Nursing Facilities 3
Total Beds 349
Veterinarians 3
Optometry Services 2

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